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Court frees Swedish friend of Assange detained in Ecuador

Jun. 21, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A court in Ecuador freed a Swedish programmer close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday after more than two months in jail on suspicion of hacking. In a two-to-one vote judges with a provincial court ruled that Ola Bini should be freed while he defends himself against any...

Police: ICE detains 10 people in Alabama after traffic stop

Jun. 20, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

DEKALB, Ala. (AP) — Police in northern Alabama made a traffic stop and found 10 people in the vehicle who may be in the country illegally. AL.Com reports the DeKalb County Criminal Interdiction Team called federal immigration authorities after stopping the vehicle on Wednesday. Police say it may have been...

Ecuador: US military could use Galápagos island for flights

Jun. 17, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A plan by Ecuador to let the U.S. military use a Galápagos island for aircraft on anti-drug trafficking flights is drawing criticism that the agreement would damage the archipelago's unique animal and plant life. About 30 people protested outside the main government office in...

Sources: US to question Assange pal jailed in Ecuador

Jun. 17, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. investigators have received permission from Ecuador to question a Swedish programmer close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has been held in jail for more than two months on suspicion of hacking, The Associated Press has learned. The interview with Ola Bini is set for...

Record number of African migrants coming to Mexican border

Jun. 16, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanish-speaking migrants....

Venezuelans rush to Peru before new requirements take effect

Jun. 14, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

AGUAS VERDES, Peru (AP) — Tired and thirsty, Betania Ramírez crossed into Peru on Friday with her 1-year-old girl in her arms and her 8-year-old boy beside her. Ramírez has no friends or relatives in Peru, and some of her luggage was stolen as she crossed two countries in cargo trucks and on foot...

Venezuelans flock to Peru before new entry requirements

Jun. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Venezuelan citizens were rushing to enter Peru Thursday less than two days before it imposes new entry requirements on migrants fleeing the crisis-wracked South American nation. Long lines of people carrying blankets and suitcases had formed at a border post in northern Peru, while...

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

Jun. 12, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's highest court authorized same-sex marriage Wednesday in a landmark case seeking to expand LGBT rights in the small South American nation. The decision by the Constitutional Court came after a lengthy legal battle waged by several couples and gay rights advocates. With the...

Ecuador frees man wanted in US over Facebook scheme

Jun. 11, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador released a New York man Tuesday as it turned down an extradition request from the United States, where he was arrested after falsely claiming he was owed half-ownership of Facebook. A lawyer for Paul Ceglia tweeted the judge's order that the American be released and confirming...

US submits extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Assange

Jun. 11, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government has formally submitted an extradition request to the United Kingdom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange , a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and...