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'Brainy TV' set to triumph over reality's race to the bottom

The grip trashy reality shows hold on television may be about to be broken by a new wave of intelligent documentaries.

'Brainy TV' set to triumph over reality's race to the bottom
Key quotes from CIA chief on torture report
Key quotes from CIA chief on torture report

CIA chief John Brennan acknowledged some of the US intelligence agency's interrogators went too far in their treatment of detaineesю

Key quotes from CIA chief on torture report
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Dolphin entangled in fishing line asks diver for help

A video capturing a dolphin entangled in a fishing line who approaches a group of divers for help has once again proved the animal’s high intelligence.

Dolphin entangled in fishing line asks diver for help
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'Smart' city guru arrives in Astana

William Hutchison, Executive Director of Ernst and Young and founder of Waterfront Toronto, will turn Kazakhstan's capital Astana into an "intelligent community".

'Smart' city guru arrives in Astana
In some cases, US spying 'has reached too far': Kerry
In some cases, US spying 'has reached too far': Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said for the first time Thursday that in some cases, US spying has gone too far, amid a row with Europe over the matter.

In some cases, US spying 'has reached too far': Kerry
US spy chiefs hit back in Europe row
US spy chiefs hit back in Europe row

US espionage chiefs turned the tables on European allies in the transatlantic spat over intercepted phone records, saying in many cases it was European agencies -- not the NSA -- that gathered and shared them with America.

US spy chiefs hit back in Europe row
US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying
US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying

The imbroglio over the tapping of Angela Merkel's phone deepened Sunday, after a US denial that President Barack Obama was informed years ago of electronic surveillance of the German chancellor.

US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying
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'Internal error' downs NSA website: official

The National Security Agency's website went down for several hours Friday, but the US spy service known for hacking into computer networks blamed the outage on a technical mistake.

'Internal error' downs NSA website: official
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NSA eavesdropped on 35 world leaders: report

US spies eavesdropped on the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after White House, Pentagon and State Department officials gave them the numbers.

NSA eavesdropped on 35 world leaders: report
Snowden says he took no secret documents to Russia
Snowden says he took no secret documents to Russia

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden says he did not bring any secret documents with him to Russia when he fled there, ensuring Moscow had no access to the files.

Snowden says he took no secret documents to Russia
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Secret US court approves further phone tracking

The secret federal court overseeing US wiretapping programs has extended the government's authority to collect US telephone records.

Secret US court approves further phone tracking
US spy revelations hurt Web trust: Facebook chief
US spy revelations hurt Web trust: Facebook chief

Revelations about the US government's secret surveillance programs has had a big impact on "trust metrics" of Internet companies like Facebook.

US spy revelations hurt Web trust: Facebook chief
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Snowden leak shows spy agencies break Web encryption

US and British intelligence agencies have cracked the encryption that secures a wide range of online communications -- including emails, banking transactions and phone conversations.

Snowden leak shows spy agencies break Web encryption
WikiLeaks: Manning apologizes, admits he 'hurt US'
WikiLeaks: Manning apologizes, admits he 'hurt US'

US Army private Bradley Manning apologized on Wednesday for leaking secret intelligence files to WikiLeaks and admitted for the first time that he had harmed his country and others.

WikiLeaks: Manning apologizes, admits he 'hurt US'
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Brazil calls US explanation of its alleged spying 'insufficient'

Brazil said Washington had not sufficiently responded to Brasilia's request it explain the alleged US electronic spying disclosed by rogue intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

Brazil calls US explanation of its alleged spying 'insufficient'
Merkel rivals sniff blood over NSA affair
Merkel rivals sniff blood over NSA affair

Ten weeks before German elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-left rivals have gone on the attack over reports of sweeping US online surveillance and German cooperation.

Merkel rivals sniff blood over NSA affair
Snowden has not yet accepted Venezuela asylum: WikiLeaks
Snowden has not yet accepted Venezuela asylum: WikiLeaks

The WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website said that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden had not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela.

Snowden has not yet accepted Venezuela asylum: WikiLeaks
Venezuelan leader offers Snowden 'humanitarian asylum'
Venezuelan leader offers Snowden 'humanitarian asylum'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered to give "humanitarian asylum" to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who is waiting in a Moscow airport for a nation to give him sanctuary.

Venezuelan leader offers Snowden 'humanitarian asylum'
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Bolivia FM denies Snowden on Morales jet

Bolivia's foreign minister on Tuesday denied that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling with President Evo Morales in his plan.

Bolivia FM denies Snowden on Morales jet
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Everybody spies on everybody: ex-intel officers

Europeans may express outrage over revelations of US spying but they know perfectly well how the espionage "game" is played -- everybody spies on everybody.

Everybody spies on everybody: ex-intel officers