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Ecuador says they’re ready to shelter Assange for years

Ecuador said it is prepared to shelter Julian Assange inside its London embassy for years if necessary as it negotiates the WikiLeaks founder’s fate with Britain and Sweden. Assange meanwhile called on the United States to halt its “persecution” of WikiLeaks and its supporters in a video link message at…

Chinese citizen arrested over U.S military exports

NEW YORK — A Chinese citizen has been charged in New York with illegally attempting to export highly restricted material from the United States for use by China’s air force, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The criminal complaint in Brooklyn federal court accused Ming Suan Zhang, 40, of breaking US laws…

Ahmadinejad hopes to expand ties with Argentina

NEW YORK — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday said he hoped Iran and Argentina could expand their ties soured for more than a decade by a 1994 attack on a Jewish association in Buenos Aires. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for the people and nation of Argentina,”…

New protest as bailout spectre returns to haunt Spain

MADRID — Thousands of protestors rallied near the Spanish parliament for a second straight night Wednesday after a rough day on the markets again raised the spectre of a full bailout and deeper economic pain. Shouting “Government resign!” and “We are not afraid”, demonstrators faced off against riot police in…

Italian science drone discovers marijuana farm

An unmanned drone analysing earthquake damage in countryside near the city of Ravenna, northeast Italy, made an unexpected discovery — a marijuana plantation hidden in some bushes. “There was a real marijuana farm in the countryside near Ravenna on abandoned land and hidden by thick vegetation,” the police said in…

Confused British police discovered ‘suspicious bright light’ was the moon

A British policeman put his colleagues on alert as he investigated a “suspicious bright light” — only to find it was the moon, an in-house magazine for the police reported Wednesday. Police magazine reported that the hapless officer only realised his blunder after warning his fellow constables in Worcestershire, central…

German court rules Catholics must pay tax to remain in church

A top German court ruled on Wednesday that Roman Catholics must pay their church tax in order to remain a member of the Church and participate in its rites. The Federal Administrative Court’s ruling came two days after a decree by the German bishops’ conference took effect, barring Catholics from…

Court freezes Abu Hamza extradition

A High Court judge Wednesday halted the extradition of Abu Hamza to the United States after the radical Islamist preacher lodged a last-ditch legal appeal, the Judiciary Office said. The judge issued “interim injunctions” barring the removal of Abu Hamza and a second terror suspect, Khaled Al-Fawwaz, pending a hearing…

Strauss-Kahn seeks dismissal of pimping charges

Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday asked a French appeal court to dismiss charges that the disgraced former IMF chief helped procure prostitutes for sex parties. The court in the northern town of Douai deferred a ruling until November 28 after a closed-door hearing, lawyers said. Strauss-Kahn admits attending orgies…

Human rights are the best weapon to combat hunger, report says

A report by civil society groups says it is impossible to tackle the causes of hunger if existing power relations remain untouched Human rights are the most powerful tool to ensure efforts against hunger and malnutrition tackle structural causes and are not reduced to short-term strategies, civil society groups said…

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