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LONDON -- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday said he does not consent to being extradited to the United States over charges related to leaking government secrets.

The latest development came one day after the Australian-born, 47, was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching the Bail Act in wake of his arrest last month. (UK-Wikileaks-Assange)

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NICOSIA -- Cyprus' Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou resigned his post on Thursday amid an uproar over the alleged failure by the police to effectively investigate the disappearance of several foreign women who fell victims to a self-confessed serial killer.

Nicolaou announced his resignation after a two-hour meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades, saying it was accepted by the president. (Cyprus-Justice minister-Resign)

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AYBAK, Afghanistan -- Up to 15 insurgents loyal to the Taliban group have been killed and 13 others arrested over the past 24 hours in the northern Samangan province, said army spokesman Abdul Hadi Jamal on Thursday.

Clashes flared up in Ruyi Doab district on Wednesday after the security forces launched cleanup operations and the insurgents resisted, and later fled the area leaving 15 bodies behind and 13 more captured. (Afghanistan-Militants-Taliban)

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BRUSSELS -- The European Union's top diplomat criticized the United States' latest move on Cuba on Thursday, labeling it as contrary to international law and pledging to take all appropriate measures against its effects.

Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief, said in a statement that the bloc "deeply regrets the full activation of the 1996 Helms-Burton (LIBERTAD) Act by the United States." (EU-Cuba-Sanction) Enditem

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