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Russia and Ukraine trade accusations of cross-border shelling, combat escalation

Russia and Ukraine trade accusations of cross-border shelling, combat escalation

By End the Lie

A border crossing between Ukraine and Russia in 2004 (Image credit: Susan/Flickr)

A border crossing between Ukraine and Russia in 2004 (Image credit: Susan/Flickr)

The Obama administration and Ukraine have accused Russia of firing artillery from Russia into Ukrainian territory and amassing heavy weapons near the border, while Russia has accused Ukraine of shelling a village in Russian territory.

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​West under threat: Terrorists from Syria are heading to Norway - officials

​West under threat: Terrorists from Syria are heading to Norway – officials

Reuters / Khalil Ashawi
Reuters / Khalil Ashawi

A terrorist group has left Syria and is heading to Norway, said Norwegian intelligence officials. The statement comes the day after the country’s authorities were informed of a possible “terrorist attack” and took security measures.

“We received information that a group of people have traveled from Syria with the goal of carrying out a terror attack in the West, and…

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Spy for a spy: Germany to monitor US, UK agents

Spy for a spy: Germany to monitor US, UK agents

Reuters / Paul Hackett
Reuters / Paul Hackett

Germany will monitor US and UK agents as part of its long discussed counter-espionage ’360 degree view’ plan, shifting its focus from China, Russia, and Iran, according to local media.

Two unnamed sources confirmed to Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, gave a green light for the step after negotiations with interior and foreign…

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White House and Senate close to agreement on curbing NSA spying

White House and Senate close to agreement on curbing NSA spying

Reuters / HO
Reuters / HO

Even with the start of a month-long congressional recess only two weeks away, lawmakers in the United States Senate may soon vote on a long-awaited surveillance reform bill before heading home for the rest of summer.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters this week that lawmakers in his chamber are almost ready to unveil a…

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‘Concrete facts are not necessary’ - Obama administration makes blacklisting air passengers easier than ever

‘Concrete facts are not necessary’ – Obama administration makes blacklisting air passengers easier than ever

AFP Photo / Getty Images / John Moore
AFP Photo / Getty Images / John Moore

A never-before-published document released by The Intercept on Wednesday reveals the flexibility with which United States officials may place individuals on watchlists and deem them terrorists without obtaining concrete proof.

The 166-page document, the “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” suggests that the US government relies on “a secret process that…

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Multi-billion pound UK govt IT contract ‘out of control’ – report

Multi-billion pound UK govt IT contract ‘out of control’ – report

AFP Photo/Jonathan Nackstrand
AFP Photo/Jonathan Nackstrand

A £10.4 billion government IT contract has spiralled “out of control,” with private contractors reaping more than £1 billion in profits at the behest of British taxpayers.

In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said that the Aspire contract, designed to streamline government IT services, went drastically over budget after civil servants…

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Obama administration sending military advisers to Ukraine within weeks

Obama administration sending military advisers to Ukraine within weeks

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)
U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

​The United States is reportedly preparing to send a team of military advisers into Ukraine to assist with revamping forces there in the midst of the ongoing crisis between government-loyal troops and an anti-Kiev militia.

On Tuesday this week, the Washington Times reportedthat a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense confirmed plans to…

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NYPD baffled by white flags placed atop Brooklyn Bridge

NYPD baffled by white flags placed atop Brooklyn Bridge

Reuters / Jim Young
Reuters / Jim Young

​The American flags placed above the Brooklyn Bridge were apparently bleached into white flags Tuesday morning, leaving New Yorkers and law enforcement authorities baffled as to who or why anyone would do such a thing.

According to theAssociated Press, the New York Police Department believes a group of four or five people is responsible for the incident. Security footage…

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Google to face lawsuit over providing consumer data to advertisers

Google to face lawsuit over providing consumer data to advertisers

Reuters / Francois Lenoir
Reuters / Francois Lenoir

A federal judge has denied Google Inc’s attempt to dismiss a privacy lawsuit brought against the technology giant for commingling user data across its different products and offering that data to advertisers without permission.

US District Judge Paul Grewal ruled Monday evening that Google has to face the breach of contract and fraud claims brought by users of Android…

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HRW: Kiev did not provide adequate protection and help to internal refugees

HRW: Kiev did not provide adequate protection and help to internal refugees

Refugees at the Severny border checkpoint in the Lugansk region. (RIA Novosti / Valeriy Melnikov)
Refugees at the Severny border checkpoint in the Lugansk region. (RIA Novosti / Valeriy Melnikov)

Tens of thousands of Ukrainians forced from their homes by the internal armed conflict are receiving little protection and assistance from Ukrainian authorities, claims Human Rights Watch in a letter sent to President Petro Poroshenko.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has conducted researchof its own,…

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