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Bolivia Threatens to Close US Embassy

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President Evo Morales has warned that he could close the US Embassy in Bolivia as South America’s leftist leaders rallied to support him after his presidential plane was rerouted amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Morales again on Thursday blamed Washington for pressuring European countries to refuse to allow his plane to fly through their airspace on Tuesday, forcing ...

China, Russia Conduct Joint Naval Drill

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China and Russia are beginning joint naval drills which Beijing has described as the country’s largest with a foreign partner. The drills, which are taking place in the Sea of Japan, last from 5-12 July. People’s Liberation Army chief Gen Fang Fenghui said on Tuesday the drills did not “target any third parties”, but aimed to deepen ties with Russia. However they come amid tensions with...

Ecuador Consults UK on Embassy Bug

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Ecuador has asked the UK to help an investigation over alleged spying at its embassy in London where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is living. Ecuador named a British company it claimed planted a listening device in their ambassador’s office but this was denied. Mr Assange has been staying at the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden. He is wanted there for questioning over allegations...

Russia Increasingly Impatient over Snowden’s Airport Stay

Russia Increasingly Impatient over Snowden’s Airport Stay

Edward Snowden should find another country to seek refuge, a Russian official said on Thursday, signaling Moscow’s growing impatience over the former U.S. agency spy contractor’s lengthening stay at a Moscow airport. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia had received no request for political asylum from Snowden and he had to solve his problems himself after 11 days in the transit...

Russia Increasingly Impatient over Snowden’s Airport Stay

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Edward Snowden should find another country to seek refuge, a Russian official said on Thursday, signaling Moscow’s growing impatience over the former U.S. agency spy contractor’s lengthening stay at a Moscow airport. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia had received no request for political asylum from Snowden and he had to solve his problems himself after 11 days in the transit...

Europe Gets Tougher on Cybercriminals

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Tougher penalties for a wide range of cybercrimes have been agreed by European politicians. A draft directive outlining minimum jail terms for some crimes was adopted by the European Parliament on 4 July. The directive says those found guilty of running a botnet of hijacked home computers should serve at least three years in jail. It also seeks to improve co-operation between member states to...

Bangladeshi Ship Sinks off Phuket; 11 Crew Missing

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A Bangladeshi flag carrier vessel ‘MV Hope’ went missing in the early hours of Thursday when storm hit it near coastal area of Thailand. The Royal Thai Navy rescued so far six Bangladeshi crews out of 17 while 11 others were still missing. MV Hope, the ship in distress, was heading for Bangladesh’s port of Chittagong when it capsized 32 kilometers off Racha Noi island near Phuket. Due ...

Merkel Hopes for US Answers on Spying

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a phone call with Barack Obama on Wednesday night that she believed the U.S. president took Germany’s concern over reported U.S. spying very seriously, and she hoped coming talks would bring answers. Obama sought to allay the anger in Germany and other European allies in his call with Merkel, during which the chancellor said she made clear to him...

Egypt Swears In New Interim Leader

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The top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader, a day after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest. Mansour said fresh elections were “the only way” forward, but gave no indication of when they would be held. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, is under house arrest after what he says was ...

US Health Mandate Delayed till 2015

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The main provision of a landmark healthcare bill passed under President Barack Obama will take effect one year later than planned, his administration has said. Employers now have until 2015 to extend healthcare benefits to their employees. The move has been seen as a major concession to retailers and other businesses. But it puts off the law’s aim of giving coverage to nearly 50 million A...