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Doctors uncertain about Skripals long-term health

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MNA International Desk: The doctors who treated a Russian former spy and his daughter after they were poisoned with a nerve agent in Britain say they don’t know what the pair’s long term health outlook is – and initially feared the incident could have been much worse. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain, and daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Staff at Salisbury hospital, where they were treated, told news agency that some started to wonder whether ...

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Russia expels 23 British diplomats

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MAN International Desk: Russian on Saturday said it will expel 23 British diplomats from the country within a week. The country summoned the British ambassador to inform him of the retaliatory action taken after the UK’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats amid tensions over spy poisoning row. It also said it would close the British Council in Russia, which promotes cultural ties between the nations, and the British Consulate in St Petersburg, reported news agency. The move comes in response to Britain’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. They were ordered to leave over the incident on 4 March which ...

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Russia bars Navalny from presidential election

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MNA International Desk: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred on Monday from running in next year’s presidential election after officials ruled he was ineligible to take part due to a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up. The decision by the central election commission was widely expected as election officials had repeatedly declared Navalny would be ineligible to run. Twelve members of the 13-member commission voted to bar Navalny. One member abstained, citing a possible conflict of interest. Navalny, 41, who polls show would struggle to beat incumbent Vladimir Putin in the March election, said he would appeal ...

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Hackers target Russian state bank Globex


MNA Business Desk: Hackers tried to steal 55 million roubles ($940,000) from Russian state bank Globex using the SWIFT international payments messaging system, the bank said on Thursday, the latest in a string of attempted cyber heists that use fraudulent wire-transfer requests. Globex President Valery Ovsyannikov told Reuters via the press service that the attempted attack occurred last week, but that “customer funds have not been affected.” The bank’s disclosure comes after SWIFT, whose messaging system is used to transfer trillions of dollars each day, warned late last month that the threat of digital heists is on the rise as ...

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Navalny jailed, 1,500 detained after protests across Russia


MNA International Desk: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days, and over 1,500 of his supporters were arrested after demonstrations across the nation on Monday against government corruption. The protests were the second mass action since March called by Navalny, who has announced his intention to run for president next year and has drawn a new generation to the streets through a relentless online campaign. A Moscow court, sitting late Monday, found the 41-year-old Navalny guilty of organizing unauthorized protests and sentenced him to a month in administrative custody, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter. The ...

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Russia requests Apple, Google to remove LinkedIn app


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Condemning LinkedIn of flouting local laws that require internet firms to store data on citizens within the nation’s borders, the Russian authorities have asked Apple and Google to remove the professional networking site app from their online stores, reported news agency. A Russian court blocked the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn service for breaching the country’s data protection rules. According to The New York Times, Apple has confirmed that it was asked to remove its LinkedIn app in Russia about a month ago. “Google has not confirmed if it had removed LinkedIn in Russia but said that it ...

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35 Russian expelled diplomats leave US


MNA International Desk: A plane carrying 35 Russian diplomats expelled from the United States over Moscow’s alleged interference in the presidential election took off from Washington on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported. “The plane has taken off, everyone is on board,” said the Russian embassy in Washington, quoted by the state-owned RIA Novosti agency. Relatives of the diplomats are also onboard the plane flown specially from Russia, for a total of 96 passengers onboard. The expulsions were part of a package of sanctions ordered by President Barack Obama on Thursday in the final weeks of his administration. “We can confirm ...

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Two Russian officials expelled after US diplomat attacked


MNA International Desk: Two Russian officials were expelled after US diplomat attacked. According to reports, the United States has expelled two Russian officials in reprisal for the beating of a U.S. diplomat last month in Moscow, the State Department spokesman said Friday. “On June 17, we expelled two Russian officials from the United States to respond to this attack,” said spokesperson John Kirby. Kirby also said the attack was “unprovoked and it endangered the safety of our employee.” The Russian guard tackled and wounded the American after the diplomat showed him his embassy badge, State Department officials told to media. ...

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