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S. American States to Recall Ambassadors From Europe over Bolivian Plane Incident

Source: Russia Today

S. American states to recall ambassadors from Europe over Bolivian plane incident

Published time: July 12, 2013 19:55

South American countries belonging to the Mercosur trade bloc have decided to withdraw their ambassadors for consultations from European countries involved in the grounding of the Bolivian president’s plane, said Uruguayan foreign minister Luis Almagro.

Read more: http://rt.com/news/mercosur-countries-ambassadors-europe-030

Breaking: Jurors Start Deliberations in George Zimmerman Case

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Jurors leave courtroom to start deliberations in George Zimmerman murder trial.


— Jul. 12 2:44 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A jury began deliberating George Zimmerman's fate Friday after hearing dueling portraits of the neighborhood watch captain: a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life.

Before the jury got the case, Zimmerman's lawyers put a concrete slab and two life-size cardboard cutouts in front of the jury box in one last attempt to convince the panel Zimmerman shot the unarmed 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

Attorney Mark O'Mara used the slab to make the point that it could be used as a weapon. He showed cutouts of Zimmerman and Martin to demonstrate that the teenager was considerably taller and he displayed a computer-animated depiction of the fight based on Zimmerman's account.

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In a rebuttal, prosecutor John Guy accused Zimmerman of telling "so many lies." He said Martin's last emotion was one of fear as Zimmerman followed him in a neighborhood of townhomes on a rainy night Feb. 26, 2012.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/final-arguments-wrap-zimmerman-trial

Breaking: Alleged NSA Leaker Edward Snowden to Meet Human Rights Groups at Moscow Airport Today

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: Alleged NSA leaker Edward Snowden will meet human rights groups at Moscow Airport today, airport official says - @Reuters

Fugitive Snowden to meet with human rights groups: official

Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:01am EDT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden will meet human rights groups on Friday at Moscow's Sheremteyevo Airport, where the fugitive contractor has been in the passenger transit area since he flew from Hong Kong.

"I can confirm that such a meeting will take place," said an airport spokeswoman, adding that it would take place in the second half of the day.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE96B07320130712

Irish Lawmakers Vote 127-31 to Legalize Abortion in Life-Saving Cases

Source: Associated Press


Jul. 11 7:29 PM EDT

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish lawmakers vote 127-31 to legalize abortion for life-saving cases, including suicide risk.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/irish-lawmakers-vote-127-31-legalize-abortion-life-saving-cases-including-suicide-risk

AP Raw Video: Massive Fireball After Train Crash in Quebec

Amateur video shows a massive fire after oil tanker cars derailed and exploded in a small Quebec town. (July 9)

Top Court Asked to Stop NSA Surveillance

Source: CNN

updated 5:12 PM EDT 07.08.13

Top court asked to stop NSA surveillance

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to stop the National Security Agency's surveillance of domestic telephone communications data.

In an emergency appeal filed Monday, a privacy rights group claimed a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect the electronic records, and said only the justices could resolve the statutory issues at stake.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed its petition directly with the high court, bypassing the usual step of going to the lower federal courts first.

Such a move makes it much harder for the justices to intervene now, but the privacy group argues "exceptional ramifications" demand judicial review now.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/08/politics/nsa-supreme-court/index.html

Ireland High Court Refuses to Grant Arrest Warrant for Snowden

Source: Irish Times

High Court refuses to grant arrest warrant for Snowden

Judge ‘compelled’ to reject application as it does not state where alleged offences committed

Mon, Jul 8, 2013, 16:55
First published:
Mon, Jul 8, 2013, 16:55

The High Court has refused an application by the United States for an arrest warrant for the former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

In a judgment issued this afternoon, Judge Colm Mac Eochaidh said he was “compelled” to reject the application for a provisional arrest warrant, which was made by the US embassy to the Department of Foreign Affairs last Friday, because it did not state where the alleged offences were committed.

The application, under the Extradition Act 1965, was brought to the High Court by the attorney general last Saturday.

According to the judgment, the US authorities made contact with their Irish counterparts on an informal basis on July 4th. The following day, the US embassy made a formal request for a provisional arrest warrant to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Read more: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/high-court-refuses-to-grant-arrest-warrant-for-snowden-1.1456798

NTSB: 10 Killed in Alaska Plane Crash

Source: Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say an air taxi has crashed at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska, killing all 10 people on board.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the pilot and nine passengers were killed in the crash at the airport late Sunday morning.

Meagan Peters of Alaska State Troopers says the fixed-wing aircraft was fully engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to the plane. The victims have not yet been identified.

The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. Johnson said initial reports had the accident happening as the plane took off.

The NTSB identified the aircraft in a release Sunday as a de Havilland Otter Air Taxi. The NTSB is sending a team to investigate the crash.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/police-fatal-plane-crash-alaska-airport

Breaking: Official: Asiana Flight Tried to Abort Landing

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Official: Asiana flight tried to abort landing, make another try seconds before it crashed -RJJ

@AP: MORE: Cockpit recorder from Asiana jetliner shows pilot tried to abort landing, NTSB official says: http://t.co/bwhPnwXCyy -RJJ

Jul 7, 5:15 PM EDT

Official: Asiana flight tried to abort landing

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal safety official said the cockpit voice recorder from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 showed the jetliner tried to abort its landing and come around for another try 1.5 seconds before it crashed at San Francisco airport.

National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman said at a news conference Sunday the recorder also showed there was a call to increase airspeed roughly two seconds before impact.

Before that, she said, there was no indication in the recordings that the aircraft was having any problems before it crashed Saturday, killing two passengers and injuring scores of others.

Investigators took the flight data recorder to Washington, D.C., overnight to begin examining its contents for clues to the last moments of the flight, officials said. They also plan to interview the pilots, the crew and passengers.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SAN_FRANCISCO_AIRLINER_CRASH

Edward Snowden Offered Asylum in Bolivia by President Evo Morales

Source: CBS News

Edward Snowden offered asylum in Bolivia by President Evo Morales

July 06, 2013

LA PAZ, Bolivia NSA leaker Edward Snowden has yet another place to go, if only he can get there.

Bolivian President Evo Morales says Snowden is welcome in his country. He said Saturday he is making the offer as a protest against the U.S. and European nations he accuses of temporarily blocking his flight home from a Moscow summit because they suspected his might have Snowden on board.

Morales follows Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega in making the offer. He'd earlier said he was willing to consider asylum for Snowden, the same position taken by Ecuador, which is another of Bolivia's leftist Latin American allies.

Morales did not say if he has received a formal petition for asylum from Snowden.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57592523/edward-snowden-offered-asylum-in-bolivia-by-president-evo-morales
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