National Security

12:01pm

Thu August 8, 2013
World

Al-Qaida Conference Call? It Wasn't On Phone, Reporters Say

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:16 am

"Dial 1 if you're the conference host."
Mark Memmott NPR

One of this week's most-talked-about stories is The Daily Beast's report that "the crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda's senior leaders and representatives of several of the group's affiliates throughout the region."

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6:17am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: NSA Is Searching 'Vast Amounts' Of Americans' Emails

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 8:50 am

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

"The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials," The New York Times reported Thursday.

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12:46pm

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

3 Extradition Cases That Help Explain U.S.-Russia Relations

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 2:30 pm

A Russian police officer watches a protester during a rally in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in September 2004. Some 500 protesters demanded the extradition of Ilyas Akhmadov from the United States.
Alexander Nemenov AFP/Getty Images

Earlier today, diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia suffered a substantial blow, when President Obama pulled out a of planned bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September.

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7:28am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting With Putin

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:12 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama when they sat down together in June at a G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
Alexi Nikolsky EPA /LANDOV

President Obama has canceled a one-on-one September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House says.

It's the most dramatic effect so far on U.S.-Russian relations in the wake of Russia's decision to grant "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden temporary asylum while he tries to get safe haven in some third country.

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4:53am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Yemeni Government Says Al-Qaida Plot Was Foiled

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:02 am

A Yemeni soldier stands guard Tuesday near Sanaa International Airport.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Journalist Iona Craig, in Yemen, talks with NPR's Renee Montagne

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