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Russia protests: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced

Russia protests: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced

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Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days' administrative arrest for repeatedly violating the law on staging rallies.He was detained at his home in Moscow earlier on Monday, ahead of anti-corruption demonstrations in Russia.Hundreds of people were held during the gatherings across the country. Riot police in central Moscow were picking protesters out of the crowd at random, a BBC correspondent at the demonstration has said.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA court in Moscow announced its verdict late on Monday, rejecting demands by Alexei Navalny's defence lawyers to drop the case.The 41-year-old opposition leader later confirmed this in a tweet on his Twitter page (in Russian).Mr Navalny, who intends to stand for the Russian presidency next year, ha...
Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

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Puerto Rico's governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote's legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S. Congress, which has to approve any changes to the island's political status. "The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!" Rossello yelled to a crowd clutching U.S. flags and dancing to a tropical jingle that promoted statehood. But experts say it is highly unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge Sunday's results, let alone accept them b...
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...