A bid by the US to have Julian Assange extradited from Britain over alleged computer hacking will be heard by a court in February next year.

The hearing date was set by Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday after Home Secretary Sajid Javid agreed to the American request.

Assange, 47, is serving a 50-week prison sentence after being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April and jailed for a bail violation.

And an investigation has also been reopened into an allegation of rape in Sweden, which Assange has always denied.

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