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Protests continue in Sao Paulo, troops sent to 5 Brazilian cities

(Reuters) – Demonstrators blocked a major highway and other roads in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, crippling transportation in Brazil’s largest city and financial hub, in an ongoing wave of protests against poor public services, inflation and police violence.

Karzai suspends security talks and accuses US of ‘inconsistent statements’

Afghanistan‘s president, Hamid Karzai, has suspended talks on a long-term security deal to keep US troops in his country after Nato leaves in 2014, accusing Washington of duplicity in its efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban.

FBI admits to using surveillance drones over US soil

he FBI has admitted it sometimes uses aerial surveillance drones over US soil, and suggested further political debate and legislation to govern their domestic use may be necessary.

Barack Obama: NSA is not rifling through ordinary people’s emails

Barack Obama has sought to address European concerns over internetprivacy in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillancescandal, insisting US authorities are not “rifling through the emails” of ordinary people and he is confident the US intelligence services have “struck the appropriate balance” between security and civil rights.

House Republicans pass bill to criminalise some abortions

The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday night that would jail doctors for up to five years if they performed an abortion on a woman after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Turkey ‘standing people’ protest spreads amid Erdogan’s crackdown

Lunchtime in the waterfront district of Beşiktaş in Istanbul on Tuesday and Ismail Orhan has been standing silently under a yellow parasol in the blistering heat for more than four hours.

Obama calls for reduction in nuclear arms in broad-brush Berlin speech

Barack Obama called for a renaissance in the shared liberal values that underpin western nations on Wednesday as he announced plans to cut nuclear weapons in a much-anticipated speech in Berlin that also acknowledged unease over privacy and drone strikes.

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