Asylum

  • Australia court bars return of Sri Lanka refugees July 8, 2014

    Sydney: A High Court has barred Australia from handing back a boat carrying 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, a day after Canberra returned another vessel to Colombo following a week of secrecy. The interim injunction from a late-night sitting applies at least until a hearing resumes on Tuesday afternoon, and...
  • Germany to tighten asylum policy July 4, 2014

    Berlin: German parliament on Thursday voted to tighten Germany's asylum law to contain the flow of asylum seekers from Balkan countries, media reports said. The new law declares Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina "safer countries of origin", where no political persecution is to be feared, Xinhua quoted German television ARD as saying...
  • Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine makes his silver screen debut in 'Begin Again' March 31, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer Adam Levine is set to make his silver screen debut in John Carney's 'Begin Again'. After acting in TV show 'American Horror Story: Asylum', Levine is making his move from the rock-star stage to playing a rising rock star on the big screen in 'Begin Again', reports eonline.com. The...
  • Edward Snowden would help Brazil if given asylum: Reports December 17, 2013

    National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in "an open letter to the Brazilian people" that he would be willing to help Brazil's government investigate US spying on its soil, but that he could do so only if granted political asylum. In a letter obtained and published early on Tuesday by...
  • US sees surge of asylum seekers from India: Report September 9, 2013

    The United states has seen a mysterious surge of asylum seekers from India entering America illegally through the southwestern desert state of Arizona bordering Mexico, according to a media report. Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of Indians over the past year have asked for asylum claiming to fear they may be persecuted...
  • Edward Snowden travelled to India before 2011: Report August 29, 2013

    CIA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked some of America's most closely guarded secrets, had travelled to India before 2011 but did not report the trip during his background-check process. "The background checkers failed to verify Snowden's account of a past security violation and his work for the CIA, they didn't thoroughly probe...
  • Close Cameron aides asked paper to destroy Snowden data August 22, 2013

    London: Two of British Prime Minister David Cameron's most senior aides pressed the Guardian newspaper to hand over or destroy intelligence secrets leaked by Edward Snowden, political sources said on Wednesday. News that Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood and National Security Adviser Kim Darroch were involved drags Cameron into a storm over...
  • Over 100 rescued after boat sinks in Indian Ocean August 20, 2013

    Rescuers pulled more than 100 suspected asylum seekers to safety on Tuesday after their boat sank in the Indian Ocean. The boat sank about 220 kilometers (140 miles) north of Christmas Island, where Australia operates a detention camp for asylum seekers. An Australian navy ship hurried to the scene after the...
  • Guardian journalist vows to publish more secrets after Britain detains partner August 20, 2013

    The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former US intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will "regret" detaining his partner for nine hours. British authorities used anti-terrorism laws on Sunday to detain David Miranda, partner of US journalist Glenn Greenwald,...
  • Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, say sources August 16, 2013

    Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the US government's electronic spying programs while he was working for Dell Inc in April 2012, almost a year earlier than previously reported, according to US officials and other sources familiar with the matter. Snowden, who was granted a year's asylum by...
  • Barack Obama says Vladimir Putin appears 'like a bored kid' August 11, 2013

    President Barack Obama on Friday denied he has poor relations with Vladimir Putin after canceling their Moscow talks, but said the Russian president sometimes appear "like a bored kid in the back of the classroom." US-Russian relations plunged to one of their lowest points since the Cold War this week after...
  • Despite Snowden fracas, US to hold high-level talks with Russia on Friday August 7, 2013

    The United States will hold talks with Russia's defense and foreign ministers in Washington on Friday despite Moscow's decision to grant asylum to former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, US officials said on Tuesday. The State Department, confirming a report by Reuters, said the talks would go ahead and that...
  • Obama rethinks summit with Putin after Snowden granted asylum in Russia August 2, 2013

    President Barack Obama is rethinking whether to hold a summit in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin in September 2013 after Russia rejected US pleas and gave temporary asylum to former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, the White House said on Thursday. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and US...
  • United States disappointed at Russia's grant of temporary asylum to Snowden August 2, 2013

    The White House has expressed "extreme disappointment" at Russia's grant of temporary asylum to fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Washington said it was evaluating a scheduled presidential summit in September, Xinhua reported. "We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step, despite our very clear and lawful...
  • Snowden thanks Russians for asylum approval August 1, 2013

