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White House expects Russian government to look at options to expel Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday said it expects the Russian government to "look at all options available" to expel former government contractor Edward Snowden back to the United States to face espionage charges.


Embattled UN rights envoy for Palestinian areas vows to stay on

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights investigator for the Palestinian territories said on Tuesday he would not resign and accused critics of calling him anti-Semitic to divert attention from his scrutiny of Israeli policies.


Gaza's viability at stake, U.N. rights envoy says

GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights investigator accused Israel on Monday of imposing collective punishment on 1.75 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and said that the enclave's viability was at stake.


Russia detains Dagestan mayor on murder charges

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The mayor of the capital of the troubled Russian region of Dagestan has been detained on suspicion of organising the murder of a senior state investigator, the Investigative Committee said on Saturday.


Obama calls Oklahoma tornado's toll 'hard to comprehend'

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Standing by a pile of debris that once was an elementary school, President Barack Obama on Sunday called the destruction last week's tornado wrought in Moore, Oklahoma, "hard to comprehend" and vowed to provide long-term federal help in rebuilding.


U.S. was alerted to bombing suspect's travel to Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston was alerted when one of the two brothers who later allegedly carried out the Boston Marathon bombings travelled to Russia, U.S. officials said on Wednesday in one of several disclosures that cast new light on the government's handling of the case.


Canada passenger train attack plot suspect set for court hearing

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Montreal man accused of helping plan an al Qaeda-backed attack on a passenger train is set for a court hearing in Toronto on Wednesday.


Train plot suspect rejects Canadian law, cites "holy book"

TORONTO (Reuters) - One of two men accused in an alleged al Qaeda-backed plan to derail a passenger train in Canada appeared in court on Wednesday and disputed the authority of Canadian law to judge him, saying the criminal code was not a holy book.


Canadian passenger train plot suspects in court

TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Two men charged in Canada with plotting an attack on a passenger train appeared in separate courts on Tuesday while Iran reacted angrily to police accusations that the plotters were backed by al Qaeda elements in Iran.


U.S. security agency delays plan to allow small knives on planes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Transportation Security Administration on Monday delayed a controversial policy change that would have allowed small knives to be carried onto airplanes for the first time since September 11, 2001.