News Edward Snowden said that he will not be able to return to the US while 'there's no chance to have a fair trial'

But the whistleblower says he cannot go home when there’s ‘no chance to have a fair trial’

Selfies from space: NASA has lift-off on Instagram to mark moon probe launch

Space agency says it will share with its followers the 'most engaging images on and off the planet'

Nasa launches spacecraft LADEE to investigate levitating moon dust

LADEE probe takes off successfully in latest US mission to the Moon

Major Nidal Hasan shot dead 13 comrades at Fort Hood, Texas

The Food Hood killer will be the military execution for over 50 years - but who was the last?

A military jury as unanimously condemned Nidal Malik Hasan to death by legal injection for killing 13 people in a shooting spree at the Fort Hood military base in 2009. This sentence will make Hasan the first member of the US armed forces to be executed by the US military for over 50 years. But who was the last?

Chris Brown given a thousand hours community service

The R&B singer violated probation for assaulting Rihanna after being accused of falsifying records

The News Matrix: Wednesday 7 August 2013

Compromise with Spain, says Hain

Participants run in front of bulls during the annual San Fermin festival, held every July in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona

Americans grab Spanish life by the horns and import bull running for US tour

Cobbled alleyways of Pamplona replaced by tracks in California, Florida and Texas

Alexander Lebedev urges US taxman to look at GE

A striking theme of the court case was the length to which GE goes to avoid paying US taxes. Although based firmly in the US, Gecas and PK were were technically established in low-tax Shannon in Ireland and Luxembourg.

Homes in Surrey village Virginia Water climb to £1m

Bruce Forsyth's home village has been crowned the most expensive village in Britain

James Horwill’s foot was said only to have glanced Alun Wyn Jones

Lions Tour 2013: Stamp ban storm hits Wallabies' Test hopes

IRB appeals James Horwill 'let-off' and replaces Kiwi hearing judge with British-Canadian

Stunt pilot Charles Schwenker and wing-walker Jane Wicker die after plane crashes and bursts into flames at Ohio air show

The woman and her pilot have been named as Jane Wicker and Charles Schwenker

British No 1 Laura Robson on her way to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Yuliya Beygelzimer

Elena Baltacha powers on while Laura Robson earns test with Caroline Wozniacki

On a day when the defeat of Agnieszka Radwanska, the world No 5 and last year's Wimbledon runner-up, demonstrated the difficulties that grass-court tennis offers even to the very best, the current British No 1 and one of her predecessors proved the value of experience on the sport's most challenging surface.

Solar-powered plane lands near Washington

A solar-powered plane bidding to fly across the U.S. has landed at Dulles International Airport near the nation's capital, with one leg to New York left.

Cian Healy during his eventful outing against Western Force

British and Irish Lions 2013: Cian Healy speaks of relief after being cleared of biting - but he'll be returning home anyway

Injury rules the Ireland prop out of the rest of the tour, with Scotland's Ryan Grant called up as his replacement

A satellite image made and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on 5 June 2013 of Tropical Storm Andrea in the Gulf of Mexico just West of central Florida

Tropical Storm Andrea bearing down on Florida

Tropical Storm Andrea took aim at Florida's northern Gulf Coast today and was forecast to cut across Georgia and up the US Atlantic coast, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Virginia Gibson: Singer, actress and dancer who starred in hit musicals of the 1940s and ’50s

The pert dancer, singer and actress Virginia Gibson brightened several film musicals of the 1950s, notably the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), in which, as one of the brides, she danced in the barn-raising sequence, one of the most exhilarating numbers in movie history, and led the rest of the girls in the song “June Bride”.

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