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Sweden denies Assange permission to attend funeral
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish prosecutors say a request from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London without being detained in order to attend a funeral has been dismissed on procedural grounds.
The Prosecution Authority said in a statement Friday nothing in the Swedish legislation permits exceptions.
It was not clear which funeral Assange wanted to attend.
The 45-year-old Australian computer hacker is wanted for questioning over a rape allegation stemming from a 2010 visit to Sweden.
He denies the accusation, and fears being extradited to the United States to face espionage charges if he leaves the embassy. He has been holed up there for four years.
World Bank adjusts growth forecast for Vietnam to 6%
The World Bank has reduced its forecast for Vietnam’s economic growth in 2016 from 6.2 per cent to 6 per cent due to negative impacts from both external and domestic factors, according to the Vietnam’s Recent Economic Developments report released on July 19. Domestic and global factors certain to be felt, World Bank report notes, as forecast of 6.2% growth brought down to 6%. Mr. Achim Fock, Acting Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam, said that even with slower growth this… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Austrian right-winger Hofer plans 2022 run for presidency
VIENNA (AP) — Austria's defeated right-wing candidate for the presidency says he will run again in six years, when the term of the left-leaning winner ends and new elections are held.Norbert Hofer says results "can look differently" in the next race for the position, adding "I hope I will win then."Hofer spoke Tuesday as final results were tallied. They show Van der Bellen extending his lead with 53.79 percent of ballots cast in his favor, compared to 46.27 percent for Hofer.Sunday's vote was… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang sign development cooperation programme
Under the programme, the two provinces will strengthen cooperation in five major areas, namely tourism, human resources, industry and trade, agriculture and rural construction and transport. Addressing the signing ceremony, Politburo member Nguyen Van Binh, who is also Head of the PCC Economic Commission, asked the two localities to specify each point for cooperation in order to fully and successfully realise the programme. He noted that the programme should be deployed in accordance with the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Government to press ahead with high-speed railway project
If approved, the Hanoi-Vinh and Ho Chi Minh City-Nha Trang sections will be built first from 2022 and scheduled for completion by 2030. Vietnam currently has 3,134 kilometres of railway tracks, of which 2,531 kilometres run along the length of the country, however, all are narrow gauge tracks, putting constraints on train speed and transport capacity. After years of lacking proper investment, railway tracks and other facilities have deteriorated, making it less favourable than other modes of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
ECB to start buying fewer bonds in next stimulus step
Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - The European Central Bank on Thursday extended its mass bond-buying programme to underpin a eurozone economy rattled by political uncertainties, but surprised markets by slowing the pace of its asset purchases.Sluggish growth, below-target inflation, the election of Donald Trump, and the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi prompted most observers to predict quantitative easing would be extended beyond its March 2017 expiry date.But the bank caught… chat_bubble_outline Read More...