Five things you need to know for Tuesday
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun
Are you a country that wants piss off the United States? Well, Edward Snowden wants to crash on your couch for a few decades. With Russia ruled out, the NSA leaker is actively looking for new asylum locale. In England, Germany tennis player Sabine Lisicki upset No. 1 ranked Serena Williams on the court at Wimbledon. And in Egypt, tensions between the government, the army and hordes of protesters are reaching a boiling point. Meanwhile, people are gearing up for the Fourth of July holiday. And that means one thing (well maybe two) legal and illegal fireworks! Welcome to your online trends report for Tuesday July 2, 2013.
( Maxim Shemetov / Reuters / July 2, 2013 )
Edward Snowden, Russia
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Why: Edward Snowden has withdrawn his request for political asylum from Russia, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, further adding to the uncertainty over the US whistleblower's future. A spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin said Snowden withdrew the request after Putin's statement making clear that he would be welcome only if he stopped "his work aimed at bringing harm" to the United States. [The Guardian]