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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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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  • A bus passes by a poster of Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), displayed by his supporters at Hong Kong's financial Central district during the midnight hours of June 18, 2013, while Snowden is engaged in a live chat online believed to be in Hong Kong.
Credit: Reuters/Bobby Yip

    Iceland received informal approach over Snowden seeking asylum

    REYKJAVIK – Iceland has received an informal approach from an intermediary who says Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, wants to seek asylum there.
    Snowden, the former employee of contractor Booz […]

  • NATO Coalition Transfers Security Responsibilities To Afghan Forces

    NATO Coalition Transfers Security Responsibilities To Afghan Forces

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan forces have taken over the lead from the U.S.-led NATO coalition for security nationwide, President Hamid Karzai announced Tuesday in a significant milestone in the 12-year war.
    The announcement came amid a grim reminder of Afghanistan’s daily […]

  • Laszlo Csatary is accused of sending Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.

    Hungarian man, 98, charged with World War II crimes

     

    BUDAPEST — Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 98-year-old man who tops the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center’s wanted list with war crimes, saying he had helped to deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War II.
    Laszlo Csatary was found guilty in absentia […]

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  • A demonstrator waves a Brazilian flag by a burning a car in

    Biggest protests in 20 years sweep Brazil

    SAO PAULO – As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption.
    The marches, organized mostly […]

  • Putin faces isolation over Syria as G8 ratchets up pressure

    Putin faces isolation over Syria as G8 ratchets up pressure

    ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland – Russian President Vladimir Putin faced further isolation on the second day of a G8 summit on Tuesday as world leaders lined up to pressure him into toning down his support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    Following an […]

  • A poster supporting Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA) who leaked revelations of U.S. electronic surveillance, is displayed at Hong Kong's financial Central district June 17, 2013. Snowden reportedly flew to Hong Kong on May 20. He checked out of a luxury hotel on June 10 and his whereabouts remain unknown. Snowden has said he intends to stay in Hong Kong to fight any potential U.S. moves to extradite him.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

    Snowden hits back against critics of NSA leaks

    (Reuters) – The former National Security Agency contractor who revealed the U.S. government’s top-secret monitoring of Americans’ phone and Internet data fought back against his critics on Monday, saying the government’s “litany of lies” about the programs compelled him to […]

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  • Putin Says West Arming Syrian Rebels Who Eat Human Flesh

    Putin Says West Arming Syrian Rebels Who Eat Human Flesh

    AMMAN/LONDON – Russian President Vladimir Putin, arriving in Britain ahead of an international summit set to be dominated by disagreement over the U.S. decision to send weapons to Syria’s rebels, said the West must not arm fighters who eat human […]

  • Hundreds of thousands rally for Turkey’s Erdogan amid protests

    Hundreds of thousands rally for Turkey’s Erdogan amid protests

    ISTANBUL – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan rallied hundreds of thousands of supporters at an Istanbul parade ground on Sunday as riot police fired teargas several kilometers away in the city centre to disperse anti-government protesters. Erdogan told a sea of […]

  • Turkish riot police quell protests ahead of Erdogan rally

    Turkish riot police quell protests ahead of Erdogan rally

    ISTANBUL – Riot police used teargas in Istanbul and Ankara on Sunday to try to prevent anti-government demonstrators from regrouping ahead of a rally by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party.
    Bulldozers removed barricades and municipal workers swept the streets around […]

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  • North Korea wants to hold high-level talks with U.S.

    North Korea wants to hold high-level talks with U.S.

    SEOUL – North Korea on Sunday offered high-level talks with the United States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, only days after it canceled planned official talks with South Korea for the first time in over two years.
    Planned high-level talks between North […]

  • U.S. puts jets in Jordan, fuels Russian fear of Syria no-fly zone

    U.S. puts jets in Jordan, fuels Russian fear of Syria no-fly zone

    BEIRUT – The United States said on Saturday it would keep F-16 fighters and Patriot missiles in Jordan at Amman’s request, and Russia bristled at the possibility they could be used to enforce a no-fly zone inside Syria.
    Washington, which […]

  • Reformist Hassan Rouhani Wins Election To Become Iran’s Next President

    Reformist Hassan Rouhani Wins Election To Become Iran’s Next President

     
    TEHRAN, Iran — Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Hasan Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran’s presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners […]

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    U.S. Respects Iran Election Results, White House Says

    WASHINGTON — Offering praise for Iranians and reproaching their government, the Obama administration said Saturday it respected the results of a presidential election conducted under restrictive conditions.
    Shortly after moderate cleric Hasan Rowhani was declared the winner, White House spokesman Jay […]

  • Edward Snowden Patriot Or Traitor?

    Edward Snowden Patriot Or Traitor?

    Edward Snowden Patriot Or Traitor?
    Snowden, a 29 year old high school dropout gets a top security clearance and what some, if not most would consider a dream job with the NSA. Now, one would think that most people with a […]

  • Deputy National Security adviser Ben Rhodes gestures as he speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 14, 2013, in Washington. Rhodes discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria, and previewed the upcoming G8 trip. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Syria No Fly Zone Would Be Costly And Difficult, White House Says

    WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it would be dramatically more difficult and costly to set up a no-fly zone over Syria than it was in Libya, stressing that the United States does not have […]

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