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US may keep control of foreign prisoners in Afghanistan

The US military may retain control of foreign detainees in Afghan prison who are linked to insurgents, despite next year’s transfer of all prison authority to Kabul, a top US military officer said Thursday. “Our preference would be not to. But I would not rule that out as an option…

French watchdog warns of iPhone hacker glitch

PARIS — French authorities and experts warned Thursday hackers could gain control of iPhones and other gadgets made by US tech giant Apple through the Internet, plundering users’ data and tapping their calls. “Two vulnerabilities have been discovered” in Apple’s operating system for the iPhone, iPad tablet computer and iPod…

US intelligence spending completely out of control, Washington Post reveals

Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 top-secret intelligence gathering by the government has grown so unwieldy and expensive that no one really knows what it cost and how many people are involved, The Washington Post reported Monday. (The Post’s incredible article, written by Pultizer-prize winning reporter Dana Priest,…

Beijing starts gating, locking lower-income migrant villages

The government calls it “sealed management.” China’s capital has started gating and locking some of its lower-income neighborhoods overnight, with police or security checking identification papers around the clock, in a throwback to an older style of control. It’s Beijing’s latest effort to reduce rising crime often blamed on the…

US police ‘out of control’ in spy case: Putin

Russia furious over Cold War-style US spy arrests Russia bristled Tuesday at US claims that it had smashed a Cold War-style Russian spy ring as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressed hope the scandal would not damage improving bilateral relations. The US Justice Department said 10 “deep-cover” suspects, accused of infiltrating…

FTC clears Twitter in Obama hacking incident ‎

Twitter has reached a settlement with US regulators over a privacy breach that allowed hackers to access the accounts of then president-elect Barack Obama and others and send out phony messages. Under the settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the popular San Francisco-based micro-blogging service must establish an independently…

Rove: Bush White House wanted to get rid of ‘mentally ill’ reporter

Years ago, many liberals believed that former White House correspondent Jeff Gannon/Guckert, who drew national attention for his past life as a gay escort after he was caught lobbing “softballs” during Bush administration press briefings, was a GOP plant “embedded with the liberal Washington press corps.” Despite months of research…

British PM Gordon Brown makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Early wins in a major anti-Taliban push in southern Afghanistan offered a “beacon of hope,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Saturday during a surprise visit to troops. During a lightning eight-hour visit to Helmand province, Brown cautioned that it was vital to “win the peace as well as the…

GOP’s Steele in damage control mode after ‘Evil Empire’ presentation

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele went on Fox News to carry out damage control Thursday after revelations that an RNC campaign strategy presentation portrayed President Obama as the Joker from Batman and appeared to hold Republican donors in contempt. A presentation on strategy delivered to Republican donors and fundraisers…

Toyota owners say fix didn’t work

Several Toyota owners whose cars are back on the road after being serviced as part of the automaker’s massive recall have told federal regulators that the fix didn’t work, reports the Los Angeles Times. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received at least seven complaints in the last two…

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