Crisis

France accuses Syria of 3 chemical attacks, Assad slams Western logic

France accuses Syria of 3 chemical attacks, Assad slams Western logic

At least three chemical attacks were staged in Syria between April and August, a declassified French intelligence report claims, while President Bashar Assad said it was “illogical” for the government to launch a chemical weapons strike. The declassified nine-page French intelligence report, issued by the country’s external and military services, suggests government forces loyal to President […]

NSA holds emergency hearing to fight off anti-surveillance amendment in Congress

NSA holds emergency hearing to fight off anti-surveillance amendment in Congress

The National Security Agency has invited certain members of Congress to a top secret, invitation only meeting to discuss a proposed amendment that could end the NSA’s ability to conduct dragnet surveillance on millions of Americans. A letter circulated only to select lawmakers early Tuesday announced that NSA Director General Keith B. Alexander would host […]

​Merkel calls for global data protection agreement

​Merkel calls for global data protection agreement

An international agreement on protection of electronic data is needed, according to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after Edward Snowden’s revelations that the US spied on Germany through its PRISM surveillance program. “If digital communication raises new questions worldwide, then we should take up the challenge. Germany is working for that,” Merkel told the weekly Welt am […]

US hit with civil disorder following Zimmerman ‘not guilty’ verdict

US hit with civil disorder following Zimmerman ‘not guilty’ verdict

Nationwide protests ignited in US following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, 17, out of apparent self-defense. Demonstrators have been burning flags, smashing windows and police cars. Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on Zimmerman verdict fallout. People are expressing themselves on the streets from Los Angeles to New York following the ‘not guilty’ decisionhanded […]

2 dead, dozens injured as Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco intl airport (PHOTOS)

2 dead, dozens injured as Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco intl airport (PHOTOS)

An Asiana Airline Boeing 777 from Seoul, South Korea, has crash landed at San Francisco International Airport leaving two dead and more than 180 injured. The two fatalities were identified by state media on Sunday as two Chinese schoolgirls, Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both 16, who had been traveling as part of a group […]

Greenwald on ‘coming’ leak: NSA can obtain one billion cell phone calls a day, store them and listen

Greenwald on ‘coming’ leak: NSA can obtain one billion cell phone calls a day, store them and listen

The NSA has a “brand new” technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden’s documents was ‘coming soon.’ Calling it part of a “globalized system to destroy all privacy,” and the enduring […]

Firefox plug-in warns users of NSA surveillance

Firefox plug-in warns users of NSA surveillance

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day? The government is likely logging even the most mundane day-to-day computer habits of millions of Americans, but there’s a way to stand up against surveillance while also rocking out. According to leaked NSA documents published by The Guardian last week, the United States National Security […]

The US government might be the biggest hacker in the world

The US government might be the biggest hacker in the world

The United States government is investing tens of millions of dollars each year on offensive hacking operations in order to exploit vulnerabilities in the computers of its adversaries, Reuters reports. According to an in-depth article published Friday by journalist Joseph Menn, the US and its Department of Defense contractors are increasingly pursuing efforts to hack […]

Florida scientifically engineers insects to fight incurable citrus disease

Florida scientifically engineers insects to fight incurable citrus disease

Millions of Florida oranges are falling from the trees, unripe and green, plagued with a disease that is threatening to spread across the entire country. And although Florida is known for its citruses, the Sunshine State is quickly running out. Huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening, has infected fruit-bearing trees in all 32 of Florida’s […]

US suicide rates surge, surpass road fatalities

US suicide rates surge, surpass road fatalities

More Americans now die of suicide than from car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a disturbing statistic that some experts say points to the true depths of the US economic crisis. From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among US citizens between the ages of 35 to 64 soared by […]