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Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots

Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots

Health
Iran has launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle EastByThe Associated PressFebruary 9, 2021, 9:40 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTEHRAN, Iran -- Iran on Tuesday launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East with its death toll nearing 59,000.At a ceremony marking the start of the campaign, Parsa Namaki, son of Health Minister Saeed Namaki, received his first dose. The minister said the vaccination would be simultaneously carrie
Russian investigators open new fraud probe involving Navalny

Russian investigators open new fraud probe involving Navalny

World
Russian authorities are ramping up the pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and leveling new fraud accusations against himBy VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated PressDecember 29, 2020, 8:32 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMOSCOW -- Russian authorities on Tuesday ramped up the pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny by leveling new fraud accusations against him.The Investigative Committee, Russia's main investigative agency, said it has opened a new criminal case against Navalny on charges of large-scale fraud related to his alleged mishandling of some $ 5 million in private donations to his Anti-Corruption Foundation and other organizations.Navalny, who is convalescing in Germany after an August poisoning with a nerve agent that he blamed on the K
Trump administration sanctions Turkey for Russian missile system

Trump administration sanctions Turkey for Russian missile system

World
Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The Trump administration hit Turkey with a round of sanctions Monday for purchasing a Russian missile defense system in 2017. President Donald Trump had initially stalled on hitting the NATO ally with sanctions, even though Turkey's purchase of the missile system violated U.S. sanctions law. Advertisement The delay brought complaints from Republicans and Democrats and Congress had recently passed the annual defense policy bill that required Trump to enact the sanctions within 30 days. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a deal to purchase the S-400 missile system for $ 2.5 billion with Russian President Vladimir Putin. NATO allies argued that the system posed a threat to their allies and U.S. warplanes like the F-35. Turkey said the Presidency of Defense Industrie...
Russian defense minister says new cyberspace secure for data exchange

Russian defense minister says new cyberspace secure for data exchange

Business
Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Russia's intergovernmental cyberspace, used to exchange information between government agencies, is secure, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday. The Russian military created a closed-loop space for discussion between government authorities and the Defense Ministry within the country's Portal system, a large collection of websites for dissemination of information. Advertisement Similar to the United States' USA.gov, Russia's Portal infrastructure now includes a means of securely transferring defense information. Russia has a Ministry of Digital Development responsible for enlarging public and government access to the Internet, as well as its postal system and broadcasting industry. "[An] information exchange has been established with the constituent entities of t...
Russian activist Alexei Navalny discharged from German hospital

Russian activist Alexei Navalny discharged from German hospital

World
Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The German hospital treating Alexi Navalny for Novichok poisoning on Wednesday said the Russian opposition leader and outspoken Kremlin critic has been discharged. The Charite hospital in Berlin announced in a statement that Navalyn's condition "had improved sufficiently" to warrant he no longer required acute inpatient care but warned that it was still too early to know the long-term effects of his "severe poisoning." Advertisement "Based on the patient's progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible," the hospital said. The hospital said the decision to announce his release was made in consultation with Navalny and his wife. Navalny had spent 32 days at the hospital, 24 of which were in the intensive care unit, afte...