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Rape probe dropped for WikiLeaks' Assange; uncertainty ahead

Rape probe dropped for WikiLeaks' Assange; uncertainty ahead

Given that any further investigation would require Assange to personally appear in court, and in light of interviews with the WikiLeaks co-founder by Ecuadorean prosecutors in November, Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny determined that pursuing the case further would require a disproportionate use of resources.



Trump decries 'witch-hunt' after special counsel picked for probe

He also said "it is obvious" that some people want to harm Trump. President Donald Trump seemed to muddle some of the competing explanations for firing FBI Director James Comey last week. Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges. She adds that "a special prosecutor is the first step, but it can not be the last".



Moscow says US coalition strikes on Syrian forces 'unacceptable'

The strike killed several people and caused material damage, the source said, saying that this hampered efforts by the Syrian army and its allies to fight Islamic State. "This was despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement towards al Tanf, coalition aircraft show of force and warning shots". "They were potentially probing to see how close they could get to al Tanf", an anonymous USA official said.


Independent Scotland may need phased return to EU: Nicola Sturgeon

Independent Scotland may need phased return to EU: Nicola Sturgeon

She then added, "So it underlines the point that over these next couple of years we really need to have people in their arguing Scotland's corner". Sturgeon has tried to downplay the referendum question during the general election campaign, insisting that last year's victory in the Holyrood elections gave her party the mandate she needs to call for a second independence vote.



Syria says U.S. airstrike killed several soldiers near Jordan

The Assad regime has confirmed that USA -led coalition warplanes on Thursday struck one of its military sites in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. Muzahem al-Saloum, from the Maghaweer al-Thawra group, told Reuters that the jets struck after rebel forces clashed with advancing Syrian and Iranian militias that were about 27km from the base.



Lawyer says Assange's accuser is shocked

Chief prosecutor Marianne Ny attends a press conference in Stockholm on Friday May 19, 2017. "The decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation is not because we've been able to make a full assessment of the evidence in this case, but because we didn't see any possibilities to advance the investigation forward".