Unnamed pair who affixed bust of NSA whistleblower onto war monument in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, receive summonses for non-criminal violation

The mystery artists who put a bust of Edward Snowden on a War of Independence memorial have been ticketed but not criminally charged, while the city has given back their confiscated statue, their lawyer said Wednesday.

The four-foot-tall, 100-pound likeness of the exiled National Security Agency whistleblower appeared last month on a monument in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. Within hours parks officials had ordered it removed and police investigated the unauthorised artistic statement.

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By Associated Press in New York

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Northern Ireland police arrest 27-year-old man after releasing another previously detained in relation to shooting of former IRA commander in Belfast

Police in Northern Ireland investigating the murder of a former IRA commander in Belfast have released a 41-year-old man they had detained in connection to the killing.

Detectives, however, arrested a 27-year-old man in the city on Wednesday night.

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By Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent

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Pierre Nkurunziza asks people ‘to put their trust’ in his ruling party as protests grip the country and thousands flee to neighbouring Rwanda

Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza will run for a controversial third term in June, defying international pressure to step down in the face of violent protests.

“If the people of Burundi put their trust in us, it will be the last mandate I seek, as determined by the constitutional court,” Nkurunziza said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

Related: Unrest in Burundi – In Pictures

Related: Violence grips Burundi as President Nkurunziza cleared to run for third term

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By Agence France-Presse

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Analysis of main parties’ gay credentials highlights Conservatives’ ‘pockets of diehard homophobia’ and mere 49% support for gay marriage act

David Cameron may be remembered as the prime minister who legalised gay marriage, but he may still find it difficult to attract LGBT voters

Attitude magazine has analysed the different parties’ attitudes to homosexuality and highlighted the “pockets of diehard homophobia” that remain within the Conservative party, especially on the back benches.

Related: General election 2015: Britain heading for hung parliament

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By David Feaney

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UK has second-highest proportion of overweight under-fives after Ireland in 28 countries studied, while body dissatisfaction prevalent in young age groups

Nearly a quarter of British children under the age of five are overweight or obese, research has found.

The study, which is being presented at the European congress on obesity in Prague this week, found that the UK has the second-highest proportion of overweight children out of the 28 countries that were able to provide data.

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By Press Association

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Party needs to recharge its batteries and values – but former leader would not rule out Labour coalition to secure specific reforms

Nick Clegg’s chances of striking a quick deal with the Conservatives after the election were dealt a blow when former party leader Lord Steel let it be known his party should reject a further coalition.

Steel, normally reluctant to tell Clegg how he should take decisions, has been telling friends that in any Lib Dem vote on a deal with the Conservatives, he would oppose any further coalition, believing it necessary for the party to recharge its batteries and values.

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By Patrick Wintour Political editor

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With roads inaccessible, transporting a specially designed mobile phone mast to the remote town of Numbi, high in the the mountains of South Kivu, was an onerous task. Photojournalist Susan Schulman joined a team from an African communications company as they carried the mast’s heavy component parts across 27km of steep, muddy terrain

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By Susan Schulman

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  • Tesla stock up 2% as company makes 1,000 cars a week
  • CEO admits Powerpack and Powerwall are still uneconomic in the US

Tesla Motors made more than 1,000 cars per production week in the first quarter of 2015 and its stock spiked more than 2% on the news in after-hours trading, but investors wanted to talk about the company’s new Powerpack and Powerwall batteries.

Those hopeful that the battery would be used to immediately incorporate solar power into local grids got some unpleasant news: SolarCity, a company of which Tesla’s Elon Musk is chairman, isn’t interested in the Tesla Powerpack or the larger Powerwall, Bloomberg reported earlier today. In a call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Musk did not contradict the report, saying the battery wasn’t economical in the US yet.

Related: Will Tesla’s home battery really transform our energy infrastructure?

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By Sam Thielman in New York

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  • Tornado touched down shortly after 3pm Wednesday
  • Swath of great plains from Texas to Nebraska under tornado watch until 9pm

The National Weather Service forecast a slight chance of tornadoes in parts of the great plains on Wednesday, and Oklahoma delivered.

A weak tornado touched down in south-western Oklahoma shortly after 3pm, according to weather services meteorologist Michael Scotten.

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By Associated Press in Cement, Oklahoma

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