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Israel launches nationwide biometric database amid controversy – Xinhua | English.news.cn

JERUSALEM, July 8 (Xinhua) — Israel launched on Monday a nationwide pilot of biometric database with information of all Israeli citizens, amid public controversy and concerns by civil rights organizations. Opposition leader and chief of the Labor party Shelly Yachimovich slams the project, saying “it is just a matter of time before such a database […]

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Obama has ordered federal employees to spy on their colleagues

WASHINGTON — In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents. via Linchpin for Obama’s plan to predict future […]

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WikiLeaks: Snowden Has Not Accepted Asylum in Venezuela « CBS DC

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — WikiLeaks claims that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela after a Russian lawmaker tweeted, then deleted minutes later, that Snowden accepted asylum from the South American country. “The states concerned will make the announcement if and when the appropriate time comes. The announcement will then […]

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Edward Snowden Accuses Germany of Aiding NSA in Spying Efforts – SPIEGEL ONLINE

In an interview to be published in this week’s issue of SPIEGEL, American intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden criticizes the methods and power of the National Security Agency. Snowden said the NSA people are “in bed together with the Germans.” He added that the NSA’s “Foreign Affairs Directorate” is responsible for partnerships with other countries. […]

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World’s first floating nuclear power plant to begin operating in Russia in 2016 — RT News

In three years, Russia will have the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, capable of providing energy and heat to hard-to-get areas as well as drinking water to arid regions. The unique vessel should be operational by 2016, the general director of Russia’s biggest shipbuilders, the Baltic Plant, Aleksandr Voznesensky told reporters at the 6th […]

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Boeing 777 – Flight 214 crashed in San Francisco: Over 200 on board – SFGate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal aviation official says an Asiana Airlines flight has crashed while landing at San Francisco airport. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco Airport while landing via FAA: Airliner crashes on landing in San […]

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Venezuela offers Snowden asylum – USATODAY

CARACAS, Venezuela — Presidents Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela said Friday they were willing to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden has asked for asylum in several countries, including Nicaragua and Venezuela. “We have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the American Edward Snowden to protect him from the […]

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Live: Egypt protests in Tahrir Square as military deadline closes in (video, updates) – Times-Standard Online

Size of the protests Reports and images indicate that more people are protesting now than did in 2011, when protests led to then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster after 30 years in power and captured the attention of the world. About a half million people protested in Cairo’s Tahrir Square a few days ago, reports the Guardian, and […]

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