NSA leaker Edward Snowden finally has a country that will take him, but does he want to go?  But first, the losing side in Egypt’s latest government change strikes back, the UN prepares for the spread of a new virus, and so far those new F1 tyres are holding at Nurburgring.  Vrooom.

A big step towards defusing the tension on the Korean Peninsula, South America weighs its options after one of its presidents was treated rather shabbily in Europe, and what could be one last glimmer for the NSA leaker to avoid US justice is already looking mighty dim.

Gunmen have murdered Afghanistan’s most senior Female police officer on her way to work.  Elsewhere, a roadside bomb killed four girls.  Both attacks occurred in the southern Helmand province.

The Egyptian Military is turning the screws on the formerly ruling Muslim Brotherhood party, arresting its leaders for “inciting the killing of protesters” who marched on its headquarters during this week of unrest.

A mobile phone security company claims it has found a flaw that affects some 900 million Android devices, a flaw that could serve as a “master key” for hackers to turn any App into a Trojan.

France, which had been complaining about Internet and telephone surveillance conducted by The US and UK, reportedly is conducting similar, interceptions of communications described as “outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision”.

Doctors treating Nelson Mandela say the former South African President is in a “permanent vegetative state” and they have advised his family to turn off his life support machine.

Pakistan is condemning the United States drone attack that killed 17 people in a suspected militant compound in a remote tribal region of northwestern Pakistan.  It’s the deadliest attack since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power a month ago.

A new development in the fumbled search for Edward Snowden, Russia is really cranking up the homophobia, and Islamists threaten violence on the Winter Olympics.

Supporters are cheering for a giant, new program launched by the government of India to provide subsidized food to nearly 800 million poor people.  That’s two-thirds of the sub-continental nation’s population.

Is it a military coup or the continuation of the Egyptian Revolution of two years ago?  These are among the questions Egypt must resolve after the Military ousted Mohammed Morsi from the presidency.

Bolivia has filed a complaint at the United Nations over what it says was the “kidnapping” of its president Evo Morales when his airplane was forced to land in Vienna on a false suspicion that he was ferrying NSA leaker Edward Snowden out of Moscow.

A Turkish Court has ruled against the development of Istanbul’s Taksim Square and Gezi Park, the issue that ignited weeks of nationwide unrest and government violence.

Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Koji Tsuruoka is accusing Australia of trying to impose its “western” mores and values on Japan by opposing so-called “scientific whaling”.

French ultra-right leader Marine Le Pen is expected to face charges of incitement to racial hatred back home, now that the European Parliament has stripped her of immunity.

Ireland moves closer to legalizing some abortions, Bionic Eyes for patients with a degenerative eye disease are coming on the market in America, and good dogs make short work of a rapist.  These are YOUR World News Briefs:

A judge in South Africa is ordering the grandson of ailing former President Nelson Mandela to return three bodies he removed from a family plot.  It comes at the request of Mandela’s family and signals a terrible rift in the clan of the father of modern South Africa.

The architect of Portugal’s austerity drive under the joint European Union – International Monetary Fund bailout has turned in his resignation amid swelling public discontent over the pain austerity causes.

The plane carrying Bolivia’s President Evo Morales home from a meeting in Moscow has been diverted to Austria because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden might be on board.

The United States is wading into the strife in Egypt, apparently trying to find a path in the middle of President Muhammed Morsi, the millions of Egyptians who oppose him, and the military, which appears to be backing the people.

The Internet has moved from research labs to your desktop and into your pocket.  Now it’s coming to your wrist.  Apple isn’t commenting, but patent officials in Japan have confirmed that Apple has applied for a trademark for “iWatch”.