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Senate committee votes unanimously to sanction any country that takes Snowden

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel voted unanimously on Thursday to seek trade or other sanctions against Russia or any other country that offers asylum to former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has been holed up for weeks at a Moscow airport. The 30-member Senate…

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…  …

U.S. to deliver F-16 fighters to Egypt despite recent upheaval

The United States is pressing ahead with plans to deliver four F-16 fighters to Egypt despite a military coup against President Mohammed Morsi, a US official said Thursday. “It’s still the status quo,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. There was no decision to halt the…

Latin America demands answers from U.S. on spying

From its neighbor Mexico down to Argentina, Latin American nations are demanding answers from the United States after a report of vast US spying on close allies and leftist critics alike. Governments voiced a mix of outrage and concern after the Brazilian daily O Globo, citing documents leaked by fugitive…

U.S. lags behind other wealthy nations in health and life expectancy

The United States spends more per capita on health care than any place in the world but lags behind other wealthy nations in health and life expectancy, according to research published on Wednesday. Japan still leads the world in terms of living the longest, with average life expectancy at 82.6…

Snowden charges first step in long extradition process

By Tabassum Zakaria and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has filed espionage charges against Edward Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who admitted revealing secret surveillance programs to media outlets, according to a court document made public on Friday. The charges are the government’s first…

Study finds more pests are growing resistant to genetically modified crops

More pest species are becoming resistant to the most popular type of genetically-modified, insect-repellent crops, but not in areas where farmers follow expert advice, a study said on Monday. The paper delves into a key aspect of so-called Bt corn and cotton — plants that carry a gene to make…

U.S. sits on sidelines as more than 60 countries sign arms trade treaty

More than 60 countries on Monday signed a landmark conventional arms trade treaty, but the United States held back from joining the first wave of signatories while Russia and China are expected to stay out of the accord. The UN-brokered treaty is the first covering weaponry of any kind for…

Eric Holder officially admits U.S. drone strikes killed four Americans

The United States formally said for the first time on Wednesday that it had killed radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and three other US citizens in anti-terror strikes abroad. The acknowledgement that Washington targeted Awlaki in Yemen in September 2011 and that the three others were not directly targeted, but…

Falling U.S. deficit renews ‘austerity or growth?’ debate

Austerity or growth? Europe’s struggling economies have faced the question without fully answering it in recent years, but the United States is on track to do both. Projections unveiled this week by the Congressional Budget Office indicate the US deficit will shrink more than 40 percent during fiscal 2013, returning…

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