Assange likely to remain holed up in embassy

LONDON — It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sexual misconduct.

Now the case has mutated into a complicated international drama. But when the dust settles from an unexpected U.N. group's finding Friday that Assange has been unlawfully detained and should be set free, the painful stalemate is expected to continue.

Assange will most likely remain cooped up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been since 2012. — AP

U.N. says Islamic State is richest terrorist group

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said Friday that 34 militant groups had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State by mid-December and expects the number to grow.

He also called the Islamic State "the world's wealthiest terrorist organization," saying numerous reports estimated it generated $400 million to $500 million from oil and oil products in 2015. — AP

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