Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport trying to avoid prosecution in the United States.
"He reached the conclusion that he needs to write an application for temporary asylum (in Russia), and this procedure has just been done," Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who met Snowden on Friday along with human rights activists, told Reuters.
"For now he is not going to go anywhere. For now he plans to stay in Russia," he said.
Snowden is seeking refuge in Latin America after leaking details of US government surveillance programmes, but has not risked taking any flight that might be intercepted by the United States.
More top news
ITV News Economics Editor Noreena Hertz said an economic slowdown looms as a fall in retail spending led to gloomy figures.
Detectives in Westminster are investigating after the man was discovered on the Route 189 bus in Marylebone shortly after midnight.
The murderer was shaking and appeared to be gasping for air for around 13 minutes before dying.