Alexey Navalny remains in jail as court rejects his appeal. Then he's fined $11,500 in defamation case

Then, in a separate case also heard on Saturday, Navalny was found guilty of defaming a World War II veteran and fined 850,000 rubles ($11,480). In the morning ruling — held at Babushkinsky District Court but handed down by Moscow City Court — the judge shortened the activist’s sentence by a month and a half, […]

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Mario Draghi is named Italy's new prime minister, announces a political rainbow of cabinet picks

Draghi, a prominent economist, accepted the top role on Friday and later that day read out a list of ministerial picks designed to create buy-in among political parties that have battled on practically every topic. However, many in Italy will be disappointed by the lack of women — of the 23 names, only eight are […]

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Thousands detained in Russia amid rallies for Alexey Navalny

At least 5,045 people were detained, with more than 1,600 in Moscow alone. That marks a record-high in detentions since 2011, when OVD-Info, an independent site that monitors arrests, started recording such figures. Among those detained on Sunday was Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, who was later released. Navalny’s team has said that the “next stop” […]

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More than 1,000 fines issued after French New Year's party

More than 2,500 partygoers attended the illegal party in the region of Brittany in France, despite the government’s strict coronavirus restrictions and a national night-time curfew. About 1,200 fines were issued as of Saturday morning following the rave, which started on Thursday, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said via his official Twitter profile. Trucks, sound […]

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Russia’s Asian path may benefit stability in Europe by forcing declining EU to deal with Moscow as it is not as it wants it to be

After the fall of communism, the NATO powers expected Russia to fall into line and Westernize, but without the prospect of Western integration. But that plan has blown up in their faces. It has pushed Moscow towards Asia, just as the global balance of power flipped. The historical shift of economic power from the West […]

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Croatia hit by 6.4 magnitude earthquake, leaving at least one dead

Emergency crews, assisted by the military, were still digging through the rubble in several towns as night fell and electricity remained out. The quake, which struck just after noon local time about 30 miles southeast of the capital Zagreb, could be felt across the Balkans. It is the largest quake to hit Croatia this year, […]

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Countries cut UK off as Johnson holds crisis meeting on new coronavirus variant

France announced a temporary ban on all travel and accompanied freight on Sunday night, a potential disaster for UK exporters who rely on trade with Europe. The border closure exacerbated pre-Christmas delays, with trucks backed up from the port of Dover in the southeast of England, a key crossing point for hauliers. Worse, the move […]

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Rich countries are hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and leaving the developing world behind, alliance warns

In 67 poorer nations, just one in 10 people can hope to receive a vaccine by the end of next year, the People’s Vaccine Alliance said on Wednesday. But in the developed world, where a rush to secure vaccine supplies began in the first weeks and months of the pandemic, a surplus has been ordered; […]

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This 81-year-old Italian man couldn't visit his wife in hospital, so he serenaded her from the street

Prevented from visiting his sick wife in hospital, 81-year-old Stefano Bozzini decided to take to the street outside to serenade her on his accordion. The touching moment was captured on film and has since gone viral. While Carla Sacchi, his wife of 47 years, watched from a second-floor window of the hospital in Castel San […]

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Athens' first mosque in nearly 200 years opens for Friday prayers

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from countries including Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh live in Athens but the city has not had a formal mosque since it forced occupying Ottomans to leave nearly 200 years ago. Plans to build a mosque in Athens began in 1890 but it took decades for them to materialize due […]

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