World Bulletin / News Desk
Ecuador's deputy foreign minister said his government expects to make a decision on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's asylum application within the next 24 hours, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Thursday.
Assange, seeking political asylum in Ecuador's embassy in London, faces arrest if he emerges for breaching bail terms imposed while he battles attempts to extradite him to Sweden, British police said.
"We still can't make a final decision public yet until tomorrow," the deputy minister, Marco Albuja, was quoted by the ABC as saying.
"The national government is considering its position and the president will give us his instructions tomorrow."
Assange, an Australian former computer hacker, has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since Tuesday.
He enraged the United States in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret U.S. diplomatic cables and he says he fears he could be sent there where his life would be at risk.
On Wednesday, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa Ecuadorean said officials would take "as long as they need to" before making a decision on Assange's application.
Neither U.S. nor Swedish authorities have charged Assange with anything. Swedish prosecutors want to question him about allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two women, former WikiLeaks volunteers, in 2010. Assange says he had consensual sex with the women.
While a total of 11 people – including eight Morsi supporters – were killed in the clashes outside the palace in late 2012, the trial only addresses the death of one reporter and two anti-Morsi protesters
Francis, marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, celebrated a Mass to an overflowing crowd of at least 150,000 in St. Peter's Square and beyond.
The bomb attack left five security guards dead as militants managed to take dozens of students and professors hostage after raiding the premises
U.S.-based Arab Daily News website reported that Jordanian special forces, with U.S. intelligence assistance, have deployed troops in Libya by helicopters as part of an operation to free the diplomat.
A number of militants were killed when an air strike hit their training camps in a remote mountainous region of southern Yemen on Sunday, the defence ministry said.
The restaurant, on the highway connecting Baghdad and Basra, was badly damaged by the twin blasts
Militants have killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush during a patrol in mountains east of the capital Algiers
Russia's state-run Rossiya 24 news station said three of the dead were with the pro-Russian separatists who control Slaviansk, and the other two were from the group which attacked their checkpoint.
Turkey's Honorary Consul General to Bangladesh is a Bengali man inspired by Turkey's liberation war
The ill-fated bus was carrying some 55 to 60 passengers when it collided with a cargo truck apparently due to overspeeding
While overall support for the ANC remained largely unaffected by the Nkandla scandal, the poll said Zuma's personal approval ratings had slipped to 62 percent from 65 percent
Israeli policemen assaulted Palestinian worshippers and religious students at some of the gates as they were lining up to enter the holy site
Search and rescue intensifies amid families’ anger; parents accuse officials leading the operation of dishonesty and inaction
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launch air and ground assaults in a number of opposition-held areas
Security forces are currently combing the surrounding desert area around the checkpoint in search of the assailants who have fled the scene following the shootout
Israel dismisses Robert Serry's accusation of blocking him from ceremony in Jerusalem church as "micro-incident".