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Newsline: Julian Assange Soon May Be Kicked Out of Ecuadorean Embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may soon be evicted from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London after six years as high-level talks continue between that country and Britain, The New York Post reported. Citing The Times of London, the Post said that Assange’s fate at the embassy, where he has been since 2012, depended on the outcome of the discussions. Former President Rafael Correa granted Assange, 47, asylum after he was accused of sexual assault and rape in Sweden. But his successor, Lenin Moreno, who was elected in May, considers Assange an inherited problem and has ripped him as a “stone in the shoe.”



Newsline: Colombian ambassador complains about Sun’s ‘GO KANE!’ front page

Colombia’s ambassador to the UK has complained after the Sun published a front page that referenced the country’s links to the cocaine trade in the run-up to Tuesday’s World Cup clash with England. The headline reads: “As 3 Lions face nation that gave world Shakira, great coffee and er, other stuff, we say … GO KANE!” next to a picture of England striker Harry Kane. “It’s rather sad that they use such a festive and friendly environment as the World Cup to target a country and continue to stigmatise it with a completely unrelated issue,” said the ambassador, Néstor Osorio Londoño, who is hosting a party for Colombian fans in a traditional English pub. “Respect, fair play and joy for the game is all that matters tonight. We’ll be cheering for Colombia and hoping we can all enjoy a great match.”


Newsline: UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy

A UK Foreign Office minister has offered cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker Julian Assange access to medical attention if he leaves Ecuador’s London embassy. Sir Alan Duncan told Parliament this afternoon that the British government is “increasingly concerned” about Assange’s health. “It is our wish that this can be brought to an end and we’d like to make the assurance that if [Assange] were to step out of the embassy, he would be treated humanely and properly and that the first priority would be to look after his health, which we think is deteriorating,” Sir Alan told the House of Commons. “Of course, he’s in the embassy of his own choice,” the minister added.


Newsline: New Colombian president open to moving embassy to Jerusalem

The newly elected Colombian president said recently he would be open to moving the country’s embassy to Jerusalem, potentially becoming the fourth country, and third from Latin America, to do so. Conservative Ivan Duque won just over 54 percent of the vote, beating out leftist rival Gustavo Petro’s, who took 41.7% with nearly all the votes counted, electoral authority figures showed. On May 16, Duque said at a campaign event that if elected he would not rule out “the possibility of placing the diplomatic seat in Jerusalem.”


Newsline: Wikileaks founder could leave Ecuador embassy in London ‘any day’

Julian Assange could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has lived for six years ‘any day now’ after the US and Spain increased pressure on the country to stop shielding him. The Wikileaks founder’s situation at the embassy is ‘unusually bad’, and Mr Assange may be forced out or choose to leave on his own because of extra restrictions. Mr Assange’s position is ‘in jeopardy’, a source told CNN. Last week the President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, ordered the removal of extra security at the embassy which has cost the country at least £3.7 million. The operation – initially called ‘Operation Guest’ and later ‘Operation Hotel’ – ran up an average cost of at least $66,000 (£48,885) a month.


Newsline: US expels top Venezuelan diplomat from Washington

The U.S. expelled Venezuela’s top diplomat in the U.S. from Washington on Wednesday, in a tit-for-tat response to Caracas’s decision to boot two American diplomats from the country a day earlier. The State Department said in a statement that it had declared the Chargé d’Affaires of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington and the deputy consul general of the country’s consulate in Houston “personae non grata.” The two Venezuelan diplomats have been given 48 hours to leave the U.S., the State Department said. Declaring foreign diplomats personae non grata is among the most serious forms of censure by governments, effectively banning them from the country. The expulsions come in response to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s decision on Tuesday to expel the chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas for “conspiring” against his government.


Newsline: Chile foreign minister says not sending ambassador to Venezuela

Chile’s Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero said his country would not send an ambassador to Venezuela after Sunday’s presidential election was called a fraud by many countries. The post has been empty since Chile’s Former President Michelle Bachelet left office in March.