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Assange told to report for sex-crime extradition
LONDON — British police served Julian Assange on Thursday with a demand that he report to a police station as the first step in his extradition to Sweden to face rape and sex-crime accusations.
The letter was delivered to Ecuador’s London embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder has been holed up for nine days and has been seeking asylum.
The Metropolitan Police said it had “served a surrender notice upon a 40-year-old man that requires him to attend a police station at a date and time of our choosing.”
Report: Ex-minister sold secrets to Czechs
LONDON — A former British government minister sold information to communist spies for a decade during the Cold War in clandestine meetings in cocktail lounges and swank restaurants, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.
The BBC said it had seen files that show Raymond Mawby, a former Conservative Party lawmaker who briefly served as a junior minister in the mid-1960s, provided intelligence to spies working for Czechoslovakia - then a communist state - for a decade from circa 1961 to 1971.
According to the files, Mawby offered information on his colleagues and even provided a sketch of the layout of the prime minister’s office at No. 10 Downing Street. Mawby did not have access to prized intelligence or secret papers. He left the House of Commons in 1983 and died in 1990.
Regional trade bloc may expel Paraguay
MENDOZA — Brazil’s foreign minister says he and other Mercosur pact ministers are recommending that Paraguay be suspended from the regional trade bloc over last week’s ouster of former President Fernando Lugo.
But Antonio Patriota told a small group of journalists on Thursday outside the closed-door meetings that regional foreign ministers meeting at the Mercosur summit here plan to recommend against economic sanctions in retaliation for the ouster. Mercosur’s final decision is expected to be announced Friday.
The bloc, which also includes Argentina and Uruguay, barred Mr. Lugo’s replacement, Federico Franco, from attending the meetings.
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