August 27, 2012
As much as Julian Assange would like the world to think his plight is all about freedom of speech, it isn't. It's not about taking sides on how WikiLeaks has been disclosing the contents of secret documents. That's important. But it doesn't mean Assange should be allowed to manipulate the issue to avoid facing rape charges. The founder of WikiLeaks has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London, trying to avoid extradition to Sweden now that the British courts have ruled he should face accusations of rape and sexual molestation there.
August 17, 2012 |
LONDON - He has won asylum in Ecuador, but Julian Assange is no closer to getting there. The decision by the South American nation to identify the WikiLeaks founder as a refugee is a symbolic boost for the embattled ex-hacker. But legal experts say that does little to help him avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual-assault allegations. Instead, with British officials asserting they will not grant Assange safe passage out of the country, the case has done much to drag the two nations into an international faceoff.
August 9, 2012 |
STOCKHOLM - Belarus on Wednesday ordered Sweden to close its embassy in Minsk by the end of the month, a move that comes only days after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's regime effectively expelled the Swedish ambassador. The dispute is the latest in a series of diplomatic spats between Belarus and Western nations, especially European Union states that have taken steps against the ex-Soviet country and its longtime leader, Lukashenko, over the stifling of human rights. EU spokesman Sebastien Brabant reiterated the 27-member bloc's "grave concern" about the earlier decision to bar Sweden's Ambassador Stefan Eriksson and said it was "urgently seeking clarification" over Minsk's latest move.
August 4, 2012 |
STOCKHOLM - Sweden said Friday that Belarus had expelled its ambassador for "being too supportive of human rights. " Belarus countered that it merely chose not to extend the envoy's accreditation, calling his activities destructive. The dispute was the latest in a series of diplomatic spats between Belarus and Western nations, especially European Union states that have taken steps against the ex-Soviet country and its longtime leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, over its stifling of human rights.
June 22, 2012 |
STOCKHOLM - Sweden ramped up security at its three nuclear power plants Thursday after a small amount of explosives without a triggering device was found on a forklift on the grounds of the country's largest atomic power station, authorities said. Police were investigating possible sabotage, but insisted that even if there had been a blast it would not have posed any great danger. Bomb-sniffing dogs detected the explosives in a routine check Wednesday afternoon by security staff in the power plant's industrial area near its high-security enclosure.
June 21, 2012 |
England's Wayne Rooney returned from a two-match suspension to head in the lone goal on Tuesday and give his team a 1-0 win over cohost Ukraine in Donetsk, clinching a spot in the European Championship quarterfinals. Needing a win to advance, the Ukrainians thought they had equalized in the 62d minute when Marko Devic's looping shot appeared to cross the line before it was hooked clear by England defender John Terry. But the goal was not awarded by the referee or his extra assistant, who was half-standing on the field only a few meters from the post.
June 17, 2012 |
At the European Championship on Friday, England's Theo Walcott came on as a substitute to score one goal and set up a brilliant strike by Danny Welbeck for a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Sweden in Kiev, Ukraine. The result eliminated the Swedes and leaves the English needing only a draw in their final Group D match against cohost Ukraine to ensure a spot in the quarterfinals. For that match, England striker Wayne Rooney will be back from suspension. England had wasted a halftime lead and fell behind, 2-1, but Walcott came on in the 61st minute and made it 2-2 in the 64th.
June 15, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS — So many of the sounds that spill onto the streets here in America's most musical city are celebratory, from peppy zydeco to bottom-heavy New Orleans bounce music and the swaggering Second Line rhythms of the city's cacophonous brass bands. Especially during Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, whose 2012 edition took place over successive weekends in April and May, the City That Care Forgot can, to a visitor, seem like a place where the party never ends.
June 12, 2012 |
Andriy Shevchenko is determined to turn the European Championship into a farewell performance to remember, and so far he's putting on quite a show. The 35-year-old, the oldest striker in the tournament, one-upped Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday in a battle of past and present stars, scoring two great headers to give co-host Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden in their opening match at Euro 2012 in Kiev. After Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52d minute, Shevchenko responded by heading in the equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 62d. It was an unexpectedly upbeat start for the cohost's home event, which is Shevchenko's last in Ukraine's yellow-and-blue uniform.
May 31, 2012 |
LONDON - Britain's Supreme Court has endorsed the extradition of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, bringing the secret-spilling Internet activist a big step closer to prosecution in a Scandinavian court. But a question mark hung over the decision after Assange's lawyer made the highly unusual suggestion that she would try to reopen the case, raising the prospect of more legal wrangling. Assange, 40, has spent the better part of two years fighting attempts to send him to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex-crime allegations.