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Jailed Russian critic Alexei Navalny released a video accusing Putin of secretly building a $1 billion coastal palace funded through bribes

Jailed Russian critic Alexei Navalny released a video accusing Putin of secretly building a $1 billion coastal palace funded through bribes

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...Alexei Navalny, the archcritic of Vladimir Putin, accused the Russian president of building a secret $1 billion coastal palace funded through a bribes-for-access scheme.Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, or FBK, on Tuesday and a describing a palace built near Gelendzhik on the Black Sea.The FBK said its report was based on interviews with contractors, blueprints, and publicly accessible documents. The Kremlin dismissed the...

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel Twitter Account Name Changed to Include West Bank and Gaza

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Twitter Account Name Changed to Include West Bank and Gaza

The Biden administration on Wednesday reversed a change to the U.S. ambassador to Israel's Twitter account name to read, "the official Twitter account of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza" after a Washington Free Beacon report highlighting the shift.For a time on Wednesday, the official Twitter feed for the U.S. ambassador to Israel had its title changed to add "the West Bank and Gaza," territories the United States has for decades avoided taking a stand on due to ongoing peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. The title change sparked an outcry online,...

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Indian government offers to suspend farm reforms; farmers may call off protests

Indian government offers to suspend farm reforms; farmers may call off protests

By NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s government on Wednesday offered to suspend implementation of three new farm laws that have triggered the biggest farmers’ protests in years, which farm union leaders said they would now consider calling off.The cornerstone of the reform, introduced in September, allows private buyers to deal directly with farmers.Angry farmers, who say that will make India’s traditional wholesale markets irrelevant and leave them at the mercy of big retailers and food processors, have camped out on major highways outside New Delhi for more than two months.Agriculture &...

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With more than a quarter of users, India asks WhatsApp to cancel new terms

With more than a quarter of users, India asks WhatsApp to cancel new terms

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Libyan sides meeting in Egypt agree on constitutional referendum

Libyan sides meeting in Egypt agree on constitutional referendum

Troops from the Libyan National Army loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. (AFP)https://arab.news/2u5a3CAIRO: Participants in the second Libyan Constitutional Committee meeting, which started in Hurghada in southern Egypt on Wednesday, agreed to hold a referendum on the constitution prepared by the constituent body.The attendees agreed to complete their discussions from Feb. 9 to 11 and invite the High Electoral Commission to participate in the discussions, leading to a date being set for the referendum and the procedures associated with it.Participants agreed to submit this agreement to...

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Joe Biden brings US back into the Paris Agreement climate deal

Joe Biden brings US back into the Paris Agreement climate deal

Your web browser is no longer supported. To improve your experience Inauguration Day: A ceremony like no otherContinue reading

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43 people drown after migrant boat capsizes in the Mediterranean

43 people drown after migrant boat capsizes in the Mediterranean

(CNN)Forty-three people died and 10 were rescued after a boat carrying West African migrants capsized off the Libyan coast on Tuesday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR said in a Wednesday statement.This is the first migrant shipwreck of the year 2021, the UNHCR said.The boat left the northwestern Libyan city of Zawya early Tuesday and reportedly capsized a few hours after departing due to bad sea conditions and when the engine stopped, the UNHCR said.The people who died were all men from West African countries, the UNHCR added."Survivors, mainly from Cote...

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43 Africans drown off Libya in first Mediterranean shipwreck of 2021 -UN

43 Africans drown off Libya in first Mediterranean shipwreck of 2021 -UN

By GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 43 West African migrants trying to reach Europe drowned off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, after their boat capsized in rough seas, in the first shipwreck of 2021 in the central Mediterranean, United Nations agencies said on Wednesday.Ten survivors were rescued and brought to shore by coastal security in Zuwahra, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said in a joint statement.War-ravaged Libya is a major route for migrants seeking to reach Europe. The U.N. agencies called for reactivating state-led search and rescue...

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Iraqi port revenue surges as anti-corruption move bears fruit

Iraqi port revenue surges as anti-corruption move bears fruit

SearchThe Pulse of the Middle EastSign Up TodayIraq’s key Umm Qasr Port has been positively affected by measures to reduce corruption, leading to a massive revenue increase in 2020 despite fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for the massive, nearby Faw Port and an electronic system being put in place may also serve to shore up state coffers and reduce those of “outlaw” groups.Topics coveredJan 20, 2021The road south to Umm Qasr, , passes the high walls and barbed wire of the infamous former Bucca prison as well gas flares on the horizon from extensive fossil fuel extraction in the...

