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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: British Ex-ambassador to US Christopher Meyer Brutally Attacked in London

A former British ambassador to the US is recovering in hospital following a brutal attack at a subway station that left him with severe facial injuries. Sir Christopher Meyer, 74, was left with heavily swollen eyes, a suspected broken nose, and a split lip after two youths beat him at London’s Victoria station. Meyer’s wife was cited by the Guardian as saying that the police believe the incident was a robbery gone bad. “The police told me they believe that it is more likely that they might have wanted to rob him,” said Lady Meyer. “Nothing was taken, but the transport police intervened quickly.”


Newsline: U.S. Embassy Tells Americans in London to Keep Low Profile for Trump Visit

The U. S. Embassy in the United Kingdom released a warning on Tuesday in anticipation of President Trump’s visit to London, asking Americans to “keep a low profile” while the president remains overseas. “Numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, 2018, surrounding the visit of the President of the United States to the United Kingdom,” the statement said. “The majority of the demonstrations will be focused in central London on July 13, with other events planned for July 12 and 14. Several of the events are expected to attract large crowds and there will be road closures in connection with those events.” The warning tells Americans to be aware of surroundings, exercise caution “if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent,” and to monitor local media for updates.


Newsline: As foreign secretary, Boris Johnson was the diplomat who refused to learn diplomacy

It was Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former foreign secretary, who warned that the post did not allow for celebrities. Recalling Harold MacMillan’s maxim that foreign ministers were either dull or dangerous, he mused: “Boris certainly isn’t dull.” He was not. Mr Johnson came to the post with a rich history of gaffes towards foreign leaders, having written a limerick calling President Erdogan of Turkey “the wankerer from Ankara” and framing the African continent as “that country” replete with “picanninies”. The shock over his appointment was felt throughout Europe. Mr Johnson’s powers to offend foreigners did not diminish, nor were they confined to the rows over Brexit.


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: Polish embassy ‘funded far-right speakers’ at UK event

The Polish Embassy in London part-funded an event that gave a platform to right-wing extremists in the UK, a BBC Newsnight investigation has found. The embassy helped to finance a book fair in Slough in 2017, which included speakers from Poland well-known for promoting hate speech in their country. Experts have questioned whether such speakers should be allowed into the UK. The embassy says it funded the event after “appropriate assessment” by Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The embassy confirmed to Newsnight that funding it provided to the Slough Book Fair paid for speakers’ accommodation in Britain. One of the speakers at the Slough event was Marcin Rola, who moderated the discussion and runs a far-right online TV station in Poland, Wrealu24, which has more than 140,000 subscribers on YouTube. In a recent broadcast, Rola told his viewers that Sweden is “top of the league table in terms of rapes by Muslim immigrant-invaders on women. On everyone. On animals, on holes in the fence. Because, well, we all know how they behave”. In the UK, many of Mr Rola’s statements would qualify as hate speech. He has told viewers that “in Islam, paedophilia is their daily bread” and refers to Muslims as “savages”.