White House says Snowden should 'come home, be judged'
The White House rejected a call Tuesday to pardon Edward Snowden, saying the former intelligence contractor should "be judged by a jury of his peers" for leaking US government secrets. The US administration re-iterated its tough stance against the exiled fugitive, whom supporters regard as a whistleblower, in response to a petition on the White House website signed by more than 167,000 people. "If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and -- importantly -- accept the consequences of his actions," she wrote.
The Latest: Kerry warns of consequences if failed nuke dealWASHINGTON (AP) ? The latest developments on Obama administration officials' testimony Tuesday before Congress on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local EDT):
Malaysian PM axes deputy, attorney general amid fund scandal
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received some $700 million in government money, on Tuesday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.
Pakistan to host second round of Kabul-Taliban talksISLAMABAD (AP) ? Pakistan is finalizing preparations to host the second round of landmark peace talks between Afghan government officials and the Taliban later this week, two Pakistani officials said Tuesday.
Gay accuser questions Cosby's ability to 'read' sexual cuesPHILADELPHIA (AP) ? The accuser in the only sex assault case that Bill Cosby has settled is questioning his self-proclaimed ability to "read" women's cues in sexual situations.
NTSB: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked braking system early
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Federal safety investigators say the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early.
NY prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) ? A northern New York prison worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run.
Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacksLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) ? Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari is set to make his first official visit to one-time enemy Cameroon Wednesday to ease tensions and bolster support for a multinational army to fight the Boko Haram uprising that has spilled across borders.
Germany suspects Islamist who lived in Germany bombed Mogadishu hotel
German authorities suspect that an Islamist who once lived in Germany carried out a car bombing on a hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday that killed at least 13 people, security sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The sources said the man, Abdirazak Bouh, was born in Libya and had both Somali and Libyan passports. The sources confirmed a report by Die Welt daily that said he had joined the al Shabaab group, which said it was behind the blast on the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday.
Mozambique coal: boom to bust to wait it out
By Ed Stoddard MAPUTO (Reuters) - Mozambique's coal rush is officially over and the government is now looking offshore to a gas bonanza, according to analysts at a coal conference this week in the capital Maputo. "At this stage Mozambique is not a coal story any more. "It?s really a liquefied natural gas (LNG) story now and I think the government is shifting its focus from coal to LNG," she told Reuters on the sidelines of a Mozambique coal conference organised by Informa.