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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s life and legal battles

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will learn on Monday whether he has lost his long-running legal battle in the English courts to prevent his extradition from Britain to the United States to face criminal charges, nearly all under the Espionage Act. Following are some key events and details in Assange’s life: July 1971 …

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Explainer-Who is Julian Assange?

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) -WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will learn on Monday whether he has lost his long-running legal battle in the English courts to prevent his extradition to the United States. Following are some facts about Assange and his legal case. WHO IS JULIAN ASSANGE? Assange was born in Townsville, Australia, in July …

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Britain’s AI safety institute to open US office

By Martin Coulter LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s artificial intelligence (AI) safety institute will open an office in the United States, hoping to foster greater international collaboration on the regulation of a fast-moving technology. Government officials said the institute’s new office in San Francisco would open this summer, recruiting a team of technical staff to complement …

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UK’s post Brexit border arrangements to cost $6 billion

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government estimates it will spend at least 4.7 billion pounds ($6 billion) on implementing post Brexit border arrangements, after repeated delays in setting new rules, parliament’s spending watchdog said on Monday. Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016 but, such was the scale of the task to untangle …

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Asking prices for UK homes hit record high, Rightmove says

LONDON (Reuters) – Prices of homes being put up for sale in Britain have hit record highs despite still expensive mortgage costs, but the pace of gains has slowed, according to data from property website Rightmove. The average asking price for residential properties touched 375,131 pounds ($474,578.23) in the four weeks to mid-May, Rightmove said. …

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UK to spend $12.7 billion on compensation in infected-blood scandal

By William James LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will spend more than 10 billion pounds ($12.70 billion) compensating thousands of people who were treated with blood contaminated with HIV or hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s, the Sunday Times reported. The infected blood scandal is widely seen as one of the worst treatment disasters in …

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Northern Ireland minister Heaton-Harris will not stand for re-election as MP

(Reuters) – Britain’s minister for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, will not stand for re-election to parliament, he said in a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday. Heaton-Harris asked Sunak to let him remain secretary of state for Northern Ireland until the general election, according to the letter he posted on X. He said …

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Britain’s Conservatives trail Labour by 18 points, says Opinium poll

LONDON (Reuters) – The opposition Labour Party’s lead over British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s governing Conservative Party has increased to 18 points, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday. A national election is expected later this year. The poll, conducted by Opinium Research, predicted Labour would take 43% of the vote, versus 25% for …

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