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Max Ehrenfreund
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Reporter, The Washington Post
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A jury composed entirely of women has been selected for the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin last year. Zimmerman’s attorneys will argue that he killed Martin in self-defense.

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Classified documents newly made available to The Washington Post and the Guardian describe the National Security Agency’s procedures for protecting the privacy of U.S. citizens. Since Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, first leaked documents describing the agency’s surveillance program this month, it has become the subject of intense controversy here and abroad. The new disclosures did not mollify the agency’s critics.

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The many obstacles to a resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan were sadly obvious this week as Afghan and international officials tried to mark the war’s transition into a final phase. President Hamid Karzai suspended negotiations with the United States Wednesday, protesting newly announced peace talks between the United States and the Taliban.

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President Obama traveled to Berlin Wednesday, continuing a diplomatic trip through Europe. In a speech, Obama laid out a proposal for the United States and Russia to reduce the numbers of nuclear warheads they have deployed. He also addressed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s questions about the recently revealed surveillance programs at the National Security Agency.

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The details of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs have been gradually emerging since Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the agency, leaked classified documents describing them earlier this month. Still, basic questions remain unanswered regarding the scope of the surveillance and the protocols according to which the NSA gathers and analyzes data. Google, one of the corporations cooperating with the NSA, challenged a gag order on Tuesday in the hope of being able to discuss the relationship freely.

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The San Antonio Spurs failed to win the championship in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, blowing a 13-point lead and losing 103-100 in overtime to the Miami Heat. The two teams will now play one more game on Thursday to decide the series after Tuesday night’s dramatic finish.
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