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Edward Snowden still in Moscow airport

From BBC News: Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden is still in the transit area at Moscow airport, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has confirmed. “He is a transit passenger in the transit zone and is still there now,” he said, adding … Continue reading

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Owner of Beijing factory held hostage by workers over pay dispute

From The Independent:  Chip Starnes says he is trapped, and being deprived of sleep Workers at a Chinese factory have reportedly held their American boss hostage in his office for four days over a pay dispute. Chip Starnes, co-owner of … Continue reading

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Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Moscow

From The Guardian: NSA whistleblower left on Aeroflot flight to Moscow, Hong Kong government confirms, two days after US charged him with espionage Edward Snowden supporters demonstrate outside the US consulate in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has flown … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court says human DNA cannot be patented

From BBC News: Around 40% of the human genome is subject to patents, researchers say Human genes may not be patented, but artificially copied DNA can be claimed as intellectual property, the US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously. The court … Continue reading

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Ecuador minister arrives in UK for Assange talks

From BBC News: Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for a year Ecuador’s foreign minister is due to arrive in the UK for talks with his British counterpart over the situation of Wikileaks founder … Continue reading

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G8 summit: exclusion zone extended in County Fermanagh

From BBC News: A protest, featuring images of the G8 leaders around a cooking pot, was staged in Belfast on Sunday to highlight a campaign to end world hunger The exclusion zone around the G8 summit in County Fermanagh has … Continue reading

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NSA snooping: Facebook reveals details of data requests

From BBC News: Facebook, which recently opened a massive data centre in Sweden, said it had “aggressively” protected its user data from the US government Facebook received 9,000-10,000 requests for user data from US government entities in the second half … Continue reading

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Czech cabinet in crisis after police sweep government offices

From Yahoo News/Reuters: Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Petr Necas makes a statement at the Czech Government headquarters in Prague June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Petr Josek The Czech Republic’s main opposition party demanded on Thursday that Prime Minister Petr Necas step down … Continue reading

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BBC suspends ties with Turkey’s NTV over protests coverage

AFP/AFP – A rainbow is seen as giant national flags and a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk are displayed on Istanbul’s Taksim Square June 14, 2013. The BBC announced on Friday it has suspended its partnership …more  The BBC announced on … Continue reading

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Russia passes law banning gay ‘propaganda’

From The Guardian: A police officer watches gay rights activists gather near the Duma before the new law was passed. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP Russia’s parliament has unanimously passed a federal law banning gay “propaganda” amid a Kremlin push to enshrine … Continue reading

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