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Congress to be shown CIA-approved Damascus video

Members of US Congress are to be shown a 13-minute video compilation of CIA-verified footage showing the victims of a chemical attack on eastern Damascas.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said her committee was shown the "grim and ghoulish" video yesterday.

A boy fights for his life in the aftermath of a chemical attack on eastern Damascus. Credit: whitehouse.gov

The 13-minute video is available to watch on senate.gov but viewers are advised that the footage contains some extremely distressing scenes.

Apple denies that it was involved in NSA programme

Apple have released a statement refuting claims that it was involved in the NSA's controversial PRISM programme.

In the statement titled "Apple's Commitment to Customer Privacy", Apple claim that it does not "provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and insisted that "any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order".

Apple did confirm that it did received between "4,000 and 5,000" requests for customer data from government agencies. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar

However the company did confirm that it received between "4,000 and 5,000" requests for customer data from government agencies.

The Guardian published a series of revelations earlier this month, concerning allegations that the US security services monitored phone calls and internet data through large companies.

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Hague: US-UK intelligence sharing 'strongest in world'

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the "intelligence sharing relationship between the UK and US is unique and the strongest in the world and contributes to the security of both countries"

William Hague and John Kerry at a joint news conference. Credit: RTV

Answering a question on NSA surveillance, he said that intelligence gathering was "based on the framework of law."

Hague added that there "couldn't be two more trusted partners" on intelligence sharing in the world.

Earlier, Secretary of State John Kerry defended NSA surveillance, saying that "members of Congress passed all of this" and added that they had "voted for this several times."

Snowden: I am neither traitor nor hero

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has told a newspaper in Hong Kong he does not consider himself a hero or a traitor, in his first interview since blowing his cover.

Weighing in on the fierce debate his revelations have ignited and the praise and condemnation he has received worldwide he said:

I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American.

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