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Vodafone admits phones on its global networks are tapped

Telecommunications giant Vodafone on Friday admitted the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen in to conversations on its networks. Revealing its cooperation with state agencies, Vodafone said in a 20-page report entitled "Law Enforcement Disclosure" that direct wires are connected to its network, allowing live conversations to be listened to and recorded. Vodafone admitted that as a global business it faced "constant tension" while enforcing the laws of different countries and the "expectations" of governments. Vodafone said that in about six countries where it operates, phone tapping is required by law, although it did not identify the countries.

Obama: D-Day forged 'beachhead' for new democratic age

Colleville-sur-Mer (France) (AFP) - Barack Obama on Friday paid poetic tribute to the men who breached "Hitler's Wall" and stormed ashore to liberate Europe on D-Day, saying their sacrifice secured a still-evolving age of democracy and freedom. The US president, speaking as a commander-in-chief who wound down the Iraq war and will end US combat in Afghanistan this year, movingly told the dwindling numbers of living D-Day survivors at the Omaha Beach American cemetery in Normandy, that their legacy was safe with a fresh generation of veterans. Obama conjured up the moments of carnage and courage when allied forces left an armada of boats early on June 6, 1944 in the English Channel and walked into a torrent of Nazi fire to liberate Europe. "By the end of that longest day, this beach had been fought, lost, refought and won –- a piece of Europe once again liberated and free.

From ‘Breaking Bad’ to Benjamin Franklin

After playing the heroic-but-doomed DEA agent on the AMC classic, the actor is on to his next chapter: a new History series on the Founding Fathers as well as a Jason Reitman dramedy.

62 African migrants and crew drown off Yemen: UN

Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned last weekend in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year, the UN said Friday. "The tragedy is the largest single loss of life of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Yemen via the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden this year," Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN's refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva. "The victims were reportedly buried by local residents after their bodies washed ashore near the Bab El Mandeb area off Yemen's coast," UNHCR said in a statement. The agency pointed out that counting previous such tragedies in the same area, at least 121 people have so far died this year trying to reach Yemen.

Congo’s Badass Women Mechanics

Girls in the devastated city of Goma, “the rape capital of the world,” are breaking stereotypes to find work—and independence—as car mechanics and carpenters.

Did Napster Destroy the Music Industry?

Fifteen years after Napster launched, we asked a dozen music journalists and editors to give their thoughts on the service that revolutionized the way we share and listen to songs.

The Invasion That Saved Europe

The Allied invasion of Europe that culminated in D Day took two years to plan and still nearly foundered on the bloody beaches of Normandy.

Mississippi Tea Party Goes Watergate

America’s ugliest primary got even weirder when supporters of Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel were found locked inside a county courthouse on election night.

Don’t Ever Let Me Buy a Gun Again

A bipolar 33-year-old says he’s rightly banned from purchasing a gun, but loopholes in America’s background-check system would do nothing to stop him if he were to try again.

Best Heists in Fact, Film, and Fiction

Even honest people like a great heist in film or fiction. As for the rest of us, we’ll watch anything with turtlenecks and dynamite. But for connoisseurs, here’s the cream of the crop.

We’re Changing America for $12 Million

Congress could reform the way campaigns are financed with a simple majority vote. But of course, it won’t. So we will. And here’s how.

Laverne Cox’s Unbelievable Year

Litchfield Prison has been good to Laverne Cox. The unexpected breakout star of ‘Orange is the New Black’ is collecting awards and covers as the face of the transgender movement.

We Should Negotiate With Terrorists

Who started “we don’t negotiate with terrorists”? The president who did just that more than any other. Let’s stop this reactionary nonsense.

Pentagon has protocol for returned captives

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once released from captivity, a soldier like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enters a series of debriefings and counseling sessions, all carefully orchestrated by the U.S. military, to ease the soldier back into normal life.

Tea partyer takes aim at Cantor in Va. primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could be the next House speaker, but first he has to get past a little-known, tea party-backed challenger with a vocal following in Tuesday's Republican primary in Virginia.

VA head says 18 vets left off wait list have died

PHOENIX (AP) — In a new revelation in the growing VA scandal, the organization's acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died.