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Columbine massacre remembered, twenty years on

Columbine massacre remembered, twenty years onTwelve students and a teacher were killed on April 20, 1999, when two teenagers armed with an assortment of weapons and home-made bombs went on the rampage at the school, whose name has become synonymous with school shootings. Only last year, 17 students and staff were killed when an ex-pupil went on the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, while 27 people, mostly children, were killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012 and 32 at Virginia Tech university in 2007.



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Julian Assange Extradition Could Take Months, or Even Years

Julian Assange Extradition Could Take Months, or Even YearsNow, after he finally overstayed his welcome, he will try to buy more time in the U.K. courts. Lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder said he will fight extradition to the U.S., where he faces charges that he took part in a hacking conspiracy with ex-Army analyst Chelsea Manning to disclose classified government material. While Assange’s attorneys argued that the charges are an illegal attempt to punish a journalist for publishing information, extradition lawyers said that the best he will be able to do is delay his arrival to the U.S. through a process that will likely stretch into 2020.



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After years of giving refuge, Ecuador suspends Assange's citizenship

After years of giving refuge, Ecuador suspends Assange's citizenshipA bearded and frail-looking Assange was arrested by British police on Thursday after Ecuador terminated his asylum at its London embassy, where he had lived since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation. Assange’s Ecuadorean citizenship was suspended on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Jose Valencia told reporters. To some, Australian-born Assange is a hero for exposing what supporters cast as abuse of power and for championing free speech.



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Assange arrest ends years cooped up in embassy

Assange arrest ends years cooped up in embassyDuring his nearly seven years holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, devoid of sunlight, exercise and companions, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lived like a recluse. Visibly ageing and suffering from deteriorating physical and psychological health, the 47-year-old Australian adopted a subsistence lifestyle, with just a cat for daily company. Assange sought asylum in the embassy in June 2012 after a British judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.



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Ecuador turns WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over to UK police after six years of asylum

Ecuador turns WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over to UK police after six years of asylumLondon police on Thursday arrested Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of US authorities after Ecuador announced that it would be withdrawing his asylum. Assange spent more than six years inside Ecuador's embassy in London in order to avoid police.Ecuador president Lenin Moreno announced on Twitter that the country would no longer assist Assange:https://twitter.com/Lenin/status/1116271659512684544"Today, I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially, the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable," Moreno stated. "Ecuador sovereignly has decided to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012."Moreno went on to explain in detail what led to the decision to turn Assange over to the authorities:> The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behavior of Mr. Assange: He installed electronic and distortion equipment not allowed. He blocked the security cameras of the Ecuadorian Mission in London. He has confronted and mistreated guards. He had accessed the security files of our Embassy without permission. He claimed to be isolated and rejected the internet connection offered by the embassy, and yet he had a mobile phone with which he communicated with the outside world.Moreno also explained that a recent WikiLeaks action, the Vatican documents leak from January, was what convinced Ecuador that Assange was still involved with WikiLeaks, and thus interfering in internal affairs of other nations. A video showing the moment Assange was escorted out of the embassy, in handcuffs, was posted on Twitter:https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1116283158943666176The US government, meanwhile, has charged Assange with conspiracy to hack a government computer, The New York Times reports, with the criminal complaint having been unsealed in the hours following his arrest. Assange will have the right to contest the extradition request in British courts.



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From ‘Full House’ to Big House, Lori Loughlin Faces Two Years in Prison

From ‘Full House’ to Big House, Lori Loughlin Faces Two Years in PrisonPaul MarottaDisgraced TV star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli could face a minimum of two years in the slammer over the bribes they allegedly channeled to a crew coach to get their daughters into USC, even if they plead out a deal with the feds. While her fellow accused Felicity Huffman could spend as little as four months inside, Loughlin is likely to face a much heftier jail sentence due to the amount of money she is alleged to have forked out to get her daughters into the elite school.TMZ reports that her alleged payment of $ 550,000 lifts her alleged crime into a different sentencing bracket, where the recommended minimum jail time is between 24 and 30 months. Quoting sources connected to the case, TMZ says all of the parents in the college cheating scandal have been offered plea deals, but prosecutors will only accept pleas with prison time attached. So far, 13 have accepted the deals offered while another 37 have yet to proceed.Huffman reached a deal on Monday and issued a statement saying: “I am in full acceptance of my guilt and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions. I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college.”Prosecutors alleged that parents involved in what authorities have called the “largest college admissions scam prosecuted by the Justice Department” paid admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, 58, more than $ 25 million total to rig test scores, cheat on SAT exams, and bribe college coaches. In some cases, the complaint noted, the students didn’t even play the sports for which they were “recruited.” Singer has pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.Read more at The Daily Beast.



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A British Woman Is Facing Jail in Dubai Because She Called Her Ex's Wife a 'Horse' on Facebook 3 Years Ago

A British Woman Is Facing Jail in Dubai Because She Called Her Ex's Wife a 'Horse' on Facebook 3 Years AgoLaleh Shahravesh, 55, is being held even though she was not living in Dubai when she made the posts.



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Forty years of US-Iran relations

Forty years of US-Iran relationsKey dates between the US and Iran since 1979 after their exchange Monday in which the US designated Tehran’s elite military force a terrorist organization and Iran called the US a “state sponsor of terrorism”. On November 4, 1979 radical students demanding the extradition of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi take 52 diplomats and employees of the American embassy in Tehran hostage, seven months after the establishment of the Islamic Republic. The hostages are held for 444 days in a crisis that results in the first US economic sanctions leveraged against the state.



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25 years after genocide, can Rwanda heal? 6 villages try

25 years after genocide, can Rwanda heal? 6 villages tryMBYO, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Tasian Nkundiye murdered his neighbor with a machete.



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Teen says he is Illinois child missing for eight years

Teen says he is Illinois child missing for eight yearsHopes were raised on Wednesday that an Illinois boy missing since 2011 may have been found in Kentucky, after local police agencies were asked to help track down a teen’s claim that he is Timmothy Pitzen, who was last seen with his mother eight years ago. The police department in Sharonville, Ohio, was one of numerous agencies that received a request from authorities in Kentucky to help search local motels for men who the teen said had been holding him, Sharonville Police Chief Steve Vanover told Reuters. A police report filed by a Sharonville detective summarized a dramatic story of escape from kidnappers, which Vanover said was told to Sharonville police by officials in Campbell County, Kentucky.



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