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10 things you need to know today: July 6, 2013
Clashes in Egypt leave 30 dead, Venezuela offers asylum to Snowden, and more
 
People carry the body of a man shot by Egyptian troops in Cairo on July 5.
People carry the body of a man shot by Egyptian troops in Cairo on July 5. AP Photo/Khalil Hamra 

1. CLASHES IN EGYPT LEAVE 30 DEAD
Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi continue to clash with Egyptians who demanded his removal from power at the hands of the military. Thirty people have been killed, and more than 200 wounded, as the divided country remains on edge. Several high-ranking officials in Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested. [Fox News]

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2. VENEZUELA OFFERS ASYLUM TO SNOWDEN
NSA secret-spiller and man-on-the-run Edward Snowden has been offered "humanitarian asylum" by Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro said Friday. That would theoretically get Snowden out of the strange limbo he's in at the Moscow airport, though it remains unclear how Snowden could get from Russia to Venezuela. There are no direct flights, and every connecting route goes through a country with an extradition treaty with the U.S. [Wall Street Journal]

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3. FED CONSIDERS ENDING STIMULUS AFTER POSITIVE JOBS REPORT
The economy added 195,000 jobs in June, more than analysts had predicted. With unemployment at 7.6 percent, the Federal Reserve is considering an end to its bond-buying program, possibly as early as the middle of next year. [New York Times]

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4. FRANCE ACCUSED OF VAST ELECTRONIC SPYING PROGRAM
France runs a similar electronic surveillance program to the NSA's PRISM, reports Le Monde. Data from emails, text messages, phone records, and popular websites like Google and Facebook was reportedly saved by the DGSE, France's intelligence agency. [The Guardian]

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5. NELSON MANDELA'S FAMILY DENIES HE IS IN VEGETATIVE STATE
The family of Nelson Mandela denies that the former South African president is in a "permanent vegetative state," as claimed by court papers. Mandela's family, currently fighting over burial details, says the anti-apartheid leader is in critical but stable condition. [USA Today]

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6. SEATTLE MAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING A TRUCK FULL OF WEAPONS
A Seattle man driving a pick-up truck full of weapons and body armor was arrested near the University of Washington. Justin Miles Jasper, 21, allegedly had a scoped rifle, shotgun, and several Molotov cocktails in a truck reported stolen from Montana. [CBS News]

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7. SINKHOLE SWALLOWS WOMAN IN HER CAR
A sinkhole in Toledo, Ohio, swallowed a 60-year-old woman as she was driving. The woman eventually climbed out of the eight-foot sinkhole with a ladder provided by rescue workers. [Reuters]

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8. WORLD HEATH ORGANIZATION CREATING EMERGENCY COMMITTEE FOR MERS VIRUS
The WHO is organizing an emergency committee to address the threat posed by the Middle East coronavirus (MERS). The virus, which has killed dozens of people so far, is not yet considered a pandemic. [CBS News]

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9. PAULA DEEN FIRES AGENT
Paula Deen fired her agent without giving a reason on Friday. The celebrity chef lost 12 corporate sponsorships and her Food Network show after admitting to using a racial epithet in a deposition in a lawsuit filed against her by a former employee. [NBC News]

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10. DESPICABLE ME 2 WINS BOX OFFICE
Despicable Me 2, an animated film voiced by Steve Carell, won the first two days of the long Fourth of July weekend with $59.5 million in revenue. It handily beat Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which made only $19.5 million despite costing $225 million to make. [Bloomberg]

 
Keith Wagstaff is a staff writer at TheWeek.com covering politics and current events. He has previously written for such publications as TIME, Details, VICE, and the Village Voice.

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