Ecuador: No set date for Assange to have access to Internet

Julian Assange will have more time to devote to his cat, now that he is banned from using the Internet at the Ecuadorean embassy. (Reuters)
Updated 05 June 2018

Ecuador: No set date for Assange to have access to Internet

  • Maria Fernandez Espinosa said that Assange hasn’t complied with his agreement to avoid intervening in the politics of other countries. “So for the time being, he is not allowed to have access to the Internet.”
  • Ecuador’s government cut Assange’s Internet connection in March after social media posts decrying the arrest of a Catalan separatist politician.

UNITED NATIONS: Ecuador’s foreign minister says there’s no set date for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to regain access to the Internet at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he has been in asylum since 2012.
Maria Fernandez Espinosa said Monday that Assange hasn’t complied with his agreement to avoid intervening in the politics of other countries. “So for the time being, he is not allowed to have access to the Internet.”
Ecuador’s government cut Assange’s Internet connection in March after social media posts decrying the arrest of a Catalan separatist politician.
Ecuador gave Assange asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims. Sweden dropped the case, but Assange remains subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail. He also fears a possible US extradition request.


Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm

Updated 31 May 2020

Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm

  • India’s top tourist attraction has been shut since mid-March as part of measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic

AGRA, India: A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged sections of the Taj Mahal complex, including the main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes, officials said Sunday.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, India’s top tourist attraction has been shut since mid-March as part of measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic.
AFP images showed workers assessing the railing of the main mausoleum, after the storm on Friday night battered Agra city in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
“One sandstone railing which was a part of the original structure has been damaged,” Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, said.
“One marble railing which was a later addition, a false ceiling in the tourist holding area and the base stone of the main gate has also been damaged.”
He added there was no damage to the main structure of the monument to love — built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth in 1631.
Local media reports said thunderstorms and lightning on Friday killed at least 13 people in two Uttar Pradesh districts.
Fatal lightning strikes are relatively common during the June-October monsoon season.
Last year, at least 150 people were killed by lightning in August and September in Madhya Pradesh state in central India.