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Ecuadorian Embassy in Britain scales back security for Assange

Ecuadorian Embassy in Britain scales back security for Assange

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May 18 (UPI) -- Ecuador announced on Friday it will remove extra security at its British embassy, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has received asylum since 2012. The country's National Communications Secretariat said the embassy will have "normal security similar to Ecuador's embassies in the world." The announcement follows a change in Ecuador's political leadership, with the election of President Lenin Moreno in 2017. It was also revealed this week that Ecuador spent $ 5 million protecting Assange by monitoring visitors, embassy personnel and British police. The operation to house and protect Assange was supported by former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. In March, Assange's Internet connection at the embassy was withdrawn to prevent him from interfering in other countries' ...
Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

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March 7 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday as activists protested Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen's humanitarian crisis.The crown prince dined with British Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace before making his way to 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting with May. His visit was marked by vocal opposition from the Labour Party, which called on the prime minister to halt sales of arms to Riyadh while the country leads a largely Arab coalition fighting Houthi rebels on behalf of the Yemeni government.The war, between forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Shiite Houthi rebels, has killed at least 10,000 people since 2015 and led to one of the world's largest humanitarian cr...
Police arrest 3 over Leicester, Britain, explosion

Police arrest 3 over Leicester, Britain, explosion

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Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Police in Britain arrested three men on suspicion of manslaughter Wednesday for an explosion at a building in Leicester that killed five people earlier in the week.Leicestershire Police said the three men, whose names were not reported, were in their 30s and are from East Anglia, northwest England and the east Midlands."No further details will be released about these individuals at this stage," the department said in a statement.The explosion happened Sunday at a Polish grocery store with two living residences above it. Five people died in the blast and Wednesday's police statement indicated there may be people still missing and feared dead.Police said they were investigating the cause of the blast, but do not believe it was terrorist related.Let's block ads! (Why?) World...
Facebook grilled on Britain First page by MPs

Facebook grilled on Britain First page by MPs

Technology
Facebook has said it is reviewing the future of Britain First's profile page, following the removal of its leaders' pages from Twitter.The social network said it was "very cautious" about removing political speech.The details emerged as the Home Affairs Committee grilled Facebook, Google and Twitter on what they were doing to combat hate speech.MPs said the firms had made progress but were still not doing enough.Google promised an annual transparency report on the issue. Facebook and Twitter said they were looking at a similar course of action but did not commit to it.On Britain First, a far-right group, Facebook's director of public policy Simon Milner said it was reviewing its future."Clearly there are issues with the pages but we are very cautious about political speech," he told MPs.He...
Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

Technology
Twitter has suspended the accounts of two leaders of a British far-right group shortly after revising its rules on hate speech.Paul Golding, Britain First's leader, and Jayda Fransen, his deputy, can no longer tweet and their past posts no longer appear.The organisation's official Twitter page has suffered the same fate.It appears that three of Ms Fransen's posts that President Trump retweeted have gone from his feed as a result.The messages had featured anti-Muslim videos and proved highly controversial when the American leader shared them in November.British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said it had been "wrong for the president to have done this".Ms Fransen and Mr Golding were arrested earlier this week over separate behaviour relating to Northern Ireland.Restricted swastikasTw...