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Controversial practices of the NSA have been in the news since ex-contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents in June

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Currently, the NSA holds for five years phone records gathered daily from US phone companies

US snooping revelations: Merkel 'told Obama NSA was like the Stasi'

During angry exchanges over the scope and scale of American spies' snooping exposed by the NSA whistlewblower Edward Snowden, Angela Merkel reportedly told Barack Obama his country's conduct was reminiscent of the Stasi.

World’s biggest technology companies call on President Obama to reform NSA’s surveillance operations

CEOs express concern that wide-ranging activities have undermined the trust of their users

President Obama family Christmas photo is upstaged by elf

Mr Obama was taking part in the Christmas in Washington benefit concert

The bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency most likely runs counter to the US Constitution

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The bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency most likely runs counter to the US Constitution, a federal judge has ruled, labelling the technology behind the program as “almost-Orwellian.”

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David Cameron pleads with Danish Prime Minister not to delete their Mandela selfie

Mr Cameron suggested the picture could be sold to raise money for charity instead, reports say

Desmond Tutu has said he will not attend Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu confirms he will not attend Nelson Mandela's funeral

The former archbishop's claims he was not told he was welcome, but the South African presidency disagrees

People attend the National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence in Washington

Newton massacre: One year on, stricken Sandy Hook remembers its dead

Despite the school killings, gun control remains as far off as ever

South Africa's deaf community accused the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial of being 'fake'

Fake signer who stood next to Obama at Mandela ceremony 'was once charged with murder'

Thamsanqa Jantjie, who described himself as a schizophrenic, is reported to have faced a string of criminal charges since 1994

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Jack Whitehall crowned king of British Comedy Awards

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In Pretoria, South Africa, people queue to catch a bus to see the remains of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings

The death of Nelson Mandela has exposed the failings of his successors

John Carlin, author of ‘Invictus’, reflects on a momentous week that has shown South Africa at its best - but also, all too often, at its worst

A selfie? On Cameron and Obama's part, this memorial snap was just plain shabby

Self-indulgence is typical of today's youth, but shouldn't be for our world leaders

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Another day, another unedifying detail to help make the Nelson Mandela memorial service bigger on the world-leader-embarrassment scale than the Wikileaks diplomatic cables.

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