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Glenn Greenwald: Snowden ‘chose not to release’ most damaging data

Edward Snowden possesses data that could prove far more “damaging” to the US government but the fugitive leaker has chosen not to release them, said a journalist who first broke the story. Glenn Greenwald told Argentina’s La Nacion paper that Snowden, who is currently stranded in Moscow, had only sought…

‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead in his hotel room

‘Glee’ TV series star Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in the western Canadian city of Vancouver on Saturday, local police reported. No cause of death was given for the 31-year-old actor — known for his role as sensitive jock Finn Hudson in the hit series —…

In U.S., struggle against invasive snakehead fish ends on plates

The snakehead is an invasive species of fish from Asia that is threatening the delicate ecosystem of the Potomac River that flows through Washington into the Atlantic Ocean. It also tastes great with onions and butter, said sport fisherman Brett Miron after catching a total of 110 pounds (50 kilograms)…

President Barack Obama is in a slump

President Barack Obama has little to show so far for a second term stifled by political inertia at home and foreign crises that have defied American might and influence. Nearly six months after delivering an inaugural address brimming with liberal intent, Obama is in a familiar spot: banging his head…

U.S. border state still in hands of Mexican conservatives

Mexico’s conservative opposition retained the governor’s seat in Baja California after the ruling party candidate conceded defeat Saturday following a recount in the politically crucial state. The state bordering the United States was the biggest prize in the July 7 regional elections in 14 Mexican states, with analysts saying its…

Former Israeli general reveals existence of new ‘Prisoner X’

A former Israeli intelligence chief said on Saturday that authorities held a person in secret during the 1970s but implied that the prisoner was no longer in custody. “Thirty-five years ago, in my post as head of military intelligence, I approved the detention in prison of Prisoner X, in total…

Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas on Istanbul protesters

Turkish riot police on Saturday fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to enter an Istanbul square that was the cradle of deadly unrest that engulfed the country in June. The police moved in when demonstrators protesting in the city’s Beyoglu neighbourhood against…

Afghanistan court releases men convicted of torturing 15-year-old bride

A court in Kabul ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of a child bride, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights. Sahar Gul, who was 15 at the time her ordeal, was burned, beaten and had…

Greek religious relic becomes massive hit in Russia

Around 65,000 people have queued for hours in Saint Petersburg to see a religious relic brought from Greece, officials said Saturday, in the latest sign of the Russian Orthodox Church’s influence in post-Soviet Russia. The cross of Saint Andrew — said to be a relic of the X-shaped cross on…

Bolivian president accuses U.S. of hacking into officials’ emails

Bolivia’s leftist president Evo Morales on Saturday accused US intelligence of hacking into the email accounts of top Bolivian officials, saying he had shut his own account down. Latin American leaders have lashed out at Washington over recent revelations of vast surveillance programs, some of which allegedly targeted regional allies…

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