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NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions ofinternet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal.

Down Jones and Nasdaq down sharply as US government shutdown looms

US stock markets fell sharply on Monday as deadlock in Congress appeared increasingly likely to lead to the first partial shutdown of the federal government in almost two decades.

Hassan Rouhani suggests resuming direct flights between Iran and US

Days after the historic phone conversation between Barack Obama andIran‘s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran has said it will study how to restore direct flights to the US for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to become saints

John XXIII, the pontiff who called the landmark second Vatican council, and John Paul II, who crisscrossed the globe during his 26 years as leader of the Roman Catholic church, will be declared saints in April in a historic ceremony that could be attended by their two living successors.

UN inspectors prepare to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons cache

A 20-strong international team of engineers, chemists and paramedics leave the Netherlands for Syria on Monday to embark on the most hazardous mission in the history of disarmament: to dismantle one of the world’s biggest chemical weapons arsenals, during a civil war, under extreme deadline pressure.

BP returns to court over Deepwater Horizon spill as $18bn in fines loom

BP‘s lawyers will fight attempts to fine the oil group up to $18bn (£11bn) over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, when a new trial opens in New Orleans on Monday.

Record Label Picks Copyright Fight – With The Wrong Guy

An Australian record label may have picked a fight with the wrong guy. The label sent a standard takedown notice threatening to sue after YouTube computers spotted its music in a video.

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