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May 23, 2015

Senate blocks bill that would end U.S. bulk data collection

The U.S. Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming National Security Agency intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly last week, with ...

EU, ex-Soviet states set to meet in Putin's shadow

May 20, 2015

EU, ex-Soviet states set to meet in Putin's shadow

European Union leaders and six ex-Soviet states are set to hold a summit Thursday focused on the bloc’s Eastern Partnership project, which was designed to bolster mutual ties but has been undermined by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The No. 1 question at the two-day ...

Obama enters Twitter age, opens @POTUS account

May 19, 2015

Obama enters Twitter age, opens @POTUS account

President Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new @POTUS account. For years, White House officials have used Twitter to communicate White House policy and occasional personal observations. But Obama himself pretty much stayed out of the social media fray. No longer. ...

Britain's anti-EU party UKIP riven with infighting

May 15, 2015

Britain's anti-EU party UKIP riven with infighting

A week after an election in which it won the third-biggest share of the national vote but just one seat in parliament, Britain’s U.K. Independence Party is tearing itself apart in spectacular fashion. First there was charismatic party leader Nigel Farage’s short-lived resignation, then ...