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Sunday June 30, 2013

Russia Passes Anti-gay-law

THE GUARDIAN: Vladimir Putin signs bill that means people disseminating 'propaganda' about homosexual relationships to minors risk fines

Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has signed into law a measure that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality.

The lower house of Russia's parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on June 11 and the upper house approved it last week.

The Kremlin announced on Sunday that Putin had signed the legislation into law. » | Associated Press | Sunday June 30, 2013
Egypt Morsi: Mass Political Protests Grip Cities

BBC: Huge protests calling for the resignation of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi and early presidential elections are taking place in the capital, Cairo, and other cities.

Tens of thousands of opponents have massed in Tahrir Square and outside the main presidential palace.

Protesters accuse Mr Morsi of failing to tackle economic and security problems since taking power a year ago.

A presidential spokesman urged them to respect the democratic process.

Morsi supporters massed in the Cairo suburb of Nasr City with banners denouncing the opposition.

The president's critics say the country's first Islamist president has put the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood party ahead of the country's wider interests.

In Cairo, they have been chanting: "Irhal! Irhal!" ("Leave! Leave!") Reports the BBC's Aleem Maqbool.

Demonstrations are being reported across the country (+ video) » | Sunday June 30, 2013
EU Confronts U.S. over Reports It Spies on European Allies

REUTERS.COM: The European Union has demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the group, using unusually strong language to confront its closest trading partner over its alleged surveillance activities.

A spokeswoman for the European Commission said on Sunday the EU contacted U.S. authorities in Washington and Brussels about a report in The mirror magazine that the U.S. secret service had tapped EU offices in Washington, Brussels and at the United Nations.

"We have immediately been in contact with the U.S. authorities in Washington D.C. and in Brussels and have confronted them with the press reports," the spokeswoman said.

"They have told us they are checking on the accuracy of the information released yesterday and will come back to us," she said in a statement.

France also asked for an explanation.

"These acts, if confirmed, would be completely unacceptable," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. » | Ben Deighton and Annika Breidthardt | Brussels / Berlin | Sunday June 30, 2013
France's Triumphant 'Joan of Arc' Vows to Bring Back Franc and Destroy Euro

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Marine Le Pen is spoiling for a fight. The leader of France's Front National vows to smash the existing order of Europe and force the break-up of monetary union, if she wins the next election.

It is no longer an implausible prospect. "We cannot be seduced," she said, brimming with confidence after her party secured 46pc of the vote in a by-election earthquake a week ago. Her candidate trounced the ruling Socialists in their own bastion of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

"The euro ceases to exist the moment that France leaves, and that is our incredible strength. What are they going to do, send in tanks?" she told the Daily Telegraph at the Front National's headquarters, an unmarked building tucked away in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. Her office is small and workaday, almost austere.

"Europe is just a great bluff. One side there is the immense power of sovereign peoples, and on the other side are a few technocrats," she said.

For the first time, the National Front is running level with the two governing parties of post-War France, Socialists and Gaullistes. All are near 21pc in national polls, though the Front alone has the wind in its sails.

Yet it is the detail in the Villeneuve vote that has shocked the political class. The front scored highest in the most socialist cantons, a sign that it may be breaking out of its right-wing enclaves to become the mass movement of the white working class. » | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Sunday June 30, 2013
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A Caliphate Is Coming: Glenn Beck | GBTV

Glenn explains why it's not a conspiracy theory with the latest news on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt Braces for Massive Protests after Bitter Year of Morsi

It's been exactly one year since Egypt's President Mohhamed Morsi took office and the country's now bracing for its biggest anti-government protests in months. The unrest has been building up over the past week, and has brought deadly chaos to Egypt's biggest cities. RT's Bel Trew reports.

Exclusive: Terror Group Wants Somalia Rid Of Christians

Somalia's Islamist terror group al Shabab wants to rid the Muslim country of all Christians and is specifically targeting Christian converts from Islam.

Belgistan? Sharia Showdown Looms In Brussels

The graffiti on a building in Belgium says it all: "Welcome to 'Belgistan." In fact, some are now calling it the Muslim capital of Europe.

Snowden's application for asylum: Ecuador shifts responsibility onto Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE: What happens to Edward Snowden? Ecuador's President now says: The decision on the fate of the NSA whistleblower rests in Russian hands. Only when he is on Ecuadorian soil will a decision on the asylum application be made.

