Washington urges Russia to return Snowden to US
Washington (AFP) June 24, 2013 – The White House said early Monday it expected cooperation from Russia on returning fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden to the United States to face espionage charges. Snowden, a 30-year-old former intelligence contractor, is wanted by the United States on espionage charges, after he quit his job with the National Security Agency and fled to Hong Kong with a cache of secret documents. … more

US pressures Russia on Snowden, slams China
Washington (AFP) June 24, 2013 – The White House pressured Russia to expel fugitive US leaker Edward Snowden on Monday and warned China it had undermined efforts to rebuild trust by allowing him to leave Hong Kong. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, said Washington was using every legal channel to apprehend Snowden, the self-confessed source of explosive leaks detailing the extent of covert US spy agency phone and Internet … more

Snowden exit: Hong Kong revels in its rule of law
Hong Kong (AFP) June 23, 2013 – Hong Kong has risked the threat of US reprisals in allowing Edward Snowden to leave. But its government insists that the rule of law took primacy for a territory that jealously guards its separateness from mainland China. On social media, there was talk of political considerations at play in allowing the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor to escape his Hong Kong bolthole. A … more

Syria says will not hand over power in Geneva talks
Damascus (AFP) June 24, 2013 – The Syrian government will not hand over power at talks on a peaceful solution to the country’s conflict in Geneva, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Monday. “We will head to Geneva not to hand over power to the other side… We will go to Geneva in order to set up a real partnership and a broad national unity government,” Muallem told a press conference in Damascus. The fore … more