23:42 Snowden 'free to talk' to Germans: Kremlin:
Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is free to speak with whoever he chooses, including foreign authorities, a Kremlin spokesman said today, after the US fugitive said he was ready to help a German probe into US spying.
"He has temporary refugee status. That status does not foresee any restrictions on his moving around the country or speaking to anyone," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP.
23:41 China vows to silence Dalai Lama in Tibet:
China's ruling Communist Party aims to silence the voice of the Dalai Lama in his Tibetan homeland by tightening controls on media and the Internet, a top official said today.
The party's top-ranking official in the Tibet region Chen Quanguo vowed to "ensure that the voices of hostile forces and the Dalai group are not seen or heard," in an editorial published in a party journal called Qiushi.
23:39 Two French journalists kidnapped in northern Mali: military sources:
Two journalists with Radio France Internationale (RFI) were kidnapped today by armed men while working in Kidal in Mali's far northeast, military and security sources said.
"Two RFI journalists were kidnapped by armed men in the centre" of Kidal, a Malian security source said. The fate of the two, identified as Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, was uncertain.
22:57 US, Germany to ink no-spy deal: report:
Germany and the US are to strike a two-way deal not to spy on each other in the wake of the diplomatic furore sparked by the Edward Snowden revelations, a German newspaper reported.
A delegation of German chancellery and intelligence officials reached the deal during talks at the White House this week, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) reported in its Sunday edition.
21:39 Europe spies too: Leaked documents point out:
Spy agencies across Western Europe are working together on mass surveillance of Internet and phone traffic comparable to programs run by their US counterpart denounced by European governments, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday.
Citing documents leaked by fugitive former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian said methods included tapping into fibre optic cables and working covertly with private telecommunications companies.
21:37 Honduras chief denies death squads:
In a capital accustomed to daily bloodshed, the man in charge of law enforcement is as feared as the criminals. Few dare speak his name above a whisper.
Five-star Gen. Juan Carlos Bonilla was accused a decade ago of running death squads and today oversees a department suspected of beating, killing and "disappearing" its detainees. He is the top cop in the country that serves as a way station for most South American cocaine bound for the United States and beyond.
21:31 IED explosion at crowded Imphal market, no casualty:
A bomb exploded in a crowded market complex here today but no casualty was reported, police said.
The Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which was allegedly planted by militants near a drain at the crowded Thangal market complex, went off at 7.45 pm but no one was injured, police sources said. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the incident, they said.
20:06 LAX shooting: Another angry young man:
Calm has returned to Los Angeles International Airport following Friday's shooting attack that killed a TSA officer and wounded some half dozen other people, sending hundreds of travelers fleeing into the streets and onto the tarmac and disrupting flight schedules around the country.
One of those being treated for gunshot wounds is Paul Anthony Ciancia, the 23 year-old who allegedly carried out the attack before being chased down, then shot and taken into custody by police officers near a Burger King restaurant at a circle of departure gates in Terminal 3 at LAX.
19:17 RSS didn't dictate Modi's name as PM candidate of BJP: Vaidya:
Contradicting reports that it had dictated Narendra Modi's name as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, RSS leader M G Vaidya said a proposal from BJP quarters must have come and the Sangh gave its consent.
He said RSS does not dictate as to who should be made Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Minister, MP or MLA but only gives its advice whenever there is a dispute and gives advice only when sought.
19:10 US official sacked for Twitter barbs is Indian-American:
A key White House staffer who was fired after it came to light that he was behind a Twitter account that dished out gossip and pointed barbs at the Obama Administration is an Indian-American.
Jofi Joseph, 40, who was part of the National Security Council's nuclear nonproliferation team, was just six months old when his Indian parents moved from Germany to the US.
18:41 Kidnapped Germans freed in Lebanon but held over 'drugs':
Two German men kidnapped in eastern Lebanon were freed today, hours after their abduction, but police immediately arrested them on drug trafficking charges, the official media reported.
"The Germans abducted last night in the eastern Bekaa Valley were released today," National News Agency (NNA) said. "After they were freed, a police unit from the Internal Security Force arrested the Germans on charges of drug trafficking, and a search for the abductors is underway," it reported.
18:17 Time for India to sit at UNSC high table: Envoy:
India's winning streak in elections to UN bodies demonstrates it is time for the country to become a permanent member of the Security Council and those who doubt this can no longer behave like "ostriches in sand", the Indian envoy to the world body has said.
Hailing India's crucial win in polls to the UN Board of Auditors yesterday, Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Asoke Mukerji said the victory is a "recognition of India's institutional depth."
