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France rejects asylum request by WikiLeaks founder

France has rejected an asylum request by the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, saying he does not face “an immediate danger” to justify asylum. In a letter to French President Francois Hollande, which was published by France’s Le Monde daily, Assange said he was a “journalist pursued and ...

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NSA eavesdropped France finance ministers: WikiLeaks

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks says the US National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropped on two successive French finance ministers and the country’s high-stakes export contracts, trade and budget talks over a decade. According to Press TV quoting new documents released by the transparency website on Monday, the NSA wiretapped the communications of ...

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Security tightened in Egypt ahead of opposition protests

Egyptian army and police are beefing up security across the country ahead of opposition protest rallies planned to commemorate the second anniversary of the overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi. According to Press TV, plans for the demonstrations, which are set to be held on Tuesday, have prompted ...

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India prepares for settling debt to Iran

India has asked its refineries to stock up on dollar and euro reserves in overseas accounts to avoid a run on the rupee in the event of having to pay back Iran more than $6 billion in outstanding debts. Indian refiners currently owe the money for oil imports after payment ...

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End-of-June deadline arrives in Iran-P5+1 talks

The deadline has arrived for Iran and the P5+1 for the potential conclusion of a comprehensive deal on Iran’s civilian nuclear program, with senior diplomats from both sides expected to hold sensitive talks in their last push to reach a deal. While there has been a lot of media speculation, ...

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UAE woman sentenced to death for killing US teacher

ABU DHABI: A United Arab Emirates court sentenced an Emirati woman to death on Monday after convicting her of the jihadist-inspired murder of an American teacher, Abu Dhabi newspaper The National reported. Alaa Bader al-Hashemi, 30, was found guilty of stabbing to death teacher Ibolya Ryan, 47, in a shopping ...

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