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Germany boots CIA station chief amid spy row

Jul 11, 2014

Germany boots CIA station chief amid spy row

Germany on Thursday expelled the CIA station chief in Berlin in an escalating row over alleged spying by the U.S. that has opened the worst diplomatic rift in years between the Western allies. The expulsion comes after two suspected U.S. spy cases were uncovered ...

Britain unveils emergency laws to keep email, phone data for security

Jul 10, 2014

Britain unveils emergency laws to keep email, phone data for security

Britain said on Thursday it would rush through emergency legislation to force telecoms firms to retain customer data for a year, calling the move vital for national security following a decision by Europe’s top court. Communication companies had been required to retain data for ...

Jul 10, 2014

Seized nuclear material in Iraq "low grade" — IAEA

The U.N. atomic agency believes nuclear material that Iraq said had been seized by insurgents was “low-grade” and did not pose a significant security risk. Iraq told the United Nations in a July 8 letter seen by reporters on Thursday that “terrorist groups” had ...

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin gets 10 years in corruption case

Jul 10, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin gets 10 years in corruption case

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for corruption during the critical years of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. A jury in February found Nagin, a Democrat, guilty on charges including ...

Nazi poster child recalls ordeal

Jul 10, 2014

Nazi poster child recalls ordeal

For the German photographer who chose a picture of a Jewish girl as the ideal Aryan for Nazi propagandists, it was a sly joke. For her family, it became a terrifying ordeal. Hessy Taft was 6 months old in 1935 when her mother took ...

Benghazi testimony suggests twin attacks

Jul 10, 2014

Benghazi testimony suggests twin attacks

Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks in 2012 suggests that the perpetrators of a second attack, on a CIA complex, probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before ...

Jul 10, 2014

Europe tightens curbs on organ trafficking

The Council of Europe adopted a new international convention on Wednesday making organ trafficking a criminal offense, giving the police greater scope to hunt mafia groups involved in cross-border trade. The new convention calls on governments to make it illegal for donors to be ...

Google exec killed by call girl's heroin: police

Jul 10, 2014

Google exec killed by call girl's heroin: police

An alleged high-end prostitute who is accused of injecting heroin into a Google executive on his yacht and leaving him to die after he overdosed appeared in court Wednesday on criminal charges including manslaughter, prostitution, destroying evidence and transporting a controlled substance. Alix Tichelman, ...

Tide of poor migrants floods Texas border

Jul 10, 2014

Tide of poor migrants floods Texas border

by Christopher Sherman

The influx of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has grown so large that it now requires its own transportation system: government buses that spend each night idling on a Texas roadside, awaiting the latest arrivals. The buses, joined by a fleet of Border Patrol ...

Teen targets Pacific plastic menace

Jul 10, 2014

Teen targets Pacific plastic menace

Dutch student Boyan Slat is only 19 years old, but he already has 100 people working on his revolutionary plan to scoop thousands of tons of damaging plastics from the oceans. The world’s “plastic soup,” much of it swirling around in five rotating oceanic ...