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Alexei Navalny’s widow Yulia is now Russia’s newest opposition leader

Alexei Navalny’s widow Yulia is now Russia’s newest opposition leader

LONDON (AP) — Yulia Navalnaya used to avoid the cameras, staying in the background while her husband rose to become Russia’s most prominent opposition figure and President Vladimir Putin’s greatest foe. But following the death in prison last week of Alexei Navalny, she stepped onto a stage normally reserved for senior politicians in Munich and vowed that Putin and his allies would be brought to justice over the death. Later she solemnly vowed: “I will continue the work of Alexei Navalny.” It was an ambitious statement from a woman who once said in an interview with the Russian edition of Harper’s Bazaar that her “key task” was caring for the couple’s children and home. Navalnaya’s new job will be leading the Russian opposition through one of the darkest and most turbulent times in its history. The opposition is fractured, and Navalny’s death dealt it a serious blow. The question now is whether Navalnaya can rally her husband’s troops and work with other opposition groups to mount any kind of successful challenge to Putin, who is …

Boeing 737 Max leader ousted after door plug blowout

Boeing 737 Max leader ousted after door plug blowout

Boeing announced a management shakeup – including the ouster of the leader of the 737 Max production line. At the Singapore Airshow, miniature models of Boeing aircraft including the 737 Max (front) are displayed on February 21, 2024. Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images Boeing announced a management shakeup – including the ouster of the leader of the 737 Max production line. At the Singapore Airshow, miniature models of Boeing aircraft including the 737 Max (front) are displayed on February 21, 2024. Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images The Boeing executive who oversaw the company’s troubled 737 Max program is out — part of a broader leadership change the company announced on Wednesday. The shakeup comes amid intense scrutiny of Boeing’s quality control after a door plug panel from a 737 Max 9 aircraft blew off during an Alaska Airlines flight last month. Boeing executive Ed Clark, who was in charge of the 737 Max program, has left the company. Clark oversaw Boeing’s factory in Renton, Washington where …

California single-payer healthcare faces doubts from Democratic leader

California single-payer healthcare faces doubts from Democratic leader

SACRAMENTO —  California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas cast doubt on the latest proposal to create a state-run single-payer healthcare system, saying he likes the idea but isn’t convinced the state can afford it in the face of a budget shortfall of at least $38 billion. “The concept of single-payer and expanding access and affordability are good ideas,” Rivas, a Democrat from Hollister, told reporters at the state Capitol on Tuesday. “I say this with great respect to stakeholders and advocates: We need to see how this is funded. It’s a good idea but it’s a tough, tough sell, especially in a budget climate that we are experiencing now.” Assembly Bill 2200, called Guaranteed Health Care for All — or CalCare — would set up a universal single-payer healthcare system for all residents of California. The bill by Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San José) is based on his prior single-payer legislation, which failed to get enough votes to move forward in January 2022. A legislative analysis of that bill pegged the cost between $314 billion and $391 billion …

Feds charge Japanese Yakuza leader with nuclear materials trafficking

Feds charge Japanese Yakuza leader with nuclear materials trafficking

The DOJ alleges that a high-ranking member of the Yakuza, Takeshi Ebisawa, was the central figure in a plot to funnel American weapons to ethnic militias in Myanmar in exchange for heroin and meth. Ebisawa is charged with narcotics importation, money laundering, and conspiracy to acquire surface to air missiles, if convicted he could face up to life in prison. NBC News Federal prosecutors in New York on Wednesday said they had charged a Japanese Yakuza leader with conspiring to traffic nuclear materials from Burma to other countries in the belief that they would be used by Iran to make a nuclear weapon. The accused gangster, Takeshi Ebisawa, “and his confederates showed samples of nuclear materials in Thailand” to an undercover agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who was posing as a narcotics and weapons trafficker with access to an Iranian general, prosecutors said. “With the assistance of Thai authorities, the nuclear samples were seized and subsequently transferred to the custody of U.S. law enforcement,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said in a …

