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Assange marks two years inside LONDON: Two years after he sought asylum in Ecuador's London embassy, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is making a fresh attempt to secure his freedom, although he is not packing his bags just yet.Lawyers for the Australian former computer hacker will next week present "new information" to the Swedish authorities in a bid to get them to drop a four-year investigation into allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.Assange sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, which he fears is a pretext for transferring him to the United States, where WikiLeaks sparked an uproar with its publication of thousands of secret documents.Speaking to reporters on a conference call marking two years since his confinement on June 19, 2012, Assange railed against the US authorities and expressed his support for fellow whistleblower Edward Snowden.The 42-year-old has been advising and helping raise funds for Snowden, a former CIA intelligence contractor ...

Police, anti-World Cup protesters clash before Brazil match FORTALEZA: Clashes erupted on Tuesday at an anti-World Cup protest in the northeast Brazilian city of Fortaleza as demonstrators threw stones at police, who fired back with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon.The clashes broke out as around 300 demonstrators rallied against the government's record $11 billion spending on the World Cup just before Brazil played Mexico at Fortaleza's Castelao Stadium.Protesters blocked a road leading to the stadium and briefly held up fans making ...
Chile's Bachelet takes first step to creating state-run pension SANTIAGO: Chile's socialist President Michelle Bachelet made good on another of her campaign promises on Monday, signing a bill to create a state-run pension fund as an alternative to the country's private pension funds, known as AFPs.The state-run fund will look to increase competition in the market and incorporate Chileans who aren't a priority for the AFPs, such as independent workers, those with lower salaries, or those that work in isolated areas."We're aiming for improvements ...
Brazilian police arrest 14 in anti-World Cup protest BRASILIA: Brazilian police arrested 14 people on Monday during an anti-World Cup demonstration near the stadium where Nigeria and Iran played in southern Brazil, local security authorities said.A group of protesters destroyed windows of banks and stores after an anti-World Cup march of about 200 people was dispersed by police near the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, a spokeswoman for the state's security command center told Reuters.In another demonstration in the northern city of Natal, ...
Fernandez says Argentina will not default on restructured debt BUENOS AIRES: President Cristina Fernandez said on Monday that Argentina would honor its payments to holders of its restructured debt and so avoid a default despite suffering a setback in its long-running legal battle against "holdout" investors.The US Supreme Court earlier on Monday declined to hear Argentina's appeal over its battle with hedge funds that refused to take part in its debt restructurings. The court's decision was unexpected and risks toppling Latin America's No 3 ...
Biden misses speedy US goal at World Cup NATAL: US Vice President Joe Biden missed the United States' lightning-quick goal against Ghana in their World Cup win over Ghana on Monday because he was running late, news website G1 reported.Biden flew to the northeast Brazilian city of Natal to watch the match at the start of a four-country Latin American tour.Security reasons held up his motorcade from the airport until just after kick-off. Biden missed Clint Dempsey's goal 30 seconds into the game. ...
Argentine president says country will avoid debt default BUENOS AIRES: President Cristina Kirchner said Monday that there would be no default in payment of Argentina's restructured debt, after a US Supreme Court ruling piled pressure on the country's finances.Kirchner also lashed out at efforts at "extortion" in the wake of the court ruling, which turned back Argentina's appeals against paying at least $1.3 billion to hedge fund investors in its defaulted bonds."Argentina has shown a more than clear will to pay, but there ...


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