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  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama argued Friday that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact and shed privacy protections, even as British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed for more government access to encrypted communications used by U.S. companies. The response to the Paris attacks...

  • The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia? Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    Saudi Arabia has been constructing a 600-mile barrier on its border with Iraq since September, with the aim of keeping out ISIS militants.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build as frigates, given their enhanced capabilities. The Navy's top civilian official told reporters after his speech that the change was not meant to deemphasize the importance of the smaller warships for operations in...

  • Science panel: no alternative to bulk collection Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A committee of scientific experts has concluded that there is no viable technological alternative to bulk collection of data by the National Security Agency that allows analysts access to communications whose significance only becomes clear years later. An 85- page report by the National Research Council, commissioned last year in the wake of...

  • French watchdog asks: Did TV stations endanger hostages? Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    PARIS— France's broadcasting watchdog met with television and radio executives on Thursday to discuss "failures" in the coverage of last week's terror attacks after some relatives of hostages accused certain French TV stations of endangering the captives in a bid to produce high ratings. The accusations relate to coverage of France's most dramatic terror...

  • Global conflict is world’s top threat: Davos Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 8:15 AM ET
    Pro-Russian activists seized the main administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

    Conflicts that impact whole regions are the biggest threat to world stability in 2015, the World Economic Forum warned on Thursday.

  • The world’s biggest risks in 2015 Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 8:14 AM ET
    Pro-Russian separatists ride on top of a tank near the town of Krasnyi Luch in Lugansk region, eastern Ukraine, on October 28, 2014.

    Just a week to go until Davos, and the World Economic Forum has released its list of top global risks facing the world.

  • BEIJING— New commercial flight routes off China's southeast coast are intended to ease chronic flight delays, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday, without commenting on Taiwan's concerns they could affect flight safety in its airspace. Taiwan has complained that one route is too close to a busy area of airspace that it administers while the other three could...

  • WEF: 'Geopolitical and societal risks' dominate 2015  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    Ahead of 2015's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the forum has released its 2015 global risk report. John Drzik, president of global risk and specialities at Marsh, says there will be a shift from economic risks to geopolitical and societal risks in 2015.

  • France sees 19,000 cyberattacks since terror rampage Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 3:22 AM ET

    PARIS— Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week, a top French cyberdefense official said Thursday as the president tried to calm the nation's inflamed religious tensions. France is on edge since last week's attacks, which began Jan. 7 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

  • BOGOTA, Colombia— Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Colombia on Wednesday to bring his global Internet-access initiative to Latin America. In an event with President Juan Manuel Santos, the billionaire explained how even low-end mobile phone users in Colombia will now be able to access for free a limited number of websites thanks to a partnership...

  • JERUSALEM— A small Jewish ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing German Chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo of this week's Paris march out of modesty. World leaders had linked arms to march in Paris against terrorism after Islamic extremists killed 17 people. Merkel stood in the front row between French President...

  • The speech, delivered just over a week into Walker's second term, comes amid growing speculation about his intentions for seeking the White House. Walker defended his record— pointing out that unemployment is lower now than when he took office and taxes have been cut by $2 billion— while also contrasting Wisconsin with Washington, in the brief 25- minute speech.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine— Valentina Dudareva's voice cracks with despair as she stands in the snow, surveying the bombed-out windows of her apartment block in Donetsk, the separatist capital in eastern Ukraine. Cold, poor and hungry, Dudareva is among the masses of people trapped by fighting between the government and Russian-backed militias, reliant on outside help...

  • New issue of Charlie Hebdo sells out quickly Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    PARIS— Parisians lined up Wednesday to empty the newsstands of the first issue of Charlie Hebdo, a week after Islamic extremists attacked the satirical newspaper's office, and French justice officials began cracking down by arresting dozens of people who glorified terrorism or made racist or anti-Semitic remarks. A leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch...

  • NEW YORK— AP: NYC jail guards' use-of-force reports soared to record levels in 2014 amid strong scrutiny.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The "CyberCaliphate" hacking group that attacked a Twitter account belonging to the Pentagon on Monday was founded by a Briton who was once jailed for hacking the personal address book of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to government sources and private sector security experts. Hussain, who lived in Birmingham, England,...

  • WhatsApp, iMessage face ban in terror crackdown Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    The U.K. Prime Minister has unveiled security measures that could see apps like WhatsApp and iMessage banned, following last week's attacks in Paris.

  • 'This is serious': Bill Richardson Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 7:26 AM ET
    Bill Richardson

    After the hack of the U.S Central Command's social media sites, former diplomat Bill Richardson says the U.S. needs a cybersecurity policy.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- President Barack Obama signed into law on Monday a bill that renews for six years a terrorism risk insurance program created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the White House said. The program provides a federal insurance backstop for owners of skyscrapers, sports stadiums, shopping malls and large projects that could face terrorism...