Moscow / Quito - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has assigned responsibility for the further fate of the fugitive former US secret service agent Edward Snowden to Russia. In order to process Snowden's asylum application, he must be on Ecuadorian soil, Correa told the private broadcaster Oromar on Saturday evening. "At the moment, however, the solution, his next destination, lies in the hands of the Russian authorities."

According to experts, Ecuadorian soil could also be the embassy of the South American country in Moscow.

The President reiterated that his country could not do anything for the current situation. Snowden is in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who advised him to apply for asylum. » | fab / AFP / dpa | Sunday June 30th 2013
Paula Deen's Sons: Accusations "Character Assassination"

Paula Deen's sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen, discuss the controversy surrounding their mother.

Interview with Larry King at SophieCo

A television guru and legendary interviewer, he spent 25 years with CNN, retired and then came back with more shows, now available on RT. A very special guest on SophieCo - Larry King. We find out what brought him back and how he is different from the time of the world-renowned 'Larry King Live'.

Terror sponsor? Qatar Pours Megabucks into Gaza, Israel Fears Hamas On Rise

Life may be tough for Palestinians in Gaza but they are starting to get a helping hand. Qatar is pouring millions of dollars into rebuilding the territory while encouraging the ruling Hamas group to emerge from international isolation. RT's Paula Slier reports.

Saturday June 29, 2013

Afrique du Sud: les avocats musulmans demandent l’arrestation d’Obama

SAPHIR NEWS: Alors que Barack Obama commence une visite en Afrique du Sud, vendredi 27 juin, l'Association des avocats musulmans (MLA) de Johannesburg a décidé quelques jours plus tôt, mardi 25 juin, de réclamer un mandat d'arrêt contre le president américain.

In a communiqué publié sur son site, l’association accuse Barack Obama de "Crimes de guerre, crimes against l'humanité et genocide" et demande son arrestation sur le sol sud-africain en vertu du traité fondateur de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) que le pays a ratifié.

"The program de drones de l'administration Obama a entraîné des pertes massive de vies innocentes au Pakistan, au Yémen et en Afghanistan", dénonce la MLA. "The politique de frappe de drones s'est poursuivie sans relâche avec un mépris total de la sovereaineté territoriale", ajoute l’association. Pour appuyer ses accusations contre le président américain, prix Nobel de la paix en 2009, la MLA a rassemblé un document de 600 pages. » | Rédigé par La Rédaction | vendredi 28 juin 2013
Bugging Brussels: New Snowden Leak Claims NSA Spies on EU Diplomats

Even more scathing reports of US surveillance are emerging from Germany - courtesy of Edward Snowden. Der Spiegel magazine is reporting that they've seen a top secret US document - outlining how the country's intelligence bugged EU offices and spied on the bloc's internal computer networks. RT's Peter Oliver is in Berlin with more on this latest leak. RT is also joined by Lode Vanoost - former deputy speaker of the Belgian parliament.

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Pakistani Girl Falsely Accused of Blasphemy 'in Canada'

BBC: A Pakistani Christian girl who was falsely accused of blasphemy has fled to Canada with her family, a Christian organization says.

Rimsha Masih, aged 14, was detained in a maximum security prison for several weeks in August 2012, accused of burning pages from the Koran.

The case attracted widespread international concern.

Although charges against Rimsha were dropped, she and her family were forced into hiding after death threats.

Rimsha, who is believed to have learning difficulties, was arrested in a Christian area of ​​the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, after a furious crowd demanded she be punished.

A local Muslim cleric has since been accused of framing her. » | Saturday June 29, 2013
US and Ecuador Discuss Snowden's Bid for Asylum

BBC: The US vice-president has talked to Ecuador's leader by phone about fugitive ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden's bid for asylum.

Joe Biden held talks with President Rafael Correa on Friday, the two countries confirmed.

According to Mr Correa, Mr Biden asked him to reject the request but Washington gave no details.

In a new development, a German magazine says a document leaked by Mr Snowden shows the US bugged EU offices.

mirror magazine says a September 2010 "top secret" document of the US National Security Agency outlines how the agency bugged offices and spied on EU internal computer networks in Washington and at the UN. The document explicitly referred to the EU as a "target", the magazine reports.

Mr Snowden is believed to be staying at a Moscow airport, having arrived nearly a week ago from Hong Kong, where he had been staying since he revealed details of top secret US surveillance programs.

The US has charged him with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willing communication of classified communications intelligence.

Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence. » | Saturday June 29, 2013
Numerous foreigners leave Egypt after riots

There is tense calm in Egypt after another outbreak of deadly violence. Another wave of violence looms on Sunday, from which as many people as possible want to escape.