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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a coalition deal on Wednesday that will make far-right opposition legislator Avigdor Lieberman defense minister and broaden a razor-thin governing majority in parliament, officials said. The agreement on a political partnership will be signed at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT), a negotiator for Lieberman's ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party said. Since winning an election last year, Netanyahu has said he would explore options to widen his one-seat majority in the legislature, and he began negotiations with Lieberman after coalition talks failed last week with the center-left Zionist Union, the main opposition party.
Assange, 44, is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010. "The district court finds that there is still probable cause for the suspicion against JA (Julian Assange) for rape, less serious incident, and that there is still a risk that he will depart or in some other way evade prosecution or penalty," the court said in a statement." Assange avoided possible extradition to Sweden by taking refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London.