A lawyer and media producer for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was hauled away by riot police as she spoke to press during an anti-Putin protest in Moscow on January 23.Footage here shows Lyubov Sobol addressing media before suddenly being grabbed by police. She was then led through the crowd to a waiting police van, which was driven away, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.Protests had been taking place across Russia that day in support of Navalny, who was detained in Moscow on January 17 after flying back from Germany. Navalny had been in Berlin recovering from his alleged poisoning in August 2020.The Moscow Times reported that more than 1,900 people had been detained at protests nationwide. Credit: Current Time via Storyful
Video footage also showed police detaining one of Navalny's closes allies Lyubov Sobol at a rally in Moscow Police have declared the rallies in Moscow and dozens of other cities illegal and have arrested hundreds of people. Navalny called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend when he returned to Moscow for the first time since being poisoned in August with a military-grade nerve agent. Navalny had been treated in Germany. Police put up barricades around Pushkinskaya Square as workers were engaged in retiling it, an apparent attempt to thwart a demonstration that was scheduled to start at 1100 GMT.
Police arrested more than a thousand people and used force to break up rallies across Russia on Saturday (January 23). As tens of thousands of protesters defied bitter cold and an official ban to demand the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Navalny had called on his supporters to take to the streets after being arrested last weekend on his return to Moscow, for the first time since being poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent in August. In central Moscow, Reuters reporters estimated at least 40,000 people gathered in one of the biggest unauthorized rallies in years. This was the moment police seized Navalny's wife, Yulia. Other close allies were also arrested. Police beat protesters with batons, bundled them into police vans. They chanted "Freedom for Navalny", but also “Putin is a thief” and “Disgrace”. Navalny and his supporters hope the mass demonstrations will pressure the authorities to let him go. The ex-lawyer accuses Vladimir Putin of ordering his killing, which the Russian president denies. A protest monitor group, OVD-Info, reported more than a thousand arrests at rallies in nearly 70 towns and cities. Opposition figures said the scale and sweep of these protests was unusual. In Russia's Far East, protesters braved temperatures a long way below freezing. The West has told Moscow to let Navalny go, sparking new tensions in already strained Russia ties as U.S. President Joe Biden launches his administration. In Brussels, EU lawmakers called for the bloc to halt the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe. Russian mobile phone and internet services suffered outages, making it harder for protesters to communicate among themselves and share video footage online. Navalny could face years in jail over legal cases that he calls trumped up. His supporters hope to tap into public frustration over years of falling wages and economic fallout from the pandemic. But Putin's grip on power looks unassailable. The 68-year-old president regularly records an approval rating of over 60%, many times higher than that of Navalny.
Heated clashes took place in Vladivostok between riot police and protesters on January 23, as demonstrations took place across Russia in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained on January 17 after flying into Moscow from Berlin.Navalny had been in Berlin recovering after his alleged poisoning in August 2020.Footage from Vladivostok shows riot police rushing toward protesters with raised batons, clashing with them, and dragging at least one person away. Protesters are heard chanting “Putin’s a thief.”“I’m 26. I’ve lived under Putin almost all my life. I keep hearing the same old promises every year. But what have I got? A war in Ukraine and Georgia, a tax hike, new taxes, [a raised] retirement age. That’s why I am here today,” one protester told a reporter for Current Time, a Russian-language news channel funded by grants from the United States.Navalny’s campaign announced via Telegram that protests would take place in cities across Russia on January 23. Credit: Current Time via Storyful
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was “very disappointed” that his dream of retaining the FA Cup was ended with a fourth-round exit at Southampton. The Gunners have lifted the trophy a record 14 times but were deservedly beaten on the south coast as a Gabriel Magalhaes own goal saw Saints advance with a 1-0 victory.
Police in Wales have made a fresh appeal for information after a nativity scene in Raglan, Monmouthshire, was firebombed on Christmas Eve.Gwent Police said the damage was caused around 9.45 pm on 24 December, as indicated by the timestamp on the security-camera footage they released.The £10,000 nativity scene was funded by the Beaufort Hotel and designed by retired theatre design lecturer Liz Friendship, the BBC reported.Statues of a shepherd, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were destroyed, leaving “just three kings staring at the bus stop,” Friendship told local media.Monmouthshire Inspector Nikki Hughes said: “This was reckless behaviour that we are continuing to investigate. We’re particularly interested in speaking to two people who were seen in the area at the time who were wearing dark coloured clothing and hats. If you have any information, please get in touch.” Credit: Gwent Police via Storyful
Robert Jenrick has said that faith leaders play a “real role” in encouraging people to get vaccinated against coronavirus. The communities secretary spoke as he visited the Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in Birmingham, the first vaccination centre to be opened in a mosque in the UK.
