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High Court: Detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner was lawful

David MirandaThree high court judges have dismissed a challenge that David Miranda, the partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was unlawfully detained under counter-terrorism powers for nine hours at Heathrow airport last August.

The judges accepted that Miranda's detention and the seizure of computer material was "an indirect interference with press freedom" but said this was justified by legitimate and "very pressing" interests of national security.

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Obama begins Mexico summit with orders lowering trade barriers

Mexico trade dealBarack Obama begins a North American summit in Mexico on Wednesday with a gesture of defiance toward allies in Congress who are hampering his ability to negotiate controversial trade liberalisation agreements.

In the latest in a series of so-called executive actions promised in his state of the union address, the US president will sign new measures to speed up imports and exports for businesses by reducing bureaucratic barriers.

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Canada: Catholic Church still owes money for Indian Schools settlement

AHFThe Canadian government says the Catholic Church is stonewalling on millions of dollars in restitution to former students at church schools for Indians.

The church was part of a 2006 settlement over abuse of Indian students at residential schools, 70 percent of them Catholic-run. While most of the money was to come from the government, the churches that operated schools also agreed to pay millions of dollars.

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Edward Snowden elected as rector of Glasgow University

Edward SnowdenIntelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has been elected to the post of student rector at Glasgow University.

The former US National Security Agency contractor fled from his homeland last May after revealing extensive details of internet and phone surveillance. He is currently staying in Russia where he has temporary asylum.

The rector is the students' elected representative. Mr Snowden succeeds the Liberal Democrat's former leader Charles Kennedy.

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Multiple blasts kill dozens across Iraq

iraq blastsBombs exploded in predominantly Shia Muslim districts of Baghdad and in the southern city of Hilla on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, police and hospital sources said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but Shia Iraqis are often targeted by radical Sunni groups, which have been regaining ground in Iraq over the past year and overran several towns in recent weeks.

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Ukraine police close on protesters, at least five reported dead

Kiev riotsUkrainian riot police advanced on the heart of 12-week-old protests against President Viktor Yanukovich on Tuesday and security forces set a deadline to end disturbances after at least five protesters were reported killed in a day of clashes.

Forces loyal to the Russian-backed leader broke through front-line barricades near the Dynamo Kiev soccer stadium and marched to the edge of occupied Independence Square hours after Moscow gave Ukraine $2 billion in aid it had been holding back to demand decisive action to crush the pro-European protests.

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Former U.S. congressman arrested in Zimbabwe

Melvyn ReynoldsFormer U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offence.

Reynolds is being held in custody and is expected to appear in court soon, immigration official Ario Mabika told The Associated Press. Reynolds, 62, was arrested Monday by police detectives and immigration officials at a Harare hotel, according to the state-controlled newspaper, The Herald.

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