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  • NSA whistleblower withdraws asylum request after Putin says he could stay only if he stopped harming US interests

    Snowden Withdraws Asylum Request To Russian

    NSA whistleblower withdraws asylum request after Putin says he could stay only if he stopped harming US interests
    Edward Snowden has withdrawn his request for political asylum from Russia, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, further adding to the uncertainty over the US whistleblower’s […]

  • Snowden Asks Numerous Countries For Asylum

    Snowden Asks Numerous Countries For Asylum

    LONDON/MOSCOW – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden broke his silence on Monday for the first time since fleeing to Moscow over a week ago, blasting the Obama administration and saying he remained free to make new disclosures about […]

  • Edward Snowden threatens new leaks

    Edward Snowden threatens new leaks

    LONDON/MOSCOW  – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden broke his silence on Monday for the first time since fleeing to Moscow over a week ago, blasting the Obama administration and saying he remains free to make new disclosures about […]

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  • Snowden Asks For Political Asylum In Russia

    Snowden Asks For Political Asylum In Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Interfax news agency says a Russian consular official has confirmed that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asked for political asylum in Russia.
    Interfax cited Kim Shevchenko, the duty officer at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s consular office […]

  • Egypt army gives Mursi 48 hours to share power

    Egypt army gives Mursi 48 hours to share power

    CAIRO – Egypt’s powerful armed forces gave Islamist President Mohamed Mursi a virtual ultimatum on Monday to share power, urging the nation’s feuding politicians to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country’s future within 48 hours.
    A dramatic military statement […]

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during an interview with German public broadcaster ARD at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, April 2, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Pool

    Putin says Snowden should stop harming ‘our American partners’

    MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia would not hand former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden over to the United States but that if Snowden wants to stay in Russia he “must stop his work aimed at harming our […]

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  • People enter an unemployment registry office in Mataro near Barcelona June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

    Euro zone joblessness at record high in May, June inflation up

     
    BRUSSELS  – Euro zone unemployment was at a record high in May, but consumer prices rose in June for a second month in a row and staved off the threat of deflation in the bloc’s sickly economy.
    Consumer price inflation in […]

  • VIDEO: Demonstrators clash with police

    VIDEO: Demonstrators clash with police

    Violent clashes erupt during anti-government demonstrations in Brazil. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

  • Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against him and Brotherhood members during a protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo June 30, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

    Millions flood Egypt’s streets to demand Mursi quit

    CAIRO – Millions of Egyptians flooded into the streets on the first anniversary of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi’s inauguration on Sunday to demand that he resign in the biggest challenge so far to rule by his Muslim Brotherhood.
    Waving national flags and […]

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  • Egyptian protesters chant slogans and hold anti-Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi posters during a rally in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/ Amr Nabil)

    Egypt: Protesters Gather Nationwide To Demand Morsi’s Ouster

     
    CAIRO — Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president poured onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his […]

  • A kite flies near antennas of Former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station at the Teufelsberg hill (German for Devil's Mountain) in Berlin, June 30, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

    EU confronts U.S. over reports it spies on European allies

    BRUSSELS/BERLIN  – The European Union has demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the group, using strong language to confront its closest trading partner over its alleged surveillance activities.

    EU High […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama and South African President Jacob Zuma, not pictured, address a press conference following their meeting at Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday June 29, 2013.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Obama South Africa Trip: President Tells Leaders To Follow Nelson Mandela’s Example

    JOHANNESBURG — Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately Saturday with Nelson Mandela’s family as the world anxiously awaited news on the condition of the ailing 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.
    Obama, who has spoken movingly about Mandela throughout […]

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  • South Africa’s Mandela improving as Obama flies in

    South Africa’s Mandela improving as Obama flies in

    PRETORIA – South Africa’s ailing anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is doing much better in hospital, his ex-wife Winnie said on Friday before a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama that will include a personal homage to the globally admired statesman.
    The […]

  • Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, waves as she leaves the hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria June 20, 2013. 
Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

    Mandela showing ‘great improvement’, ex-wife Winnie says

    OHANNESBURG  – Former South African President Nelson Mandela is showing a “great improvement” in his health compared to a few days ago, his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said on Friday.
    “I’m not a doctor but I can say that from what he […]

  • Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency, is seen during a news broadcast on a screen at a shopping mall in Hong Kong (TYRONE SIU, REUTERS / June 26, 2013)

    Snowden’s father says former contractor may return if conditions met

     
    WASHINGTON – The father of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said in an interview that while he has not had recent contact with him, he is reasonably confident his son would return to the United States if certain […]

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  • Obama: I Won’t Be Scrambling Jets To Get Edward Snowden

    Obama: I Won’t Be Scrambling Jets To Get Edward Snowden

    DAKAR, Senegal — The United States won’t be scrambling military jets or engaging in high-level diplomatic bartering to get National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extradited to the U.S., President Barack Obama said Thursday.
    Dismissing him as “a 29-year-old hacker,” Obama […]

  • People wait before boarding an Aeroflot Airbus A330 plane heading to the Cuban capital Havana at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

    Obama Says I Shouldn’t Have To Talk To Xi, Putin About Snowden

     

    DAKAR – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had not yet spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about the U.S. request to extradite former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.
    Speaking at a news conference in […]

  • (Ken Faught/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

    Nelson Mandela On Life Support (REPORTS)

     
    Nelson Mandela has been placed on life support, CNN reported Wednesday afternoon.
    The former South African president’s health remained critical for the fourth consecutive day as tribal leaders reportedly were warned to prepare for his death.
    According to Sky News’ chief correspondent […]

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  • People spend time in a waiting room at the transit area of

    Snowden still at airport, Ecuador asylum decision may take weeks

    MOSCOW – A former U.S. spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport on Wednesday while the prospect grew of a protracted Russian-U.S. wrangle over his fate.
    Ecuador, where Edward Snowden has requested asylum, said […]

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to Finland's President Sauli Niinisto (not pictured) at the presidential summer residence Kultaranta in Naantali June 25, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Kimmo Mantyla/Lehtikuva

    Putin says Snowden at Russian airport, signals no extradition

    NAANTALI, Finland – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was still in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, was free to leave and should do so as soon as possible.
    Putin told […]

  • Qatar Emir Hands Power To Son, No Word On Prime Pinister

    Qatar Emir Hands Power To Son, No Word On Prime Pinister

    DOHA – Qatar’s emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani handed power on Tuesday to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim, taking the rare step for a Gulf Arab ruler of voluntarily ceding power to try to ensure a smooth succession.
    But […]

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  • A banner displayed in support of Edward Snowden in Central. Photo: AFP

    Snowden Sought Booz Allen Job To Gather Evidence On NSA Surveillance

    Fugitive whistle-blower reveals for first time he took job at US government contractor with the sole aim of collecting proof of spying activities
    Edward Snowden secured a job with a US government contractor for one reason alone – to obtain evidence […]

  • A combo shows file photos of Karima El Mahroug of Morocco posing during a photocall at the Karma disco in Milan November 14, 2010 and Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waving as he arrives for a meeting of the European People's Party in Brussels June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer (L) and Sebastien Pirlet/Files

    Italy Court Finds Berlusconi Guilty On Sex Charges

    MILAN – A Milan court sentenced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday to seven years in jail and banned him from public office after finding him guilty of paying for sex with a minor and abusing his powers […]

  • Russia defiant as U.S. raises pressure over Snowden

    Russia defiant as U.S. raises pressure over Snowden

    MOSCOW/HONG KONG – Washington pressed Moscow on Monday to do all in its power to expel former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden before he gets the chance to take an expected flight to Cuba to evade prosecution in the […]

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  • WikiLeaks: Snowden Going To Ecuador To Seek Asylum

    WikiLeaks: Snowden Going To Ecuador To Seek Asylum

    WASHINGTON — Admitted leaker Edward Snowden took flight Sunday in evasion of U.S. authorities, seeking asylum in Ecuador and leaving the Obama administration scrambling to determine its next step in what became a game of diplomatic cat-and-mouse.
    The former National Security […]

  • Edward Snowden Asylum Request Sent To Ecuador

    Edward Snowden Asylum Request Sent To Ecuador

     
    The government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Edward Snowden, according to an official from the country.
    Snowden, who had been in hiding in Hong Kong for several weeks after he revealed information on highly classified spy programs conducted by the National Security […]

