U.S. Is Pressing Latin Americans to Reject Snowden
Published: July 11, 2013
CARACAS, Venezuela — The United States is conducting a diplomatic full-court press to try to block Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, from finding refuge in Latin America, where three left-leaning governments that make defying Washington a hallmark of their foreign policies have publicly vowed to take him in.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the unusual step of telephoning President Rafael Correa of Ecuador to urge him not to give asylum to Mr. Snowden. Senior State Department officials have also pushed Venezuela, one of the three countries offering to shelter him, with both sides keenly aware that hopes for better ties and an exchange of ambassadors after years of tension could be on the line.
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Jean-Claude Juncker government resigns over spy scandal
Luxembourg prime minister forced to step down after coalition partner withdraws support
Luxembourg’s government resigned yesterday amid controversy over prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker’s handling of a security service spying investigation, paving the way for elections in October.
Mr Juncker submitted his resignation to the grand duke of Luxembourg after his party’s coalition partner in government withdrew its support in the wake of a parliamentary report that found Mr Juncker “politically responsible” for failing to inform lawmakers of “irregularities and supposed illegalities” by state intelligence service SREL.
The scandal dates back to 2004 when the illegal phone tapping of senior officials by the secret service reportedly began. The report also found evidence of agents using public money to buy cars, and receiving payments in exchange for access to local officials. Questions also emerged about Mr Juncker’s role in securing an agency job for a driver who was also a former policeman.
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Pakistan’s Malala to be honoured at UN
Teenager shot by Taliban last year will address UN Youth Assembly and call for improvements in global education.
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 08:09
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban last year, is to be honoured by the United Nations.
She will celebrate “Malala Day” on her 16th birthday delivering her first public address at the UN Youth Assembly and call for improvements in global education on Friday.
Malala, who first came to public attention at the age of 11 for speaking out against a ban on girls’ education, was shot in the neck and head by Taliban gunmen last October on her way home from school in Pakistan.
She left a Birmingham hospital in February after she made a good recovery from surgery during which doctors mended parts of her skull with a titanium plate and inserted a cochlear implant to help restore hearing on her left side.
The Templers: German settlers who left their mark on Palestine
In the late 19th Century a group of German Christians called the Templers settled in the Holy Land on a religious mission. What began with success though ended three generations later, destroyed by the rise of Nazism and the war.
Kurt Eppinger’s community of German Christians arrived in the Holy Land to carry out a messianic plan – but after less than a century its members were sent into exile, the vision of their founding fathers brought to an abrupt and unhappy end.
The Germans were no longer welcome in what had been first a part of the Ottoman Empire, then British Mandate Palestine and would soon become Israel.
“On 3 September 1939, we were listening to the BBC and my father said: ‘War has been declared’ – and the next minute there was a knock at the door and a policeman came and took my father and all the men in the colony away.”
Aged 14 at the time, Kurt was part of a Christian group called the Templers. He lived in a settlement in Jerusalem – the district still known as the German Colony today.