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Julian Assange to be questioned in Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian AssangeWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, potentially breaking a stalemate in an almost five-year-long investigation into alleged sex crimes.

Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange over allegations of rape stemming from a work visit he made to the country in 2010 when WikiLeaks was attracting international attention for a trove of documents leaked by US Army Private Chelsea Manning, then known as Bradley.



U.S. State Dept. approves $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia

Arms sale to Saudi ArabiaThe U.S. State Department has approved a proposed $1.15 billion foreign military sale of tanks and other equipment to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Tuesday.

The deal includes M1A2S Saudi Abrams Main Battle tanks and M88AI/A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System, or HERCULES, armored recovery vehicles, the agency said in a statement.

Congress was informed of the possible sale on Monday.


Rio Olympics roundup: Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky win gold; U.S. Gymnastics dominates

Rio roundup: US leadingOn a day when the United States Women's National Team disappointed on the soccer field and Serena Williams was eliminated from Olympic competition, events were anything but predictable.

That was until Simone Biles and the 'Final Five' took to mats and Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps entered the pool in Rio de Janeiro.


A 19,000-ton oil rig has blown ashore in Scotland

Oil rig blows on land in ScotlandA massive oil rig was blown ashore in Scotland during a severe storm early Monday morning.

The more than 19,000-ton drilling rig, Transocean Winner, was being towed west of Scotland's Isle of Lewis when it was hit by the harsh weather.

In a statement, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it became detached from the tug boat around 4:20am BST and became grounded at Dalmore Beach near Carloway.


Putin Meets With Erdogan To Renew Ties After Turkey’s Failed Coup

Putin meets with ErdoganRussian President Vladimir Putin told his visiting Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan he hoped Ankara could fully restore order after a failed military coup last month, saying on Tuesday that Moscow always opposed unconstitutional actions.

Erdogan’s trip to Russia comes as Turkey’s relations with Europe and the United States are strained by what Ankara sees as Western concern about how it handled the abortive coup, in which more than 240 people were killed.


Air strikes on Yemen capital resume, civilians killed

Yemen air strikes kill civiliansA Saudi-led military coalition has conducted air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa for the first time in more than three months and locals said that 14 civilians were killed in a factory.

Medics working in the area told the Reuters news agency that the civilians were killed in a strike on a crisp factory in the Nahda district of the capital.

The strikes also forced the suspension of flights into Sanaa International Airport for 72 hours from late on Monday.


The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

Israel's disappeared babiesFor nearly 40 years, everything about Gil Grunbaum's life was a lie, including his name.

He was not, as he had always assumed, the only son of wealthy Holocaust survivors who owned a baby garments factory near Tel Aviv. Grunbaum had been stolen from his mother by doctors at a hospital in northern Israel in 1956, moments after she gave birth.


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