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Death, hunger, looting: Typhoon-ravaged Philippines’ state of national calamity

Death, hunger, looting: Typhoon-ravaged Philippines’ state of national calamity

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands dead and many more displaced and survivors battling for survival amid devastation and chaos, the Philippines has declared a state of national calamity to help restore order to the reeling nation. In a primetime television speech delivered Monday, President Benigno Aquino said: “We declare a state […]

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

American officials have begun advising US allies that the ongoing National Security Agency disclosures made possible by whistleblower Edward Snowden include files detailing cooperation between their international intelligence services. US officials told The Washington Post that Snowden leaked documents indicating massive intelligence gathering efforts against sometimes hostile countries, including China, Russia and Iran. Those files […]

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Many issues of national importance to Japan, probably including the state of the Fukushima power plant, may be designated state secrets under a new draft law. Once signed, it could see whistleblowers jailed for up to 10 years. Japan has relatively lenient penalties for exposing state secrets compared to many other nations, but that may […]

‘No Monsanto!': World marches against GMO food

‘No Monsanto!': World marches against GMO food

Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states. Berlin, Strasbourg, Chicago, London, Sydney and Mumbai are just a few […]

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 […]

​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 […]