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Libyans agree to hold constitutional referendum: Egypt - France 24

Libyans agree to hold constitutional referendum: Egypt - France 24

Add France 24 to your home screenCairo (AFP)Libyan envoys at UN-backed talks in Egypt agreed Wednesday to hold a constitutional referendum before planned elections in the war-torn country later this year, Egypt's foreign ministry said.Egypt "welcomes the agreement reached today between the Libyan parties in Hurghada in the framework of the constitutional process... and appreciates the efforts that led to the agreement to hold a referendum on the draft constitution in view of the Libyan elections scheduled for December 24, 2021," the ministry said in a statement.New talks will be held in...

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UK stars from Ed Sheeran to Elton John raise alarm over post-Brexit music tours

UK stars from Ed Sheeran to Elton John raise alarm over post-Brexit music tours

By LONDON (Reuters) - More than 100 British musicians, from Ed Sheeran, Sting and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to classical stars like conductor Simon Rattle, have said tours of Europe by British artists are in danger because of Brexit.In a letter to The Times newspaper published on Wednesday, the musicians said the government had “shamefully” broken a promise to negotiate a deal allowing musicians to perform in the European Union without the need for visas or work permits.They called for a reciprocal deal allowing paperwork-free travel for both British and European touring artists.“The deal...

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At Israel’s request, Trump pardons Israeli handler of spy Jonathan Pollard

At Israel’s request, Trump pardons Israeli handler of spy Jonathan Pollard

home pageAviem Sella giving a lecture in Herzliya in 2012. (Screenshot: YouTube)US President Donald Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the sentences of 70 additional individuals in the final hours of his term on Wednesday. The list included several Jewish convicts as well as Aviem Sella, a top Israeli Air Force pilot who was theThe list does not include Trump himself or members of his immediate family. It does, however, include his former chief strategist Steve Bannon and several family allies.Sella fled to Israel days before Pollard was arrested outside the Israeli embassy in Washington...

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Worsening Islamist insurgency drives Mozambique humanitarian crisis

Worsening Islamist insurgency drives Mozambique humanitarian crisis

By JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - More than half a million people have fled their homes due to an Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique, and the violence and humanitarian crisis will worsen without international help, United Nations officials said on Wednesday.“If nothing is done soon, we won’t have only 535,000 displaced people. We won’t have only 2,000 people killed by the conflict, but tens of thousands,” said Valentin Tapsoba, regional director for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).The displaced people were in a dire situation, with overcrowding, malnutrition and a lack of...

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China bans several Trump officials from doing business with or entering China

China bans several Trump officials from doing business with or entering China

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday.In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft.Others covered by the sanctions include Trump’s economic adviser Peter Navarro; his top...

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Gunmen attempt to storm governor’s home in violence-hit Darfur

Gunmen attempt to storm governor’s home in violence-hit Darfur

Unknown armed men have attempted to storm the residence of a provincial governor in Sudan’s Darfur region but were repelled by guards, according to officials.There were no injuries or damage in the attempted attack on West Darfur Governor Mohammed Abdalla al-Douma’s residence in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state, but it underscored the heightened tensions in the restive region where a bout of inter-ethnic violence has killed more than 200 people since last week.A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to reporters, was quoted...

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Madrid: 'Extremely loud' explosion in city centre - at least three people dead

Madrid: 'Extremely loud' explosion in city centre - at least three people dead

The blast was in a residential building near a nursing home and a school, and officials say the cause is likely to be a gas leak.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerAt least three people have died and six others were injured after an "extremely loud" explosion destroyed a residential building belonging to the Catholic Church in Madrid's city centre.The blast happened near a nursing home and a school - and videos and images shared on social media showed rubble scattered in the street.The city's mayor said early information indicated the blast was caused by a gas leak,...

