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WikiLeaks’ Assange Stands by US Extradition Offer as Manning's Sentence Commuted

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Obama commuted Manning’s 35-year prison sentence. Manning had admitted disclosing classified US government information to WikiLeaks concerning civilian deaths caused by US airstrikes and 250,000 US diplomatic letters. Assange said he looks forward to having a conversation with the US Justice Department regarding his return to the United States if…

UN Special Adviser Announces Successful End of Conference on Cyprus Reunion

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the statement, the participants agreed not to disclose the details of the discussions, since the conference proceedings have not yet concluded. “The working group, established during the high-level meeting in Geneva on 12 January, successfully completed the mandate entrusted to it by the Conference, namely identifying specific questions related to …

Senior US Spy, Diplomats Leaving Despite Being Asked to Stay On

A top U.S. intelligence officer and two senior diplomats are leaving the government despite appearing on a Jan. 17 list of those asked to stay on under President-elect Donald Trump, current and former U.S. officials said Thursday. Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stephanie O’Sullivan, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the…

Washington Girds for Days of Anti-Trump Protests

WASHINGTON —  Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, with police ready to step in to separate protesters from Trump supporters at any sign of unrest during the festivities. Some 900,000 people, both Trump backers and opponents, are expected to flood Washington for Friday’s inauguration ceremony, according to…

Obama Slashes Guantanamo Bay Population to 41 Detainees – White House

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Obama has transferred a total of 196 detainees from the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “Of the nearly 800 detainees at one time held at Guantanamo Bay, more than 90 percent have been transferred, including more than 500 detainees transferred by the prior administration and 196 detainees transferred by this administration,”…

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