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We never hand anyone over, says Vladimir Putin as Edward Snowden asks

The whistleblower behind a series of leaks that revealed the United States was spying on its allies has applied for political asylum in Russia, it has emerged, as the French President François Hollande threatened to call off EU negotiations on a major trade deal unless the snooping stopped.

US Vice President Joe Biden asks Ecuador to refuse asylum for

US Vice President Joe Biden has asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the country's president said last night. Rafael Correa said he had a "friendly and very cordial" conversation with Mr Biden, and told the Vice President that Ecuador hadn't sought to be put in the situation of deciding whether to harbour an American fugitive.