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Globe Trot: CIA chief snubs president to defend interrogation tactics

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/12/14, 11:40 am

NATIONAL SECURITY: CIA Director John Brennan—in a forceful break with the president—held a press conference yesterday to respond to a Senate report released earlier this week that condemned the agency’s interrogation of 9/11-related terrorist suspects. Unusual for an intelligence chief, Brennan took to a podium in the lobby of CIA headquarters and said the detention and interrogation “produced useful intelligence that helped the United States thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives.”

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Globe Trot: On the brink of war in Ukraine

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/14/14, 12:25 pm

UKRAINE:Technically a ceasefire has been in effect in eastern Ukraine since September, but war is looming, as NATO continues to report increased Russian troop and heavy artillery movement. Andrew Kramer’s reporting for The New York Times (and NPR) is worth following.

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Globe Trot: U.S. taxpayer money could be headed for Ukraine

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/03/14, 11:10 am

UKRAINE: President Viktor Yanukovych is back at work today amid intensified calls from demonstrators that he resign and call early elections. European and U.S. officials are working to put together an aid package for Ukraine that could, in effect, supersede Moscow’s aid package and quell growing frustration with Russian influence in the country.

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