AP CEO calls records seizure unconstitutional 19 May 2013, 8:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records "unconstitutional" and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department.
Why IRS investigation is already Obama's Watergate – and Benghazi, too 19 May 2013, 8:19 pm Will Benghazi become President Obama's Watergate? Or perhaps the IRS scandal?
One killed in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli 19 May 2013, 8:11 pm TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) - One person was killed and a dozen people were wounded by gunfire on Sunday in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, security sources said, in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence fuelled by the civil war in neighboring Syria. They said the dead man was from Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district, an enclave of Alawite residents in the mainly Sunni Muslim port city. Most Sunni Muslims in Lebanon support the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, who is from Syria's Alawite minority. ...
Canadian prime minister's top aide quits over expenses scandal 19 May 2013, 7:57 pm
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The top aide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper abruptly resigned on Sunday over his role in an mounting expenses scandal which is threatening to undermine the Conservative government. Nigel Wright, Harper's chief of staff, quit after secretly giving a C$90,000 ($87,000) check in February to Mike Duffy, a member of the upper Senate chamber, to help him cover living expenses he had improperly claimed. News of the gift leaked late on Tuesday. ...
Seen and heard at the Cannes Film Festival 19 May 2013, 7:51 pm
Obama to detail terrorism policy including drone attacks and Guantánamo Bay prison 19 May 2013, 7:27 pm In what’s being billed by the White House as a major national security speech, President Obama this week will explain his policies dealing with counterterrorism, the use of drone aircraft, Al Qaeda, and the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Video shows kidnapped Egyptian security officers 19 May 2013, 7:24 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Seven men purported to be the members of Egypt's security forces kidnapped by suspected militants last week appeared in a video posted online Sunday and urged the government to secure their release by meeting their captors' demands.
Protesting Egyptian police block Israel border crossing 19 May 2013, 7:17 pm
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police enraged by the kidnapping of seven of their colleagues by Islamist gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula blocked a commercial border crossing with Israel on Sunday to pressure the Cairo government to help free the men, security sources said. A video posted online on Sunday showed seven blindfolded men, who said they were the hostages, begging President Mohamed Mursi to free political detainees in Sinai in exchange for their own release. Mursi said "all options are open" to free the hostages. "We will not succumb to any blackmail," he wrote on Twitter. ...
Syrian troops push into strategic rebel-held town 19 May 2013, 7:07 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops pushed into a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Sunday, fighting house-to-house and bombing from the air as President Bashar Assad tried to strengthen his grip on a strategic strip of land running from the capital to the Mediterranean coast.
India gripes over border, trade woes on Li's first foreign trip 19 May 2013, 6:59 pm
By Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told visiting Chinese President Li Keqiang on Sunday a recent military standoff in the Himalayas could affect relations between the two countries as they looked to boost bilateral trade. At a meeting shortly after Li arrived in India on his first foreign trip, Singh said relations were affected when "peace and tranquility" on the border was impacted, a senior government official with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. ...