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US Senate blocks government surveillance reform bill

WASHINGTON, Nov 19: US Senate Republicans on Tuesday (Nov 18) blocked a sweeping overhaul of a National Security Agency program that would have ended the government’s controversial bulk collection of data about Americans. The vote marks a blow for President Barack Obama, who had supported the reforms, and sets up a showdown in coming months as key surveillance provisions expire in ...Full Article

State of emergency declared in US protest town

FERGUSON, Nov 18: The governor of the US state of Missouri declared a state of emergency on Monday (Nov 17) and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand ...Full Article

Nearly 600 under watch in Mali in bid to stem Ebola

KOUREMALE, Nov 18: Mali said on Monday (Nov 17) it had placed nearly 600 people who may have been exposed to Ebola under surveillance as the country battles to contain the ...Full Article

‘Contagious’ bird flu outbreaks on Dutch, British farms

HEKENDORP, Netherlands, Nov 18: Dutch officials were on Monday (Nov 17) checking poultry farms for a highly infectious strain of bird flu following outbreaks of similar strains of the ...Full Article

Kerry says world will not be intimidated by Islamic State group

WASHINGTON, Nov 18: US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a withering critique of the Islamic State on Monday (Nov 17), blasting extremist brutality and insisting the world will not be intimidated ...Full Article

Romanian PM Ponta concedes defeat in presidential race

BUCHAREST, Nov 17: Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Sunday (Nov 16) conceded defeat in a presidential runoff he had been widely expected to win, after early exit polls showed he ...Full Article

Obama confirms ‘evil’ murder of US aid worker Kassig

BEIRUT, Nov 17: US President Barack Obama on Sunday (Nov 16) condemned as “pure evil” the Islamic State group’s beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig after the IS ...Full Article

Black weekend as storms lash Italy, Switzerland, France

GENEVA, Nov 11: At least four people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into buildings on either side of the Swiss-Italian border on Sunday (Nov 16), ...Full Article

Netherlands bans poultry transport after discovering bird flu

THE HAGUE, Nov 17: Dutch officials on Sunday (Nov 16) banned the transport of poultry in the Netherlands after the discovery of a highly infectious strain of bird flu ...Full Article

Islamic State executioner ‘Jihadi John’ injured in air strike: Reports

LONDON, Nov 16: The British government on Saturday (Nov 15) said it had received reports that “Jihadi John”, the British-accented Islamic State militant apparently responsible for the beheading of ...Full Article