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Calling Navalny “a very brave guy”, the Republican front-runner compared the criminal charges against himself to what happened to Putin’s late rival. Donald Trump has compared his legal troubles to the persecution of Alexei Navalny, who died in a remote Arctic prison last week. Speaking to Fox News, the former US president called the Russian dissident’s imprisonment and death a “very sad situation”, suggesting he probably should not have returned to Russia. Trump did not assign any blame for Navalny’s death, however. US President Joe Biden and other Western leaders have pointed to Vladimir Putin. In the hour-long interview, Trump claimed the recent $355…

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Five Extinction Rebellion protesters could be the last to use the defence, after the government asked the Court of Appeal to review it. UK climate protesters charged with criminal damage could have their last legal defence removed if the government gets its way in a significant court case this week.Attorney general Victoria Prentis KC, who represents the government, has asked the Court of Appeal to review whether activists can continue using a defence known as ‘belief in consent’.Some campaigners on trial have successfully argued that a property owner wouldn’t mind the damage caused to their building in a nonviolent action,…

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Yet those options do exist. Here are five things policymakers could do if they truly wanted to put the squeeze on President Vladimir Putin. We’ve graded each on the likelihood that it will actually happen, and how much it would dent Moscow’s coffers. Fixing the oil price cap Before the start of the war in Ukraine, oil and gas sales accounted for almost half of Russia’s revenues. Now, with companies and skilled workers fleeing the country, fossil fuels are one of the few lifelines it has left. In December 2022, the G7 club of wealthy nations, plus the EU and…

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“The situation is beyond your imagination,” said Soad Abu Hussein, a widow and mother of five children sheltering in a school in Jabaliya refugee camp. The World Food Program said on Tuesday it had suspended food deliveries to northern Gaza due to the increasing chaos across the enclave, raising fears of famine.One in six children in the north are “accurately malnourished”, according to a study by the UN’s children’s agency. Entry of aid trucks into the besieged territory has been more than halved in the past two weeks, UN figures show. Overwhelmed UN and relief workers said aid deliveries have been crippled…

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The handwritten lyrics to the Eagles’ megahit first went missing in the 1970s. Three men are accused of conspiring to illegally own and sell them in a complex trial that opens Wednesday. In 1976, the Eagles released their dark ballad about the perils of pursuing the American dream.The lyrics, written by Don Henley with input from co-founder Glenn Frey, began: “On a dark desert highway / cool wind in my hair…” It was brooding and mysterious – and it was an overnight hit.‘Hotel California’ would become a cultural phenomenon, one of the most recognisable and most-played songs on the planet.But…

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High temperatures and low rainfall have left parts of the Mediterranean in a critical situation. Earlier this month, Catalonia declared a drought emergency. With levels in reservoirs as low as 16 per cent of capacity and no rain in some areas for three years, authorities brought in restrictions on how much water residents can use.But Spain isn’t the only country suffering as southern Europe’s water supplies run low.Around 17 per cent of EU territory is now facing serious drought conditions, according to the European Drought Observatory’s latest update.Just over 1 per cent is at the highest level of warning.“If we…

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“I don’t think he is in any danger whatsoever. He works hard and has a good team. It won’t be a Portillo moment,” he added, referencing the shock defeat of Conservative political mogul Michael Portillo in 1997.  Luke Tryl of the More in Common initiative, who regularly tests public opinion through focus groups and polling, agrees. The electoral geography, he says, is such that “progressive activist voters” — those who are most dismayed by Labour’s position on Gaza — tend to be in safe Labour urban seats. “Muslim voters themselves rank economy, cost of living and NHS higher,” he says.…

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“Clearing is structurally a winner-takes-all business,” said Christian Edelmann, managing partner co-head of Europe, at Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm. The use of clearinghouses was made mandatory following the financial crisis, and their politicization harks back even to before Brexit, when the European Central Bank tried to force EU lenders to clear their euro-denominated trades (“euro-clearing”) in the bloc. Ultimately the ECB lost against the U.K. in a landmark court ruling, but after Brexit it became the number one political issue in financial services. Given the importance of clearinghouses, Brussels has temporarily allowed EU banks to use U.K. ones…

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“People thought that could happen and it did happen,” Trump said, referring to Navalny’s death. “And it’s a horrible thing.” Asked about outrage over Navalny’s death, Trump said, “It’s happening here.” He said his indictments are “all because of the fact that I’m in politics.” Trump refrained from blaming Putin for the death, as President Joe Biden and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Trump’s sole remaining credible primary opponent, have done. Trump’s remarks amounted to a doubling down on his controversial post on Truth Social on Monday that “the sudden death of Alexei Navalny has made me more and more…

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But in a country with a population of 143 million, this hardly amounts to a political awakening or outpouring. No doubt Russian opposition leaders will attribute this to fear — the fear of incurring the wrath of a Kremlin that has ramped up a vicious crackdown on dissent and dissidents, meting out steep jail terms for those rash enough to criticize or object. Shuttering independent news outlets and censoring and blocking social media platforms alongside this repression and intimidation, all of the Kremlin’s efforts have conspired to muffle critical voices and hamper the organization of protests. Certainly, these are all…

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