Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours.

US scrambles to find Edward Snowden and urges Russia to co-operate

The attempt by Edward Snowden to escape the clutches of US authorities descended into farce when the 30-year-old surveillancewhistleblower outpaced the world’s biggest intelligence apparatus in a round-the-world chase that was still under way on Monday.

Supreme court sends affirmative action admissions case back to lower court

The US supreme court has raised the bar on the consideration of race in the college admissions process, sending a seminal challenge to the University of Texas‘s diversity policy back to the lower appeals court and instructing the judges to consider the case again under a tougher burden.

Nelson Mandela: former South African president in ‘critical’ condition

Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition in hospital, officials said on Sunday, leaving millions of South Africans fearing the worst.

India’s death toll in aftermath of floods reaches 1,000

Soldiers recovered more bodies as they cleared debris in villages flattened by landslides and monsoon floods in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, bringing the death toll from torrential rains above 1,000, the home minister said on Monday.

Colorado wildfire doubles in size as it threatens popular summer retreat

Tourists and business owners forced to flee a popular summer retreat in the southwestern Colorado mountains resigned themselves to a long wait as fire officials declined to speculate when they might be able to reign in an unprecedented and erratic blaze raging through the Rio Grande national forest.

Qatar emir to hand over power to Crown Prince Tamim

The emir of Qatar, the world’s richest country per capita, is poised to hand over power to his Harrow-educated son and heir in a rare peaceful transition for the tiny but globally influential Gulf state.

Canada’s power supplies could be hit for months by floods

Power cuts in the Canadian oil capital of Calgary could last for weeks or even months, city authorities said on Sunday, after record-breaking floods swept across southern Alberta, killing three people and forcing more than 100,000 to flee their homes.

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