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U.S. tells citizens in Yemen to leave immediately

(Reuters) – The United States told its citizens in Yemen on Tuesday to leave immediately and airlifted out some U.S. government personnel, following warnings of potential attacks that have pushed Washington to shut diplomatic missions across the Middle East.

Syria rebels strike Assad’s Alawite stronghold, seize airport

(Reuters) – Syrian Islamist rebels have killed around 200 people in a three-day offensive in the mountain stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect and driven hundreds of villagers to seek refuge on the Mediterranean coast, activists said on Tuesday.

Bradly Manning’s maximum sentence reduced to a possible 90 years

Bradley Manning has seen his maximum sentence for leaking state secrets to WikiLeaks cut from 136 years to a possible 90 years, marking a rare victory for the defence in a trial that has so far swung almost exclusively in the US government’s direction.

Iran ready to talk if US shows ‘goodwill’ says new president

Iran‘s new president, Hassan Rouhani, has made clear that his government is open to direct talks with the US, in a move that could open the way to breaking the stalemate over the nuclear issue.

Cory Booker out front as Democrats debate in New Jersey special election

All four Democratic candidates for New Jersey‘s special US Senateelection met for the first time in a debate on Monday night, eight days before the state’s primary election on August 13. And for a race that shows one candidate, Newark mayor Cory Booker, dominating the rest of the field by double-digit margins, there was a surprising lack of viciousness on display.

Former NSA chief warns of cyber-terror attacks if Snowden apprehended

The former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA speculated on Tuesday that hackers and transparency groups were likely to respond with cyber-terror attacks if the United States government apprehends whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Washington Post sold: Amazon’s Bezos shocks media with $250m purchase

The Washington Post is to be sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder of the web retail giant Amazon, in a move that has shocked even seasoned observers of the turmoil in the US newspaper industry.

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