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UK High Court justices grant US government permission to challenge January court decision not to extradite Julian Assange, as psychiatric expert witness Professor Michael Kopelman is found to have misled the court about the existence of Assange's children

Ecuador revokes the citizenship of Julian Assange, citing multiple inconsistencies in the naturalisation letter, different signatures, the possible alteration of documents and unpaid fees, Assange’s lawyer will file appeals, saying the decision was made without due process and Assange was not allowed to appear in the case

Lufthansa stops using "ladies and gentlemen" to greet passengers, replacing it with "dear guests" or "good morning", saying they respond to a discussion that is rightly being held, comes after EasyJet, Air Canada and Japan Airlines modified their greetings during the last couple of years

Julian Assange could be permitted to serve any custodial sentence he receives in an Australian prison if convicted in the US and would not be held in its strictest maximum-security jails, according to new assurances made by the US government, seen as concessions in attempt to extradite the 50-year-old from the UK

Vladimir Putin says US threats are done within the context of its domestic political process, with assumptions that the US has such might it can get away with it and can make some mistakes, adding that problems accumulate and a moment comes when they cannot be solved anymore, a mistake which led to the downfall of the Soviet Union

Simple drones and balloons explain large part of US military UFO observations, most likely Russia or China is exploiting UFO stigmatization to conduct extensive and exceptionally successful espionage operations, according to team of military analysts who have spent years analyzing the available data

Britain to sail a Type 45 destroyer and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate to the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, aiming to show solidarity with Ukraine and Britain's Nato allies, the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will stand ready to support with RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jets and Merlin submarine-hunting helicopters

US State Department announces new guidelines encouraging engagement between US and Taiwan government officials in federal buildings or Taiwan’s de facto embassy in New York, following the Trump administration’s elimination of old hampering guidelines

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pledges to work on global corporate minimum tax rate among more than 140 countries, with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz now hoping to put an end to worldwide race to the bottom in taxation and the Biden administration wants to raise minimum corporate tax from 10.5% to 21%

Russia bewildered after US Secretary of State unveiles an export ban on defense articles and defense services to the country, despite Moscow not receiving any US arms since the lend-lease program during World War II in 1945

Denmark first European nation to tell Syrian migrants to return home after deeming Damascus and surrounding area safe, stripping 94 Syrians of residency permits and sending them to deportation camps, saying country has been clear from the start that the residence permit is temporary

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says US must pay if it wants to keep the two-decade-old troop deployment agreement, when speaking to military troops, adding that it is a shared responsibility, but the US share of responsibility does not come free

The UK will introduce a new visa for eligible Hong Kong residents at the end of January granting them the right to come and live in the UK, and eventually become citizens, 5.4 million Hong Kong residents are eligible, Britain estimates that about 300,000 will take up the visa offer over the next five years

6,500 Honduran migrants in caravans trying to cross the border into Guatemala heading north to the US, less than a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, whose aides have expressed concerns about growing numbers of migrants seeking to enter the country in the early days of his administration

The number of US troops in Afghanistan reduced to 2,500 in accordance with President Donald Trump’s plan presented in November, the lowest level of American forces in the country since 2001 according to Pentagon

Number of galaxies in universe far lower than previously thought, say NASA astronomers after studying data from space probe New Horizons, Milky Way has hundreds of billions of cousins rather than thousands of billions

Julian Assange denied bail by judge at Westminster Magistrates Court, citing risk of him trying to flee while US officials appeal UK judge's extradition ban, meaning Assange will continue to be held at Belmarsh high-security prison for at least two weeks

Australia changes National Anthem wording from "for we are young and free" to "for we are one and free" in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement to recognise the Aborigines as the oldest continued civilization in the world

Boeing 737 Max makes first US commercial flight since jet was grounded in March 2019 after two deadly crashes, approved by FAA following flight control updates, maintenance work and fresh pilot training, first worldwide passenger flight with revamped Max took place this month in Brazil

Ryanair buys 75 Boeing 737 Max aircrafts after regulators lifts 20-month safety ban, budget airline believed to have received a big discount in return for a headline-grabbing relaunch of the Max and compensation for the 18-month delay to first delivery of the jet

