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Ivan Golunov arrest: Russian reporter is freed after public outcry

Ivan Golunov arrest: Russian reporter is freed after public outcry

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A Russian journalist has been freed after drug-dealing charges against him were dropped following a public outcry.Russian newspapers had rallied round freelancer Ivan Golunov in a rare public show of support. Mr Golunov cried as he was freed from a police station on Tuesday and vowed to continue his investigative journalism.Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev admitted his guilt had "not been proven" and said an internal inquiry had been launched.The decision came after "forensic, biological, fingerprinting and genetic tests", the minister added. Mr Kolokoltsev said he would ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismiss two high-ranking officials over the case: the head of the Interior Affairs D...
Chinese authorities arrest villagers in ongoing farmland dispute

Chinese authorities arrest villagers in ongoing farmland dispute

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May 2 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities arrested villagers in southern Yunnan province after they welcomed back residents detained following repeated clashes with police over local farmland. Villagers of Guangji, about 30 minutes south of Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, were taken into police custody after they celebrated the return of released prisoners, Chinese news service Pengpai reported Thursday. The villagers arrested were charged with attacking police during multiple standoffs. Confrontation began after Yunnan's Communist Party leaders reportedly sought to take over 20,000 acres of village land to build an "ancient city" that would recreate 4th century B.C. China. Six villagers were arrested between 2016 and 2018, including Wang Zhengrong and son Wang Chunyun. The Wangs are b...
Ecuador orders arrest of former foreign minister

Ecuador orders arrest of former foreign minister

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An Ecuadorian judge has ordered the arrest of a former foreign minister, highlighting political tensions in the country that evicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the countrys London embassy. Ricardo Patiño said in a video message on social media that hes being wrongfully pursued for calling for peaceful protests against President Lenin Moreno. Patiño said in the message released on Thursday that he had left Ecuador legally and was in another territory, but did not provide any further details about his location. He spoke in a room with a bare wall behind him. Some media reports say Patiño went to Peru and then flew to Mexico. Ecuadorian prosecutors said Patiño left Ecuador by crossing a land border on Wednesday night after a judge denied their request for an arrest order. They sai
Declan Donnelly nearly SPLIT from Ant McPartlin over ‘indefensible’ drink-drive arrest

Declan Donnelly nearly SPLIT from Ant McPartlin over ‘indefensible’ drink-drive arrest

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Britain's Got Talent presenter Declan Donnelly, 43, has revealed he considered calling it a day with his co-host Ant McPartlin after he was involved in a drink-drive scandal.Ant, 43, was involved in a three-car collision in Richmond and was found to be over the limit at the wheel, leading him to take a break from television.Dec revealed how angry he was at Ant for his actions, which caused him to be fined £86,000 and a 20 month ban from driving.He told the Guardian Weekend: "I wanted to punch him and I wanted to hug him at the same time." Related Articles Dec also admitted he considered splitting from Ant, saying: "I thought about every eventuality and every permutation."Ultimately, the number one thing I wanted to happen was that Ant came back and he was healthy and happy, and we got o
21 Savage says he was 'targeted' during arrest

21 Savage says he was 'targeted' during arrest

Entertainment
UK-born rapper 21 Savage was held at a US detention centre so that the Trump administration could send a message on immigration, his lawyer has claimed.The federal government's immigration policies had been "pretty debilitating", Dina LaPolt alleged. "And I think that, you know, they look for ways to make examples of people," she told ABC's Good Morning America (GMA).The rapper - real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph - said a helicopter had been involved on 3 February."I was just driving" the 26-year-old told GMA. "And I just seen guns and blue lights. And, then, I was in the back of a car. And I was gone." Asked whether he had been told that he was under arrest, he said, "No, they didn't. They didn't say nothing. They just said: 'We got Savage.' "It was definitely targeted," the fa...