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• Seattle: The FBI and Seattle authorities were investigating a Nevada man who was arrested after he was spotted on the University of Washington campus in a stolen truck carrying multiple explosive devices, stolen firearms and body armor, police said Thursday. The man was arrested a few blocks away after a police pursuit near Seattle Children’s Hospital late Wednesday, said John Vinson, chief of the University of Washington police. He gave no further details of the pursuit, but he described the arrest as “high-risk.” Justin Miles Jasper was arrested early Thursday and was being held without bail in the King County jail on suspicion of possessing an incendiary device. Jail records gave no age or hometown for Jasper, but Vinson said the suspect was 21 years old and from Nevada. Vinson said investigators “have no idea what his intentions are.”
• Iceland: The proposal to grant Snowden citizenship received limited support when it was discussed Thursday — the last day before summer recess. Six members of minority parties were in favor out of Parliament’s 63 members.
• Russia: Edward Snowden should find another country to seek refuge in, a Russian official said on Thursday, signaling Moscow’s growing impatience over the former U.S. spy agency contractor’s stay at a Moscow airport.
• France ‘runs vast electronic spying operation using NSA-style methods’. Intelligence agency has spied on French public’s phone calls, emails and internet activity, says Le Monde newspaper.
• Egypt’s army announced a state of emergency in the provinces of South Sinai and Suez on Friday after Islamist gunmen attacked an airport in the Sinai town of El Arish, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported. The report quoted the commander of the Third Field Army Osama Asakar saying that the “state of readiness” had been raised to its highest level in the two provinces due to the attack.
• Egypt: Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Prize-winning diplomat and Egypt’s most prominent liberal, said Thursday that he had worked hard to convince Western powers of what he called the necessity of forcibly ousting President Mohamed Morsi, contending that Mr. Morsi had bungled the country’s transition to an inclusive democracy.
In other news
• Vancouver man shoots at strangers, then turns the gun on himself. Vancouver Police are investigating a bizarre shooting at 26th and Main Street about 11:15 Thursday night. A 34-year-old man got out of his car, shot in the direction of two apparent strangers, then turned the gun on himself in front of stunned bystanders.
• Russia and China Friday began their large-scale naval exercise in the Sea of Japan with the arrival of seven Chinese ships, military officials said.