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7:13am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Ecuador Gives WikiLeaks' Assange Asylum

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 8:39 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador, Foreign Minister Ricardo PatiƱo just announced in Quito.

Now, the question becomes whether Great Britain will allow Assange to leave Ecuador's embassy in London so that he can travel to the South American nation that is offering him refuge.

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6:40am

Thu August 16, 2012

6:14am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Shooting At Conservative Lobby Group; NATO Helicopter Crash

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 7:05 am

Good morning, we're following these stories today:

Family Research Council Attacker Could Face Terrorism Charge.

11 Killed In Afghan Helicopter Crash; 3 Were U.S. Military Personnel. (Update at 9 a.m. ET: 7 Americans Were Killed.)

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6:08am

Thu August 16, 2012
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11 Killed In Afghan Helicopter Crash; 3 Were U.S. Military Personnel

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 7:04 am

The crash of an International Security Assistance Force helicopter in southern Afghanistan today killed 11 people who were on board, according to the NATO command in Kabul.

It has posted a statement saying:

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5:52am

Thu August 16, 2012
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More Carnage In Pakistan: Gunmen Execute About 20 Shiites

Pakistani Air Force personnel guard an air base northwest of Islamabad earlier today. It was attacked Thursday by militants armed with guns, rocket launchers and suicide vests.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Thursday's attack on a Pakistani air base near Islamabad by heavily armed militants, which security forces were able to repel, has been followed by the news that gunmen executed about 20 Shiite Muslims today in northern Pakistan.

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