UN Rights Panel Rules WikiLeaks Founder Was 'Arbitrarily Detained'
A U.N. human rights working group has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, but the group has no authority over British police seeking to arrest him.
The working group announced its findings Friday, some three-and-a-half years after Assange took refuge in the embassy to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden on rape charges.
British authorities have not yet responded to the ruling.
On Thursday, Swedish prosecutors predicted the U.N. ruling and said Assange's confinement has no impact on the rape case against him in Sweden.
Assange, who is Australian, published on WikiLeaks a number of leaked diplomatic cables and other sensitive documents the United States considers classified information. It was one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.
WHO: No Blood Donations from People who Visited Zika-Affected Areas
The World Health Organization is advising officials not to accept blood donations from people who recently returned from countries affected by the Zika virus.
The mosquito-borne virus is most prevalent in Latin America, particularly Brazil, and poses its greatest danger to pregnant women.
Doctors suspect the Zika virus is linked to a rare neurological condition called microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads.
Brazil reports more than 4,000 microcephaly cases since October. But experts are puzzled why it is nearly non-existent in other Latin American countries where the Zika virus is present.
Spain confirmed the virus Thursday in a pregnant woman who recently traveled to Colombia. It is the first known pregnancy-related Zika case in Europe.
There is currently no treatment for Zika. But a number of global pharmaceutical houses are rapidly working on a vaccine.