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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday that government monitoring of Internet communications needed to remain within proper limits. "I made clear that although we do see the need for gathering information, the topic of proportionality is always an important one and the free democratic order is based on people feeling safe," Merkel said at a joint news conference with Obama. ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Telecom company BT said on Wednesday chief executive Ian Livingston would step down in September to take up a role as Minister for Trade and Investment in the British government. BT said that the head of its retail business, Gavin Patterson, would take over as chief executive in September. Livingston will start his job for the government in December, BT said in a statement. Prime Minister David Cameron said Livingston would replace former HSBC chairman Stephen Green in the ministerial role. (Reporting by Sarah Young, editing by Paul Sandle)
SAO PAULO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Brazilians again flooded the streets of the country's biggest city to raise a collective cry against a longstanding lament — people are weighed down by high taxes and high prices but get low-quality public services and a system of government infected with corruption.