Iran has a longstanding campaign to amass foreign - particularly US and European — hostages so they can be used as pawns in future diplomatic deals with their countries, a European intelligence official described the agreement to release Kylie Moore-Gilbert as a way for the Iranians to reduce tensions with the US and Europe

China’s Coast Guard will be empowered to fire on foreign vessels that intrude into territorial waters and to protect the safety of “important islands and reefs, the exclusive economic zone as well as manmade islands and facilities constructed on the continental shelf” according to new draft legislation posted online

New narco-submarines capable of long-distance travel from South America to Europe have been discovered, designed to evade detection rather than outrun pursuers the subs are camouflaged and when filled only the small cockpit is visible above the water making them very difficult to pick up on radar

Malaysia's former Prime minister Mahathir Mohamad tweets Muslims have a right to kill millions of French people, following the terror attack in Nice, says freedom of speech does not include insulting other people and that French should teach their people to respect other people's feelings

People having the freedom to express what is in their thoughts stops when it comes to offending the feelings of more than 1.5 billion people, according to Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Muslims also have rights, they have the right for their feelings not to be hurt and for their values not to be hurt

France urges Arab countries to stop calls for boycotts of French products over the publication of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad after French President Emmanuel Macron criticised Islamists and vowed not to "give up cartoons" depicting the Prophet Mohammed

Taiwan indicts a Chinese captain of a Taiwanese fishing vessel for ordering the killing of four suspected Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, pirates shot at his boat and three other boats fishing in the area, before one of the fishing boats managed to knock the men into the sea, the captain then ordered his Pakistani security guards to shoot them to protect himself and his vessel, the killings were exposed after a mobile phone containing footage of the incident was left in a taxi in Fiji, and found by someone who posted the video on YouTube in 2014

French officials plan to expel 231 radicalized foreign nationals after the brutal slaying of Samuel Paty, Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had planned to expel the people already, having traveled to Morocco the previous week to ask the government to accept nine of its radicalized nationals, he plans to meet with officials in Algeria and Tunisia to discuss similar deals

Russian-brokered ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh under severe strain with both Azerbaijan and Armenia accusing each other of serious violations, ceasefire clinched in Moscow advocated by President Vladimir Putin meant to allow ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces to swap prisoners and war dead

Vladimir Putin makes a positive resemblance between Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and Soviet communists in a wide-ranging interview with the Rossiya TV channel, Putin also reminisced on the Soviet Union's rhetorical support for African-American civil rights struggle

UK secures agreement with Japan on first major post-Brexit trade deal after only three months of talks, trade minister Liz Truss says agreement goes far beyond the existing EU deal with 99% of Britain's exports to Japan tariff-free

2019 Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole in first ever use of the penalty in New Zealand, Tarrant choose not to speak at his own sentencing despite opting to represent himself and did not oppose the sentence

New Zealand's High Court rules country's lockdown from March 26 to April 3 was unlawful, as directives to stay at home under threat of punishment breached section 5 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, but judges agree measures were a necessary, reasonable and proportionate response to pandemic

1.116 million barrels of Iranian oil bound for Venezuela on four Liberian flagged, Greek owned tankers confiscated as the countries defied US sanctions, the fuel is transferred to other ships and taken to Houston, Texas

Russia and China speed up de-dollarization as share of the dollar in trade between the countries fell to 46% during first quarter of 2020 from 90% four years ago, the remaining 54% made up of 17% Chinese yuan, 30% euro, and 7% Russian ruble

China orders US to close its consulate in Chengdu in Sichuan Province after Beijing had promised to retaliate for Houston shutdown order, says it’s a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the US

US tells Chinese consulate in Houston to shut down in three days citing a need to protect American intellectual property and information, after which staff are seen burning documents in a container within the courtyard of the consulate facility

Red Bull fires two US top executives for leaking letter critical of public silence on Black Lives Matter signed by more than 300 employees and pushing for more diversity and inclusion, a third executive, Florian Klaass, also terminated for using a slide featuring supposedly racist stereotypes, billionaire owner and CEO Dietrich Mateschitz has previously spoken out against political correctness

