Breaking News Headlines: NSA Director: Surveillance Programs Foiled 50 Plots

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National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander told a House committee that 50 terror threats in 20 countries have been disrupted with the assistance of two secret surveillance programs that were recently disclosed by former defense contractor Edward Snowden. At least 10 of the plots targeted the U.S. homeland, Alexander told the House Intelligence Committee, including a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange. American officials say U.S. representatives will begin formal meetings with the Taliban in a few days at the group's new office opening in Qatar. Senior Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record, described the Taliban's move to open a political office in Doha as a stepping stone to full Taliban renouncement of al-Qaida. Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, Yahoo disclosed some broad data about the number of requests that American law enforcement authorities had made for data about its users. From Dec. 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, the Internet company received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests from the government,related to everything from local crimes to terrorism investigations under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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