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British police know Assange’s location, await arrest orders: report

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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is in Great Britain and police there are waiting to be given the order to arrest him, the Independent reports.

Despite accusations that Julian Assange is on the run, The Independent has learnt that Scotland Yard has known his whereabouts for more than a month but has yet to receive official instructions to arrest him….

[T]he 39-year-old Australian supplied the Metropolitan Police with contact details upon arriving in the UK in October. Police sources confirmed that they have a telephone number for Mr Assange and are fully aware of where he is staying.

Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has received the so-called “red notice” – an international arrest warrant – but has so far refused to authorise the arrest of Mr Assange, who is thought to be in South-east England. Until it does, police forces cannot act.

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Earlier this week, Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for Assange, who is wanted in a sex assault investigation in Sweden. The investigation stems from allegations by two women who accuse Assange of sexual impropriety, something the WikiLeaks founder strongly denies.

Sweden issued, then dropped an arrest warrant against Assange in August, around the time that WikiLeaks released US documents related to Iraq. Another Swedish prosecutor then reopened the case.

Last week, ahead of the release of the State Department cables, a Swedish prosecutor ordered Assange be detained. Interpol issued an international arrest warrant on the basis of that order. No charges have been laid against Assange.

Assange, who says he had consensual sex with the two complainants, has said he believes the sex assault claims are an attempt to discredit him and his whistleblower website. He has speculated that the Pentagon may be behind the accusation.

He has also suggested that US lawmakers will attempt to criminalize his organization. US Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the US is actively pursuing a criminal investigation of Assange, to see if he has broken any US laws. A Republican lawmaker has called on the US to declare WikiLeaks a “terrorist organization.”

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The Independent reports British police have delayed arresting Assange for “technical” reasons, suggesting an arrest will be imminent once concerns over the international warrant’s details are worked out.


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Nebraska racist attacks Black neighbor with chainsaw after assuming she was stealing from him

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A racist Nebraska man attacked his Black neighbor with a chainsaw because he assumed she was stealing from him.

Daniel Stueck confronted the woman Saturday afternoon when she arrived at her Lincoln apartment building, and police said he revved the chainsaw and told her to leave the rental property, reported KLKN-TV.

The woman told police that Stueck called her a racial slur, and continued using racist language and said she "better run."

The 41-year-old Stueck told police that Black people had been stealing from him and he assumed the woman "was guilty because she was Black."

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Federal appeals court grants Trump campaign ‘expedited’ hearing after Giuliani bungles case in Pennsylvania

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Last week, federal Judge Matthew Brann tossed out a case in which Giuliani had asked for 680,000 ballots to be invalidated in Pennsylvania. But Giuliani's team had removed legal claims about the demand from its motion to the court.

In his ruling, Brann said that Giuliani could not file an amended complaint in his court. The Trump campaign responded by filing an amended motion for expedited review with the Third Circuit of appeals.

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Oklahoma doctor warns ‘unless we have a smart Thanksgiving we’re going to have a sad Christmas’

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Things are so bad in Oklahoma that one doctor is warning the holidays are going to be particularly bad for families who will be mourning loved ones.

Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, NBC News reporter Morgan Chesky said that daily COVID-19 infections have gone up 140 percent while hospitalizations have increased in the state by 130 percent, so far.

"We're seeing cases of patients having to wait up to 24 hours just to get a bed," said Chesky. "And we know that staffing, they are fatigued and worn down simply because the numbers keep going up in spite of the fact that the CDC has recommended not to travel, we know that people all across the nation are going ahead and packing the airports, attending the mass gatherings."

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