Putin talks of fast exit for Snowden

Russia

Putin talks of fast exit for Snowden

Edward Snowden's on-again, off-again relationship with the Russian government appeared to be off Monday, when President Vladimir Putin said he hoped the American fugitive would leave the country "as soon as he has the chance." Speaking to students at a summer camp near St. Petersburg, he suggested that it wouldn't be worth the diplomatic fallout for his country to offer asylum to the former National Security Agency contractor, who has leaked sensitive data about U.S. surveillance methods. Snowden has said he intended to apply for asylum in Russia, among other places.

Egypt

U.S. official vows help to advance democracy

The most senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since its elected president was ousted said Monday that Washington is committed to helping the Arab country succeed in its "second chance" at democracy, adding this can only happen with the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns' meetings with Egypt's interim leaders came as thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi held another mass rally to demand his return to office. But the remarks by Burns signaled that Washington, while calling for an inclusive transition, is moving on from Morsi.

Texas

George P. Bush rakes in big campaign bucks

Republican George P. Bush raised money at a clip befitting his famous political pedigree, collecting $2 million for his campaign for land commissioner of Texas between Jan. 1 and June 30, according to campaign spokesman Trey Newton. He told the Associated Press on Monday that the campaign has $2.6 million in cash on hand. Such a large war chest is unprecedented for land commissioner, especially since no Democrat has yet emerged to challenge Bush for the office. Bush, 37, is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the grandson of one former president and nephew of another.

Elsewhere

Washington: The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it had approved the first brain wave test to help diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. The test uses an electroencephalogram and takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Concord, N.H.: A federal judge on Monday sentenced a woman to 10 years in prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Rwanda native Beatrice Munyenyezi, 43, was convicted in February of entering the United States and securing citizenship by lying about her role as a commander of a roadblock where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter.

Times wires

Putin talks of fast exit for Snowden 07/15/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:36am]

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