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world lead

July 2nd, 2013
05:40 PM ET

Snowden's asylum options dwindle

(CNN) - Edward Snowden's hopes of finding asylum from U.S. prosecution on espionage charges appeared to dim Tuesday as country after country denied his request or said he would have to find a way to travel to their territory to apply.

While Bolivia and Venezuela seemed supportive, 11 of the 21 countries he's applied to, including Ecuador and Iceland, have said they can't consider his request until he shows up at one of their embassies or on their borders. Three have denied the request outright - Brazil, India and Poland.

Snowden had already withdrawn his asylum request with Russian authorities after President Vladimir Putin said he would have to "stop his work aimed at harming our American partners" if he wanted to stay in the country.


world lead

July 2nd, 2013
05:21 PM ET

Egypt protesters' message to Morsy: Go

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was under pressure Tuesday to find a solution to deadly unrest in the streets of Egypt amid word that the military has given him an ultimatum: Strike a deal with the opposition or be pushed aside.

Throughout the day, Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square.

Projected in bright neon green lights on a large government building near the square was a message, in Arabic, for Morsy: Go.

Protesters also chanted that message all day long and much of the night. But Morsy has been largely deaf to those calls.

As the army deadline comes closer and closer, demonstrations are growing, but so too are the bursts of violence.

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports live from Cairo in the video above.

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national lead

July 2nd, 2013
05:01 PM ET

Zimmerman trial analysis: Jury will not forget

Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman trial asked that an exchange from Monday's testimony be stricken from the record Tuesday.

Defense lawyer Mark O'Mara asked the former lead investigator in the case, Chris Serino, if he thought Zimmerman was telling the truth. Serino said yes.

Judge Debra Nelson sided with the prosecution, and told jurors to disregard Serino's response.

"I don't think the jury's going to forget about it," said Marcia Clark, former prosecutor for the O.J. Simpson trial and author of "Killer Ambition." Clark said the moment O'Mara asked the question, prosecutors should have objected.

"He's not a lie box, he's not a lie detector. How does he know?" said Clark. "Yeah, detectives have a certain amount of experience that we don't, they talk to people, and they also get lied to a lot. But they also miss it a lot."

"If George Zimmerman is a good liar, there you go, I mean, he didn't detect it," said Clark. "His opinion is nothing more than his opinion, and worth no greater weight than what the jurors believe."

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