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‘I would like Russia to be more free’

Russia has rarely been out of the news in recent weeks. Whether being sanctioned by the US for alleged hacking and election interference, or being threatened with punishment over its treatment of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, Moscow has been repeatedly criticised by world leaders. Whilst trying to analyse Russia’s next moves, Kremlin watchers have been […]

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Putin critic Navalny transferred to prison hospital, officials concerned he could die at ‘any minute’

Russia’s penitentiary service said Monday that it was transferring ailing dissident Alexei Navalny, who is on the 20th day of a hunger strike, to a prison hospital — amid grave fears for his health. The decision comes a day after the US threatened the Kremlin with “consequences” if President Vladimir Putin’s major domestic opponent dies behind bars, […]

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Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny to be moved to a hospital

MOSCOW — The Russian state penitentiary service said Monday a decision has been made to transfer imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, to a hospital. The announcement comes two days after Navalny’s physician said his health was deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old Kremlin critic could be […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: The passing of a prince

There was barely a cloud in the sky over England for the day of Prince Philip’s funeral. Unusual, but perfect for the sendoff of one of its favorite royals. In fact, the Royal Navy’s tribute to the one-time sailor and pilot was, in part, “fair winds and following seas,” the maritime message for smooth sailing. And for […]

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Ontario retracts new coronavirus restrictions that banned playgrounds, involved police after outcry

Ontario’s premier retracted restrictions Saturday that banned playgrounds and allowed police to require anyone not at home to explain why they’re out after a backlash from police forces, health officials and the public. The pandemic restrictions imposed by Canada’s most populous province immediately ran into opposition as police departments insisted they wouldn’t use new powers to randomly […]

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China and US pledge climate change commitment

One outcome from the US-China meeting is the acknowledgement that finance flows should be channelled to low-carbon projects, not high carbon. Both sides have also promised plans for reducing their own emissions further. President Biden will unveil his proposals at or before the US summit this coming week. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-56790077

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China accuses US, Japan of ‘ganging’ up on them

China accused the U.S. and Japan of “ganging” up on them Saturday, following discussions by the two nations on a range of geopolitical issues, including China’s global expansion. In the first in-person meeting at the White House since President Biden entered office, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the two leaders discussed the “severe security environment” […]