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France on Friday rejected a request for asylum, or more exactly of “protection”, made by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a letter to French President Francois Hollande, according to a statement from Elysee Palace.

“France has received the letter from Assange. After a thorough examination of the legal elements and the material situation of Assange, France cannot act on his request,” said the French presidency in a statement.

“The situation of Assange poses no immediate danger. It is also the subject of a European arrest warrant,” the document concluded.

In a six-page letter sent on Thursday to Francois Hollande, Assange asked France to grant him political asylum, Xinhua news agency reported.

In his letter, the founder of WikiLeaks asked France to “provide the necessary protection against, and only against the political persecution that (he is) now the subject”, saying that “only France (could) provide (him) the necessary protection”. ”

Assange, 44, has been reportedly living in the Ecuador embassy in London as a refugee for the past three years.

French newspaper Le Monde said what “prevented Assange to leave the embassy” was his failure to present himself before the Swedish court that wishes “to hear as a witness” after “complaints in Sweden by two women, who accused him of rape and sexual assault”. It is for this reason that Assange is the subject of a European arrest warrant.

(With inputs from IANS)



The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.

NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.

The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.

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The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).

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Pakistan has failed miserably to protect Hindus, their interests.

A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.

According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.

Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.

Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.

The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".

But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.

A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.

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