Barack Obama defends US surveillance programme

President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended America`s controversial surveillance programme, saying the country is not "going around snooping" and targets "specific areas of concern".

No EU-US trade talks without guarantees on spying: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande called on Washington to offer Paris and its European allies guarantees on the spying issue before continuing free trade negotiations.

US Senators tell Obama to get tough on Snowden issue

Top US senators have asked Obama administration to get tougher on the issue of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Publish more US govt info on NSA programmes, says Google

Google is asking the Obama administration to allow it to disclose more details about the US govt`s closely guarded demands for emails and other information.

EU to seek privacy guarantees from US after intel scandal

The European Union (EU)said it will seek a strong commitment from the United States to respect the rights of European citizens.