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Snowden Called in to Putin’s Telethon. Does That Really Make Him a Kremlin Pawn?

One of the pleasures in writing about Edward Snowden is his predilection for the absurd. The NSA whistleblower abandons his dancer girlfriend for a life in exile, hides in airports, studies Dostoyevsky, appears by teleconference at a technology conference in Texas, and even attempts to learn Russian to acclimate to his new home in Moscow. It’s a delicious story, and on Thursday, Snowden delivered his latest morsel: He called in to Vladimir Putin’s televised Q&A session with the Russian public.

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Why Do So Many People Die in Ferry Accidents?

Nearly 300 people are feared missing after a huge ferry capsized and sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Carrying a group of high school students on a field trip from a high school outside Seoul, the ship was en route to Jeju, a Korean resort island known as the country's "Hawaii." Scores of rescue divers have descended on the ship, and it is feared that the death toll will rise sharply in coming days. Survivors say many people remain trapped on the ship's lower decks; 462 people were on board the ship, 281 of whom remain unaccounted for.

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Is That a Soviet Soldier on the Wall of the White House Press Secretary's House?

Look past the piles of fruit, pancakes, orange juice, bagels, donuts, butter, sausages, bacon, oversize coffee makers, and adorably precocious children that adorn the opening of Washingtonian Mom's cringeworthy profile of ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman and her husband, White House spokesperson Jay Carney, and you'll find something slightly more intriguing. Carney and Shipman appear to have some great Soviet propaganda posters on their walls.

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