  • (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

    Nelson Mandela In Critical Condition, Statement From President Jacob Zuma Says

     
    JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday.
    The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital […]

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  • Protesters in support of Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), hold a photo of him during a demonstration outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong in this June 13, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

    Snowden Leaves Hong Kong, Cuba Among Possible Destinations

    HONG KONG  – A former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, charged by the United States with espionage, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday because a U.S. extradition request did not comply with the law, the Hong […]

  • Sunrise on Nanga Parbat, Rupal face, Himalayas

    Pakistan Gunmen Kill 11 Foreign Mountain Climbers Preparing Nanga Parbat Ascent

     
    ISLAMABAD — Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to death nine foreign tourists and one Pakistani before dawn Sunday as they were visiting one of the world’s highest mountains in a remote area of northern Pakistan, officials said.
    The foreigners who […]

  • Protesters In Brazil, Lose Their Leaders – Rough Cuts Video

    Protesters In Brazil, Lose Their Leaders – Rough Cuts Video

     
    What began as anti-transit fare demonstrations turned so violent that the initial organizers have walked away, leaving open the question of who will lead, and when will the riots end? Asher Levine reports from Sau Paulo.

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  • FILE - This photo taken July 18, 2012 shows former South African President Nelson Mandela during the celebration of his 94th birthday in Qunu, South Africa.  Mandela’s condition remained serious but stable on Monday, 10.6.2013, his third day in a Pretoria hospital, the South African government said. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

    Nelson Mandela Remains In ‘Serious But Stable’ Condition

    JOHANNESBURG, June 22 (Reuters) – Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a “serious but stable” condition in hospital, the government said on Saturday.
    Consistent with previous updates from the presidency, the statement shows that the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero’s health […]

  • India monsoon floods kill at least 560, with thousands missing

    India monsoon floods kill at least 560, with thousands missing

    NEW DELHI – Flash floods and landslides triggered by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly.
    Houses and […]

  • Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict widens

    Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict widens

    ST PETERSBURG, Russia/UNITED NATIONS  – Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned the West on Friday against arming Syrian rebel forces, which he said included “terrorist” groups, and warned that a swift exit by President Bashar al-Assad risked creating a dangerous power […]

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  • Backlash grows against Brazilian protests

    Backlash grows against Brazilian protests

    SAO PAULO – A popular backlash against Brazil’s nationwide protests took hold on Friday after widespread rioting overnight, as even the leftist group at the movement’s core said it was done organizing marches for now because of growing discord and […]

  • Brazil Hit By Largest Protest Yet As Hundreds Of Thousands March

    Brazil Hit By Largest Protest Yet As Hundreds Of Thousands March

    RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s biggest protests in two decades intensified on Thursday despite government concessions meant to quell the demonstrations, as 300,000 people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro and hundreds of thousands more flooded other cities.

    Undeterred […]

  • U.S.-Taliban talks in Qatar not expected Thursday: source

    U.S.-Taliban talks in Qatar not expected Thursday: source

     

    DOHA – Preliminary Afghan peace talks in Qatar between U.S. and Taliban officials are unlikely to take place on Thursday as had been expected, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
    Asked if the meeting would happen on Thursday, the source […]

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  • Riot police tried to quell protests in the city of Sao Paulo on Tuesday

    Brazil sends force to quell protest

    Brazil’s government says it will deploy a national security force to five major cities after a wave of protests which has seen almost a quarter of a million people demand better public services.
    Members of the national force will be sent […]

  • Obama to set nuclear arms cut goal in Berlin speech

    Obama to set nuclear arms cut goal in Berlin speech

     

    BERLIN – President Barack Obama will unveil plans for a sharp reduction in nuclear warheads in a landmark speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday that comes 50 years after John F. Kennedy declared “Ich bin ein Berliner” in a […]

  • U.S., Taliban To Hold Talks In Doha

    U.S., Taliban To Hold Talks In Doha

     
    KABUL, Afghanistan — In a major breakthrough, the Taliban and the U.S. announced Tuesday that they will hold formal talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan but President Barack Obama warned the […]

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