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Alexei Navalny died of ‘natural causes’, claims medical report as Putin accused of murder | World | News

Alexei Navalny died of ‘natural causes’, claims medical report as Putin accused of murder | World | News

Alexei Navalny died of “natural causes”, a medical report carried out by Russian authorities has claimed. Navalny’s death was announced last week by the Russian Prison Service, who said he had fallen down while walking and had felt “unwell.” Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh, said on Thursday: “The medical report on death shown to the mother of Alexei Navalny stated that the causes of death were natural, Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Navalny, has accused Putin of poisoning her late husband. Navalny survived a Novichok attack in 2020, which he later said was orchestrated by Putin. The Kremlin has denied all allegations that they had any involvement in Navalny’s death. Navalny’s mother, Lyudmila, has also spoken out against the Kremlin and accused them of blackmailing her over the return of her son’s body. She alleged that authorities wanted a secret funeral, adding: “They want this to be done secretly, with no farewell. READ MORE: Joe Biden vows to hit Putin with sanctions as he embraces Alexei Navalny’s widow “They want to bring me to the edge …

Japanese yakuza accused of trying to sell uranium, plutonium to Iran

Japanese yakuza accused of trying to sell uranium, plutonium to Iran

A Japanese yakuza boss sought to sell nuclear material to an undercover U.S. law enforcement agent who was posing as an associate of an Iranian general, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday. It was part of a broader criminal scheme that involved distributing illegal drugs in New York, according to authorities. Prosecutors said in an indictment that Takeshi Ebisawa, 60, wanted to sell uranium and plutonium — raw material that can be used to build nuclear bombs — on behalf of the leader of an insurgent group in Myanmar, a country also known as Burma. Starting in early 2020, Ebisawa contacted the undercover U.S. agent to sell the nuclear raw material for cash, while also trying to obtain military weapons on behalf of the insurgent leader. During negotiations, Ebisawa asked for $6.85 million at one point for the nuclear material and sought to procure weapons such as surface-to-air missiles, M60 machine guns and AK-47 rifles, according to prosecutors. In 2021, Ebisawa traveled to Copenhagen and met with an undercover U.S. official and two undercover Danish police officers …

Elon Musk Accused of Operating Fake Persona as “Adrian Dittmann”

Elon Musk Accused of Operating Fake Persona as “Adrian Dittmann”

“That’s a good imitation. I don’t know how you do that.” Twinning! X-formerly-Twitter owner Elon Musk has once again been accused of operating a fake online persona. As The Daily Dot reports, the drama started over the weekend when several X users suggested that Musk has secretly been operating an account belonging to one “Adrian Dittmann” — a seeming Musk fan who tweets and speaks almost exactly like the SpaceX and Tesla CEO. Among the accusers was Twitter power user @LiamNissan, whose long-standing account was deleted shortly after the allegations started gaining some steam. This led many netizens to believe that Musk had a hand in @LiamNissan’s removal from the platform, and the hashtag #FreeLiamNissan quickly took off, as did the rumor that Musk is Wizard of Oz-ing the alleged Dittmann’s account. As it turns out, Musk wasn’t the one who nuked @LiamNissan’s account; @LiamNissan later clarified in a Bluesky post that he deleted his own X profile following an onslaught “creepy ass threats.” Even so, the Dittmann theory isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility — especially considering …

China Accused of Pumping Cyanide Into Ocean to Kill Life

China Accused of Pumping Cyanide Into Ocean to Kill Life

There’s no use in planting a flag in a dead place. Stormy Waters Things are heating up in the South China Sea after the Philippines claimed that Chinese fishermen are intentionally using cyanide to destroy the Scarborough Shoal, a tropical atoll that represents hotly disputed territory between the two nations, The Philippine Star reports. Philippines’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), which lobbed the charge on Saturday, said damages from Chinese vessels could go over $17.8 million, the news outlet reports. “These Chinese fishermen use cyanide,” said BFAR spokesman Nazario Briguera during a press conference attended by the Star. “[T]hey intentionally destroy Bajo de Masinloc [the Spanish name for the shoal] to prevent Filipino fishing boats to fish in the area.” Adding a wrinkle to the narrative, GMA News reports that the Philippine Coast Guard aren’t themselves certain who’s responsible for using cyanide in the area. “We don’t have any scientific study or any evidence that would suggest that cyanide fishing in Bajo de Masinloc can be attributed to the Chinese or the Vietnamese fishermen,” …

Government Accused Of Leading Railways To A “State Of Paralysis”

Government Accused Of Leading Railways To A “State Of Paralysis”

Kings Cross station (Alamy) 3 min read36 min Shadow rail minister Stephen Morgan has said railways are in a “state of paralysis,” and claimed that the sector has been subject to “tinkering and meddling” by government ministers. Morgan told industry figures that the “chaos” in rail policy over HS2 has undermined investor confidence in the UK. But his counterpart in Government, Huw Merriman said that the UK has been able to make “the largest financial investment in the railway”, since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.  Speaking at the 2024 George Bradshaw Address, Morgan, who has been in the position since September last year, pointed to a number of rail policies that have been subject to change since he got the job.  The cancellation of the northern leg of HS2, Network North plans, a “screeching u-turn” on proposals to close ticket offices, have all hit the headlines in recent months.  “It is abundantly clear to anyone watching that our railways are in a state of paralysis and in need of urgent fundamental …

