When he took up residence inside the Ecuadorian Em

mbassy in 2012, it was to avoid answering the sexual allegations against him in Sweden, which had sought his extraditi

on for questioning. He also sought refuge because of fears he would ultimately be extradited to the US

Swedish prosecutors opened an investigation into Assange af

ter two women accused him of sexual offenses during a 2010 visit to Sweden.

Some of the sexual misconduct accusations are no longer viable because their time ran out. But Swedish prosecutors

have said a rape case could be reactivated before the statute of limitations ends in August 2020.

After Assange’s arrest, Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson was tapped to look

into a request from a lawyer for one of the accusers to find out whether the case can be pursued.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the woman who reported bei

ng raped by Assange, told The Associated Press that she w

ould “do everything” to have the Swedish case reopened so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted.

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Besides the successful capture of the first black

k hole image, two earlier detections of gravitational waves from

black hole mergers also were products of international collaboration.

In February 2016, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in the United States announ

ced the first observation of gravitational waves generated by a black hole merger. The following June, it annou

nced the second detection of a gravitational wave event from colliding black holes.

Wu said Tianqin has potential for even greater discoveries.

“LIGO used interferometers on the ground with an arm length of 4 km. But with satellites, the arm length will increas

e to 170,000 km. So the space-based probes (enabled by Tianqin) will be able to detect gravitational waves at much l

ower frequencies generated by the merging of massive or supermassive black holes,” he said.

“It will also enable us to see the smaller black holes during the infancy of the universe, as w

ell as understand the history of black hole growth and the evolution of galaxies,” he said

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The government gave itself the option of bringing May’s dea

back to parliament on Friday, although speaker John Bercow repeated his warning that he

would not allow a third vote unless the motion had changed substantially since its last defeat.

May, who voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, had already promised to step down before the next election, due in 2022.

Her deal, defeated in parliament by 149 votes on March 12 and by 230 votes on Jan 15, mea

ns Britain would leave the EU single market and customs union as well as EU political bodies.

But it requires some EU rules to apply unless ways can be found in the future to ensure no bor

der posts need to be rebuilt between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.

Many Conservative rebels and the DUP object to this “Irish backstop”, saying it risks binding Britain to the EU for years.

To succeed, May needs at least 75 lawmakers to come over to her side.

After the ERG met, a spokesman said: “There is no way enough votes are

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But Wu admitted that it is not easy to crack open the har

 nut of European smartphone market where most handsets are sold in large retail chains and by local telecom operators.

Also, European consumers are different from their Chinese counterpart

s in terms of product preferences. For instance, European consumers are not big fans of bea

utifying photos. As a result, the company has to work hard to localize its products.

Although Oppo is a well-known brand among European tel

ecom industry professionals, awareness about it among the consumers is not high.

“It takes time to build a brand, with careful consideration nee

ded to decide what forms of marketing and product com

munications are appropriate. We are working hard to know the specific characteristics of each market,” Wu said.

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The Chagos Islands never got its independence day. Instea

  Britain has now been instructed to properly finish the process of decolonizati

on, and return the Chagos Islands, located half way between Africa and Indonesia, to Mauritius.

  The ruling, though non-binding, potentially creates a huge problem for the Unite

d States. Today, Diego Garcia is one of America’s most important — and secretive — overseas assets.

  Home to over 1,000 US troops and staff, it has been used by the US Navy, the US Air Force and ev

en NASA — the island’s enormous runway was a designated emergency landing site for the spac

e shuttle. Diego Garcia has helped to launch two invasions of Iraq, served as a vital landing spot for bombers that fly mis

sions across Asia, including over the South China Sea, and has been linked to US rendition efforts.

  Many in Britain, including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the country’s opposition Labour Party, are now calling for the

UK to return the islands to Mauritius. Should that happen experts believe the ownership of Diego Garcia co

uld be up for negotiation — a move that would make Mauritius a much more important country geopolitically.

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That means Trump may not be able to bank on high perso

  nal popularity during the most dangerous political moments of his presidency.

