British spy chiefs: Snowden leaks damaging
Britain's intelligence chiefs, in unprecedented public testimony before Parliament, said Thursday that the published leaks of secret documents stolen by former NSA analyst Edward J. Snowden had damaged their ability to keep Britain safe. Iain Lobban, director of the eavesdropping agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, said terrorist groups in Afghanistan, South Asia and the Middle East "and closer to home" had discussed the Snowden revelations. They have assessed their communications and changes to make, he said, "to avoid what they now perceive to be vulnerable communications methods."
Uganda disarms Congo rebels
The Ugandan military has begun disarming large numbers of rebels from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, a military spokesman said Thursday. The rebel group, known as M23, said Tuesday it was giving up its armed struggle, marking a significant turning point in the 20-month conflict. The decision came after more than a week of rapid advances by the Congolese army, supported by U.N. forces, which drove M23 out of territory it had controlled for more than a year. A military spokesman for the western region of Uganda said that 1,365 members had surrendered.
Series of attacks in Iraq kill 30
A series of attacks in Iraq, including a double suicide car bombing targeting a military base, killed 30 people across the country Thursday, officials said. The deadliest attack took place when the two suicide bombers drove their explosive-laden cars into a military base in Tarmiyah late Thursday, killing at least 19 soldiers and wounding 41, officials said.
Carter grandson to run for governor
Jason Carter, the 38-year-old grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a state lawmaker from Atlanta, said Thursday he plans to run for governor of Georgia next year.