EU Court of Justice rules EU-US Privacy Shield user data exchange agreement as invalid due to GDPR since the US law enforcement and national security issues have primacy meaning it does not afford an adequate level of protection of personal data

Senior officials in the Trump administration are said to discuss banning travel to the US by all members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families which would affect more than 90 million Chinese

Boris Johnson's government bans Huawei from Britain's 5G network by ordering telecoms companies to remove its equipment by 2027 after a significantly changed security assessment of Huawei by the National Cyber Security Centre

Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant decides to represent himself at sentencing hearing set to begin August 24, the Australian pleaded guilty earlier this year to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act

Trump administration announces additional duties of 25% on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports valued at USD 1.3 billion in response to France’s digital services tax, but delays implementing for up to 180 days to allow further time to resolve the issue

Russian billionaire Andrey Filatov offers to buy two statues BLM protesters want removed from US cities, Theodore Roosevelt outside American Museum of Natural History in New York City and first governor of Russian colonies in Alaska, Alexander Baranov

WHO alters Covid-19 timeline to disclose it initially learned of novel virus outbreak from the Internet and not from Chinese officials as it has long insisted, adding fuel to accusation the Chinese leadership tried with the help of WHO to cover up the new virus

European Aviation Safety Agency bars state-run carrier Pakistan International Airlines from the European Union for six months after 262 of Pakistan's 860 active pilots were found holding fake licenses or having cheated on exams, Prime Minister Imran Khan says reforming PIA and other government institutions is inevitable

Boris Johnson says that up to three million Hong Kong residents are eligible to come to the UK for five years and be able to apply for citizenship, calls China's passing of a new security law a clear and serious breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration

Italy seizes 14 tonnes of amphetamine tablets worth allegedly made by the IS terrorists in Syria, the tablets that were found in the port of Salerno is said to be the world's largest amphetamine seizure and carry a EUR 1 billion dollar value

UN expresses support for Antifa on Twitter saying US describing it as a domestic terrorist organization undermines the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly in the country, accompanied by photo of Antifa banner, prompting calls to defund UN

Highest ever atmospheric carbon dioxide seasonal peak of 417.1 ppm during May despite worldwide Covid-19 shutdowns, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego using Mauna Loa Observatory measurements

NHK removes promotional video depicting Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US for its children’s program "This Makes Me Understand! The World Now" from Twitter after criticism it portrayed black people in an offensive and insensitive way

Japan and United Kingdom agree to start negotiations for swift agreement on economic partnership to secure business continuity for both nations, Japan’s foreign ministry says, welcoming British interests to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

US Department of Justice demands Prince Andrew be handed over to US police to be questioned about his links to Jeffrey Epstein

Turkey says that the US designing Antifa as a terrorist organisation means that it must show solidarity with its NATO ally when PKK/YPG trained Antifa militants attack Turkish soldiers in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says it follows logically for US to declare YPG a terrorist organisation

Bell Canada and Telefonica Deutschland choose Ericsson to be their 5G network equipment supplier at a time when Huawei future in the countries is uncertain, while Germany’s three main operators are removing Huawei from their network cores

Julian Assange suffers from breathing problems in Belmarsh prison and fails to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court hearing via video link on Monday according to his lawyer, location for resumption of hearing on September 7 still not confirmed

President Trump postpones G7 summit until at least September and hopes to expand list of participating countries to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India, saying it's a very outdated group of countries in its current format

SpaceX launches Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on mission to the International Space Station in first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private company and first launch from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011

President Trump orders his administration to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment in response to China’s plans to impose new security legislation in the territory, says China has replaced One Country, Two Systems with One Country, One System

First of five Iranian tankers carrying gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela enters the former prominent fuel exporter's exclusive economic zone on Saturday, despite US official’s warning that Washington was considering a response to the shipment

US considers doing first nuclear test since 1992 to strengthen negotiating position against Russia and China who are suspected of conducting secret tests, according to anonymous White House sources

Military entrepreneur Erik Prince sues The Intercept over accusations of offering services to Russian mercenary company Wagner Group in violation of US sanctions

NASA proposes Artemis Accords for regulating exploitation of the Moon, opens way for mining and establishes minimum distance between moon bases, Russia says project follows same principles as US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan

