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Novak Djokovic released from Australian Immigration detention

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There were chaotic scenes in Melbourne as Novak Djokovic was released from an Australian Immigration detention

Police were forced to use pepper spray to disperse a large number of Djokovic fans who were gathering outside his lawyers’ office… as a car exited the building.

This of course all follows an Australian Federal Court Judge ordering the immediate release of the tennis star… allowing him to defend his Australian Open title.

The 34-year-old Serb says he is now focussed on playing in the Grand Slam… and was practicing on-court in Melbourne within hours of leaving the immigration hotel.

However, despite the celebrations… there are still questions over whether or not the decision to let Djokovic go free will be overturned.

The Australian government has stood firm on its previous decision to prevent entry to Djokovic… and the nation’s immigration minister still has powers to re-cancel the visa and deport the unvaccinated player.

In a statement, Djokovic says “I remain focused on that… I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.”

As Djokovic posted his message on Twitter, at the same time his family was holding a news conference in Serbia’s capital… and his brother says Novak was always fighting for the “liberty of choice”.

Meanwhile, Novak’s uncle spoke with GB News and questions why Australia granted his nephew entry in teh first place if they were just going to revoke it.

The Australian Open begins on 17 January… and Djokovic is playing to become the most successful men’s player in history.

The world number one is tied with Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

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Julian Assange wins small but important UK court victory

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A British court ruled that the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal a decision that would allow for his extradition to the United States to face charges under the Espionage Act.

He is accused of obtaining and publishing secret government documents.

The latest twist in the long-running case comes after a decision last month that he could be extradited to the United States to face the charges.

A small. but important win

The decision to extradite Mr. Assange has turned on whether prison conditions in the United States during his detention would be too harsh for his mental health, which his lawyers argue has grown increasingly fragile.

Last year, a lower court judge in Britain rejected the extradition request, saying Mr. Assange might be driven to suicide if he was held at the highest security prison in the United States.

But last month, Britain’s High Court said that it was satisfied by assurances made by the Biden administration that Mr. Assange would not be held in this facility.

What he’s charged with

The charges against Mr. Assange stem from the 2010 publication of diplomatic and military files on his website, WikiLeaks, after they were leaked by Chelsea Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst.

Assange spent years living in an embassy in London. When he left, he was immediately arrested.

The indictments, which were handed down during the Trump administration, accuse Mr. Assange of participating in a criminal hacking conspiracy by offering to aid Ms. Manning in covering her tracks and also encouraging hackers to obtain and send secret material.

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U.K. begins withdrawing embassy staff from Ukraine

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The UK has begun withdrawing its staff from the Ukrainian embassy in Kyiv amid the rising tensions between the country and Russia.

The United Kingdom Foreign Office has begun withdrawing some diplomats and their families from the British embassy in Ukraine.

The move follows the US state department ordering American diplomats and their families to leave Kiyv as soon as they could.

According to reports UK officials said the decision was not the result of intelligence targeting British Diplomats – instead it was a response to the growing risk that Russia could invade Ukrain.

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Man survives after flying from Africa to Amsterdam in Boeing 747 landing gear

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Dutch police have confirmed a man has been found alive after being found in the wheel section of a plane that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from South Africa

The stowaway travelled in the landing gear of a Boeing 747 cargo jet.

Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam take approximately 11 hours, with the cargo plane believed to have made one stop, in Nairobi, Kenya.

It is very unusual for stowaways on long flights to survive, due to the cold and low oxygen at high altitudes.

Police say the man’s age and nationality have not yet been determined.

“The man was found alive in the nose wheel section of the plane and was taken to hospital in a stable condition,” Royal Dutch Military Police spokeswoman Joanna Helmonds told the AFP news agency.

“It is quite remarkable that the man is still alive”

According to Dutch broadcaster NOS, the man’s body temperature was raised at the scene and by the time an emergency services arrived, he was able to answer basic questions.

A spokesperson for freight carrier Cargolux confirmed in an email to ticker NEWS affiliate, Reuters, that the man had been on a flight operated by Cargolux Italia.

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