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  • On Russian TV, Snowden asks Putin about Moscow surveillance

    April 17, 2014 1:05 PM 140

    (CNN) -- Months after accepting asylum in Russia, fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about Moscow's own surveillance practices. "Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?" Snowden asked in English via a video link during Putin's annual

  • UPDATE 1-Russia's Putin fields question from U.S. fugitive Snowden

    April 17, 2014 12:16 PM 15

    MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on Thursday during a televised call-in show. The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia granted the American asylum

  • Ukraine’s anti-terror operation undone by villagers

    April 17, 2014 11:24 AM 145

    Armoured vehicles taken by pro-Russian gunmen and blocked by angry civilians The young Ukrainian paratrooper, Roman, lay back on the warm green metal of his vehicle, shielded his eyes from the sun and took a slurp of thick ice cream. Lounging around him on top of the armoured personnel carrier (APC), his comrades unwrapped more vanilla-flavoured cones

  • Victorian parents steer clear of George

    April 17, 2014 8:46 AM 8

    While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge give Victoria a wide berth on their Australian visit, the state appears to be doing the same to their chosen baby name of George. Figures from Victoria's Births, Deaths and Marriages office show that George continues to languish as a name despite a short-lived jump in popularity in November and December last year. In July, the month

  • William and Kate vow return to Australia's Blue Mountains

    April 17, 2014 6:26 AM 18

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have vowed to return to one of Australia's most visited beauty spots. The royal couple spent the day touring the Blue Mountains as part of the second leg of their trip Down Under. William described the viewing point of the famous Three Sisters as "a great place for a picnic", while Kate chatted about bush walking and a return

  • Committed to no first use of nuclear weapons, says Modi

    April 17, 2014 6:15 AM 14

    Modi said that the nuclear arms were defensive weapons. The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said Indian's nuclear arms arsenal ‘is necessary to be powerful - not to suppress anyone, but for our own protection’. Striking a statesmanlike tone, he upheld a doctrine defined by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who declared a policy of no first

  • In Ukraine, a crisis of bullets and economics

    April 17, 2014 1:56 AM 35

    Scenes of armed occupation unfolded Wednesday across eastern Ukraine. Besides the takeover of City Hall in this city of nearly 1 million, separatists farther north flew the Russian flag over six armored vehicles that fell into their hands after Ukrainian forces surrendered them, either willingly or through intimidation. The Defense Ministry said the loss came after

  • Videos show U.S.-made rockets in Syria | 24 News | Financial Express

    April 16, 2014 7:25 PM 8

    Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war. They would signal a further internationalization of the conflict, with new rockets suspected from Russia and drones from Iran also spotted in the forces of President Bashar al-Assad

  • Boston Marathon security: How can you keep 26.2 miles safe?

    April 16, 2014 2:45 PM 7

    (CNN) -- As thousands gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, one sight evoked memories of the attack that spurred widespread carnage: suspicious bags near the finish line. Police spotted the bags on Boylston Street -- not far from where two pressure-cooker bombs exploded exactly one year ago Tuesday, killing three

  • Search For Missing Flight MH370 Shifts To Underwater Mission

    April 16, 2014 11:11 AM 14

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: A People's Liberation Army Air Force Illyushin Il-76 on final approach to Perth International airport having just completed a search mission trying to locate missing Malaysia Airways Flight MH370 on April 16, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Twenty-six nations have been involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 since