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Obama promises review of NSA spying program, possible reforms

Obama promises review of NSA spying program, possible reforms Sat, 21 Dec, 2013

US President Barack Obama has suggested there may be a review of surveillance by the National Security Agency in the wake of a series of spying revelations.
EU promises tough summit with Russia over Ukraine

EU promises tough summit with Russia over Ukraine Sat, 21 Dec, 2013

European Union leaders are promising to confront Russia at an upcoming summit about what the giant trade bloc says is undue Russian pressure to steer Ukraine away from an economic alliance with the West and toward Moscow.
US judge strikes down Utah's gay marriage ban

US judge strikes down Utah's gay marriage ban Sat, 21 Dec, 2013

A U.S. federal judge has struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. 
Ugandan parliament passes anti-homosexuality law

Ugandan parliament passes anti-homosexuality law Sat, 21 Dec, 2013

Uganda's parliament has passed a bill that would make some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison.
South Sudan president ready to talk as clashes spread

South Sudan president ready to talk as clashes spread Wed, 18 Dec, 2013

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir says he is willing to hold talks with the former vice president he accuses of leading a coup attempt against him.
Russia approves amnesty covering punk band members, Greenpeace

Russia approves amnesty covering punk band members, Greenpeace Wed, 18 Dec, 2013

Russian lawmakers have approved a Kremlin-backed amnesty bill that could free the two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot while also ending the prosecution of 30 Greenpeace crew members.
Turkey PM Erdogan condemns 'dirty' corruption probe

Turkey PM Erdogan condemns 'dirty' corruption probe Wed, 18 Dec, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a corruption probe in which dozens of people have been detained is part of a "dirty operation" against his administration, linking it to a summer of anti-government protests.
Judge rules NSA phone data program is likely unconstitutional

Judge rules NSA phone data program is likely unconstitutional Tue, 17 Dec, 2013

A  U.S. judge says the government's secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans is likely unconstitutional.
S Sudan declares curfew after troops clash

S Sudan declares curfew after troops clash Tue, 17 Dec, 2013

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir declared an overnight curfew in the capital after the government foiled what he called an attempted coup. 
Attacks kill 65 in Iraq, including Shiite pilgrims

Attacks kill 65 in Iraq, including Shiite pilgrims Tue, 17 Dec, 2013

Iraqi officials say car bombs targeted Shi'ite pilgrims near Baghdad as Iraq-wide violence killed at least 65 people Monday.
UN starts first aid airlifts to Syria from Iraq as cold grips

UN starts first aid airlifts to Syria from Iraq as cold grips Mon, 16 Dec, 2013

The United Nations has started to deliver humanitarian aid by air into Syria from northern Iraq.
Ex-president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile poll run-off

Ex-president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile poll run-off Mon, 16 Dec, 2013

Chileans have handed moderate socialist former President Michelle Bachelet a new four-year term with a landslide victory in a runoff election.

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine dies at age 96

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine dies at age 96 Mon, 16 Dec, 2013

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine has died at the age of 96 in her home in Carmel, California.
McCain meets with Ukrainian opposition, backs pro-EU protests

McCain meets with Ukrainian opposition, backs pro-EU protests Sun, 15 Dec, 2013

U.S. Senator John McCain met Saturday in the Ukrainian capital with key government and opposition leaders, ahead of a mass rally aimed at forcing the Kyiv government and its leader, President Viktor Yanukovych, from power.
China's first lunar rover lands on moon

China's first lunar rover lands on moon Sun, 15 Dec, 2013

China's first lunar rover has begun a three-month scientific exploration of the moon's surface, after successfully deploying from an unmanned spacecraft Saturday.

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