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No evidence of specific threat from ISIS: US

White House Press Secretary, Josh EarnestWashington - The US is currently not aware of any specific threat emanating from the ISIS terror group active in Iraq and Syria, the Obama administration said today.

"At present, the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the US homeland from ISIS. Plainly, however, violent extremists who support ISIS have demonstrated the intent and capability to target American citizens overseas, and ISIS constitutes an active and serious threat within the region," US Secretary for Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

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US, EU sanctions having impact on Russian economy: White House

US, EU sanctions having impact on Russian economy: White HouseWashington - The Russian economy is feeling the impact of the American and European sanctions, the White House has said while alleging that Moscow continues to aid Ukrainian separatists.

"We have over the longer term seen a range of data to indicate that there is an economic impact that's being felt by the Russian economy," White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters, adding, there are a range of indications that highlight the impact that this sanction regime has had on the economy.

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Core al-Qaeda leadership in Af-Pak decimated: US

Josh EarnesWashington: The US has decimated the core leadership of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House said Friday.

"What is beyond debate is that prior to 2001, core al-Qaeda was operating in a virtual vacuum in the area between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and used that area that was essentially lawless as a base of operations to launch a horrific attack against the United States of America," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.

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'No American is proud' of CIA tactics: State Department

Josh EarnestWashington: The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the September 11, 2001 attacks against the US, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

"This report tells a story of which no American is proud," says the four-page document, which contains the State Department's preliminary proposed talking points in response to the classified Senate report, a summary of which is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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Russia has not done much to de-escalate Ukrainian conflict

White House Press Secretary Josh EarnestWashington - The US has said Russia has not done much to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine and is discussing further possible steps with its allies if Moscow did not meet their expectations.

"As a general matter, our allies share the view with the United States that Russia has not done as much as we would like to see them do to contribute to a de-escalation of that conflict (in Ukraine)," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.

However, Earnest didn't provide any clear cut information about the probable 'timing or scope' of sanction that the US wants to impose.

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US and Germany have strong and enduring relationship: White House

White House Press Secretary, Josh EarnestWashington - The relationship between the US and Germany is enduring and is of vital national security interest, the White House has said, amid fresh round of tension between the two countries over arrest of alleged American spies in that country.

"There is a strong and enduring relationship between the United States and Germany when it comes to our national security and intelligence sharing. That relationship continues," White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters.

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Pursuing 'inclusive agenda' critical to Iraq's success: US

Josh EarnestWashington: The US has said pursuing an "inclusive political agenda" is critical to Iraq's success, as it prepared to send the first batch of an advisory mission to Baghdad to help the Iraqi security forces against advancing Islamist militants.

"Pursuing an inclusive political agenda is critical to the success of that country, and it's critical to demonstrating to all of the people in Iraq that they have an interest in that country's prosperity and in that country's future," White House Press Deputy Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

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US will provide all assistance to Iraq: White House

US will provide all assistance to Iraq: White HouseWashington: The US has said that it will provide all appropriate assistance to the government of Iraq to assist it in their common fight against the Islamist militants who have overrun its two major cities, Mosul and Tikrit.

"The situation in Iraq is grave and we're actively working with Iraqi leaders in support of their efforts to implement an effective and coordinated response to address this crisis," said White House deputy Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.

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US spy agencies mined internet data: Reports

US spy agencies mined internet data: ReportsWashington, June 7 - Amid a furore over reports of a leading phone company sharing its records with the government, a media report said US intelligence agencies operated a much broader data-mining programme.

The programme extracted e-mail, photographs and other private communications from some of the biggest Internet companies, according to the Washington Post.

The agencies got access to the central servers of nine major firms, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook, the newspaper reported Thursday, citing a detailed briefing presentation document on the programme, called PRISM.

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