News Headlines - 18 December 2010

▽Swedish Police Report Details Case Against Assange - New York Times
Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy organization who was released from a British jail late last week, is facing a new challenge: the leak of a 68-page confidential Swedish police report that sheds new light on the allegations of sexual misconduct that led to Mr. Assange’s legal troubles.

▽Tweeting stopped by judge in Assange case - Techwatch
The appeal hearing over Assange’s bail took place yesterday at the High Court, and Mr Justice Ouseley said WikiLeaks’ supporters and journalists could not using the micro-blogging service to post minute-by-minute updates, the UK Press Association reports.

▽Britain gridlocked after heavy snow brings travel chaos - Telegraph.co.uk
Blizzard conditions left Britain gridlocked as major airports closed, roads became impassable and train services were cancelled on what should have been the busiest weekend before Christmas.

▽Cold weather hits Christmas shopping - BBC
Severe cold weather hit UK shoppers on the last weekend before Christmas.

▽China urges North, South Korea to end confrontation - Reuters
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi urged both North and South Korea to open talks and avoid steps that could inflame tensions on the peninsula, extending Beijing's effort to contain confrontation on its doorstep.







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