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Posted on June 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The world at 7 a.m. Times EDT.

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DEVELOPING

— CAPTURED SOLDIER-RALLY — Developing from 3 p.m. rally.

Has moved:

— SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA — South Africa: Ambulance carrying Mandela to hospital had engine trouble, 'no harm' to condition.

— IRAQ — Suicide car bomb, shootings kill 9 northern Iraq.

— IRAN-CYBERATTACK — Iran ministry denies cyberattack on its oil networks.

TOP STORIES

NSA SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who says he revealed that the National Security Agency collects Americans' phone records and Internet data from U.S. Internet companies, now faces charges of espionage and theft of government property. Snowden is believed to be in Hong Kong, which could complicate efforts to bring him to the United States to answer the charges. By Pete Yost.

AP photo.

— NSA-SURVEILLANCE HONG KONG — Hong Kong silent so far on extradition, but some lawmakers say China should decide on Snowden.

SOUTHWEST FLIGHTS GROUNDED

CHICAGO — A system-wide computer failure forces Southwest Airlines to ground its entire fleet of airplanes preparing for departures, and at least 64 flights are cancelled even after service is fully restored hours later, a company spokeswoman says. By Jeff McMurray.

AP photo.

CELLPHONE-PLANES

WASHINGTON — Relief may be on the way for airline passengers who can't bear to be separated even briefly from their personal electronic devices. The government is moving toward allowing gate-to-gate use of music players, tablets, laptops, smartphones and other gadgets, although it may take a few months. By Joan Lowy and Scott Mayerowitz.

AP photo.

AFGHAN-PEACE TALKS

DOHA, Qatar — A Taliban spokesman says that some within the Afghan militant movement want to suspend a nascent peace process with the government over a disputed sign in their newly opened office. Shaheen Suhail says that the movement is infuriated over Kabul's demands that they remove a sign that identifies their new office in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Qatar removed the sign Wednesday. By Kathy Gannon and Deb Riechmann.

AP photos.

— AFGHANISTAN — Afghan officials: Taliban attack checkpoints, 2 local policemen and 18 militants killed.

KERRY

DOHA, Qatar — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Qatar to meet officials from nearly a dozen nations to firm up and coordinate military and humanitarian aid going to the Syrian opposition trying to oust President Bashar Assad. U.S. officials hope the meeting will re-energize a newly expanded Syrian opposition group, which is to elect new leadership in coming days. By Deb Riechmann.

AP photo.

BRAZIL-PROTESTS

BRASILIA, Brazil — President Dilma Rousseff spoke about her generation's struggles in battling a dictatorship during a prime-time speech meant to connect with the nation's youth who have energized widespread and at times violent anti-government protests. By Marco Sibaja, Jenny Barchfield and Bradley Brooks.

AP photos.

NATIONAL

CAPTURED SOLDIER-RALLY

HAILEY, Idaho — The father and mother of the only known U.S. prisoner of war plan to speak on Saturday afternoon to a crowd in their hometown just days after his Taliban captors announced they want to exchange him for prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. By John Miller.

AP photos.

HERNANDEZ-POLICE

BOSTON — A body was found, search warrants were issued, investigators conducted interviews — all the signs of an impending police action were in place by week's end. Still the family of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd waited for answers. A jogger found Lloyd's body in an industrial park Monday, a mile from the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Family members said Friday the two men were friends who were together the night Lloyd died. They said Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee for about two years. By Bridget Murphy.

AP photos, video.

COLORADO WILDFIRES

SOUTH FORK, Colo. — Firefighters make a stand trying to protect a small Rocky Mountain tourist town from being destroyed by a firestorm fed by intense heat and miles of beetle-killed spruce trees in the Rio Grande National Forest. By Jeri Clausing.

AP photos, video.

MINNESOTA SENATE RACE

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Al Franken barely made it into the Senate the first time, squeaking by with 312 votes after months of recounts and legal skirmishes that left Minnesota Republicans salivating at the prospect of snatching the seat back from the former "Saturday Night Live" star in 2014. So far, that's not playing out according to plan. By Patrick Condon.

AP photo.

INTERNATIONAL

CANADA-ALBERTA FLOODING

CALGARY, Alberta — At least three people are killed by floodwater that is devastating much of southern Alberta, leading authorities to evacuate the western Canadian city of Calgary's entire downtown. Inside the city's hockey arena, the waters reach as high as the 10th row.

AP photos.

— INDIA-FLOODS — Soldiers work to rescue tens of thousands still stranded in floods in northern India. AP photos.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

— ODD--UGLIEST DOG CONTEST — Beagle-boxer-basset combo waddles way to win in World's Ugliest Dog Contest. AP photos.

— OBAMA — Obama, in weekly address, urges action on immigration overhaul, says 'time for excuses is over.'

— SUPERMOON — It's that time of the year: Supermoon shines brightly this weekend. AP photos.

— RAPPER KILLED — Police: Louisiana man, 36, accused of killing teen rapper 'Lil Snupe' in argument over a video game.

— CHINA-AI WEIWEI — Dissident artist Ai Weiwei uses new album to both protest and mock his detainment in China. AP photo.

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