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Snowden submits application for temporary asylum in Russia

Russia

Snowden submits application for temporary asylum

Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor on the run from U.S. authorities, on Tuesday formally requested temporary asylum in Russia by submitting an application. Snowden said he feared that if returned to the United States he could face torture or the death penalty, according to a Russian lawyer who helped prepare the documents. Though he has not been accused of a capital crime and does not face the death penalty, experts in Moscow said that his fears could support his bid. At the same time, by seeking temporary — not political — asylum, Snowden is pursuing the easiest path possible under Russian law, technically requiring only an administrative decision rather than President Vladimir Putin's personal approval. There is little doubt, however, that Putin controls all decisions on Snowden — just as the Kremlin has permitted his stay in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23. But the technicality provides some insulation for Putin from pressure by the United States.

Egypt

President appoints 34-member Cabinet

Egypt's interim president swore in a new Cabinet Tuesday that was dominated by liberal and leftist politicians, sweeping away the brief era of Islamist political rule built by the country's deposed president, Mohammed Morsi. Not one of the 34 Cabinet members belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, the 80-Islamist movement that propelled Morsi to the presidency a year ago, or to any other Islamist party. The Cabinet does include three women and three Coptic Christians, making it slightly more diverse than Morsi's Cabinet. The defense minister, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sissi, who has emerged as the country's de facto leader since Morsi's ouster, added the title of deputy to the prime minister to his portfolio, though the specific powers it carried remained vague.

Cheyenne, Wyo.

Liz Cheney to seek seat of GOP senator

Saying it's time for a new generation of leaders in Washington, Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced Tuesday she will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary. Liz Cheney is taking on popular Sen. Mike Enzi, 69, who announced almost simultaneously on Tuesday his plans to seek a fourth, six-year term. Liz Cheney, 46, is the elder of the two Cheney daughters.

Pittsburgh

Pa. man gets 81/2 years for promoting terror

A western Pennsylvania man whom authorities called a "homegrown, radical extremist" was sentenced Tuesday to 8½ years in prison for helping lead an Internet forum that promoted terrorist attacks against American military and civilian targets. The sentence for Emerson Begolly, 24, formerly of Redbank Township, also includes time for having a concealed gun and biting an FBI agent when he was arrested in 2011.

Elsewhere

Turkey: Police in Istanbul on Tuesday raided dozens of residences, including several college dormitories, in a crackdown on those who participated in widespread antigovernment demonstrations in June. Police detained at least 30 people, the semiofficial Anatolia news agency said.

Times wires

Snowden submits application for temporary asylum in Russia 07/16/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:45am]

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