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Business booms for asylum middlemen in Afghan exodus

KABUL (Reuters) - In a brightly lit travel agency in a gloomy Kabul mall, business is booming for Naser Gulzad. But all he can think about is shutting up shop and following his customers out of Afghanistan.Full story

German town raises ire for scheme using asylum seekers as porters

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German town has halted a scheme offering asylum seekers 1.05 euros an hour to carry luggage at a station after rail operator Deutsche Bahn refused permission due to a public outcry and criticism that the project harked back to colonial times. Full story

Former Australian PM calls refugee camps "Gulags"; opposition eyes military fix

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A former Australian prime minister denounced offshore refugee detention camps as Soviet-style "Gulags" on Thursday and the opposition proposed empowering the military to stop boats of asylum seekers days before a national election is to be called. Full story

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  Snowden files application for temporary asylum in Russia

A lawyer for Edward Snowden confirmed that the alleged NSA leaker has applied for temporary asylum in Russia. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., discusses.

  Snowden officially asks for asylum in Russia

The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has officially requested temporary asylum in Russia. He has been holed up in Moscow’s Airport for more than three weeks.

  Edward Snowden may accept asylum in Russia

The NSA leaker is reportedly planning to meet with human rights groups in Moscow today, and there is a possibility he may accept asylum there, despite withdrawing his petition after Putin said he would be required to stop sharing secrets. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

  Snowden will renew request to seek asylum in Russia

NBC's Mike Isikoff and Jim Maceda discuss the NSA leaker's request for asylum.

  Top Lines: From Eliot to Edward

Asiana flight survivors speak out; Eliot Spitzer is looking to make a political comeback; a coup is a coup is a coup (or is it?); Edward Snowden needs to make a decision on asylum; and the future of immigration reform is up for discussion as Congress heads back to work.

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