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Obama calls for curbs on NSA data collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to calm a furor over US surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government’s control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court’s permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation’s spying apparatus as a whole, saying the intelligence community was not ‘‘cavalier about the civil liberties of our fellow citizens.’’

The president also directed America’s intelligence agencies to stop spying on friendly international leaders and called for extending some privacy protections to foreign citizens whose communications are scooped up by the US.

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