US to Close Embassies August 4
The United States will close a number of its embassies and consulates around the world on Sunday for security reasons.
The State Department did not specify which missions have been asked to close, nor the type of threat they face. But a statment said the embassies and consulates that have been told to close are ones normally open on Sundays. That would include embassies in the Muslim world, where the work week generally is from Sunday to Thursday.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf called the move a precautionary measure.
US, Russian Ties Strained by Snowden's Asylum
The Obama administration says it is "extremely disappointed" that Russia has granted fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum.
Snowden left the transit zone of the Moscow airport Thursday after being stuck there for more than a month. His lawyer said he was given a year's asylum and a work permit, and was taken to a secret location.
His Russian lawyer says Snowden is planning to speak with the news media in the future, but only after getting acclimated to his new situation.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that officials are reevaluating next month's scheduled talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin in Moscow. He said the Kremlin ignored very clear requests, in public and in private, that Snowden be sent back to the United States for trial.