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THE WEEK June 28: Got a problem?

Updated: 2013-06-29 17:38
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Lost and found
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed the US and UK governments for controversial phone monitoring and hacking, disappeared after a flight from Hong Kong to Russia. He's reportedly headed to Ecuador to seek asylum, or government protection from sending him back to the US for arrest, with the help of Wikileaks and its legal team.

Lawyer's misguided comments
In 2012, a 17-year-old boy was shot to death by his neighbor with a gun. The tragedy shocked the nation, and laws regarding gun ownership and self defense came to the forefront of the nation's news media. Now, the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the shooter, is underway. And his lawyer opened the case with wildly inappropriate remarks.

Pope's new groove
Pope Francis made a statement to the Vatican this week when he decided not to show up to a gala concert. Insiders say his move was a way to tell the church that he is sick of the tradition of pope's living luxurious lifestyles. The problems go deeper than just the Catholic church. Christianity in America is becoming a complete sham. Let's hope that Pope Francis starts changing that.

This wacky world!
A Chinese girl trying to impress a handsome man on a train showed him drugs and asked if wanted to have a good time. The man was a police officer in plain clothes.

A man in the US pled guilty to having sex with a couch in public. I guess he took the phrase "love seat" a bit too seriously.

Roger Federer lost at Wimbledon to the 116th ranked player in the world, marking one of the most unbelievable losses in the sport's history. Keep you chin up, Rog. It happens to the best of us.

The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied same-sex couples the federal benefits of being married. This is landmark legislation, so tune in next week for more on this breaking news.

  • Group a building block for Africa

    An unusually heavy downpour hit Durban for two days before the BRICS summit's debut on African soil, but interest for a better platform for emerging markets were still sparked at the summit.