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Iran tanker row: Gibraltar rejects US request to detain ship

Iran tanker row: Gibraltar rejects US request to detain ship

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Gibraltar has rejected a request by the US to again seize an Iranian tanker that it has been holding since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria.The US made the last-minute request on Friday, a day after Gibraltar lifted its detention order against Grace 1.Gibraltar said it could not comply with Washington's request to issue a new detention order because US sanctions against Iran did not apply in the EU.The tanker is due to leave Gibraltar later on Sunday, Iran's UK envoy says.Tehran said it was ready to dispatch its navy to escort the ship, which has had its named changed from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya 1. Iran, tankers and the Gulf crisis explained What's so important about a ship's flag? T...
Swedish court rejects request to detain Julian Assange

Swedish court rejects request to detain Julian Assange

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June 4 (UPI) -- A Swedish court denied a request to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 sexual assault case, authorities said. The prosecution argued Monday in an Uppsala District Court that Assange had been uncooperative with investigators in 2010 and fled an extradition order and, therefore, should be detained and questioned in Sweden, The Local reported. Assange's lawyer, Per E Samuelson, countered, saying that detention would be "meaningless" as Assange is already detained in Britain's Belmarsh prison where he is serving a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in relation to another rape investigation involving him there. The court sided with the defense, stating that while Assange remains a suspect, he does not need to be in Sweden for the investigation to continue. Th...
U.S. House subcommittee cuts F-35 spare parts request amid supply problems

U.S. House subcommittee cuts F-35 spare parts request amid supply problems

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May 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. House subcommittee wants to approve only half of the Pentagon's spare parts purchases for F-35 jets in reviewing 2020 budgetary plans. Last week, the Democrat-led House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill, which includes $ 690.2 billion in discretionary spending. The legislation includes 90 F-35 aircraft, 12 more than requested, and eight F-15EX aircraft, meant to recapitalize the F-15C/D fleet in the U.S. military. The fiscal year begins in October. The House Appropriations Defense subcommittee is tasked with scrutinizing the military budget. Lawmakers are questioning the Air Force's fighter jet procurement and parts shortages for the F-35 fighter jets. The panel plans to approve half of the $ 728.7 million reque...
Facebook denies request for Zuckerberg to appear before Canadian, British lawmakers

Facebook denies request for Zuckerberg to appear before Canadian, British lawmakers

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Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined an invitation to testify before British and Canadian lawmakers about the social media giant's data privacy. Facebook's head of U.K. public policy Rebecca Stimson and head of Canada public policy Kevin Chan, responded to the request by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins and Canadian Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer in a letter released Wednesday, informing the lawmakers it isn't possible for Zuckerberg "to be available to all Parliaments." "While he is unable to accept your invitation we continue to fully recognize the seriousness of these issues and remain committed to working with you to provide any additional relevant information you require for your respective inquiries," they wrote. In their letter to Facebook i...