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US soldier 'walked off base' before capture

Bergdahl spent his time in captivity playing badminton, learning languages and cooking [IntelCenter]A US soldier freed after five years in Taliban captivity walked away from his unit and US military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, a former Pentagon official has told the AP news agency.

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Ex-rebel sworn in as El Salvador president

Rural schoolteacher turned rebel commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren has been sworn in as president of El Salvador.

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US to cut power plant carbon by a third

The Obama administration will on Monday roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in US history.

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#NSA capturing millions of facial images a day

US spies are capturing "millions of images a day" of Americans and foreigners for use in facial recognition programmes, documents leaked by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden show.

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Cousteau to spend a month under water

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, on Sunday embarked on a month-long underwater expedition in the Florida Keys, where he will live 18 metres below the ocean's surface.

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US soldier freed in Taliban prisoner swap

Bergdahl was swapped for five Afghans held by the US at Guantanamo Bay [AP]The only US soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed as part of a swap deal brokered by the government of Qatar.

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White House press secretary steps down

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, has left his post and has been replaced with his deputy, US President Barack Obama said.

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US veterans affairs secretary resigns

An initial report alleged that up to 40 war veterans died while waiting for healthcare in Phoenix, AZ [Reuters]US Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned after taking public responsibility for widespread failures in health care for US war veterans.

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#Obama outlines US foreign policy vision

Obama's tendency to rely on diplomacy has been criticised by opposition Republicans [AP]US President Barack Obama has outlined his vision for the country's foreign policy for the rest of his presidency, saying that the country will still lead, but will show more restraint before embarking on more military missions abroad.

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Thousands of US troops to stay in #Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has announced a pullout plan for Afghanistan that will leave 9,800 troops in the country after 2014, overriding previous plans of a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.

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