Spies will have bright futures, Putin vows
Vladimir Putin says he met with the Russian spies who were expelled from the United States, joining them in singing an unofficial KGB anthem and promising them good jobs and a bright future back in their homeland.
Russia's prime minister said late Saturday he recently got together with the 10 sleeper agents, without saying when or where. The agents were deported from the U.S. this month in the biggest spy scandal since the Cold War.
"We talked about life," Putin told reporters in Ukraine. "We sang What Motherland Begins With and other songs of that character."
U.S. authorities did not charge the agents with spying, and it is not clear whether they actually compromised any U.S. secrets.
Putin promised that Russia will take a good care of its spies.
"They will work, and I am sure they will have decent jobs," he said. "And I am sure they will have an interesting and bright life."
Bombing in Bangkok kills 1 after election
A bomb at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok killed one person and wounded 10 others Sunday shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests in the Thai capital. Police declined to speculate whether the bombing was related to Thailand's continued political turbulence in the wake of the street demonstrations that paralyzed much of the capital for weeks.
President rejects proposed pardons
Conservative President Sebastian Pinera rejected a proposal by the Roman Catholic Church for sweeping pardons of elderly and sick prisoners that would have freed military officers convicted of human rights violations during the Pinochet dictatorship. Pinera said serious offenses related to crimes against humanity, terrorism or drug trafficking will not be considered.