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For 10 Years, NSA Software Has Made Phone Calls Searchable by Keyword

According to a report in The Intercept, the Snowden documents describe extensive use of keyword searching as well as computer programs designed to analyze and extract the content of voice conversations and to flag conversations of interest.

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Why Your Call ‘Is Very Important’ to a Customer Service Worker

An anonymous call center worker at an American telecommunications company describes exactly how any one of the 50 to 60 calls she takes in a given shift can “make or break” her paycheck and budget.

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Iran Remains a U.S. Enemy Because Military Contractors Want It That Way

“The US national security state, which has the power to block any attempt” by President Obama to forge a new, friendlier relationship with Iran, “has fundamental long-term interests in the continuation of the policy of treating Iran as an enemy,” writes Gareth Porter at Al-Jazeera.

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Texas Police Kill Two Gunmen at Exhibit of Cartoons Depicting Prophet Muhammad

An art event near Dallas became the site of a deadly shooting Sunday evening when police killed two armed men who had opened fire at the exhibit, which featured renderings of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Surge in Fighting Puts Ukrainian Truce in Doubt

Civilians are fleeing parts of east Ukraine as fighting there reaches its worst point since a shaky cease-fire was established in February.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Spectacle Behind the Gold Mine

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight against Manny Pacquiao will be the highest-grossing boxing match in history. The allure? In part, a narrative that pits polar-opposite combatants in a kind of “Rocky” scenario.

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VIDEO: Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor Charges Six Officers in the Killing of Freddie Gray

Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, announced Friday morning that she would pursue criminal charges against six police officers involved in the April death of Freddie Gray, an event that sparked demonstrations and rioting across the city.

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Congressional Republicans and Democrats Unite on Two Bills to Check Surveillance and Patriot Act

Twin bills that would revise the Patriot Act and curb the state surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden look certain to become law as bipartisan support mounts in both chambers of Congress.

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150 People Will Die at Work in the U.S. Today

About 150 U.S. workers are killed on the job every day, according to a report by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the United States.

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Report Says German Intelligence Agency Helped U.S. Spy on France

The German interior minister is denying claims of a cover-up.

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