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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Julian Assange Hails ‘Important Victory’ After Sweden Ends Probe

A month shy of his fifth year of refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge, west London WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stepped onto the balcony to hail “an important victory”. Clenching his fists he stated in measured tones to the media scrum below him: “Today is an important victory for me and the UN human rights system, but by no means erases seven years of detention without charge… while my children grew up. That is not something I can forgive or forget,” “My legal staff have contacted the UK authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what will be the best way forward,” he added, saying he was also “happy to engage” with the US. Scotland Yard had confirmed Assange still risked arrest if he stepped out the Ecuadorean Embassy after Swedish prosecutors revoked an arrest warrant for the transparency activist over rape allegations. The Met who claimed to have spent £12m in round-the-clock security to prevent the fugitive’s escape stated Assange was still wanted for jumping bail and would execute an …

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“20 years of Bottling it Led to 2 Years of Total Chaos”: Prince Harry on Coping After his Mother’s Death

Prince Harry has opened up in Kensington Palace about his years of turmoil after two decades of not thinking about his mother, Diana Princess of Wales’ tragic death in Paris in 1997. The fifth in line to the British throne who was 12 when his mother died, said he had spent his adolescent years and twenties determined to block out dark thoughts about her passing. “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.” The admission in a 25-minute podcast interview about his fragile state of mind with The Telegraph is one of the most revealing from a member of the Royal family renowned for their discretion …

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From Elspeth Champcommunal to Edward Enninful: British Vogue’s New Editor Bucks all the Fashion Trends

Embed from Getty Images British Vogue’s confirmation of Edward Enninful as successor to Alexandra Shulman as editor of the influential fashion Bible has sent ripples of surprise across the fashion world and Ladbroke Grove in west London where he grew up in the same Notting Hill neighbourhood as another notable British menswear designer Ozwald Boateng. Read more: Vogue 100, A Century of Style Enninful’s appointment is unprecedented as a female has always held the post since Elspeth Champcommunal became the first editor in 1916 and after her nine women including Anna Wintour have occupied the influential position. Ghanaian-born Enninful has fashion running in his blood becoming the youngest fashion director of style magazine i-D magazine at just 18. He also seems to have worked with everyone who is who under the fashion firmament. From late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani to Wintour at American Vogue before his present stint as fashion and style director at W magazine. He also seems to have leapfroged Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter who had been hotly tipped for the job. …

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Westminster Terror Attack: Was Khalid Masood Lone Wolf?

Detectives working on the Westminster terror attack inquiry want to know if assailant Khalid Masood was a ‘lone wolf’ and acted alone or if he was part of a terror network. He has several aliases and detectives believe he has also  been known as Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao. He may also be known by a number of other names. Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command investigating the Westminster attack have released an image of Khalid Masood the assailant who rammed pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday (22 March) killing three and later stabbing PC Keith Palmer at one of the entrances to the Houses of Parliament. His fourth victim has been named as Leslie Rhodes, 75, a retired window cleaner from Clapham, south London – one of three people killed by Masood’s car on Westminster Bridge. His life support machine was turned off on Thursday (23 March). A total of 50 people were injured in Wednesday’s attack, with 31 receiving hospital treatment. Two remain in a critical condition, and one has life-threatening injuries. …

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Westminster Attacks: PC Keith Palmer Named Among 4 Dead and 40 Injured

PC Keith Palmer, 48, has been named as the police officer killed in the attacks at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 22 March. He was one of the fatalities alongside three pedestrians and the assailant who ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. Mark Rowley, the national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing and the Acting Deputy Commissioner confirmed 40 people were amongst the injured, some with serious injuries, including three police officers, two of whom remain in a serious condition. He however refused to confirm the identity of the attacker only saying he had been “inspired by international terrorism”. He continued: “Today, in Westminster we saw tragic events unfold and our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones, who were injured, and all those affected by this attack. “One of those who died today was a police officer – PC Keith Palmer – a member of our Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. “Keith – aged 48 – had 15 years’ service and was a husband and a father. “He was someone who left for work …

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Cowell £1m Gem Burglary: We left Safe Open as Lauren Wanted to Leave Quietly

A serial burglar was able to help himself to almost £1m-worth of jewellery at Simon Cowell’s Holland Park home in west London as the safe was left unlocked to allow his American partner Lauren Silverman retrieve her gems quietly before she left for the US.   Darren February, 33, of no fixed address, had denied the break-in while the X Factor and music impresario and his family slept. He scooped a handful of jewellery including a ring valued at £500,000, earrings, watches and a diamond bracelet alongside two passports (perhaps as mementoes) from an unlocked safe while a security guard was in the loo in December 2015, Isleworth Crown Court heard. February who coincidentally got his comeuppance on 27 February had previously been convicted of 37 burglaries, the prosecution said. He was first convicted aged 12 and has committed a further 58 offences spanning two decades pushing him firmly into the ‘serial category’. The jury were very speedy with him finding him guilty in under one hour after a four-day trial. Sloppy Getaway The court heard February’s …