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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(...)

Vladimir Putin said Edward Snowden must quit hurting US interests if he wants to remain in Russia, after the American sought asylum. Photograph:  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin.

Edward Snowden has withdrawn his Russian asylum request because of the demand that he stop harming US interests by leaking secret documents as countri(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has  reportedly said if Edward Snowden wanted to remain in Russia, he must “stop his work aimed at harming our American partners”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

US whistleblower Edward Snowden is reported to have applied for political asylum in Russia. Reuters said a “Russian immigration source” had provided t(...)

US President Barack Obama speaks under a tent  in a joint news conference with Senegal’s president Macky Sall. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said today he had not yet spoken to Chinese president Xi Jinping or Russian president Vladimir Putin about the US request to(...)

Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo on Monday. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

An opposition monitoring group that has tracked Syria’s widening civil war said today that more than 100,000 people had died in the 27-month confli(...)

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