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Snowden questions Putin on surveillance in phone-in

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities. Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws.

Snowden questions Putin on surveillance in phone-in

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities. Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws.

Iraq's draft child marriage law seen as political stunt - and sign of times

By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Proposals that would legalize the marriage of nine-year-old Iraqi girls are unlikely to become law, but indicate the growing role of religion in a country some fear is going down the path of neighboring theocracy Iran. Based on Shi'ite Islamic jurisprudence, the Ja'afari Law's advocates say it would bring regulation of personal status - comprising family law, wills and inheritance - into line with sharia religious law.

Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers

Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters staged a rally in the the eastern city of Mariupol on Thursday after Ukrainian soldiers killed three people during a raid on their barracks. The three assailants were killed and 13 others wounded when around 300 people attacked the interior ministry troops in the industrial port city overnight with firearms and petrol bombs, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers

Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters staged a rally in the the eastern city of Mariupol on Thursday after Ukrainian soldiers killed three people during a raid on their barracks. The three assailants were killed and 13 others wounded when around 300 people attacked the interior ministry troops in the industrial port city overnight with firearms and petrol bombs, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

The Baloney Meter: Are there discrepancies in the CRA's Heartbleed timeline?

OTTAWA - "In order to reassure Canadians that your government is able to fully protect the vital private financial information of Canadian taxpayers, we are hoping you could explain apparent discrepancies in the timeline regarding this breach — i.e., the period between when you became aware of the bug, when you took action and the so-called six-hour window that allowed cyber thieves access to the internal workings of Canada Revenue Agency." — New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and Murray Rankin, in a letter to National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay ---

A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency's response to the Heartbleed bug

OTTAWA - A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency's response to the Heartbleed bug: Monday, April 7: The Canada Revenue Agency says it was first informed of the Heartbleed bug. Tuesday, April 8: Two senior CRA officials testify at a parliamentary committee, which begins at 11 a.m. Neither make any mention of Heartbleed. Later that same day, the CRA shuts down public access to its online filing services. The agency says it has been working to implement a patch for the bug and test its systems.

Senegal ex-president's son to be tried for corruption

The flamboyant "super minister" son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade is to be tried in June for corruption after accumulating a fortune valued at well over $1 billion, a judicial source said on Thursday. Karim Wade is alleged to have acquired by corrupt means companies and real estate valued at $1.4 billion (1 billion euros), including land in Dakar, a fleet of luxury cars and media and finance companies operating across Africa. "Karim Wade will remain in prison and will go on trial in two months for illicit enrichment," the ministry of justice source told AFP.

Senegal ex-president's son to be tried for corruption: judicial source

The son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade is to be tried in June for corruption after accumulating a fortune valued at well over $1 billion, a judicial source said on Thursday. Karim Wade is alleged to have acquired by corrupt means companies and real estate valued at $1.4 billion (one billion euros), including land in Dakar, a fleet of luxury cars and a number of media and finance companies operating across Africa. "Karim Wade will remain in prison and will go on trial in two months for illicit enrichment," the ministry of justice source told AFP.

Putin says Ukraine's decision to disbanded Berkut police will backfire

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine's Berkut riot police, a force disbanded by authorities in Kiev after being blamed for the deaths of protesters, had served honorably in the line of duty. Answering a question from a former Berkut officer in televised call-in with the nation, Putin told him "there is no doubt you and your colleagues ... professionally and honorably carried out your duty."
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