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'Depart Immediately,' State Dept. Tells Americans In Yemen

Already on alert across the Middle East and North Africa because of intelligence about possible terrorist attacks, the U.S. has now issued a very specific warning about travel in Yemen.
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Intercepted Al-Qaida Communication Prompts Warnings

The State Department on Tuesday advised all U.S. citizens to leave Yemen because of "extremely high" danger there. This comes as 19 U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed across much of the Middle East and Africa because of a security threat. Al-Qaida chatter picked up by intelligence sources suggested a major attack was in the works.
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Court-Martial To Begin Tuesday In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

Former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with opening fire in a troop processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, and killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others in 2009.
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Ambassadors Question Decision To Close Mideast Embassies

The State Department is keeping many of its embassies and consulates in the Muslim world closed this week "out of an abundance of caution." U.S. intelligence sources have been raising concerns about threats "emanating from the Arabian Peninsula." Britain and France are also concerned and have temporarily closed their embassies in Yemen. The U.S. list of closures is longer in part because the threats aren't specific enough, but the State Department is also far more cautious in the wake of last year attack in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others were killed.
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Lack of Leadership Causing US Defense Issues Abroad?

A terror threat closes American embassies, and changes the political debate about intelligence gathering. Host Michel Martin talks politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie, and former Obama administration advisor Corey Ealons.
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Terror Threat Shakes Up NSA Debate, Unites Some Lawmakers

After weeks of talk about whether National Security Agency surveillance programs should be curbed, voices are now praising the programs' effectiveness. Meanwhile, many embassies across North Africa and the Middle East remain closed.
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Snowden Case Illustrates Decline In U.S.-Russia Relations

Russia has become a relations nightmare for the United States, and its offer of temporary asylum to the NSA leaker and fugitive is only the tip of the iceberg.
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State Department Extends Closure Of Embassies

More than 20 diplomatic posts, including consulates, have been temporarily shut down throughout the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula and the State Department has issued a global travel warning for Americans.
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Senate Democrats Proposa FISA Court Reform

New legislation would reform the FISA court, the secret court that rules on whether the government can pursue certain surveillance activities — including the NSA spying programs that have caused recent controversy. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, who co-sponsored the bill.
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U.S. Embassies In The Muslim World Closed Sunday

The Department of State has issued a travel alert over the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about the threat of more attacks.

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