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WikiLeaks' Assange loses sex case appeal

The British Supreme Court has denied Julian Assange's appeal against extradition to Sweden over sexual abuse allegations --but the judges have left open a surprise avenue for the WikiLeaks founder to fight on.

(CNN) LONDON - The court gave his lawyer two weeks to file an appeal arguing that the court had decided the case on the wrong grounds.

The lawyer, Dinah Rose, said she wanted the time to study the ruling and decide whether to appeal. It is very unusual for the court to grant permission to appeal its rulings, which are supposed to be final in Britain.

Assange has been fighting for a year and a half against being sent to Sweden for questioning on sexual abuse accusation.

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Abenomics Revisited: Why Japan Hasn't Attacked The Wealth Divide

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised to tackle wealth inequality and help struggling workers. But a year after he came to power, financial traders are once again the winners.

Japanese workers will still have to wait for the distribution of wealth promised by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Yann Rousseau

-Analysis-

TOKYO — Panic on the Nikkei, the Japanese stock market. Almost a year ago, at the end of September 2021, traders went into a panic in Tokyo. On Sept. 29, Fumio Kishida had just won the general election for the country's main conservative party, the Liberal Democratic Party. He was about to be named Prime Minister, succeeding Yoshide Suga, who'd grown too unpopular in the polls.

Kishida had won through a rather original reform program, which was in stark contrast with years of conservative pro-market politics. In his speeches, he had promised to generate a “new capitalism”. A phrase that makes investors shudder.

While he did not completely renounce his predecessors’ strategy called “Abenomics” — named after free-market stalwart Shinzo Abe, who was killed last July — Kishida declared that the government needed to tackle the issue of the redistribution of wealth in the island nation.

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