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Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

Egypt army to get four fighter jets from US

US officials have agreed to donate four fighter jets to Egypt‘s army, in the latest indication of international support for the country’s interim government despite growing internal unease at the new regime’s management of the power transition.

US government assessment of BP oil spill ‘will not account for damage’

The US government cannot hope to arrive at a full accounting of the environmental destruction caused by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico using its current methods, an expert panel has said.

US immigration reform under threat from Republicans as Obama wades in

Barack Obama will meet the architects of a Senate bill that promises sweeping immigration reform on Thursday, amid signs that their ambitious proposals are starting to unravel in the face of opposition from conservative Republicans.

Zimmerman jurors given option to convict on manslaughter charge

A judge said on Thursday that jurors in the George Zimmerman case can consider the lesser charge of manslaughter, but she delayed ruling on whether they may also consider third-degree murder after defense attorneys called the proposal “outrageous”.

Senate heads toward showdown on Obama nominees

(Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday said he will hold votes next week on a number of President Barack Obama’s embattled executive-branch nominees, setting up a showdown with Republicans over rules used to block confirmations.

Microsoft revamps unifies Windows for mobile era

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp launched its biggest internal restructuring in five years to unify development of its products including Windows, across an increasingly wide spectrum of ways to use them, from mobile devices to the cloud.

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