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Obama op-ed: Al Qaeda on the path to defeat

PARIS — US President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that the Al-Qaeda network is nearing total defeat, having failed to destroy the United States’ “unique” leadership role in the world. In an op-ed for the French daily Le Figaro penned to mark the tenth anniversary of the Islamist extremist group’s…

Only 10 of 129 Saudis ‘still in Guantanamo’

RIYADH — Just 10 out of a previous total of 129 Saudi detainees now remain at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a local daily reported on Sunday. “There are only 10 out of 129 detainees” still being held in the prison, Al-Medina daily quoted a representative…

US Senate opens debate on Patriot Act

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate voted to open a debate on a proposed four-year extension of the Patriot Act, a controversial anti-terrorism law passed after the September 11 attacks. Key provisions of the law, which gave the government sweeping authority to conduct anti-terrorism investigations over the protests of civil…

PATRIOT Act extension fails procedural vote, expected to return

A plan that would have seen the House of Representatives extend controversial provisions of the PATRIOTAct with little debate failed Tuesday night, as a group of Republicans joined a majority of Democrats in voting no. The House voted 277 to 148 for the PATRIOT Act extension — 23 votes short…

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