EU should impose ban on Chinese takeovers of companies cheap to acquire or with economic difficulties because of Covid-19, head of EPP grouping in EU Parliament Manfred Weber says, EU has to protect itself against Chinese companies partly supported of state funds

Spanish police arrests deeply radicalised Moroccan man in Barcelona with links to ISIS terrorists who was planning a militant attack, police says he made public pledges of allegiance to ISIS while declaring his hatred of the West on social media

London court rules Julian Assange's US extradition case hearings will resume in September after being postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Assange was not able to attend via media link because his lawyers said he was not well enough to appear

Donald Trump orders US Navy to "shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea", 11 vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy came dangerously close to US ships in the Persian Gulf last week

Donald Trump says he will temporarily suspend all immigration through executive order to combat the pandemic and protect American citizens' jobs, US has close to 800,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last month

Fugitive Brazilian cocaine trafficker Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos arrested this week in a luxury hotel in Mozambique after 20 years on the run from a Brazilian prison is expelled for having entered the country illegally and is sent back to Brazil

EU launches yearlong Mediterranean mission Irini to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya through using aerial, satellite and maritime assets to carry out vessel inspections, Italy blocked the former Sophia mission as the warships attracted migrants, the mission will also build up and train the Libyan coast guard as well as gather information about illegal fuel and oil smuggling

US indicts Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of conspiring "to flood the United States with cocaine" together with a dissident faction of the FARC guerilla, offers reward of up to USD 15 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Maduro

WHO declares Covid-19 a pandemic, Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says several countries have demonstrated that the outbreak can be suppressed and controlled but that other countries have showed alarming levels of inaction, 121,564 cases with at least 4,373 deaths as of Wednesday morning according to Johns Hopkins University

After testing more than 140,000 for covid-19 South Korea has over 6,000 confirmed cases but only about 40 deceased, case fatality rate at 0.6% is significantly lower than previous estimates and based on more comprehensive and reliable data

Turkey prepares a case in the European Court of Human Rights over Greece’s treatment of migrants, says that 135,000 people have crossed into Greece and that the EU has made no concrete offer to deal with the situation, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin calls it a double standard that the EU can mobilize hundreds of millions of euros to Greece within days but blames bureaucracy when it comes to Turkey

Greece releases video of Turkish riot police firing tear gas canisters at border crossing, Greek security official says gas was used to help migrants breach border and provoke, Turkish security official says purpose was to protect migrants from Greek police firing bullets, Greece denies shooting at migrants and brands Turkish claims that four migrants have been killed in past days "fake news"

US conducts airstrike against Taliban forces in southern Afghanistan days after peace deal was signed, attack performed to counter Taliban assault on Afghan government forces in Helmand province

Russia strongly rejects UN war crime allegations regarding air strikes on popular market and camp for displaced people that killed dozens of civilians in Syria in July and August 2019, says report is one-sided as it fails to account for attacks by militant groups

UN Refugee Agency UNHCR says Greece's decision to suspend the reception of asylum applications is not supported by either the 1951 Refugee Convention nor EU refugee law and that countries must refrain from measures that might increase the suffering of vulnerable people, also says additional support to both Greece and Turkey is needed and appeals for calm and easing of tensions at the borders

Syrian authorities announce formation of diplomatic and consular relations with Libya's rogue General Khalifa Haftar to combat Turkish aggression in both countries, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem says diplomatic missions to be reopened in Damascus and the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi

US signs peace deal with the Taliban, 5,000 Taliban to be released from Afghan-run jails and US withdrawing from Afghanistan within 14 months, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US is "realistic" about the deal and that they will do whatever is necessary if the Taliban do not comply with the agreement

Australia denies refugee status to South African white farmers, writes that the "risk of murder and serious physical/sexual assaults is one faced by the population of the country in general and not by the applicants personally", surge in applications last two years after Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton suggested that the group was being persecuted and should be given special attention under the humanitarian programme

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance stands in solidarity with member state Turkey—urges Russia and Syria to halt their Idlib offensive, to respect international law and to back UN efforts for a peaceful solution

