Russia Detains Poisoned Kremlin Critic Navalny on Return to Home Soil – The Moscow Times

Russian police detained prominent opposition leader Alexey Navalny Sunday on his arrival in Moscow from Germany, where he had been recovering from an attempted poisoning by the nerve agent Novichok. Navalny — who became a thorn in the Kremlin’s side through his campaigns against corruption and rigged elections in Russia — had been added to […]

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Pence congratulates Harris, offers full co-operation in transition of power – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Outgoing US Vice President Mike Pence has called his soon-to-be successor Kamala Harris to congratulate her and offer his full co-operation in the transition of power, according to multiple media reports said. However, there has been no communication between outgoing President Donald Trump and president-elect Joe Biden, which is unprecedented in recent memory. “Vice […]

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Putin Orders Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Next Week – The Moscow Times

President Vladimir Putin has on Wednesday ordered the mass vaccination of Russians against coronavirus amid reports of a slower-than-expected initial rollout. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, who is in charge of Russia’s Covid-19 response efforts, said the mass vaccination will begin on Monday. “We need to move from large-scale to mass vaccination,” Putin said at […]

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Antonio Guterres to seek second five-year term as UN Secretary-General – Times of India

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that he will be seeking a second five-year term as chief of the world organisation. President of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, had enquired last Friday about Guterres’ intentions regarding a second mandate. “The Secretary-General conveyed to him today that he is available to serve a […]

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Avalanche Kills Three at Russian Arctic Ski Resort – The Moscow Times

Three people were killed after an avalanche swept through a ski resort outside the Arctic city of Norilsk overnight, Russian investigators said Saturday. The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said it was notified at 00:30 local time that an avalanche had buried four buildings under snow at the Otdelnaya Gora ski complex.  Rescuers had […]

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US Capitol police officer dies of injuries in riot by Trump supporters – Times of India

Members of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia detain a person for questioning. Picture credit (AFP) US Capitolpoliceofficer Brian Sicknick has died ofinjuries suffered during a riot led by supporters of President Donald Trump, the force said in a statement late on Thursday. Wednesday’s breach of the building was a stunning assault […]

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Exile in Russia Snowden Welcomes Rejection of Assange Extradition – The Moscow Times

Fugitive U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden said Monday he hoped the British refusal to extradite Julian Assange would mark “the end” of attempts to see the WikiLeaks founder face espionage charges in the United States. A British court on Monday ruled citing health concerns that Assange should not be extradited to the United States where he […]

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Mexican doctor hospitalized after receiving Covid-19 vaccine – Times of India

MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities said they are studying the case of a 32-year-old female doctor who was hospitalized after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The doctor, whose name has not been released, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a public hospital in the northern state of Nuevo Leon after she experienced seizures, difficulty […]

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Putin Urges Unity in 2021 as Second Wave Batters Russia – The Moscow Times

President Vladimir Putin in his New Year’s speech on Thursday urged Russians to unite in the face of the country’s battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Appearing in front of the Kremlin for an address to be broadcast just before midnight in each of Russia’s 11 time zones, Putin acknowledged that a second wave of infections […]

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China sentences 10 seeking to flee Hong Kong to prison terms – Times of India

BEIJING: A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced 10 pro-democracy activists who sought to flee Hong Kong by speedboat earlier this year to between seven months and three years in prison. The Yantian District Court in the southern city of Shenzhen gave the harshest sentence to one of the two accused organizers of the ill-fated Aug. […]

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