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Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was detained by police on Sunday evening as he landed in Russia, having returned from Germany where he had recovered from an assassination attempt blamed on the Kremlin. Mr Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s best known and most outspoken critic, was detained upon arrival in Moscow, after his flight from Berlin
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Thousands of National Guard troops were flooding into Washington on Saturday as the capital was fortified for the inauguration of Joe Biden, amid fears of a repeat of the violence that killed five people on Capitol Hill on January 6. The Pentagon has approved the deployment of 25,000 National Guard troops for the inauguration, while
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Armin Laschet, prime minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has been elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union, putting him in pole position to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor of Europe’s most powerful country.  Mr Laschet beat Friedrich Merz, a corporate lawyer, by 521 votes to 466 in a poll held in the
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Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has sharply criticised Twitter’s decision to ban US president Donald Trump, calling it a “problematic” breach of the “fundamental right to free speech”. Twitter suspended Mr Trump’s account last week in the aftermath of the riots at the Capitol, citing “repeated and severe” violations of its civic integrity policies. Facebook has
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Normally when a financial market rises amid a coup or extreme political instability, it is because the leftists are out and the animal spirits of business have been released. But last week in the US there was a different kind of result. Stock markets rallied, even as a group of pro-Donald Trump insurgents rampaged through
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Democrats will launch a second attempt to remove Donald Trump from office on Monday when they introduce articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives over the rampage on Capitol Hill by the president’s supporters. Democratic Congressional aides said they had gathered more than 170 signatures of support for impeachment in two days — a
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Two of the most prominent Republicans in Washington defied Donald Trump’s last-gasp effort to nullify Joe Biden’s victory, with the party’s leader in the Senate warning that “democracy would enter a death spiral” if Congress overturned the result. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, said the presidential election was “not actually particularly close” and
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US lawmakers were forced to suspend the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory and leave parts of the Capitol in Washington after Trump supporters pushed past police and stormed the building on Wednesday. The Capitol was put on lockdown after protesters — some carrying pro-Trump paraphernalia as well as flags of the US or the
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Two US Senate elections in the state of Georgia that will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the upper chamber of Congress were too close to call hours after polls closed on Tuesday night. The results of the two run-offs will prove pivotal for Joe Biden’s presidency: if Democrats win both contests, they will control
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Donald Trump ratcheted up his desperate campaign to cling to power by pressuring vice-president Mike Pence to overturn the result of the presidential election when Congress meets to certify the vote on Wednesday. The certification of the vote at a joint session of Congress is normally a ceremonial occasion presided over by the vice-president, and
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The New York Stock Exchange has backtracked on plans to delist three Chinese state-run telecoms groups, reversing a decision that had threatened to further inflame tensions between Washington and Beijing. The exchange had begun proceedings to delist China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to comply with a Trump administration executive order that bars US
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When the first coronavirus lockdowns were imposed outside China, billions of people around the world were forced to look online for communication, collaboration, entertainment and sustenance. But the story of tech’s role in the pandemic did not end there. Early lockdown hits such as Houseparty soon lost momentum, while some of the year’s biggest breakouts,
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