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Assange rape case dropped: Sweden abandons probe that led to WikiLeaks co-founder’s asylum in UK’s Ecuadorian embassy

Swedish prosecutors will not pursue their rape investigation of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange any further, they announced, having successfully fulfilled their role in the years-long scheme to put Assange behind bars. Investigators determined the evidence was simply not strong enough to support an indictment, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told[…]

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Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment

A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten US borders sharply for national security reasons,[…]

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Julian Assange is being arbitrarily held

Mr Assange claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies. The Met Police says Mr Assange would be arrested if he does leave the embassy. He earlier said his passport should be returned and his arrest warrant dropped[…]

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Sweden to expel up to 80,000 refugees

Sweden intends to expel as many as 80,000 refugees and migrants who arrived in 2015 and whose applications for asylum have been rejected. “We are talking about 60,000 people, but the number could climb to 80,000,” Interior Minister Anders Ygeman was quoted as saying by Swedish media. He added on[…]

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Sweden, Denmark crack down on refugees

Sweden and Denmark have moved to drastically reduce inward refugee flows, as Scandinavian countries compete with each other to shed their reputations as havens for asylum seekers. For the first time since the 1950s, from midnight on Sunday travellers by train, bus or boat have needed to present a valid[…]

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Sweden imposes new refugee border controls

The Swedish government will impose stricter border controls on Thursday to deal with the unprecedented arrival of refugees streaming across its borders. “A record number of refugees are arriving in Sweden. The migration office is under strong pressure … and the police believe there is a threat against public order,”[…]

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