(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 29, 2020 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in downtown Moscow. - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is currently in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack, said on January 13 he intends to return to Russia on January 17. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)(AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 29, 2020 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in downtown Moscow. - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is currently in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack, said on January 13 he intends to return to Russia on January 17. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)(AFP)

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he will return to Russia on Sunday

Navalny wrote on Instagram that he had probably almost fully recovered his health now and said it was time to return to Russia despite various legal threats hanging over him.
Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 02:17 PM IST

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Wednesday he would fly back to Russia on Jan. 17 from Germany where he has been convalescing after being poisoned.

Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's leading critics, was airlifted to Germany for treatment in August after collapsing on a plane in what Germany and other Western nations say was an attempt to murder him with a Novichok nerve agent.

Russian authorities deny any involvement in the incident.

Navalny wrote on Instagram that he had probably almost fully recovered his health now and said it was time to return to Russia despite various legal threats hanging over him.


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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks during a join news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias,and Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides after a meeting between the foreign Ministers of Greece , Israel and Cyprus in Athens. Ashkenazi says on Wednesday, Dec. 30, he is leaving the Blue and White party and taking a “break” from politics, marking the further disintegration of the centrist party that came close to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three hard-fought elections. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks during a join news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias,and Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides after a meeting between the foreign Ministers of Greece , Israel and Cyprus in Athens. Ashkenazi says on Wednesday, Dec. 30, he is leaving the Blue and White party and taking a “break” from politics, marking the further disintegration of the centrist party that came close to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three hard-fought elections. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)(AP)

Israel opens embassy in UAE, expanding new relations

AP, Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:46 AM IST
The foreign ministry said the embassy would be in a temporary office while a permanent location is prepared. Eitan Na’eh, a veteran Israeli diplomat, will serve as the head of mission.
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President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, left, depart after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Jan 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP)
President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, left, depart after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Jan 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP)

Joe Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as Vice Prez

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:23 AM IST
Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House.
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Fauci also told CBS' “Face the Nation” that he supports a national commission to understand some of the problems in coordinating a COVID-19 response on the state and local level because states shouldn't just be told, “You're on your own.”(Reuters)
Fauci also told CBS' “Face the Nation” that he supports a national commission to understand some of the problems in coordinating a COVID-19 response on the state and local level because states shouldn't just be told, “You're on your own.”(Reuters)

Fauci says coronavirus vaccine goal would cover 67 million Americans

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:05 AM IST
The government's top infectious diseases expert, said the president's goal refers to 100 million shots, not people. Current vaccines require two shots.
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Britain’s vaccination campaign is a rare success in a country with Europe’s worst confirmed coronavirus outbreak.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)
Britain’s vaccination campaign is a rare success in a country with Europe’s worst confirmed coronavirus outbreak.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)

UK vaccination drive expands as Covid-19 toll nears 100,000

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:23 PM IST
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that three-quarters of the U.K.’s over-80s have received a vaccine shot. He said three-quarters of nursing home residents have also had their first jab.
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On the ninth day of the country's vaccination programme, 31,466 healthcare workers were inoculated till 7.30pm.
On the ninth day of the country's vaccination programme, 31,466 healthcare workers were inoculated till 7.30pm.

Covid vaccine tracker: How many are inoculated in India and the world

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:25 PM IST
India has immunised over 16 lakh people since the nationwide vaccination drive began on January 16.
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Dr. Abdel Menoim Selim, is shown on a live screen receiving the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, ahead of a press conference, at the Abu Khalifa Hospital in Ismailia, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Cairo, Egypt,(AP)
Dr. Abdel Menoim Selim, is shown on a live screen receiving the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, ahead of a press conference, at the Abu Khalifa Hospital in Ismailia, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Cairo, Egypt,(AP)

Egypt says it has launched vaccination against coronavirus

AP, Cairo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:14 PM IST
  • Health Minister Hala Zayed told a televised news conference that they would prioritize vaccinating healthcare workers in 40 hospitals that are designated to isolate and treat Covid-19 patients across the country.
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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) office in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS)
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) office in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS)

Qureshi says Pakistan ready to work with new US administration

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:10 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already expressed his desire to work with the new American administration to deepen bilateral ties.
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“EU and member states’ foreign and security policy will systematically consider climate and environmental factors and risks,” the bloc’s foreign ministers will promise, according to the draft of their statement.(Reuters)
“EU and member states’ foreign and security policy will systematically consider climate and environmental factors and risks,” the bloc’s foreign ministers will promise, according to the draft of their statement.(Reuters)

EU will vow to work against fossil-fuel investments globally

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:46 PM IST
The EU’s executive arm is drafting a law, to be unveiled by June, that would start penalizing imports of certain goods from countries with weak pollution rules, thereby helping to protect the competitiveness of local producers abiding by stricter standards.
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Aerial view at the plant of planemaker Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany August 1, 2018. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Aerial view at the plant of planemaker Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany August 1, 2018. (File Photo / REUTERS)

About 500 Airbus staff under quarantine after Hamburg Covid-19 outbreak

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:37 PM IST
The company said the staff had been asked to stay at home as a precautionary measure and it was examining whether the measures would impact production at the site.
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Dr Rochelle Walensky removes her mask to speak as Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Dr Rochelle Walensky removes her mask to speak as Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams.(File Photo / REUTERS)

US to boost surveillance of Covid-19 virus variant: CDC chief Rochelle Walensky

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:31 PM IST
The agency is working with others, including the Defense Department and the Food and Drug Administration, to monitor the variants, Walensky said.
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The US caseload remains by far the world's highest in absolute terms.(AP)
The US caseload remains by far the world's highest in absolute terms.(AP)

US passes 25 million Covid-19 cases: Johns Hopkins University

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:22 PM IST
After the first Covid-19 case was reported in the US in January 2020 it took until late April for the figure to pass one million. The overall number of cases has followed an almost exponential curve upwards since then.
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President Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony.(AP)
President Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony.(AP)

UAE cabinet approves setting up embassy in Israel's Tel Aviv

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:01 PM IST
The UAE and Israel agreed to normalise relations in August, a deal forged largely over shared fears of Iran.
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A participant holds a placard reading "One for all, all for one" during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.(REUTERS)
A participant holds a placard reading "One for all, all for one" during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.(REUTERS)

EU should punish Putin for Navalny arrest by cutting money flows: German leader

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:46 PM IST
Police detained more than 3,000 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia on Saturday in support of Navalny.
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Donald Trump listens as Dr Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks about the coronavirus.(AP)
Donald Trump listens as Dr Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks about the coronavirus.(AP)

‘Parallel set of data’: Dr Birx says Trump presented graphs that she never made

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:27 PM IST
Dr Deborah Birx admitted that she could have been more outspoken publicly, adding that she didn’t know “all the consequences of all of these issues.”
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Law enforcement officers clash with participants during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia January 23, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov(REUTERS)
Law enforcement officers clash with participants during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia January 23, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov(REUTERS)

Russia says US comments supporting pro-Navalny protests encourages law-breaking

PTI, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:13 PM IST
Dmitry Peskov made the criticism on Sunday, a day after protests took place across the country demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption activist who is Putin's most well-known critic.
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