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GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance

The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years in close partnership with Britain’s GCHQeavesdropping agency.

Gunman kills one and injures others at LAX airport in Los Angeles

A gunman with an apparent grudge against the American Transportation Security Administration opened fire with a high-powered rifle inside Los Angeles international airport on Friday, killing a security agent, injuring at least two other people and causing disruption to flights across the United States.

Pakistan on high alert after Taliban leader killed by US drone strike

Pakistan’s security forces have been put on high alert after a CIA drone attack killed the leader of the country’s Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, in the lawless tribal areas.

US emergency food providers brace as $5bn food stamp cuts set in

Inside a three-storey yellow brick building in East Harlem, at the north-east corner of Central Park, a brisk operation is under way to put food on the tables of some of the most needy families in the US. Clients place orders in a waiting room in the basement, or online from home, reducing the need for long lines in the cold. One floor up, scores of volunteers pack shopping bags from giant tubs of fresh fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs. When an order is ready, smiling schoolgirls call the names of clients and hand over the goods.

US claims Israel attacked Russian missile shipment in Syria

Israeli warplanes have attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, according to US officials. The disclosure could further strain US-Israel relations, which are already under pressure over differences regarding the Iranian nuclear programme.

Iran launches first submarine for tourists in Persian Gulf waters

Iran has launched its first submarine for tourists in the Persian Gulf waters, an Iranian-made undersea vehicle.

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