Saturday 21 April 2018

Snowden asylum plea

Press Association

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said, claiming he faces persecution from the US government and could face torture or death.

WikiLeaks, which has been advising Snowden, and Russia's Federal Migration Service both confirmed the application request. The service is required by law to consider the application within three months, but could do it faster.

DREAMLINER BLAZE

AN emergency locator transmitter problem may have caused the fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane that caused disruption last week at Heathrow airport.

UK accident investigators said that US aerospace part manufacturer Honeywell, which built the emergency locator, had been invited to join the probe into last Friday's incident aboard a parked, empty Ethiopian Airlines' Dreamliner at Heathrow.

FLOOD TOLL 'UNKNOWN'

MORE than 5,700 people missing since floods devastated northern India last month are presumed dead.

Vijay Bahuguna, the chief minister of the state of Uttarakhand, said the government would give 500,000 rupees (€6,400) to the families of each victim of floods and landslides that hit the Himalayan region in June. The government had earlier put the death toll at 600 but the exact number may never be known.

NEO-NAZI ARRESTED

A NORWEGIAN neo-Nazi sympathiser of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested on suspicion of planning "a large terrorist act", authorities in France said.

The Paris prosecutor's office identified the suspect as Varg Vikernes. The suspect was arrested at his house in rural central France.

CUCKOO FANS TO CASH IN

NOT many people read 'The Cuckoo's Calling' before word leaked out that author Robert Galbraith was, in fact, JK Rowling. But a handful who did also managed to get a signed copy.

And that could mean a lot of money. Rowling spokeswoman Nicky Stonehill said the 'Harry Potter' author signed a few copies as 'Robert Galbraith'. Bids for a first edition have now topped $1,000 (€760) on eBay.

Irish Independent

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