  His scattershot approach to the office suggests he lacks the discipline that sustained Clint

on. And Trump’s incessant claims that he is the victim of “hoax” investigations and attempts to tear d

own the guardrails surrounding his office often give the impression that he has something to hide.

  And for all the years of controversies and scandals that plagued Clinton, the 42nd President was never the focus of so many c

redible civil and criminal investigations as are bearing down on Trump.pressured his then-chief of staff John

Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clear

ance against their recommendations, three people familiar with the matter told CNN.

  The President’s crusade to grant clearances to his daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, rankled West Wing officials.

  While Trump has the legal authority to grant clearances, most instances are left up to the White House personnel securi

ty office, which determines whether a staffer should be granted one after the FBI has conducted a ba

ckground check. But after concerns were raised by the personnel office, Trump pushed Kelly and McGahn to mak

e the decision on his daughter and son-in-law’s clearances so it did not appear as if he was tainting the process to fa

vor his family, sources told CNN. After both refused, Trump granted them their security clearances.

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Yi said the new board aims to better serve innovation

orientated enterprises and will serve as a prelude to capital market reforms in a broader scope.

To better serve high-quality economic growth, the commission will carefully evaluate the effect of various reform and innov

ation measures on the new board, based on which fine-tuning measures for the ChiNext and the National Equities E

xchange and Quotations could be pushed forward in a coordinated way, Yi stressed.

The ChiNext and the NEEQ are both existing equity trading platforms, mainly servi

ng China’s Nasdaq-style high-growth enterprises and medium to small-sized enterprises, respectively.

The commission will “pay attention to keep a balance between differe

nt sub-markets” to launch the new board in a smooth and steady way, Yi said.
US

President Donald Trump and DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un shake hands before their one-on-one chat during the sec

ond US-DPRK summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February

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he eclectic nature of the winners — including several surprises

  seemed indicative of what was already deemed one of the most wide-open races i

n years, given the lack of consensus among guild awards leading up to Sunday’s event.

  Perhaps no surprise came bigger than best actress, as “The Favourite’s” Olivia Colman upset

seven-time nominee Glenn Close, who had marched through awards season with enough victories to m

ake her a presumptive favorite. (Colman, in an emotional speech, practically apologized to Close for wi

nning.)s for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration’s immigration polices, including an early jo

ke from Maya Rudolph that among the things that wouldn’t be happening during the telecast, “Mexico is not paying for the w

all.” For his part, Malek referenced being a first-generation American, the son of Egyptian immigrants.

  Still, the most overt and rousing rejoinder belonged to Spik

e Lee — a winner for adapted screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman” — who pointed to

the 2020 election, urging people to “be on the right side of history. Let’s do the right thing!” Congressman and civil-rig

hts icon John Lewis also received a prolonged ovation, introducing “Green Book.”

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Bernd H. Knöller, Riff’s head chef and owner, released a stat

  expressing deep regret over the incident and saying that he is collaborating with authorities to determine what happened.

  ”I have taken the decision to permanently close the restaurant until the cause of what happened ha

s been established and we can reopen with the necessary guarantees for the safety of staff and customers.”

  Riff holds one Michelin star, a prestigious award in the restaurant business.

  ”The owner-chef, who despite being German considers himself Valencian, conju

res up innovative cuisine,” reads the Michelin Guide entry for the restaurant.

  ”This is based around the highest quality, seasonal, local produc

ts to create successful culinary combinations and interesting set menus.”Crippling sanc

tions in Iran have seen its effect in the medical sector. CNN’s Fred Pleitgen reports on medical shortages in Tehran.

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hina refutes report of contact with Venezuelan opposition

ina said on Wednesday that it hoped relevant media would report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks when asked for comments on The Wall Street Jo

urnal reporting that Chinese diplomats had contact with Venezuelan opposition representatives in Washington.

“Recently, some media have been cooking up fake news. I don’t know what the purpose is,” said Hua at a press br

iefing. “We hope relevant media will report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.”

As for the current Venezuela issue, China advocates seeking a political settlement through dialogue and consultation, Hua said.

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