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G7 condemns Navalny's arrest in Russia

The foreign ministers of the Group of 7 (G7) countries condemned the arrest of opposition politician Alexei Navalny after his return to Russia. "We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United …

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New COVID-19 variant found in Germany

A new variant of the coronavirus was detected in 35 patients at a hospital in southern Germany on Monday. It is not yet known how contagious, nor how deadly, the new variant is, the managing director of the …

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Germany does not want to vote for Merkel's successor

Armin Laschet, just elected to chair Angela Merkel's CDU party, seems little preferred by Germans as a candidate to succeed her as chancellor in September. One pollster puts him on 12% with Bavaria's Markus Söder on 43%, Deutsche …

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Alexei Navalny detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny who was put on the wanted list for missing several criminal inspection registrations as a person under a suspended sentence for the Yves Rocher case has been detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport …

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Germany approves resuming Nord Stream 2 pipeline work

Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) on Friday said construction on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline can restart immediately. A statement from the agency gave approval for an anchor-position vessel …

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Merkel weighs tougher German lockdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing to tighten Germany’s lockdown, as the country’s death toll rose by more than 1,500 for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Merkel aims to meet with regional leaders soon …

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Germany still rejects US sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Berlin is still considering Nord Stream 2 as an economic project, deputy official representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers Ulrike Demmer said at a briefing in the German capital. She stressed that neither the attitude of the …

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Akademik Chersky returns to Nord Stream-2 area

According to the data of the international positioning system of sea vessels, the Russian pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky, after staying off the coast of Kaliningrad for a month, returned to the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline area in the …

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World takes in muted New Year’s Eve

In Sydney the fireworks soared into the sky above the Opera House, but the harbour below was empty. In New York, Times Square was mostly deserted. No light show illuminated Beijing from the top of the TV tower. With revelry around the world curtailed by lockdowns and curfews imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19, the lions of London’s Trafalgar Square were barricaded off, and there were no crowds in St Peter’s Square and no one diving into the Tiber in Rome. This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other as many people bid farewell to a year they would much prefer to forget – one that has seen more than 1.7 million people killed and 82 million infected by the coronavirus since January

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Merkel: COVID-19 vaccine offers hope

In her traditional New Year's address to the nation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointed out that the COVID-19 vaccine offers hope. "For a few days now, hope has a face: the faces of the first vaccinated, the …

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Russia blacklists top German intelligence officials

Moscow has blacklisted a number of German law enforcement and intelligence officials, barring them from entering Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.  According to the ministry, the move was taken in response to the …

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