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Sweden refuses to suspend Assange's arrest warrant for funeral
Stockholm (AFP) - The Swedish prosecutor's office on Friday said it has rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to temporarily suspend an arrest warrant so he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London and attend a funeral.
"Julian Assange has requested that the Swedish prosecutor should grant him leave from the detention order and the European arrest warrant in order to go to a funeral," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The prosecutor dismissed Assange's request, saying that Swedish law does not allow permission or exemption to a court decision on issuing of a European arrest warrant.
The prosecutor's office did not specify whose funeral Assange wanted to attend or where it would be held.
The 45-year-old Australian has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since June 2012, seeking refuge there after exhausting all his legal options in Britain against extradition to Sweden.
Assange has refused to travel to Sweden for questioning over rape allegations, which he denies, due to concerns that he would then be extradited to the United States over WikiLeaks' release of 500,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In September, a Swedish appeals court ruled against his request to lift the arrest warrant, the eighth straight time a Swedish court has ruled against him.
A lawyer for Assange said he would go to Sweden's highest court after the ruling.
Vietnam’s retail lures foreign capital because of urban population growth
Retail giants from Japan, Thailand, Korea and France have come to Vietnam lured by the growth of the urban population, according to Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Vietnam. JLL released a brief report on Asian and European retailers ready to penetrate the market of more than 90 million people.The report pointed out evidence of the expansion of foreign retailers in Vietnam's market. At the end of 2014, Berli Jucker Plc (BJC) acquired Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam at the cost of 655 million euros, the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
AP Interview: Matt Damon defends being cast for 'Great Wall'
BEIJING (AP) — Matt Damon criticized "outrageous" stories in the era of fake news as he responded Tuesday to accusations that his role in the new China-Hollywood co-production "The Great Wall" should have gone to an Asian actor.Some critics have said Damon's casting as the lead character amounted to "whitewashing," in which Caucasians are chosen for roles that actors of other ethnicities should play.In an interview with The Associated Press, the American actor said he thinks of the term… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Egypt tourism in limbo year after Russian plane bombing
Cairo (AFP) - A year after jihadists bombed a Russian plane carrying holidaymakers in Egypt, tourism shows little sign of recovery in the Arab country grappling with an economic crisis.In Khan el-Khalil, a historic bazaar in Cairo once full of tourists, a clothing store owner says he now spends his days surfing Facebook."I don't have anything else to do," said Amgad Qasabgi, 45, in front of his shop, a sequined two-piece belly dancing outfit dangling over his head.The October 31, 2015 bombing… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Joint action needed to boost VN competitiveness: experts
A concerted effort by all stakeholders, from policymakers to entrepreneurs, is needed to make Viet Nam more competitive, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said on Friday. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (left) and Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong address at the meeting. At a conference held in the capital city to discuss ways to improve the nation’s competitiveness and its business environment, he said all ministries, departments and local authorities must strive to implement… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Choice Aire to begin New Orleans, Honduras non-stop service
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Choice Aire will begin year-round, non-stop service from New Orleans to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, beginning in mid-December.Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport says the new flight will begin Dec. 17. Acting Director of Aviation Walter Krygowski says the addition gives the airport non-stop service to seven international destinations.Choice Aire, operated by XTRA Airways, will use a 150-seat Boeing 737-400 for the approximately three-hour flight. Round-trip fares… chat_bubble_outline Read More...