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White House in phone scandal

The US government has been secretly collecting the phone records of millions of Americans under a top secret court order, according to the Guardian newspaper.

The Obama administration defended the government's need to collect telephone records of US citizens, but critics said it was a huge over-reach.

The White House offered no immediate on-the-record comment.

A senior administration official did not confirm the newspaper report that the National Security Agency has been collecting the records, but the authenticity of the leaked document was not disputed by the White House.


Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are investigating why highly radioactive water leaked from a new storage tank, amid concerns that the problem could further hamper clean-up efforts.

The plant suffered multiple meltdowns after a tsunami in March 2011 knocked out power.

It is currently using a fragile makeshift cooling system that creates large amounts of highly radioactive water.


The mysteries of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy on display at a museum are to be explored for the first time.

It has been one of the most popular exhibits at Perth Museum since it arrived in the 1930s, but little is known about what lies beneath the bandages. Curators are not even certain of the mummy's sex.

The exhibit is being transported to a Manchester hospital, where it will undergo an X-ray and CT scan for the first time.


Some Israeli soldiers will soon be unfriending Facebook, following a new crackdown on social media use.

The military said yesterday it will issue new restrictions on the use of Facebook and other social media sites.

The move comes days after a group of female Israeli soldiers earned worldwide attention when racy pictures of them wearing only underwear and army combat gear surfaced on Facebook.