World News Briefs -- June 7, 2013

Obama Administration Defends 2nd Mass Surveillance Project -- FOX News

The Obama administration found itself defending -- and beginning to explain -- yet another surveillance effort after leaked documents revealed information about two secret National Security Agency intelligence-gathering programs.

On top of a Guardian newspaper report that revealed how authorities were collecting phone records from millions, a Washington Post report detailed another program that scours major Internet companies including Google and Facebook for data. A former senior NSA official confirmed to Fox News that the program was started in 2007 by the FBI and NSA and allows them to tap into top U.S. Internet companies to pull audio, video and other data.

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Syrian opposition leader: Conflict could spread.

Peacekeepers in disarray as Austrians withdraw from Golan Heights. Israeli fury at Austria's Golan Heights pullout.

Lebanese army slams ‘plot’ to embroil country in Syria war.

Iraq bombings claim more casualties.

Turkey PM calls for end to protests. Thousands greet defiant Erdogan.

Iran not U.N. nuclear watchdog's only headache, report shows.

Kerry to return to Mideast next week in further peace push: sources.


Obama-Xi summit: cyber security, North Korea and Syria on US-China agenda.

Cyber disputes loom large as Obama meets China's Xi.

Georgia's Defense Minister visits Afghanistan after deadly incident.

North Korea says to reopen hotline with South, seeks weekend talks.

Philippine rebels won't give up armed struggle yet.

Aung San Suu Kyi: 'I want to be Burma's president'.

Cambodia outlaws denial of Khmer Rouge atrocities.


Malian troops advance on last rebel-held stronghold.

Ghana arrests 168 Chinese nationals in illegal mining crackdown.

Ethiopia: Halting dam's construction unthinkable.

Algeria stalled 40 days into president's absence.

S. Sudan switches from Arabic textbooks to English.

Lawyer: Jailed Egyptian blogger begins hunger strike.


Phone records shared with U.K..

Putin on Russia's naval plans in the Mediterranean.

Dresden hit as 100,000 people across Germany fight floods.

Hungary braces for record flooding.

Russia media compassionate about Putin's divorce.

Protesters blockade Bosnian parliament over ID law.

Pope Francis: I didn't want the job.


Intelligence Director declassifies law to explain massive phone, Internet surveillance.

Five criteria Obama may weigh in seeking Bernanke successor.

US economy adds 175,000 jobs in May.

Bolivian villagers bury suspected killer alive with victim.

Brazil sends army to indigenous land dispute farm.

Brazilian billionaire's son convicted in death.


Guantanamo Bay hunger strike grows; 41 now being force-fed.

Does Al-Qaeda in Iraq have chemical weapons?

US Boston bombing investigators return to Russia.


Libor scandal: EU publishes guidelines to prevent banks rigging benchmarks.

World Economic Forum opens in Burma.

Samsung Electronics loses $12 billion market value on smartphone worries.

Persian rug sold at auction for record $33.8m.

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