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Rebel leader Navalny, hundreds arrested in Russia Day protests

Rebel leader Navalny, hundreds arrested in Russia Day protests

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June 12 (UPI) -- Russian police arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday after he urged tens of thousands of protesters to publicly support his plan against President Vladimir Putin and corruption in the Kremlin.Police arrested Navalny outside his apartment for spurring protesters to gather on unapproved streets in central Moscow for the demonstration, The Washington Post reported.Hundreds of protesters were ultimately arrested as more than 100 other demonstrations emerged across Russia on Monday -- the largest anti-government showing the eastern European country has seen in years. Navalny's rally was larger than one he organized in March.Russia's state-run Sputnik news agency said officials rejected applications for protest venues because events celebrating Russia Day were alre...
Trump travel ban suffers new court defeat

Trump travel ban suffers new court defeat

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A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Trump's revised "travel ban" on people from six mainly Muslim nations.A lower court had issued the injunction on the grounds that the ban was discriminatory after a challenge by the state of Hawaii.It is a further legal setback for the president's efforts to get the ban he promised his supporters.Mr Trump's own tweet from 5 June was cited in the judges' ruling.The 90-day ban was to apply to people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. It also called for a 120-day ban on all refugees.The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was reviewing a March ruling by a Hawaii-based federal judge that blocked parts of Mr Trump's order. In their ruling, the judges said that "immigration, even for the President, is not ...
China deploys new tank in Tibet, near India border

China deploys new tank in Tibet, near India border

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June 12 (UPI) -- China deployed its latest military tank, the Xinqingtan, in an area of Tibet near the Indian border.Chinese news site Guancha reported Monday Beijing is increasing military buildup in Tibet in a show of force designed to deter the Indian military.An integrated brigade of the People's Liberation Army in Tibet deployed an unidentified number of the new tanks, according Chinese state-owned television network CCTV.Guancha stated the Xinqingtan's technology and firepower is "far more advanced" than the Russia-made T-90S tanks deployed by India.The deployment of the tanks expands the Tibet-based unit and has increased their fighting power, the news site reported.Light-duty main battle tanks with commensurate firepower are also being tested in Tibet, but the report did not provid...
Magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes eastern Turkey, Greek island

Magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes eastern Turkey, Greek island

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June 12 (UPI) -- A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday afternoon.The epicenter was at a depth of 4 miles in the Aegean Sea, 3 miles south of the Greek town of Plomari, on Lesbos island, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It struck at 3:28 p.m.The BBC reported tremors were felt in Istanbul and Athens.In Plomari and nearby Mytilene, there were reports of several buildings damaged, roads closed and minor injuries but no casualties."We are advising residents in affected areas of Lesbos to remain outdoors until buildings can be inspected," senior seismologist Efthimios Lekkas said to the Standard.Turkey's emergency management agency said no casualties were reported."We will be seeing the aftershocks of this in the coming hours, days and week...
Report: North Korea coal miners struggle to find work after sanctions

Report: North Korea coal miners struggle to find work after sanctions

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June 12 (UPI) -- Hundreds of North Korean coal miners are out of work because of sanctions against the country, and more people are grumbling about Kim Jong Un's missile program.A source in North Korea's South Pyongan Province told South Korean news service Daily NK unemployment is a problem for workers who once depended on the coal industry for their income."Laborers who once worked in coal mines owned by one of dozens of trading companies have lost their jobs and their livelihood is in peril," the source said.Suspended coal mine operations are also hurting local businesses."People who ran restaurants in coal mining areas or provided logistics in coal transport now have no way of making money," the source said. "The level of consumption has also gone down."North Korean regions that once w...