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Germany approves draft law to end mass culling of male chicks

Germany approves draft law to end mass culling of male chicks

Cabinet passes measure that is expected to outlaw practice from 2022Agence France-Presse in BerlinWed 20 Jan 2021 10.42 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 10.57 ESTGermany is expected to become the first country to ban mass culling of male chicks in the poultry industry, the government said after approving a draft law ending the controversial practice.The measure passed by the cabinet envisages a ban on mass chick killing from 2022 in “a significant step forward for animal welfare”, the agriculture minister, Julia Klöckner, said in a statement on Wednesday.In many poultry businesses, male...

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Theresa May accuses Boris Johnson of 'abandoning global leadership'

Theresa May accuses Boris Johnson of 'abandoning global leadership'

The former prime minister also criticised outgoing US president Donald Trump Tue 19 Jan 2021 19.32 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 04.21 ESTTheresa May has accused of abandoning Britain’s “position of global moral leadership”, in her most unrestrained attack on her successor yet.Writing in the Daily Mail ahead of , the former prime minister had stern words about both the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, and her successor.May said that, in her view, Johnson has failed to honour British values by threatening to break international law during Brexit trade negotiations and backing out...

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More than 30 countries condemn Australia at UN over high rates of child incarceration

More than 30 countries condemn Australia at UN over high rates of child incarceration

Human rights session calls on Canberra to raise age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 as China attacks Australia over ‘baseless charges’ Wed 20 Jan 2021 16.09 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 16.42 ESTAustralia has come under international pressure to reduce the number of children in detention, with more than 30 countries using a UN human rights session to call on authorities to raise the age of criminal responsibility.Amid ongoing tensions between and Australia, Beijing’s representative took the opportunity on Wednesday evening to demand that Canberra “stop using false...

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France's Macron says success in Sahel enables operational change

France's Macron says success in Sahel enables operational change

Add France 24 to your home screenPresident Emmanuel Macron opened the door on Tuesday to withdrawing some troops from Africa’s Sahel region, saying France could “adjust” its operations after successes against Islamist militants and the arrival of more European forces., the former colonial power, has the West’s largest military presence waging counter-insurgency operations in Mali and the wider , an arid region of west Africa just below the Sahara desert.Last year, Paris boosted its troop numbers for its Barkhane operations by 600 to 5,100 soldiers.“The temporary reinforcements that I...

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Madrid explosion leaves three dead

Madrid explosion leaves three dead

At least three people have died following an explosion that caused a building to partially collapse in centre of the Spanish capital, Madrid.A fourth person was missing and several others were hurt, officials said.City officials said the blast, which destroyed four floors of the building, had been caused by a gas leak.Mayor José Luis Martínez Almeida told reporters after the blast that a fire was raging inside the building, which belongs to the Catholic Church.The blast happened shortly before 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) as gas workers were repairing a boiler at the back of the building in...

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Italian police find stolen copy of Leonardo 'Salvator Mundi'

Italian police find stolen copy of Leonardo 'Salvator Mundi'

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-naples-050b6f4287879bb5214389e4ce2576dfClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-naples-050b6f4287879bb5214389e4ce2576dfClick to copyRelated topicsROME (AP) — Italian police have recovered a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th century “Salvator Mundi” painting of Jesus Christ that was stolen from a Naples church during the pandemic without the priests even realizing it was gone.The discovery was made when Naples police working on a bigger operation found the painting hidden in an apartment....

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Pfizer pushes for tax breaks in 2021 federal budget

Pfizer pushes for tax breaks in 2021 federal budget

For Subscribers Getting audio file ... Audio for this article is not available at this time. This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy. Pfizer Canada Inc. is urging the Liberal government to cut or freeze corporate taxes and approve targeted tax breaks in the 2021 federal budget, while also criticizing Canada’s efforts to reduce tax avoidance by global multinationals. The policy recommendations are outlined in a prebudget submission sent to the Commons Finance committee by Pfizer Canada, the domestic arm of the global pharmaceutical company...

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China Is Pushing a Groundless Theory That US Labs Leaked COVID

China Is Pushing a Groundless Theory That US Labs Leaked COVID

China is spreading misinformation to deflect blame.William YangKoh EweBy signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content.

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Biden sworn in as U.S. president

Biden sworn in as U.S. president

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday during a ceremony at a heavily protected U.S. Capitol, ending the tumultuous four-year presidency of his Republican predecessor Donald Trump.Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Trevor Hunnicutt; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Howard GollerOur Standards:

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