18:14 In India, size is everything:
If Narendra Modi, the hopeful future prime minister of India, has his way, the country will build the largest statue in the world. With any luck it will overshadow his bloody record.
17:46 Deadly LAX shooting: Why did he do it?:
It's not clear why a 23-year-old man, identified by the FBI as Paul Anthony Ciancia, stormed one of America's busiest airports, but it is clear he was dangerous.
And investigators were digging into his background to find out clues about his motives.
He had enough ammunition to "have literally killed everyone in that terminal," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
16:40 Singer Sona Mohapatra upset over Kota fiasco; drops letter bomb:
Singer Sona Mohapatra recently got a taste of bureaucratic ego during a concert in Rajasthan.
So hassled she was by the end of the concert that Sona decided to shoot off a letter to the civil servant, slamming him for insisting on having her at his house for a photo-op barely half an hour before her concert at Kota and then throwing a fit on stage later on.
She also narrated how the administration, which had invited her to perform at the Dussehra concert, could not even provide adequate security at the hotel she was staying in (she had drunk personnel banging on her door late night)
14:22 SRK turns 48... 'Picture abhi baaki hain':
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who turned 48 today, thanked his fans and well-wishers for making him happy on the special day.
The star took to the micro-blogging site to express his gratitude for his loved ones, who waited in long queues outside his house with crackers and posters.
"Thank you all on twitter for the madness you have created. People think I am a marketing genius. But it's you all who make the madness. Love you most.
"Thank you everyone. All who came outside the house with crackers and posters. Love to you all and apologies to the neighbours. Your love makes me happy," Shah Rukh tweeted.
The actor is currently shooting for Farah Khan's "Happy New Year" and the entire cast including director, Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani wished him on his birthday.
Farah, who also posted a picture, said, "Happy Birthday to my wiser, richer and 'older -than me' friend!.. Picture abhi baaki hain mere dost! Love you!"
14:18 Religious minority in India decides political majority: Aiyer:
Political parties in India seek minority support because they cannot form a government without them, senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer has said.
"It is the religious minority in India that decides who gets the political majority," he said while speaking in Sharjah yesterday at the Sir Syed Day, commemorating the 196th anniversary of the founder of Aligarh Muslim University.
This is evident in burqas being distributed to give the impression that Muslim women are attending their rallies, Aiyer said, without naming any party.
Aiyer said all Indians have distinct identities and all these identities must be respected.
12:49 Actress Shweta Menon alleges molestation, Congress MP denies:
Actress Shweta Menon was allegedly molested by an "elected representative" from the area at a function in Kollam, sparking strong protests from the Malayalam film fraternity and women outfits, which demanded stern action against the politician.
Though Shweta did not reveal the identity of the politician who allegedly harassed her at the President's Trophy boat race on Friday evening, media footage showed Congress MP N Peethambara Kurup from the area touching her but the lawmaker today strongly denied having committed such an act.
The actress, however, stood by her charge.
Speaking to reporters in Kochi, she said, "I was really humiliated. I stand by the statement I made yesterday."
Police are yet to register a case in connection with the incident, based either on the complaint the actress claimed to have orally made to the District Collector or by taking note of media reports.
However, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is learnt to have spoken to the Collector on the incident.
"It is totally untrue. I am telling this since my name has come up in a section of the media in connection with the incident," 73-year-old Kurup, representing Kollam in the Lok Sabha, told the media persons on Saturday.
11:34 Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud buried in Pakistan:
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief chief Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a CIA-operated drone strike in the country's restive North Waziristan, was today buried at an unknown location, a media report said.
Hakimullah, his uncle, driver and other aides who fell prey to the US drone attacks were buried at different places in the North Waziristan this morning, Geo News reported.
According to the sources, TTP's Markazi Majlis-e-Shura (Central Advisory Committee) would appoint a new chief soon.
Umar Khalid, Maulana Fazlullah and Khan Said alias Sajna are under consideration for the top slot, the report said quoting sources.
There was no official word on the killing of Hakimullah. Hakimullah's killing is the latest in a string of setbacks for the top leadership of Taliban and al-Qaeda, who have been repeatedly targeted by US drones in the tribal belt.
11:24 Modi meets kin of Patna blasts victim in Gaurichak:
Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi arrived in Gaurichak on Saturday to meet the family members of Raj Narain Singh, who was killed in the serial blasts in Patna on October 27.
Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and other local leaders are accompanying Modi on his visit.
Modi, who reached Bihar last night, will today visit the homes of the six people who died in the serial blasts in Patna ahead of his 'Hunkar' rally that he addressed at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on October 27.
