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Supporters of Julian Assange hold placards as they protest on the second day of a week of opening arguments for the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. U.S. authorities, want to try Assange on espionage charges. A lawyer for the Americans said the Australian computer expert was an “ordinary” criminal whose publication of hundreds of thousands of secret military documents put many people at risk of torture and death. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Lawyer says Assange shouldn't face 'political' extradition

Feb. 26, 2020 12:33 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for Julian Assange argued Wednesday that the WikiLeaks founder should not be sent to the United States because a U.K.-U.S. treaty bans extradition for political offenses. Assange, 48, is wanted in the U.S. on spying charges over the leaking of classified government documents a decade...

This is a court artist sketch of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the dock reading his papers as he appears at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court for his extradition hearing, in London, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.  (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks' Assange

Feb. 24, 2020 2:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court. A lawyer for the U.S. authorities, who want to try Assange on espionage charges,...

A demonstrator supporting Julian Assange wears a mask and chains outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Assange is scheduled to be presented before the court by videolink, for a case management hearing ahead of his full extradition trial which begins on Feb. 24. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

US to lay out case against Assange at extradition hearing

Feb. 23, 2020 9:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents. A judge at Woolwich Crown Court will begin hearing arguments from...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Judge questions plan to remove capsized ship in huge chunks

Feb. 21, 2020 6:09 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered attorneys for the U.S. Coast Guard and a maritime salvage company to answer detailed questions about plans to remove an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast by sawing it into eight enormous chunks. The salvage firm Donjon-SMIT filed suit Feb. 13...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, Israeli police scuffle with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they block a main road during a protest against Israeli army conscription, in Jerusalem. The Israeli military said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, that it found “serious, systemic failures” in its own reporting that inflated figures on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a hot-button issue in a country where most Jewish men are subject to mandatory conscription. Military draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox men have long been a source of resentment among Israel’s Jewish secular majority, who are required to serve. The issue is expected to be key in upcoming March 2 elections. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israel confirms ultra-Orthodox draft figures were inflated

Feb. 20, 2020 2:47 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Thursday it found “serious, systemic failures” in its own reporting that inflated figures on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a hot-button issue in a country where most Jewish men are subject to mandatory conscription. The military launched an...

FILE- In this March 23, 2016 file photo, U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver addresses a news conference in Savannah, Ga.  The former federal prosecutor who served under President Barack Obama says he plans to run for the seat of newly sworn-in Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia.  Tarver of Augusta confirmed Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 that he plans to announce soon his campaign for the seat vacated by GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News via AP)

Democrat Tarver formally launches Senate campaign in Georgia

Feb. 20, 2020 10:27 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor appointed by President Barack Obama formally launched his campaign Thursday in the crowded race to take on Georgia's newest U.S. senator. Democrat Ed Tarver, 60, of Augusta is the third Democrat to officially announce he's challenging newly appointed...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, prior to their meeting in Istanbul. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

Ship captain arrested in probe of arms trafficking to Libya

Feb. 19, 2020 8:22 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Authorities in northern Italy arrested the captain of a Lebanese-flagged cargo ship on suspicion of international arms trafficking Wednesday while they investigate if the vessel transported tanks, rockets and other weapons from Turkey to Libya. The captain is under investigation for allegedly...

Sri Lanka says it will withdraw from UN rights resolution

Feb. 19, 2020 6:50 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister said Wednesday that the government has decided to withdraw from co-sponsorship of a 2015 U.N. Human Rights Council resolution calling for the investigation of allegations of war crimes committed during the island nation's long civil war. Prime Minister...

Veterans group: Pentagon broke agreement to reopen database

Feb. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Pentagon has reneged on its agreement to reopen a vast records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Tuesday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program said the Defense Department has failed to make public...

Draft report confirms some claims about ex-war college head

Feb. 18, 2020 2:20 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A draft of a naval inspector general report found that several claims involving a retired senior officer who was removed as president of the U.S. Naval War College could be substantiated, though the report does not recommend further punishment, according to The Providence Journal....