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Final batch of secret Nixon tapes released

The final batch of taped conversations secretly recorded by US president Richard Nixon and then used to help bring him down during the Watergate scandal were released on Wednesday. The latest tapes, recorded between April and July 1973, add new historical insight into a period of rapprochement with the Soviet…

Black people in London twice as likely to be charged with drug possession

Black people are not just significantly more likely to be searched by police for drugs than their white peers, but face almost double the chance of being charged if any are found, according to a study of racial disparities in the way drug laws are enforced. The study showed, for…

ACLU: Secret program blacklists immigrants who are ‘perceived to be Muslim’

A covert national security programme allows the FBI and US immigration authorities the power to indefinitely delay immigration benefits to Muslims and those from Muslim countries, according to an investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union. The previously unknown programme, which began in 2008 under George W Bush to identify…

Canada plans to use hexacopter drones in war against geese

Canada’s capital has ordered drone strikes to rid a popular Ottawa beach of pesky geese that dirty the waters with fecal matter, demonstrating on Wednesday how it works. The hexacopter — a 26-inch-wide remote-controlled hobby aircraft that was adapted by its owner for pest control — takes off every morning…

Top general: Syrian rebels do not support U.S. interests

US armed intervention in Syria would not resolve the civil war and rebel forces cannot be relied on to back American interests, the top military chief said in a letter to Congress. Pushing back against calls for air strikes and other action, General Martin Dempsey said in a letter to…

Bradley Manning comforts his own sobbing legal team: I’m gonna be OK

WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning kept his composure Wednesday when he was sentenced to 35 years and comforted his own legal team when they broke down in tears, his lawyer said. David Coombs, the civilian who led Manning’s team, said his client was stoic but he and other lawyers cried when…

Venezuela to install 30,000 surveillance cameras across the country

Venezuela is installing 30,000 surveillance cameras to crack down on rampant crime, officials said Wednesday. Most of the Chinese-made equipment will be put up in the capital Caracas. Some is already in place in a municipality within the Caracas metropolitan area as part of a pilot program. “The goal is…

NSA spied on Americans until a judge ruled it illegal in 2011

The National Security Agency spied on electronic communications between Americans in a program that was later scrapped after a judge ruled it illegal in 2011, US officials said Wednesday. A senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity told reporters that the surveillance collection was “a result of a technological…

U.S. reluctant to intervene in Syria despite chemical arms strike

The United States refused to set new “red lines” for Syria on Wednesday as claims of a horrific chemical arms strike reignited debate over its reluctance to intervene in its civil war. Top officials faced new questions over Syria policy after rebels said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces massacred 1,300 people…

Small neo-Nazi anti-immigration protest in Berlin dwarfed by turnout for anti-neo-Nazi protest

German neo-Nazis have protested against a new political refugee centre in Berlin, seeking to stoke anti-foreigner sentiment a month before elections and sparking large counter-demonstrations. The far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) tried to drum up anti-foreigner feelings at a rally near the asylum seekers’ centre, a former school…

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