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Obama skipped most of his daily intelligence briefings - Government Accountability Institute

Obama skipped most of his daily intelligence briefings – Government Accountability Institute

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)
U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

​US President Barack Obama has attended only 42 percent of his daily intelligence briefings since assuming office more than five and a half years ago, according to a new study.

The Government Accountability Institute, a watchdog non-profit organization,calculatedthe number of times Obama has received daily oral intelligence briefings, or the…

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CEO of spyware phone app firm indicted on conspiracy charges

CEO of spyware phone app firm indicted on conspiracy charges

Reuters / Zoran Milich
Reuters / Zoran Milich

The head of a company that sells a spyware application for smartphones has been indicted and arrested for conspiracy and other charges related to surreptitious interception. It is the first time the US Department of Justice has targeted spyware apps.

READ MORE: Little Spy Corvette: GM’s new high-tech recorder illegal in many states

Undetectable and untraceable by most…

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California governor vetoes bill requiring warrants for police drones

California governor vetoes bill requiring warrants for police drones

Reuters / Mike Segar
Reuters / Mike Segar

Despite widely clearing both the state’s Senate and Assembly, California Governor Jerry Brown shot down a bill on Sunday that would have imposed restrictions on when law enforcement agencies can use drones for surveillance.

Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement over the weekend that he was vetoing the drone accountability act that, had it been signed into law, would require…

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US might keep Bagram secret prison detainees even after end of Afghan War

US might keep Bagram secret prison detainees even after end of Afghan War

A detainee holding cell is pictured at a new detention centre at the U.S. Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul.(Reuters / Jonathon Burch)
A detainee holding cell is pictured at a new detention centre at the U.S. Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul. (Reuters / Jonathon Burch)

​ The United States government is committed to concluding its war in Afghanistan at the end of this year, but isn’t too certain about what finally ending that operation will mean for a group of foreign prisoners being held near Kabul.

Journalist Jessica Donati…

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​US ‘underestimated’ Islamic State militants in Syria – Obama

​US ‘underestimated’ Islamic State militants in Syria – Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)
U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

Publicly announcing that US intelligence agencies “underestimated” the presence and activity of Islamic State militants in Syria, US President Barack Obama in an interview with CBS called the country a “ground zero” for international jihadists.

“Over the past couple of years, during the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you…

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Tear gas and pepper spray as thousands-strong Hong Kong protest turns violent

Tear gas and pepper spray as thousands-strong Hong Kong protest turns violent

Riot police fire tear gas to disperse protesters after thousands of protesters blocked the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 28, 2014.(Reuters / Stringer)
Riot police fire tear gas to disperse protesters after thousands of protesters blocked the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 28, 2014.(Reuters / Stringer)

Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray on a crowd of pro-democracy protesters who ignored warnings and blocked the city’s main highway. The violence came after…

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US expands strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, Arab nations join air campaign

US expands strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, Arab nations join air campaign

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Video from the air strike carried out in Syria near the border with Turkey on Sept. 27, 2014 (Image credit: Screenshot of US Central Command video)

Video from the air strike carried out in Syria near the border with Turkey on Sept. 27, 2014 (Image credit: Screenshot of US Central Command video)

The United States has expanded the air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, according to the Pentagon, with new strikes on Saturday targeting a besieged Kurdish area near the Turkish border.

Read more: “France launches first round…

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US senators demand probe into leaked Goldman Sachs tapes

US senators demand probe into leaked Goldman Sachs tapes

The U.S. Federal Reserve building in Washington (Reuters/onathan Ernst)
The U.S. Federal Reserve building in Washington (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

US Senate Banking Committee members are calling for hearings and full investigation into alleged ties between Federal Reserve supervisors and officials at Goldman Sachs, a bank the Fed was supposed to be policing.

Congress must hold “oversight hearings on the disturbing issues”raised by the secretly recorded conversations…

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British jets deployed on 1st Iraq anti-ISIS mission

British jets deployed on 1st Iraq anti-ISIS mission

A British Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon. (Reuters/Giampiero Sposito)
A British Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon. (Reuters/Giampiero Sposito)

Armed British RAF jets have been deployed on their first mission in Iraq since UK lawmakers voted to authorize military strikes against so-called Islamic State (IS) targets in the country.

A Ministry of Defense Spokesman (MOD) confirmed on Saturday that “Royal Air Force Tornados continue to fly over Iraq and are now ready to be…

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Pentagon ready to train up to 15,000 Syrian rebels

Pentagon ready to train up to 15,000 Syrian rebels

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) listens as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey talks in a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, September 26, 2014. (Reuters/Larry Downing)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) listens as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey talks in a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, September 26, 2014. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

Pentagon officials provided an update on Friday concerning the campaign being waged against militants from the so-called Islamic State and said the operation remains a ways from being…

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