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Intelligence chief James Clapper apologizes to Congress for ‘erroneous’ NSA claims

The US director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has attempted to head off criticism that he lied to Congress over the extent of government surveillance on American citizens, with a letter to senators in which he apologised for giving “erroneous” information. Two weeks after telling NBC news that he gave…

Rafael Correa says Ecuador helped Edward Snowden by mistake

Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden’s asylum request and never intended to facilitate his flight from Hong Kong, president Rafael Correa said as the whistleblower made a personal plea to Quito for his case to be heard. Snowden was Russia’s responsibility and would have to reach Ecuadorean territory before the…

Extremophile microbes to inherit the Earth in two billion years

Two billion years from now, an ever-hotter Sun will have cooked the Earth, leaving microbes confined to pockets of water in mountains or caves as the last survivors, a study said Monday. The bleak scenario is proposed by astrobiologist Jack O’Malley-James of the University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh. As the…

Edward Snowden threatens new leaks over ‘illegal aggression’

LONDON (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity. In a letter to Ecuador, Snowden said the United States was…

Judge showed ‘anti-Christian bias’ by upholding yoga classes in school: lawyer

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Yoga in a public school’s fitness program does not amount to teaching children religion because despite its roots in Hindu philosophy it is part of American culture, a California judge ruled on Monday. The ruling denied a request by a family in a…

Senior Vatican cleric denies money-laundering and corruption accusations

A senior Catholic cleric arrested as part of a sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank rejected accusations of money-laundering and corruption on Monday, Italian media reported. Nunzio Scarano, 61, who was arrested Friday along with a former Italian spy and a financer for allegedly plotting to smuggle millions of…

One in 10 people will live in climate hotspots by 2100

One in 10 people around the world will live in a place where climate change is damaging at least two major sectors such as crop yields, water, ecosystems or health, said an international study on Monday. These so-called climate “hotspots” will be most widespread in the southern Amazon, with “severe…

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to run against Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell

By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) – U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, will face a 2014 election challenge from popular Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. At a press conference on Monday in Frankfort, the state capital, Grimes announced her candidacy and said McConnell, who has represented…

Big U.S. corporations only pay one-third of tax rate: report

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For U.S. corporations the top federal income tax rate is 35 percent, but large, profitable companies on average paid only about a third of that in 2010, a report by the investigative arm of Congress said on Monday. As corporate lobbyists seek to preserve…

Guantanamo lawyers file lawsuit over ‘grotesque’ forced-feeding of hunger strikers

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) – Lawyers for four Guantanamo prisoners are asking a U.S. federal judge to block the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the detention camp, arguing that it violates human rights and serves no military purpose. The lawsuit was filed on Sunday night in Washington and U.S.…

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