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May 31, 2015

Senate meets to debate future of U.S. telephone spying powers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate convened a rare Sunday session in a last-ditch attempt to pass legislation to allow U.S. spy agencies to continue to sweep up information on Americans’ telephone calls and other business records.

Failure to pass such legislation would mean that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act would expire and, facing a midnight (0400 GMT Monday) deadline, the National Security Agency would have to shut off a vast surveillance system.

May 30, 2015

Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday,
the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies
will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected
Americans’ bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and
sealing off warehouses of digital data.

If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the USA
Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept.
11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded
in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist
attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and
critics of the surveillance say.

May 13, 2015

Obama bets that U.S.-Gulf alliance can survive tensions over Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama may fail to pacify Gulf Arab fears over his Iran nuclear diplomacy at a summit this week, following a pointed Saudi snub of the event. But a bigger question looms for Washington: how much does it matter?

Obama appears confident Washington has enough leverage to fend off Sunni Arab pressure to do more to stop arch-rival Shi’ite Iran from intervening in conflicts across much of the region, underlining diverging interests between the United States and its long-standing Gulf allies.

May 13, 2015

Analysis – Obama bets that U.S.-Gulf alliance can survive tensions over Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama may fail to pacify Gulf Arab fears over his Iran nuclear diplomacy at a summit this week, following a pointed Saudi snub of the event. But a bigger question looms for Washington: how much does it matter?

Obama appears confident Washington has enough leverage to fend off Sunni Arab pressure to do more to stop arch-rival Shi’ite Iran from intervening in conflicts across much of the region, underlining diverging interests between the United States and its long-standing Gulf allies.

May 13, 2015

U.S. experts may travel to Gulf to look at expediting arms sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies in the Gulf will discuss ways to expedite weapons sales during high-level meetings in Washington this week, followed by a likely trip to the region by a team of U.S. arms sales experts, U.S. and Gulf officials said on Tuesday.

Streamlining and accelerating sales of critical weapons will be a key topic during the summit, which is aimed at boosting security cooperation with Gulf Cooperation Council members.

Apr 29, 2015

Police enforce curfew in Baltimore, disperse protesters

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Thousands of police in riot gear and National Guard troops patrolled Baltimore to enforce a curfew on Tuesday night, dispersing protesters with pepper spray a day after the city was shaken by the worst rioting in the United States in years.

With helicopters overhead and armored vehicles on the ground, most people respected a curfew that started at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT Wednesday) and goes until 5 a.m. all week.

Apr 29, 2015

In Baltimore protests, 300 Men group aims to be ‘neutral force’

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – There were taunts, followed by a thrown bottle, and then the police pressed forward. Officers grabbed the man who attacked them and dragged him, thrashing, away. The crowd surged and a policeman fired pepper spray.

Quickly and quietly, a dozen men wearing black T-shirts inserted themselves between the officers and the throngs gathered to protest the death of a black man, urging calm on the crowd.

Apr 29, 2015

Thousands of police descend on Baltimore to enforce curfew after riots

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – As night falls on Baltimore on Tuesday, thousands of police and National Guard troops fanned out to enforce a new curfew and prevent further violence as the mayor fended off criticism that she responded sluggishly to a night of rioting, looting and fires.

More than 3,000 police from Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and National Guard members in helmets, took up posts in front of businesses and hospitals in Baltimore a day after the worst rioting in the United States in years.

Apr 28, 2015

In tense Baltimore, mayor’s response to rioting comes under scrutiny

BALTIMORE, April 28 (Reuters) – Baltimore’s mayor came under
criticism on Tuesday for a slow police response to some of the
worst urban rioting in the United States in years with shops
looted, buildings burned to the ground and 20 officers injured.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he had called Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly Monday but that she held off
requesting the National Guard until three hours after violence
first erupted following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man
who died in police custody on April 19.

Apr 28, 2015

Baltimore cleans up, mayor scrambles after riot over police-custody death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore residents on Tuesday began to clear the wreckage of rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, while the city’s mayor defended local law enforcement’s light initial response.

Acrid smoke hung over streets where violence broke out just blocks from Freddie Gray’s funeral and spread through much of the poor West Baltimore neighborhood. Nineteen buildings and 144 vehicles were set on fire, and 202 people were arrested, according to the mayor’s office.