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world lead

July 11th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Reporter: Obama needs to 'show some regret' over spying allegations in Germany

(CNN) – The German government said Thursday it is expelling a person it describes as the representative of U.S. foreign intelligence services based at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

The move comes after two allegations emerged of Germans spying for the United States over the last week, claims prompting an investigation by German prosecutors of a suspect accused of passing secrets.

Asking an intelligence chief to pack up and go is a request normally reserved for pariah states like North Korea or Iran.

Just how much trust has the U.S. lost for Germany to do this?

Der Spiegel correspondent Holger Stark weighs in.

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money lead

July 7th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

New American corporate trend shorting Uncle Sam?

(CNN) – American companies doing everything within their power to pay the U.S. government less money is a time-honored tradition.

The latest trend all the corporations are doing is something called inversion.
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June 30th, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Israel's ambassador to the U.S.: 'Hamas will pay a very heavy price'

(CNN)Three Israeli teens, including one who had dual citizenship in the U.S., were found and confirmed dead Monday by Israeli officials. The teens had vanished more than two weeks ago from a settlement in the contested West Bank, according to the Israeli military.

Their bodies were discovered in a field north of the town of Hebron.

Almost immediately after reports of the bodies being found trickled out, CNN journalists spotted Israeli fighter jets buzzing over the rooftops in Gaza.

Weeks of night raids and security sweeps had turned up nothing. Israeli forces scoured some Palestinian towns for the first time in a decade, and arrested more than 400 Palestinians. Five died in the clashes between Israeli Defense Forces and members of Hamas, the current partner of the Palestinian coalition government.

Hamas – considered a terrorist group by both Israel and the United States – applauded, but did not take credit for the kidnapping.

"The head of Hamas celebrated the kidnapping today and called for more kidnappings. We know that members of Hamas in the Hebron area, they're the ones responsible," said Israel's ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.
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June 19th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Democrats oppose Obama's ambassador nominee to Norway

(CNN) – They are the standard bearers on foreign soil for the American way, and it's a pretty cushy gig if manage to avoid being posted to turkmenistan.

That's why high profile ambassadorships often go to members of the donor class. The Obama administration has chosen a bundler to become an ambassador 52 times, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

But rarely has a nomination backfired like the White House's pick to represent the U.S. in Norway, George Tsunis.
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world lead

June 16th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Does the U.S. have an obligation to help save Iraq?

(CNN) – It's almost possible to trace a straight line from the American tear down of Saddam Hussein, to the struggle to rebuild a destroyed nation, to the U.S. armed forces' exit from the country, to now: an Iraq possibly devolving into a Sunni-Shia civil war.

"What the Americans left behind was an Iraqi state that was not able to stand on its own. What we built is now coming apart. This is the real legacy of america's war in Iraq," journalist Dexter Filkins wrote in this week's issue of The New Yorker.

Check out the video above for our interview with Filkins, who has been covering Iraq since the United States first started Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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