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The U.S. will be seeking the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder after his arrest, sources tell NBC News.
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By Petra Cahill

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London this morning after Ecuador withdrew his asylum.

Here's more on that and what else we're watching today.


Assange shouts 'you must resist!' as he’s bundled into a police van

The fugitive founder of WikiLeaks and publisher of state secrets that embarrassed governments across the world was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after spending seven years there.

London's Metropolitan Police said the Ecuadorian government had withdrawn asylum for Assange, adding that officers had been "invited" in by the ambassador.

Assange was wanted by British police for skipping bail in August 2012, while he was under investigation for sexual assault and rape in Sweden.

The Australian national has maintained that if forced to surrender to authorities he would eventually be extradited to the U.S. to face charges.

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European leaders offer Brexit delay

British lawmakers now have until Halloween to squabble over the details of the U.K.’s exit from the European Union after being granted a last-minute extension.

European leaders gave British Prime Minister Theresa May until Oct. 31 to persuade Parliament to approve the country's divorce deal with the bloc.

The major upshot of the extension is that it saves the U.K. from crashing out of the E.U. tomorrow without any agreement. Most experts have warned that a "no-deal Brexit" could tank the economy, bring food shortages, and risk conflict in Northern Ireland.


Post Mueller, Trump pushes the bounds of his power

As a newly emboldened President Donald Trump takes action, liberals sense the rise of a tyrant pushing all the boundaries of power at once, and daring Congress, the courts and political critics to stand in his way.

For the Trump faithful, he has finally been freed to be a truly forceful leader.

In short, the right and the left are seeing the president they always thought was there, NBC News Jonathan Allen writes in an analysis.


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Across the United States, rural hospitals are shutting their doors at a staggering rate — and many more are on the brink of shuttering. NBC Left Field spends time with an EMS worker as she fights to help neighbors in need.


Science + Tech = MACH

"Here it is," Harvard astronomer Sheperd Doeleman said as he unveiled the first photo of a black hole on Wednesday.

Scientists say the long-anticipated image will give humanity a glimpse of a bizarre celestial object that has captivated imaginations since Albert Einstein first theorized about it 100 years ago.


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Quote of the day

"Please do not waste this time."

European Council President Donald Tusk to the U.K. after the new Brexit deadline was set.


One fun thing

Winter is almost here.

The final season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" is set to premiere this weekend.

And fans everywhere can't wait to see who will sit on the "Iron Throne."

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