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Edward Snowden has withdrawn his Russian asylum request because of the demand that he stop harming US interests by leaking secret documents as countri(...)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

A TV screen in a St Petersburg pool hall shows former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/The Irish Times

The White House has called on Russia to expel former government contractor Edward Snowden without delay, saying Moscow has a “clear legal basis” for h(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin presents a historical lithograph to Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel after their meeting at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Russia, today. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian president Vladimir Putin today that German art seized by the Soviets in the aftermath of the second Worl(...)

French actor Gerard Depardieu was banned from driving for six months today, after he was found to be three times over the alcohol limit when he fell f(...)

US president Barack Obama has insisted his intelligence services are “not rifling through emails” or eavesdropping on phone calls of ordinary citizens(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during a press conference on the second day of the G8 summit venue at Lough Ern yesterday. Photograph: Matt Dunham - WPA Pool /Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron trumpeted a seven-point plan on Syria and said he personally got the other seven leaders to sign up to it. He ins(...)

“For the Taoiseach it was an image to die for. There’s nothing a leader likes more than proximity to more powerful leaders.” US president Barack Obama, British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny take a walk at the G8 summit at Lough Erne in Fermanagh. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

You’d think they hadn’t a care in the world. Enda Kenny took a stroll by Lough Erne with Barack Obama and David Cameron before sitting down to lunch w(...)

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