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Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden (2nd L) speaks to human rights representatives in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport yesterday. Photograph: Handout via Reuters.

Russia kept former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden at arm’s length today, saying it had not been in touch with the fugitive American and had n(...)

 Edward Snowden attends a press conference at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina

US whistleblower Edward Snowden yesterday accused the US of waging a campaign of “historically disproportionate aggression” against him during an ex(...)

Edward Snowden (centre) with Sarah Harrison (left) of WikiLeaks. Photograph: Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is seeking temporary asylum in Russia and plans to go to Latin America eventually, it was reported this(...)

The grave of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer who was jailed as he tried to expose a huge government tax fraud and died four years ago in a Russian prison after being denied proper medical care, in Moscow. Photograph: James Hill/the New York Times

The courtroom cage stood empty yesterday as a Moscow judge found the late whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky and his London-based employer guilty of tax e(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a US defence contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in June.  Venezuela and Bolivia have offered Mr  Snowden asylum. Photograph: Reuters

A senior member of the Russian parliament said last night that political asylum in Venezuela would be “the best solution” for Edward Snowden, the fo(...)

People hold portraits of former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden (left) and US Army Private  Bradley Manning, a suspected whistleblower who is on trial in the US for “aiding the enemy”,  during a protest in front the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The Government has received a request from the US authorities to arrest fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Meanwhile, Mr Snowden’s bid f(...)

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales (centre) holds a statue of indigenous hero Tupac Katari after his arrival at the El Alto airport in the outskirts of La Paz, last night. Latin American leaders condemned  European governments for diverting Mr Morales’ plane on rumours it was carrying a wanted former US spy agency contractor, and announced an emergency summit in a new diplomatic twist to the Edward Snowden saga. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

Bolivian president Evo Morales arrived home to a hero’s welcome late last night. Mr Morales condemned as a provocation aimed at all of South America t(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin  has championed socially conservative values since starting a new, six-year term in May 2012. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law today banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples as part of an increasingly conservative agend(...)

A Russian opposition politician whose victory in a mayoral election embarrassed president Vladimir Putin was detained today in a corruption investigation. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters.

A Russian opposition politician whose victory in a mayoral election embarrassed president Vladimir Putin was detained today in a corruption investigat(...)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrives for a meeting with  his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, this morning. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Former US secret service contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in 21 countries according to the Wikileaks. Here are their respons(...)

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