Eloise, fuelled by the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique channel, gained tropical cyclone status with its strength equivalent to a category two storm, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), said. The storm pummelled the region with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Gusts were expected to reach between 150 kmh and 200 kmh near the point of impact.
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Legendary US Talk Show Host Larry King Dies Aged 87 US broadcasting giant Larry King has died at the age of 87. He achieved worldwide fame interviewing political leaders and celebrities. In a career spanning six decades he conducted more than 50,000 interviews. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Russian police on Saturday arrested protesters demanding the release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at demonstrations in Moscow and the eastern cities of Vladivostok and Ulan-Ude.
Vulnerable inpatients who are eligible for a COVID-19 jab are not being vaccinated in at least three hospitals in England.
Portuguese voters - largely confined to their homes due to a strict COVID-19 lockdown - will pick a new president on Sunday (January 24). But some fear going to the polls could worsen a surge in coronavirus cases, and low turnout is expected. The country of 10 million people, which fared better than others in the first wave of the pandemic, now has the world's highest seven-day rolling average of new cases and deaths per million people. Almost two-thirds of voters think the election should be postponed - that's according to a recent poll. This man says he doesn't expect many voters to turn out. And this woman says if you can only leave home to go to work, you shouldn't also be able to go to the polling station. Delaying the ballot would have required changing the country's constitution - something officials said was not possible at such short notice. But there has been widespread criticism of the decision to press ahead with the vote for the largely ceremonial president. Pollsters expect record-high abstentions. Voluntary teams clad in protective gear are collecting ballots at the doorsteps of some 13,000 quarantined voters, and about 250,000 people have registered for early voting to avoid crowds. Opinion polls show that the incumbent, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of the centre-right Social Democratic Party, is likely to easily win re-election.
Ice and snow warnings were issued for much of the UK on Saturday, January 23, the Met Office said.In Scotland, temperatures fell to -8C overnight.This footage shows Twitter user @Ameliajade911’s dog enjoying the snowfall in Stoke-on-Trent. Credit: @Ameliajade911 via Storyful
Tributes have poured in for the "legendary" US talk show host Larry King, who has died just weeks after contracting coronavirus.
People are being urged to heed flood warnings into the weekend, with the Environment Secretary warning of the possibility of more “challenges” in parts of England due to wet weather next week. Residents in some areas along the River Severn have been advised there could be flooding into Saturday, with some levels peaking at heights similar to the February washout last year.
Scientists have warned there can be no early easing of lockdown rules after evidence the mutant coronavirus variant which emerged in the South East of England may be more deadly than the original strain. Boris Johnson has appealed to people to stay at home and follow the rules after he revealed the new variant may be associated with “a higher degree of mortality”.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick visits Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in Birmingham, which is being used as a vaccination centre. It comes as early evidence suggests the UK coronavirus variant may be more deadly. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a Downing Street briefing on Friday: "In addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant - the variant that was first identified in London and the South East - may be associated with a higher degree of mortality."
Navalny called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend when he returned to Moscow for the first time since being poisoned in August with a military-grade nerve agent. Navalny had been treated in Germany. Supporters of Navalny took already to the streets in Russia's Far East and Siberia earlier on Saturday to demand his release on a day of nationwide protests that authorities have declared illegal and vowed to break up. In Moscow, police erected barricades around Pushkinskaya Square as workers were engaged in re-tiling it, an apparent attempt to thwart a demonstration scheduled to start at 1100 GMT.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has insisted that the government is "following the very clear advice" from medical leaders when questioned on the decision administer the second Pfizer-BioNTech jab 12 weeks after the first.
Navalny called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend when he returned to Moscow for the first time since being poisoned in August with a military-grade nerve agent. Navalny had been treated in Germany. Video footage from Vladivostok showed riot police chasing a group of protesters down the street, while demonstrators in Khabarovsk, braving temperatures of around -14 Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit), chanted "Shame!" and "Bandits!" Police in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, one of the coldest cities in the world and where the temperature was -52 Celsius on Saturday, grabbed a protester by his arms and legs and dragged him into a van, video footage from the scene showed. The OVD-Info monitoring group said that 238 people, including 56 in Novosibirsk, had been detained so far at the rallies.