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UK judge blocks Julian Assange extradition

The UK’s top court ruled against the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder, citing mental health grounds. In the US, he faces up to 175 years, for multiple espionage charges for releasing sensitive military documents A UK judge on Monday refused…

Germany urges UK to uphold human rights in Assange case

Germany’s human rights commissioner has expressed “concern” over Assange’s extradition proceedings. Berlin said the UK must consider Assange’s physical and mental health when deciding on whether to extradite him. The German government on Wednesday urged the UK to adhere to…

New Year 2021 around the world — As it happened

Nations around the world have said goodbye and good riddance to 2020. The festivities were toned down as millions stayed at home due to COVID, but the new year still carries high hopes. Follow our live ticker. Most NYE celebrations…

Europe kicks off COVID vaccination drive to end pandemic

European Union nations have begun mass vaccinations in an effort to put an end to the global pandemic. Outside the EU, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Serbia have already started inoculations. Vaccinations in the bloc began on Sunday following approval of…

Donald Trump pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Jared Kushner’s father

US President Donald Trump has pardoned two more people implicated in the Russia probe as well as the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner. It comes amid a flurry of presidential pardons. US President Donald Trump pardoned several more people on…

Hong Kong’s top court rules 2019 mask ban constitutional

Many pro-democracy protesters have covered their faces to hide their identities and protect themselves from tear gas. The ruling comes at a time when it is compulsory to wear masks in the city due to the coronavirus. Hong Kong’s top…

Emmanuel Macron wants climate goals in French constitution

A referendum could force a change in the French constitution to add pledges to combat climate change. President Macron has come under fire for a perceived lack of effort to protect the environment. French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday vowed…

EU agrees on tougher climate goals for 2030

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU will cut carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. EU leaders agreed on Friday to set an ambitious target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030. “Great…

Hayabusa2: Japanese probe returns asteroid sample to Earth

The capsule from the Japanese space probe has landed in the Australian desert. Scientists are hoping for a treasure trove of information about the solar system and life on Earth from tiny samples of the asteroid Ryugu. A capsule carrying asteroid…

Germany’s Sea-Eye adds fourth migrant rescue ship to fleet

The NGO is launching an additional vessel amid a spike in the number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Some 900 people have drowned making the treacherous journey from North Africa to Europe. The German migrant rescue organization…

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