Alexei Navalny makes his first court appearance since hunger strike
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AKIKO FUJITA: In our view of the world today, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny made his first public appearance since his three-week hunger strike ended. A visibly thinner Navalny appeared in court via a video link to appeal a libel conviction. Navalny accused the Kremlin of turning, quote, “Russians into slaves” and went after Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying, your king is naked. There is a crown slipping from her ears. He also called prosecutors traitors. Its appearance comes as authorities shut down Navalny’s network of regional headquarters. And they seek to label its anti-corruption foundation as an extremist organization.
US aid has started arriving in India as the country hits another world record for coronavirus infections. Governments have provided more than $ 100 million in emergency supplies to hospitals and frontline workers, including oxygen support and rapid COVID testing. The Indian Ministry of Health has reported nearly 380,000 new infections. The State Department on Wednesday urged U.S. citizens to leave India as soon as possible and avoid going there.
And China has successfully taken the first step towards building its own space station. The country launched the first module on Thursday from its launch site in Hainan. The modules will provide the building blocks for the International Space Station’s first major rival, which currently excludes China. It should be fully operational by the end of 2022.