Sweden drops Assange’s rape investigation, but UK will be arrest him if he leaves embassy

Swedish prosecutors said Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange,” the prosecutors office said in a statement. “According to Swedish legislation, a criminal investigation is to be […]

Maintaining fiscal stability in Lebanon a ‘dance with wolves’: Central bank governor

By Hadley Gamble As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to make his first trip to the Middle East, some lawmakers back in Washington are seeking amendments to a law that could see further sanctions against Hezbollah and its political allies. “We are worried,” Lebanon’s central bank governor told CNBC this week. “We hope that the […]

Trump weighs embassy move impact on Mideast peace, says Tillerson

By Josh Lederman  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is assessing whether moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would help or hurt prospects for clinching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, revealing Trump’s criteria for a decision that could reverberate throughout the volatile Middle East. Since taking office, Trump has […]

Putin Takes Tough Stance on Protests, Warns of Arab Spring Chaos

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a tough stance on the biggest mass protests of the past five years, comparing them to the bloodshed and chaos unleashed by the so-called “Arab Spring” revolutions and uprising in neighboring Ukraine. “The fight against corruption has become an instrument for selfish political goals,” Putin said at an international forum […]

Shots fired near Capitol, suspect in custody

U.S. Capitol Police responded to the area at Washington Ave and Independence Ave, which is located near the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Rayburn House office building. The suspect apparently struck a Capitol Police cruiser and then tried running over several officers who were on foot, according to Metro DC Police. The suspect has been […]

Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping him during campaign, but offered no evidence

U.S. President Donald Trump accused predecessor Barack Obama on Saturday of wiretapping him during the late stages of the 2016 election campaign, but offered no evidence for an allegation which an Obama spokesman said was “simply false”. Trump made the accusation in a series of early morning tweets just weeks into his administration and amid […]