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Hundreds of people rallied in front of the US Capitol today to protest the Obama administration's wide-range surveillance programs. As Jacob Fenston of number station of WAMU reports, the demonstration comes as new details emerge about NSA taps on the phones of foreign allies.
"They say wiretap, we say fight back."
The face of Edward Snowden bubbled over the crowd on protest signs with words Thank you. John Halfnick came from Clarion, Pennsylvania with his own protest sign.
"NSA has TMI."
Too Much Information he says is in the hands of unaccountable government agency.
"They can't have access to all personnel information. It's not personal information anymore. It's 1984 Orwell."
Homes Williamson from western Massachusetts was wearing a dark tape over his mouth with letters NSA.
"We have to have a free open discourse with people can talk freely that's been afraid of who is listening."
The protest was organized by a broad coalition from Tea Party groups, Freedom Work on the right to the American Civil Liberty on the left. For NPR News, I'm Jacob Fenston.
For the first time, the Justice Department said it plans to use evidence against terrorist suspects that collected through warrantless surveillance program. The defendant, an immigrant from Pakistan's charged with giving material support to a terrorist organization that the government says it oprates in Afghanistan. Legal analysts say the Justice Department's move was likely lead to a Supreme Court challenge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The Obama administration is highlighting new data that suggest one key portion of the federal healthcare exchange website does seem to be working. NPR's Sam Sanders reports it's the part of healthcare.gov that connects applicants to the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service.
In a blog post, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the tool call the data services' hub. This hub, she said, allows States and Federal Health market places to quickly verify information submitted by people applying to health insurance. In the post, Sebelius says it takes the hub less than 1.2 seconds to confirm people's information and determine which type of coverage they're eligible for. Sebelius also says over 4 million consumers have already signed up accounts with States or Federal Healthcare Exchanges. That does not mean they have coverage yet. Obama administration is under pressure to fix the Federal Healthcare website. It's been plugged with problems since it launched on October 1. The president says the site would work smoothly by the end of November. Sam Sanders, NPR News.
In Saudi Arabia, few dozens of women drove cars today for what they call the day of protest against the kingdom's religious ban on female drivers. Several videos of women driving are posted online. The Saudi government warns that women who get behind the wheel will be punished. Several women today say police doesn't bother them as yet. There's no reports of reprisals.
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In Somalia today, police stormed in an independent radio station in the capital Mogadishu, and shut it down. The raid comes 4 days after the station was ordered to leave the building they use which the government owned. Radio Shabelle is frequently critical of senior government officials. Reporters without Border says Somalia is one of the most dangerous places for journalists, which are often targeted by Islamist militants as well as by parties within the government.
Nigeria says dozens of Islamist insurgents are dead after its military conducted a ground and air offensive in the north part of the country. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports it's the latest sign of the army is stepping up this crackdown on suspected extremists.
A military spokesman in Nigeria northeast Borno state, which continues to witness broadest deadly attacks by suspected Islamist fighters, says the army backed by the air force identified and destroyed a number of so-called terrorists' camps. Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Dole says they killed more than 70 extremists in a ground and air assault and that other wounded insurgents fled. Thursday the Defensive targeted Boko Haram in remote villages where the militants are believed to have their strongest presence. Boko Haram launched the deadly campaign of violence against Nigeria authorities four years ago. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR News, Maiduguri.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo says he's launching the country's first state-based gasoline reserve. It's aimed at preventing gas of supply during severe weather. Cuomo made an announcement today nearly a year to the day after Super Storm Sandy.
I'm Barbara Klein, NPR News in Washington.