Global Focus

The Nouse Politics team summarises the biggest stories from around the world

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UK: The Supreme Court has dismissed a bid by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.
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Egypt: Egypt’s Supreme Court has caused outrage by calling for the dissolution of the lower House of Parliament and for fresh elections.

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Bahrain: A Bahraini appeals court has partially overturned a court ruling sentencing 20 medics to lengthy jail terms for taking part in protests. Nine were acquitted while the rest were given reduced sentences.

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USA: Disgraced tycoon Allen Stanford has been sentenced to 110 years in jail for operating a ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of more than $7bn (£4.5bn). The case is one of the largest in US history.

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Australia: The Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world’s first “tax” on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 to make up for time spent attempting to fit its “antique browser.”

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