Turkey allows Syrian refugees free passage to Europe for 72 hours, decision taken after Syrian government forces killed 33 Turkish soldiers in Idlib province and one million civilians have been displaced, Turkey's communications director Fahrettin Altun says that the country is currently hitting all known regime targets as what happened in Rwanda and Bosnia cannot be allowed to be repeated

Eastern Libyan LNA forces say 16 Turkish soldiers killed in recent weeks, Turkey backs the Libyan interim government and has sent own soldiers as well as Syrian rebels to protect Tripoli while LNA is supported by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt with some help from Russian mercenaries, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says the struggle in Libya continues and that nearly 100 LNA troops have been neutralized

US military intelligence agency DIA invested tens of millions in studying UFOs under premise that they existed and could not be explained, according to Popular Mechanics reporter who has spoken to dozens of inside sources and had access to hundreds of pages of documentation

Global 2019-nCoV case count revised in light of new diagnostic method, tally surges 45% to nearly 60,000 confirmed cases, CT scan diagnosis supersedes notoriously unreliable nucleic acid testing

Governments worldwide trusted Swiss company Crypto AG to deliver encryption equipment for more than half a century, company secretly owned by CIA in highly classified partnership with West German intelligence and devices rigged so codes could be easily broken, according to classified CIA document obtained by Washington Post and German public broadcaster ZDF

British Airways flight hops the Atlantic in less than 5 hours thanks to auspicious gales from Ciara, flight beats all former subsonic speed-records for the same route, average flight-time over 6 hours

Coronavirus death toll officially surpasses that of the SARS epidemic, bustling metropoles reduced to ghost towns as government orders further lockdowns, authorities mandate workers return piecemeal from Lunar New Year break to check contagion, China's ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming assures public 'quarantine measures have been very effective'

Unusually regular radio bursts repeats in 16.35 day cycle, 1-2 pulses per hour for 4 days followed by 12 days of silence before pattern starts again, signals originate in galaxy 500 million lightyears from Earth

Death of coronavirus doctor Li Wenliang sparks censorship controversy in China, reproved by Chinese government early January for 'severely disrupting social order' with social media posts about novel 'SARS-like virus', Communist Party People's Daily regrets ignoring the writing on the wall in newly issued public apology, furore trends briefly on Weibo only to yield no search results days later

WHO says the coronavirus does not yet constitute a pandemic, death toll at 427 with more than 20,000 confirmed cases, 425 deaths in China and one death each in Hong Kong and the Philippines confirmed

48-year-old Chinese engineer Wei Sun arrested for bringing his company-issued laptop from US defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems to China violating federal law as well as company policy, Sun who quit his job after 10 years during the trip told officials he had only visited Singapore and the Philippines but later confessed to traveling to China, Dean Cheng at the Heritage Foundation calls it a piece of the larger Chinese espionage picture

World Health Organisation (WHO) declares global emergency as coronavirus death toll reaches 170, director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesys disclaims emergency is a 'vote of no confidence' in China, greatest concern is how an outbreak will affect countries with 'weaker health systems'

European Parliament approves Boris Johnson's final Brexit settlement, chamber bids Britain farewell by breaking into song, vote of 621 ayes, 49 nays and 13 abstentions concludes to dulcet harmonies of Auld Lang Syne

Germany has proof that Huawei has colluded with Chinese intelligence, according to Handelsblatt report citing confidential foreign ministry document, the company calls the allegations old and unfounded, the German foreign ministry says it never comments on internal documents

Prominent Harvard chemistry professor Charles Lieber arrested and charged with lying about connections to China, has secretly built research lab at university in Wuhan and received large sums of money

Boris Johnson defies U.S. ire as he gives go-ahead to proposed Huawei 5G implementation, insists 'high-risk vendors' like Huawei will only be allowed access to non-sensitive parts of the network, technical details as to what 'limited access' constitutes yet to be disclosed

7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes between Cuba and Jamaica, shaking felt in Florida, risks creating tsunami waves in several Caribbean countries

Soleimani assassination will give fizzling IS terrorists new lease of life as US-Iranian tensions escalate, suspension of anti-terror operations and Iranian eviction of U.S. troops prompts uptick in IS-led ambush attacks, U.S. officials deny correlation