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Former National Security Agency
(NSA) contractor Edward Snowden,
who leaked details of US electronic
surveillance programmes, says he's
achieved his aim.
"In terms of personal satisfaction,
the mission's already accomplished,"
he told the Washington Post.
"I already won," said Mr Snowden,
whose extensive leaks have caused a
reassessment of US surveillance policy.
The 30-year-old was interviewed in
Russia, where he was granted
temporary asylum on 1 August.
Snowden fled the US in late May,
taking a huge cache of secret
documents with him. He faces
espionage charges in the US.
"As soon as the journalists were able
to work, everything that I had been
trying to do was validated. Because,
remember, I didn't want to change
society. I wanted to give society a
chance to determine if it should
change itself," he told the newspaper.
"All I wanted was for the public to be
able to have a say in how they are
governed," Mr Snowden said. ---BBC
Indian people sing as they walk with a man dressed as Santa Claus ahead of Christmas in Umsning, in Meghalaya, India, yesterday.
Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare. AP PHOTO
NAIROBI---The United Nations has dis-
covered a mass grave containing about
75 bodies in South Sudan, the world body
said yesterday, evidence of the wave of
ethnic killings taking place in the world s
newest country over the last week.
Word of the mass grave came as South
Sudan undertook military operations to
wrest back control of the city of Bor from
rebels loyal to the country s former vice
president. One potential complicating fac-
tor: The military said armed elements have
entered a UN refugee camp in Bor that
holds about 17,000 civilians.
The mass grave was found in Bentiu,
said UN s human rights chief Navi Pillay.
At least two other mass graves are reported
to have been found in Juba, she said in a
The bodies in Bentiu reportedly belonged
to the ethnic Dinka, who were members
of the Sudan People s Liberation Army,
said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman
for the Geneva-based human rights office.
Responding to the discovery, the gov-
ernment minister of information Michael
Makuei Lueth said: "Of course Bentiu is
under the control of the rebel leader Riek
Machar, so we have nothing to do with
The United States and Ethiopia are lead-
ing efforts to open peace talks on the ten-
Officials say president Salva Kiir and
former vice-president Riek Machar have
agreed to meet but specifics including the
status of Machar s imprisoned compatriots
are holding up talks.
South Sudanese troops are advancing
on Bor in order to take it back from troops
loyal to Machar, said military spokesman
Col Philip Aguer. Troops will also soon
advance on another rebel-held city, Bentiu,
in the oil-rich region of Unity state, he
"The UN has staff in the country inves-
tigating the incidents of mass killings,"
"It is unclear who is responsible for the
killings. The other two reported mass
graves are in Jebel-Kujur and Newside,
near Eden," she said.
The country s top UN humanitarian offi-
cial said Monday that he believes the death
toll from 10 days of violence has surpassed
1,000 but that there are no firm counts.
The official, Toby Lanzer, estimated that
there are more than 100,000 internal
refugees across the country seeking shelter
from the violence. (AP)
75 found in South
Sudan mass grave
PARANGING IN INDIA
SAO PAULO---Brazilian police say they have freed
the kidnapped lottery winner of more than $3 mil-
lion whose captors were demanding a ransom of
Inspector Antonio de Olimin told the G1 news
portal a 43-year-old bricklayer who won the lottery
about three months ago and his brother were kid-
napped Monday in the Sao Paulo suburb of Guarulhos.
The names of the two kidnap victims were not
He said police yesterday discovered the house
where the two brothers were being held hostage while
investigating a gang of bank and cargo truck robbers.
Olimin says one suspected kidnapper was killed in
a shootout with police and another was arrested.
The two brothers were freed unhurt. (AP)
Russian authorities have dropped criminal charges
against the first of 30 people accused of taking part
in a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic.
The BBC has learned the man is Anthony Perrett
from Newport in south Wales, who is preparing to
He was in the group of 28 activists and two freelance
journalists arrested in September as they staged a
protest at a Russian offshore oil rig.
They were all charged with hooliganism---but have
all been freed on bail.
They are being granted amnesty under a new Russ-
ian law, signed ahead of the Olympic Winter Games
in Russia in February, which has seen several high-
profile releases in recent days.
Greenpeace said yesterday that one man from the
"Arctic 30" group had been told his case was now
closed, and that others were expected to receive
notice soon. ---BBC
A protest in Brazil against a decades-old ban on
topless sunbathing has failed to attract more than
a dozen women.
Instead, hundreds of photographers and men turned
up for the event on Rio de Janeiro s Ipanema beach.
More than 2,000 women had said they would take
their tops off on the beach on Saturday morning to
call for the law to be scrapped.
Organisers say most women probably felt too intim-
idated to join the protest.
Protesters say Brazilian legislation, which defines
being topless as an obscene act, is anachronistic and
They argue that nudity is tolerated during the
annual carnival parade in Rio.
The organiser, Ana Rios, said the idea was to raise
awareness to the prejudice against women in Brazil.
"It is a pity it became a media circus. What really
amazes me is the number of men who came here
just to see women s chests," she said. ---BBC
Brazil police free kidnapped
lottery prize winner
Russia drops first
Greenpeace Arctic 30 case
Few women attend
Rio topless ban protest
NSA leaks: Snowden declares mission accomplished
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