The BJP prime ministerial candidates will use a helicopter to visit six villages in Gaurichak, Kaimur, Gopalganj, Supaul, Begusarai and Nalanda districts of Bihar to meet families of the victims.
Modi is also expected to hand over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the families.
10:11 RTI activist who took on mining mafia faces probe:
CNN-IBN reports: RTI activist SR Hiremath, the whistleblower who exposed illegal mining in the state is now facing a probe against himself.
Four years ago, Hiremath decided that he would take his campaign against illegal mining mafia in Bellary to the country's highest court. The 69-year-old activist, who heads the NGO Samaja Parivarthana Samudaya, filed his first PIL in Supreme Court in 2009.
Hiremath was able to expose the role of many top politicians in the state who were subsequently sentenced to jail.
Four years after, the RTI activiist has now found himself being investigated for illegal funding. The state government has ordered an inquiry on whether Hiremath's NGO has received illegal foreign funds.
10:09 Michelle Obama to lead Diwali celebrations in White House:
US First Lady Michelle Obama would lead this year's Diwali celebrations the White House, which is expected to be attended by lawmakers, senior administration officials and eminent Indian Americans.
"The First Lady will provide remarks at the White House Diwali celebration," the White House announced on Friday. A media advisory said the festival of lights would be observed on November 5.
03:55 Rebekah Brooks 'paid MoD insider for details of dead soldiers:
Rebekah Brooks, the former News International chief executive, authorised payments to a Ministry of Defence official to obtain details of soldiers killed in action before they were officially released, a court has heard.
The jury at the Old Bailey was told that Mrs Brooks authorised the payments while editor of The Sun.
03:54 Two members of Greece's Golden Dawn shot dead:
Two members of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn have been killed and a third wounded in a drive-by shooting outside the party's offices in an Athens suburb, police say.
The dead men, aged 20 and 23, were guarding the office.The attack comes weeks after several members of Golden Dawn, including the leader, were arrested on suspicion of forming a criminal organisation.The arrests followed the killing of an anti-fascist musician.
02:59 Only six Americans enrolled on 'Obamacare' first day:
Just six people managed enrol in Obamacare on day one of the health plan's troubled rollout, documents released by Republican lawmakers showed, in a new embarrassment for the White House.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa released a document from a meeting on October 2, the day after HealthCare.gov went online, recording the paltry figure.
01:45 IAEA chief sees Iran easing conditions to cooperate:
The head of the UN atomic watchdog today said that Iran's new leadership has indicated a willingness to address concerns regardless of progress in parallel talks with world powers.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said this week that it held "productive" talks with President Hassan Rouhani's government, which come as Iran conducts separate negotiations with the United States and five other nations over its nuclear program.
01:14 Trial of Egypt's Morsi fraught with risks:
Egypt's new military-backed government had hoped trying Mohammed Morsi would close the chapter on his presidency. Instead, the trial of the ousted Islamist president on charges of inciting murder, which begins Monday, is only compounding their troubles.
Morsi's supporters plan widespread protests on the day of the trial, threatening to disrupt the proceedings. Security concerns are so high that the venue for the trial has still not been formally announced, though it is expected to be held in a heavily secured police academy in Cairo.
00:46 US not to interfere in peace talks between Taliban, Pak govt:
US today refused to get involved in peace talks between Taliban and the Pakistani government, saying the decision to negotiate with the terror group was an internal matter of that country.
The Obama administration, however, said its efforts for peace process in Afghanistan would continue as situation was different there.
00:23 Syria peace envoy: No talks without opposition:
The international envoy to Syria called on the divided opposition Friday to overcome differences and agree to attend peace talks with President Bashar Assad's government, warning the negotiations cannot go forward without them.
Lakhdar Brahimi, who wrapped up his five-day visit to Damascus, appeared uncertain about prospects for the meeting expected to take place later this month in Geneva.
00:21 Kerrys trip will start in Egypt, state media report:
Secretary of State John Kerry, who is about to begin a nine-day trip including a fence-mending visit to Saudi Arabia, will first come to Egypt for a few hours on Sunday, an unpublicized addition to the State Department itinerary, state media reported Friday. It will be Mr. Kerry's first trip here since the military deposed President Mohamed Morsi four months ago.
Mr. Kerry's Egypt stopover comes as relations between the once-close allies have grown increasingly strained, and at a particularly tense moment in Egypt: He was scheduled to arrive the day before Mr. Morsi, detained incommunicado since his July 3 ouster, will make his first court appearance on murder charges.