President Barack Obama said his administration made no attempt to cover up the involvement of terrorists in last year’s deadly attack on a U.S. outpost in Libya, dismissing a congressional inquiry as a “political circus.”
Media groups and government watchdogs said the U.S. Justice Department interfered with press freedom when it secretly collected telephone records from Associated Press reporters and editors over a two-month period last year.
The U.S. invaded Afghanistan more than 12 years ago with a contingent of special forces and Central Intelligence Agency officers, some of them on horseback, armed with laser pointers to direct air strikes against al-Qaeda and its Taliban hosts.
Turkish police arrested nine suspects in connection with an attack that killed 46 people in a town near the Syrian border, as the government blamed the twin car bombings on Turks with ties to Syrian intelligence.
Obama administration officials insisted that the White House and State Department had a minor role in altering an erroneous account of a deadly attack on a U.S. compound in Libya last year, after internal e-mails surfaced indicating it was shaped by political concerns.
Abu Qatada, the Islamic cleric the U.K. is trying to deport to Jordan on terror charges, will voluntarily return to his home country if the two governments adopt a treaty that guarantees him a fair trial.