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Russia arrests over 1,000 at rallies for hunger-striking Navalny

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Police rounded up more than a thousand protesters on Wednesday as Russians in dozens of cities took part in rallies organised by allies of hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny over his failing health in jail. Learn More


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Iran provides Yemen's Houthis 'lethal' support, U.S. official says

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Iran's support for Yemen's Houthi movement is "quite significant and it's lethal," U.S. special envoy on Yemen Tim Lenderking said on Wednesday, as he called a battle for Yemen's gas-rich Marib region the single biggest threat to peace efforts. More »


Car bombing at hotel in southwest Pakistan kills 4, wounds 11

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) -A car bomb blast ripped through a luxury hotel's parking area in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, killing four people and wounding 11, officials said. More »


Czechs threaten to expel more Russian diplomats unless Czech staff allowed back

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic demanded on Wednesday that Russia allow the return of 20 expelled Czech embassy staff to Moscow by Thursday or face further evictions of its diplomats from Prague. More »


How a WHO push for global vaccines needled Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Last April, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen added Europe to a global effort to ensure equitable access to a vaccine, which she said would be deployed "to every single corner of the world." More »


Britain's Heathrow Airport turns down airline requests for extra flights from India

(Reuters) - Britain's Heathrow Airport has refused to allow extra flights from India before the country is added on Friday to Britain's "red-list" of locations from which most travel is banned due to a high number of COVID-19 cases, the airport said on Wednesday. More »


Russia plans to launch own space station after quitting ISS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to start building its own space station with the aim of launching it into orbit by 2030 if President Vladimir Putin gives the go-ahead, the head of its Roscosmos space agency said on Wednesday. More »


Chad in turmoil after Deby death as rebels, opposition challenge military

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - The son of Chad's slain leader Idriss Deby took over as president and armed forces commander on Wednesday as rebel forces threatened to march on the capital, deepening the turmoil in a country vital to international efforts to combat Islamist militants in Africa. More »


Taking a knee, raising a fist to be punished at Tokyo Games - IOC

(Reuters) - Taking a knee during the Tokyo Olympics or lifting a fist in support of racial equality will be punished as the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday maintained its ban on athletes' protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies and on podiums. More »


Europeans see progress in Iran talks, major hurdles remain

PARIS (Reuters) -The European parties to the Iran nuclear deal have seen progress in the first two rounds of indirect U.S.-Iran negotiations to revive the 2015 accord but said on Wednesday that there were still major hurdles to overcome. More »


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