    National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and officially entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum for a year, his lawyer said Thursday, a move that suggests the Kremlin isn't shying away from further conflict with the United States. Snowden's whereabouts will be kept...
  • US lawmakers warn Russia of firm response on asylum to Edward Snowden August 1, 2013

    Fuming US lawmakers on Thursday warned Russia of a "firm response" after it granted one year asylum to Edward Snowden, whistleblower of the NSA's secret telephone and Internet surveillance programme. Terming Moscow's decision as a setback to US-Russia relations, top American Senators demanded that Snowden, 30, who is sought in...
  • Snowden slips out of Moscow airport after Russia grants him temporary asylum August 1, 2013

    Whistleblower and former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after Russia granted him temporary asylum, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area. A Russian lawyer who has been assisting Snowden said the American, who is wanted in the United...
  • Edward Snowden secures temporary asylum in Russia August 1, 2013

    US whistleblower Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after securing temporary asylum in Russia, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area. A Russian lawyer who has been assisting Snowden said the American, who is wanted in the United States for leaking...
  • Online series 'House of Cards' makes Emmy history July 18, 2013

    Los Angeles: Netflix's 'House of Cards' made Emmy history Thursday with a top drama series nomination, the first time that television's top awards have recognized a program delivered online as equal in quality to the best that TV has to offer. The nomination, one of nine nods earned by the political...
  • Snowden documents could be 'worst nightmare' for US: Journalist July 14, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Fugitive former US spy contractor Edward Snowden controls dangerous information that could become the United States' "worst nightmare" if revealed, a journalist familiar with the data said. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said on Saturday that the US government should be careful...
  • Edward Snowden has not yet accepted asylum in Venezuela: WikiLeaks July 10, 2013

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Tuesday after a Russian lawmaker posted a statement to that effect on Twitter and then deleted it. WikiLeaks, on its own Twitter feed, said that states involved in deciding an...
  • Snowden affair clouds US attempts to press China to curb cyber theft July 9, 2013

    Washington: Revelations by former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden will make it harder for the United States to confront China at talks this week over the alleged cyber theft of trade secrets worth hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Snowden's disclosures of American electronic surveillance around the world give...
  • Heavily pregnant woman among 100 Syrians rescued off Italy July 5, 2013

    Rome: The Italian coastguard has intercepted a boat off the island of Sicily with 100 Syrian migrants on board, including 10 women, one whom was heavily pregnant. A police vessel accompanied the migrant boat into the port at Syracuse on Sicily's eastern coast, where medical checks were carried out on...
  • The Last Word: Has India's response to Snowden's revelations been supine or pragmatic? July 3, 2013

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday defended the vast US surveillance programme under which India is the fifth most tracked country, saying, "it is not actually snooping". ...
  • Edward Snowden rightfully charged in courts, says US July 3, 2013

    Washington: Rejecting allegations of political vendetta, the US has said Edward Snowden is rightfully charged by its courts for espionage and leaking classified information, and Washington is making diplomatic efforts to ensure he is brought back to face those charges. "Snowden has been lawfully charged in US courts. As a...
  • Snowden's options narrow as asylum requests spurned July 3, 2013

    Moscow: Countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe spurned asylum requests by Edward Snowden on Tuesday, despite a call by Venezuela for the world to protect the former US spy agency contractor wanted by Washington for espionage. Snowden, who revealed secret US electronic surveillance programmes, has applied for political asylum in...
  • Has India become the only country to back the US on cyber snooping? July 2, 2013

    India has rejected US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden's request for asylum in the country. The Ministry of External Affairs said it saw no reason to accede to Snowden's request. ...
  • News 360: Naxals ambush police convoy and kill SP, 4 other policemen July 2, 2013

    Naxals ambushed a police convoy in Jharkhand and killed the Pakur Superintendent of Police and 4 other policemen. The incident took place a month after the attack on Congress leaders in Sukma. ...
  • Khurshid defends US surveillance programme, says 'it is not snooping' July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday defended the vast US surveillance programme under which India is the fifth most tracked country, saying, "it is not actually snooping". "This is not scrutiny and access to actual messages. It is only computer analysis of patterns of calls and emails that...
  • India turns down US whistleblower Edward Snowden's asylum request July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: India has rejected US National Security Agency whistleblower Edwarden's request for asylum in the country. The Ministry of External Affairs said it saw no reason to accede to Snowden's request. "The Indian Embassy in Moscow did receive a request for asylum in a communication dated 30 June from Mr...