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Traveler placed in detention in NSA inquiry

Britain

Traveler placed in detention in NSA inquiry

The domestic partner of a journalist who received leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was detained for nearly nine hours Sunday under an antiterror law at London's Heathrow Airport, triggering claims that authorities are trying to interfere with reporting on the issue. David Miranda, the partner of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, was traveling from Germany to Brazil, according to Greenwald. Miranda is a citizen of Brazil. Greenwald said Miranda's cellphone, laptops and memory sticks were confiscated. "This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism," Greenwald said in a post on the Guardian website. London's Metropolitan Police Service said Miranda had been lawfully detained under the Terrorism Act and later released.

Syria

U.N. arms experts arrive in Damascus

United Nations experts arrived in Damascus on Sunday to begin their investigation into the purported use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war. The rebels, along with the United States and other Western powers, have accused President Bashar Assad's regime of carrying out the alleged chemical attacks. The Syrian government and Russia have blamed the opposition.

New York

JPMorgan Chase's hiring investigated

U.S. regulators are looking into whether JPMorgan Chase hired the children of Chinese officials to help it boost its business in China, the New York Times reported Sunday. The paper said details of the civil investigation were in a confidential U.S. government document. According to the document, the antibribery unit of the Securities and Exchange Commission asked JPMorgan for records about some of the bank's hires in China.

Elsewhere

Washington: President Barack Obama arrived back in Washington on Sunday night after a weeklong getaway to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

China: Bo Xilai, a Chinese politician whose downfall shook the Communist Party elite, will stand trial Thursday on charges of corruption, taking bribes and abusing power, state-run news media announced Sunday.

South Korea: North Korea on Sunday accepted a South Korean proposal to discuss the reunions of elderly relatives who had been separated from their parents, siblings and children since the Korean War.

Philippines: Torrential rains brought the Philippine capital of Manila to a standstill today, making streets impassable to vehicles.

• The Philippine coast guard said Sunday at least 39 people were dead and more than 80 were missing in the sinking of a ferry on Friday.

Times wires

Traveler placed in detention in NSA inquiry 08/18/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 19, 2013 12:02am]

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