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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange fears assasination

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fears he may be assassinated if he steps outside the Ecuadorian embassy.

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange Credit: Reuters

In an interview Mr Assange said he has not had any fresh air or sunlight for three years because it is too dangerous for him to leave the building.

He said "There are security issues with being on the balcony. There have been bomb threats and assassination threats from various people."

Despite believing it is "not likely" that he will be shot, he worries that if he is ever free he could be kidnapped or "droned" by the CIA.

Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in jail

Journalists Baher Mohamed, (left), and Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, (right). Credit: PA

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison after a retrial.

It ruled that they had operated without a press license and broadcast material harmful to Egypt, in a case that has triggered an international outcry.

The verdict was issued against Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalised Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian.

A third journalistAustralian Peter Greste was deported in February.


Ministers attend security summit after Paris train attack

Ministers are meeting today to discuss security measures on Europe's train networks after Ayoub El-Khazzani, was able to board a Paris train with an assault rifle, 270 rounds of ammunition, a handgun, box cutter and petrol.

A Britian and three US tourists stopped a heavily-armed suspected jihadist as they traveled from Amsterdam to Paris. Credit: Reuters

Home Secretary Theresa May is among ministers from nine countries gathering in Paris to formulate a response to the threat of an atrocity on Europe's rail networks.

The use of scanners at railway stations will be among measures discussed by European ministers at the summit called by French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy and Spain will also be represented at the meeting.

Largely fine day with sunny spells and patches of rain

Today will be a largely fine day across many parts of the country with some sunny spells and plenty of dry weather around.

Across Northern Ireland and northwestern parts of Scotland and England some showers will develop which may start to filter eastwards through the day.

Later in the day cloud will push up from the south across southern and central England with a band of rain reaching the southeast by late afternoon.

Maximum temperatures of 21C (70F).


Air Guitar World Championships entertain thousands

Thousands of people have gathered to watch the final of the Air Guitar World Championships.

Originally intended as a one-off joke, the event has grown into a global competition in the past 20 years.

The final, held in Oulu, Finland, saw competitors take to the stage to give their renditions of selected songs in the hope of winning a handmade electric guitar.

The championship was won by Kareel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants, the first ever Russian victor.

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