Archive for September 8th, 2013

Hicks: Death of Stevens ‘saddest moment’ in my career

September 8, 2013
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Hicks: Death of Stevens ‘saddest moment’ in my career

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks recalled being told of the death of then U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in Benghazi last year, characterizing it as the “saddest moment” in his career.
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Assad denies chemical weapons use

September 8, 2013
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By John Whitesides and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.
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Mexico dilutes fiscal reform as plan dodges sales tax

September 8, 2013
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By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico aims to increase taxes on higher earners, levy a charge on stock market gains and scrap loopholes, according to a draft of the government’s fiscal reform, but it has retreated from widening sales tax amid an economic slowdown.
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No fresh move on Saudi bourse opening -regulator

September 8, 2013
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RIYADH, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian officials are still discussing the opening of the stock market to direct foreign investment and no timetable has been set, the chief market regulator said on Sunday.
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US: ‘Common-sense test’ holds Assad responsible

September 8, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House asserted Sunday that a “common-sense test” rather than “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response.
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Report: NSA can access most smartphone data

September 8, 2013
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BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users’ data on all major smartphones, according to a report Sunday in German news weekly Der Spiegel.
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Zoopla hires Credit Suisse to study possible flotation

September 8, 2013
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain‘s second-biggest online estate agent Zoopla has hired investment bank Credit Suisse to explore growth opportunities, which could include a possible London stock market listing.
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Lingering doubts over Syria gas attack evidence

September 8, 2013
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BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the American public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence — no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications — connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack last month...
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Support growing for Syria strikes?

September 8, 2013
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The United States and France claimed growing international support for military strikes to punish the Syrian regime for an alleged chemical attack, after EU nations called for a “strong response”.
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Internet experts want security revamp after NSA revelations

September 8, 2013
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By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Internet security experts are calling for a campaign to rewrite Web security in the wake of disclosures that the U.S. National Security Agency has developed the capability to break encryption protecting millions of sites.
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