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Police arrest over 1,000 at Russia protests backing jailed Kremlin foe Navalny

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Police detained over 1,000 people across Russia on Saturday and used force to break up rallies around the country as tens of thousands of protesters demanded the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, whose wife was among those detained. Learn More


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Iran's Zarif open to oil, Gulf security contacts with U.S., not on Israel

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran may cooperate with the United States on oil and security in the Gulf, but not on Israel, the Iranian foreign minister said in remarks published on Saturday. More »


Cyclone hits Mozambique port city, brings property damage, flooding

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The coastal city of Beira in Mozambique, which houses one of the country's most important ports, has seen mild damage to property and flooding after tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall early on Saturday, an official said in a television report. More »


Saudi Arabia expects 'excellent relations' with Biden administration

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Saturday the kingdom was optimistic that it would have "excellent relations" with the new U.S. administration of President Joe Biden and that it would continue to talk with Washington regarding the Iran nuclear deal. More »


Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan's air defence identification zone on Saturday, and Taiwan's air force deployed missiles to "monitor" the incursion, the island's Defence Ministry said. More »


Greek foreign minister hopes for 'positive' spirit from Turkey in talks

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's foreign minister said he hoped Turkey would have a positive approach towards a meeting next week aimed at reviving long-stalled efforts to open negotiations over disputed territorial claims. More »


Three cases linked to Australia Open carry highly virulent COVID-19 variant

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Three people in hotel quarantine associated with the Australian Open tennis tournament have tested positive for the highly transmissible coronavirus variant linked to the United Kingdom, officials said on Saturday. More »


And now, a reading from an email according to St. Paul

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - If he were alive today, even St. Paul would be texting, Tweeting and firing off emails to get the news out, Pope Francis said on Saturday in his message for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Social Communication. More »


Bulgaria to ease some COVID-19 rules, restaurants closed for now

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will ease some coronavirus restrictions from February 4 though restaurants will remain closed for now due to concerns about the new coronavirus variant, officials said on Saturday. More »


COVID-19 vaccine delays may slow wider Irish roll-out, says PM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland may have to slow the mass roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations, including for the elderly, due to reduced supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine to EU countries, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Saturday. More »


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