Obama to Promote Nuclear-Free World in Berlin Speech
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to lay out his vision for advancing toward a world free of nuclear weapons during a speech Wednesday at the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
Hours before the planned address, Mr. Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks that covered, among other things, U.S. Internet surveillance.
In a joint news conference afterwards, Mrs. Merkel said that while "enemies and opponents" can use the Internet to threaten democracy, she had stressed to the U.S president that there should be "balance and proportionality" between the need to monitor threats and to preserve a "liberal order."
Mr. Obama, for his part, called the U.S. Internet surveillance program "circumscribed" and "narrow," insisting that U.S. intelligence agencies are not "rifling through ordinary emails" of "German citizens or American citizens or anyone else" and that the Internet and telephone surveillance programs are under federal court supervision.
He said his administration has struck "the appropriate balance" between protecting the American people and preserving "civil liberty and privacy." He also reiterated that the surveillance programs have "saved lives."
'Most Wanted' US Fugitive Arrested in Mexico
A former U.S. college professor who was recently placed on the FBI's notorious list of most wanted criminals has been arrested in Mexico.
Authorities say Walter Lee Williams was captured late Tuesday in the southern resort city of Playa del Carmen, just one day after he was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The 64-year-old is facing four charges related to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Williams is alleged to have traveled to the Philippines in 2011 to engage in sexual acts with two 14-year-old boys he met online the year before. He is also accused of taking sexually explicit photos of one of the boys.
Until 2011, Williams was an anthropology professor at the University of Southern California, where his field of study was gender development.