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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had been interpreted to allow bulk collection of U.S. phone records by the National Security Agency.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — As Turkey's president, Tayyip Recep Erdogan is supposed to be the invisible man in the upcoming general election, constitutionally bound to remain above the fray. Instead, it's been all about him.
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's biggest logging companies are systematically violating national laws to plunder Congo's forests, undermining efforts to protect the world's second largest rainforest, a campaign group said on Wednesday. London-based Global Witness said in a report that none of Congo's 87 million euros ($97 million) of timber production appeared to comply with international timber trade laws. Over half of the Congo basin's 500 million hectares of forest are in Congo whose forests boast the fifth greatest diversity of animals and plants in the world.