Spy panel wants duplicate oversight board replaced
WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They have functioned separately — with different experts and private and public hearings — but with almost the same mandate.
Obama orders military to review sexual assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military one year to make progress on an epidemic of sexual assault or face potential tougher reforms, hours after Congress sent a sweeping defense bill for his signature that cracks down on the crime in its ranks.
Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky a free man
BERLIN (AP) — After spending 10 years in Russian jails for what many in the West believe were trumped-up offenses, Mikhail Khodorkovsky left prison a free man Friday and immediately flew to Germany.
No agreement on Iran invite to Syria conference
GENEVA (AP) — The U.S. is blocking Iran's participation at the Syria peace conference planned for next month. but the other delegations have been agreed on and will include other regional players such as Saudi Arabia, officials said Friday.
South African trade union says Zuma must resign
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a move that could have major political ramifications for South Africa's ruling African National Congress party, the country's biggest trade union called Friday for President Jacob Zuma to resign and said it will not support the ANC in next year's elections.