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.
Abdullah Zekri, the the head of the French National Observatory against Islamophobia has said that anti-Muslim acts rose by 500 percent.
German Finance Minister said that while a gas deal with Russia will be good for Greece, it will not be sufficient to overcome their debt problems.
The Turkish Consulate General building in the Greek city of Thessaloniki has been damaged during a demonstration against high-security prisons Friday night.
Mauritanian news website Alakhbar posted an audio statement on Friday claiming the attack on peacekeepers was done on behalf of the armed group al-Mourabitoun.
Aden Haji Hussein was killed after he had taken his wife to hospital. The gunmen had blocked his path as he was returning to his car.
Iraqi armed forces have retaken the oil refinery that was seized on Friday by ISIL forces.
In December, Israel began withholding around $130 million per month of taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians after the Palestinian Authority announced it was joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The aim of the setting up of the graves was to draw attention to the Palestinian detainees languishing in Israeli jails.
Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger said judges must have “an understanding of different cultural and social habits,” as part of their duty to show fairness and impartiality in trials.
Libyan news website Ajwa Belad said the clashes in Fashloum started after an armed group attacked a checkpoint of an anti-drugs police force.
Barack Obama said the crisis in Libya, where ISIL has built a presence, could not be ended with "a few drone strikes or a few military operations".
Gen. Dempsey says fall of Ramadi to ISIL in Anbar province is not central to Iraq's future, with US senators slamming his comments saying that it was an insult.
A county public works equipment operator struck the natural gas line which resulted in the explosion.
Eight police officers were killed and five others were wounded Friday in a ISIL suicide car bomb attack.
Three suspected assailants were killed when gunfights broke out and vehicles set alight on US border.
A bomb laden with explosives has exploded in front of the US Consulate in Erbil, with reports saying three killed, and five wounded.