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Britain has Assange DNA sample: Ecuador
Quito (AFP) - British police have received a genetic sample from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for Swedish prosecutors to use in their rape investigation against him, an official said Monday.
British authorities took the sample from Assange in Ecuador's London embassy where he is taking refuge, the South American country's chief prosecutor Galo Chiriboga said.
Assange, 45, has been in the embassy since 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden where he faces the rape allegations, which he denies.
He fears Sweden would extradite him to the United States to answer for the leaking of diplomatic cables by his whistleblowing website, which embarrassed Washington.
An Ecuadoran state attorney questioned Assange at the embassy on November 14 on behalf of a Swedish prosecutor who was also present.
On that occasion, "Mr. Assange presented a document stating that he had already handed over the DNA sample to the British police," Chiriboga told reporters in the Ecuadoran capital Quito.
"Therefore Sweden will now have to request that DNA sample from the British police."
He said Ecuadoran prosecutors would send the official transcript of Assange's evidence from the November 14 hearing to Swedish authorities "in mid-December."
India threatens to cancel England Test in funds row
New Delhi (AFP) - India's cricket board threatened on Tuesday to cancel the first Test against England, less than 24 hours before it was due to begin, unless judges lift a freeze on its bank accounts.The supreme court last month ruled that the board would have to seek prior approval from a special panel investigating its governance in order to release funds to state associations which host Test matches.But in a petition filed to the apex court on the eve of the start of the first Test in… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
French jobless rise unwelcome news for Hollande
Paris (AFP) - France's unemployment rate increased slightly in the third quarter in discouraging news for President Francois Hollande as he weighs a re-election bid, figures showed Thursday.Joblessness was up 0.1 percentage points to 9.7 percent in the mainland. For all of France, including its overseas territories, the third quarter figure stood at 10 percent.Hollande has staked his presidency on a vow to make a "credible" dent in joblessness.When the Socialist took office in 2012,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
“Red Spring” festival collects 9,300 blood units
Students donate blood for patients needing transfusions at the festival in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) collected more than 9,300 units of blood from donors on February 18 in Hanoi. The blood donations occurred during the 10th Xuan Hong (Red Spring) festival, the year’s largest blood donation event. The donations have brought the total collected blood to more than 60,000 units, each containing 350ml, donated during ten… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Bill Gates' foundation bets $12 mln on Vietnam's stock market
It has invested an additional $10 million in a Vietnamese investment fund. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, founded by American billionaire Bill Gates and the world's largest charitable foundation, has recently announced that the fund has injected $12 million into Vietnam Enterprise Investment Ltd (VEIL). The fund, chaired by one of the world’s most generous philanthropists, has increased its stake in VEIL to 11.34 percent (equivalent to $88 million). The move makes it the largest… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Amid rising tensions, Iran tests Russian-built missile system
Iran says it has successfully tested a Russian-made long-range missile, stoking anxieties as tensions between the nation and the United States continue to climb.A report Saturday from the official IRNA news agency claimed that Iran officials had successfully launched an S-300 System missile from in the nation’s central desert during military tests.That system has a range of 125 miles and can track and hit multiple targets. Purchased in an $800 million deal, the Russian-crafted missile took 10… chat_bubble_outline Read More...