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Obama says 'handful of senators' blocking surveillance reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation.

Business

Policies working, ECB must persist with purchase programmes - Constancio

SITGES, Spain (Reuters) - The European Central Bank's monetary policy, aimed at raising inflation in the euro zone area, is working according to plan, ECB vice president Vitor Constancio said on Saturday, citing recent figures.

Entertainment

Actor Dustin Diamond not guilty of felony in stabbing case

(Reuters) - A Wisconsin jury late on Friday found actor Dustin Diamond, who played the nerdy Screech in the early '90s sitcom "Saved by the Bell," not guilty of a felony charge stemming from the stabbing of a man during a Christmas bar fight, court records show.

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FIFA's future stars shake off stench of controversy

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Bribery scandals, arrests and a tempestuous presidential election that demonstrated a growing split within FIFA were put to the side on Saturday as the next generation of soccer's leading lights began the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Technology

Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans' bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data.

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