British Museum Accused of Silencing Critics About Easter Island Statue

British Museum Accused of Silencing Critics About Easter Island Statue

The British Museum‘s collection continues to receive scrutiny after last year’s thefts scandal prompted renewed requests for the repatriation of items. Only a few days after the institution opened an exhibit of 10 recovered gems, a Chilean social media influencer’s campaign brought additional attention on moai statues from Easter Island and called for their return. Mike Milfort encouraged his 1 million followers to aggressively respond to or “spam” the British Museum’s posts on Instagram with “return the moai” comments. As a result, the institution turned off comments on that post. Related Articles Easter Island was what the first European visitors called the island of Rapa Nui, located 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile. According to BBC News, the island’s large basalt statues statues are believed to represent the spirits of prominent ancestors, and date back to 1400 CE and 1650 CE. The nearly-eight-foot-tall carved basalt statue in the British Museum, identified as Hoa Hakananaiʻa or “Lost, hidden or stolen friend,” is one of two moai Commodore Richard Powell gifted to Queen Victoria in 1868. The …

Martine Moïse, wife of Haiti’s president, accused in his assassination

Martine Moïse, wife of Haiti’s president, accused in his assassination

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A Haitian judge investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021 has indicted 51 people in connection with the attack, including his widow, Martine Moïse, and the leader who stepped in after the shooting. A group of gunmen wielding assault weapons assassinated Moïse and wounded his wife at their home in the hills overlooking Port-au-Prince on July 7, 2021. A final report into the attack by Judge Walther Voltaire, obtained by The Washington Post on Monday, accuses the former first lady of complicity in the assassination and associating with criminals. The indictment makes the same accusations against Claude Joseph, who briefly led the country after Moïse’s death. The former chief of Haiti’s National Police, Léon Charles, who led the initial investigations, is also facing charges in relation to the assassination. Charles is currently Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of the American States, a regional diplomacy forum. Haiti’s assassination probe has stalled. The U.S. one is advancing. The indictment sheds little light on the motive for the assassination and how it …

Tories accused of failing parents as cost of childcare rises faster than inflation | Politics News

Tories accused of failing parents as cost of childcare rises faster than inflation | Politics News

The Conservatives have been accused of failing parents after figures showed the cost of childcare has risen a third faster than inflation since the party came to power in 2010. Analysis by the Labour Party found the price of a part-time nursery place has jumped from £82 per week in 2010 to £146 now, leaving families paying more than £5,500 a year for part-time care during term time – an increase of £2,400 since 2010. The analysis compared annual data on the cost of childcare places by the Coram charity with Office for National Statistics (ONS) inflation data. Labour has also claimed families face higher costs from April after some nurseries warned inflation and rising staff pay meant they might have to transfer the burden on to parents. The warnings come after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak admitted there had been “practical issues” in implementing his plan to expand free childcare, a promise made in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s budget last March. There have been reports the flagship policy, due to start in April, is in jeopardy because …

SNP Accused Of Giving Campaigners ‘False Hope’ Over Gaza Ceasefire Call

SNP Accused Of Giving Campaigners ‘False Hope’ Over Gaza Ceasefire Call

The SNP has been accused of giving “false hope” to campaigners demanding a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. MPs will this week vote on a motion put down by the party demanding an “immediate” end to the violence which has led to tens of thousands of civilian deaths in Palestine. Stephen Flynn, the SNP’s Westminster leader, said it was an opportunity for the House of Commons to send a unified message on the conflict. But with Tory MPs set to vote against it, the motion will not pass. Labour leader Keir Starmer – who has so far stopped short of calling for an immediate ceasefire – is under intense pressure to back the SNP motion. Speaking yesterday, he said the fighting “must stop now” and that Israeli hostages still being held in Palestine must be released. The last time the issue was voted on in the Commons, Starmer suffered the biggest rebellion of his leadership when 56 Labour MPs voted with the SNP. But a Labour source told HuffPost UK: “There’s a …

English test scandal: students wrongly accused of cheating launch legal action | English language testing scandal

English test scandal: students wrongly accused of cheating launch legal action | English language testing scandal

A group of overseas students who were wrongly accused of cheating in the English language tests they were required to take to renew their study visas have launched legal proceedings against the Home Office, seeking compensation for unlawful detention and loss of earnings. The government has made payments in at least two cases, but lawyers have expressed frustration at the department’s refusal to agree a standard settlement scheme for wrongly accused students, which they believe would speed up the process of securing justice. The law firm Bindmans is representing 23 students who have already won immigration appeals, and overturned the Home Office’s decision to cancel their visas amid cheating allegations, and is pushing for the department to treat this as a group action. skip past newsletter promotion Our morning email breaks down the key stories of the day, telling you what’s happening and why it matters Privacy Notice: Newsletters may contain info about charities, online ads, and content funded by outside parties. For more information see our Privacy Policy. We use Google reCaptcha to protect …