Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency
contractor who exposed the US government's top-secret
surveillance programmes, is fighting back against his critics
and has denied allegations that he was a spy for China.
Vladimir Putin's opponents often brand him a "thief" at
street protests. Now the Kremlin is dismissing an American
football team owner's account of how the Russian president
ended up with his diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring when they
met eight years ago.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, arriving in Britain ahead
of an international summit set to be dominated by
disagreement over the US decision to send weapons to Syria's
rebels, said the West must not arm fighters who eat human
North Korea has offered high-level talks with the United
States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, but the
White House said that any talks must involve Pyongyang taking
action to show it is moving toward scrapping its nuclear
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan rallied hundreds of
thousands of supporters at an Istanbul parade ground as riot
police fired teargas several kilometres away in the city
centre to disperse anti-government protesters.