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Bolivian president accuses U.S. of hacking into officials’ emails

Bolivia’s leftist president Evo Morales on Saturday accused US intelligence of hacking into the email accounts of top Bolivian officials, saying he had shut his own account down. Latin American leaders have lashed out at Washington over recent revelations of vast surveillance programs, some of which allegedly targeted regional allies…

Former Czech PM admits to affair with aide facing bribery charges

Former Czech prime minister Petr Necas on Saturday admitted a love affair with his top aide whose indictment of bribery and abuse of power led to the fall of his centre-right administration. Necas stepped down in mid-June after his chief-of-staff Jana Nagyova had been charged along with seven other senior…

Justice Department backs off on secret seizure of reporters’ records

Under heavy criticism from media organizations and others, the Obama administration has pulled back on one important aspect of its crackdown on government leaks: the ability of prosecutors to secretly seize reporters’ records while investigating leaks…  …

Is it illegal for the U.S. to block Edward Snowden’s asylum claim?

Is the United States illegally trying to block Edward Snowden’s right to seek asylum in other nations? That’s what the National Security Agency leaker asserts. In a meeting Friday at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, he told representatives of human…  …

Obama makes economic case for immigration reform

US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to pass a wide-ranging immigration reform bill, saying it would trim the US deficit and boost economic growth. His message was aimed at the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which has balked at approving a bipartisan Senate bill that would beef up border…

Taliban bans tight men’s clothing in Waziristan

The Pakistani Taliban have banned tight or see-through clothing for men, threatening to impose a fine and shutter businesses selling the items, traders from the country’s restive tribal belt said Saturday. Shopkeepers in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal district along the Afghan border told AFP the written…

Indonesian province bans female secretaries following string of extra-marital affairs

The governor of an Indonesian province on Saturday said he had ordered his top staff to replace their female secretaries with men following a string of extra-marital affairs. “I received inputs that many government office heads here are involved in extra-marital affairs with their female secretaries,” Rusli Habibie, the governor…

U.S. sees rapid decline in cocaine use

Cocaine use and a host of problems associated with the drug have been declining steadily in the United States in recent years – with at least a 40 percent drop in people using cocaine since 2006. “I’ve never seen such a rapid decline for such…  …

Saudi Arabia urges elderly to avoid hajj over MERS coronavirus fears

Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged elderly and chronically ill Muslims not to perform the hajj pilgrimage, to curb the spread of the MERS coronavirus which has killed 38 in the kingdom. The health ministry issued a set of conditions for people wanting to perform the annual hajj, which this year…

Two dead, 100 injured and thousands evacuated as Typhoon Soulik hits Taiwan

Typhoon Soulik battered Taiwan with torrential rain and powerful winds on Saturday that left two people dead and at least 100 injured. Roofs were ripped from homes, debris and fallen trees littered the streets, and some areas were submerged by flood waters. One town in central Taiwan reported “widespread” landslides…

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