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Ecuador: UK and Sweden must allow Assange to go free

The Ecuadorian government has demanded WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be allowed to go free from its London embassy after a UN panel ruled in his favour.

Foreign minister Ricardo Patino said the ruling, which stated Mr Assange has been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden, left both countries with no option but to accept the panel's report, which is not legally binding.

Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino, seen with Julian Assange after the Australian first entered the Ecuadorian embassy in June 2012. Credit: Reuters

"What more do they want to be accused of before they start to rectify their error?" he told South American broadcaster Telesur.

Mr Patino said Ecuador was analysing its next steps over Mr Assange, who has hailed the ruling as a "significant victory".

Both the UK and Sweden deny Mr Assange has been deprived of his freedom while Swedish prosecutors said the UN panel's decision had no formal impact on its rape investigation against the Australian whistleblower under Swedish law.


Police investigate explosion at Swedish school

The explosion was reported in Karlstad. Credit: Google Maps

A mysterious explosion at a secondary school in the Swedish city of Karlstad is being investigated by emergency services.

There was no immediate indication that the incident was linked to terrorism or any form of attack, Swedish journalist Stefan Björklund told ITV News.

Police and fire crews were on the scene, but there were no injuries initially reported.

The "powerful" blast reportedly happened in the sports hall at the Tingvallagymnasiet at around 2.45pm.

There were some reports smoke was seen coming from the site.

Sweden introduces ID checks for travellers from Denmark

Sweden has introduced ID checks for people travelling from Denmark in a bid to curbing the number of migrants entering the country.

A temporary fence erected between domestic and international tracks at Hyllie train station in southern Malmo. Credit: Johan Nilsson/ TT News Agency/PA Image

Anyone wanting to cross between the two countries by train, bus or ferry will be refused entry without the necessary documents.

Travellers have been able to cross borders between the two Nordic countries without passports since the late 1950s but starting today all Sweden-bound trains will be stopped for mandatory border controls.

The new border checks were instigated by Sweden to try to slow an influx of migrants that is expected to reach 190,000 this year.

The country says its asylum system cannot cope and that other European Union states must take in more refugees.

In Denmark, train operator DSB said it will start emptying all trains at Copenhagen Airport, the last stop before the Oresund Bridge to Sweden.

Passengers will have to enter the terminal and show identification before re-boarding the train.

It has set up 34 staffed slots at the airport station to check papers. DSB said the checks will extend travel time by up to 45 minutes - longer than the 34-minute train journey between Sweden and Denmark.

Around 16,000 people make the trip every day.

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