Bosnian Serb leader Dodik truckles to Putin – POLITICO

Bosnian Serb leader Dodik truckles to Putin – POLITICO

“We have, of course, excellent relations with [Serbian] President [Aleksandar] Vučić, with [Hungarian] President [Viktor] Orbán, which makes things … easier for us, especially as far as Europe is concerned,” Dodik told Putin. As the meeting ended Putin awarded Dodik the Order of Alexander Nevsky, given to Russian citizens for nation-building, for “strengthening the partnership” between Russia and Republika Srpska, Dodik shared on X, the social network that used to be called Twitter. Dodik visited Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, to attend the opening of the inaugural Games of the Future tournament, described as “combining physical and digital dimensions, uniting sports, esports and technologies.” It’s the fourth time since Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine that Dodik and Putin have met. On Tuesday Dodik met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Source link

“It is a form of Navalny”: Trump likens his fraud ruling to death of Russian opposition leader

“It is a form of Navalny”: Trump likens his fraud ruling to death of Russian opposition leader

Former President Donald Trump during a Tuesday night Fox News town hall compared the multi-million dollar ruling in his New York civil fraud trial to the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.  “It is a form of Navalny. It is a form of communism or fascism,” Trump said.  Judge Arthur Engoron, whom Trump called a “nut job,” last week imposed a $355 million ruling and a three-year ban on Trump from serving as an executive at any New York company, including his own.  “People thought that could happen and it did happen,” Trump said, speaking about Navalny’s death. “And it’s a horrible thing.” As noted by Politico, earlier in the town hall, Trump called the anti-Kremlin activist a “very brave guy,” claiming that he “probably would have been a lot better off staying away” from Russia and “talking from outside.” The ex-president’s Tuesday night remarks came on the heels of a Truth Social post he shared on Monday, in which he conflated Navalny’s sudden passing — which many have speculated was carried out by …

Tupac Shakur: Trial delayed for Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis, ex-gang leader charged with murder of hip-hop star in 1996 | Ents & Arts News

Tupac Shakur: Trial delayed for Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis, ex-gang leader charged with murder of hip-hop star in 1996 | Ents & Arts News

The trial of a former gang leader accused of killing rapper Tupac Shakur has been pushed back by several months. Duane “Keffe D” Davis had been due to stand trial in June after being arrested last year – some 27 years after the hip-hop star’s death. He is said to be the only person still alive who was in the vehicle from which shots were fired in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 7 September 1996. Tupac died from his injuries six days later. Image: Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis pictured at his latest court hearing. Pic: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ Las Vegas Review-Journal/ AP After a recent change in his legal representation, Clark County District Court Judge Carli Kierny acknowledged at a hearing on Tuesday that his lawyer, Carl Arnold, is new to the case and that prosecutors are still providing evidentiary material to the defence. The trial start date has now been reset from 3 June to 4 November. Davis has been jailed on $750,000 (about £594,000) bail since his arrest in September. He expects to be able …

Rivals of jailed former Pakistan leader Imran Khan agree on coalition government

Rivals of jailed former Pakistan leader Imran Khan agree on coalition government

ISLAMABAD — The political rivals of Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan announced details of a power-sharing agreement late Tuesday, naming Shehbaz Sharif as their joint candidate for prime minister. The much-awaited announcement followed days of talks among the leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League, or PML, the Pakistan People’s Party, or PPP, and other parties that did not gain enough seats in the Feb. 8 vote to govern on their own. Candidates aligned with Khan won the most seats in the parliamentary elections but did not win enough of them to form a government. Sharif, the brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is himself a former prime minister, who replaced Khan when he was ousted through a no-confidence vote in parliament in 2022. Since then, Khan has been convicted of several offenses in what his supporters call politically motivated moves to keep him out of office. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party, in Islamabad on Feb. 13.Anjum Naveed / AP Khan’s rivals said at a late-night news conference of party leaders that …

Keir Starmer by Tom Baldwin: The 21 best revelations from the new biography of the Labour leader

Keir Starmer by Tom Baldwin: The 21 best revelations from the new biography of the Labour leader

Keir Starmer is odds on to become the Prime Minister later this year. But little is known about the personal life of the 62-year-old Labour leader and former human rights lawyer. A new biography by writer and former Labour adviser to Ed Miliband Tom Baldwin gives the clearest picture of the man so far, with details of his tough childhood and information about his romantic life. Here are some of the things you need to know: He constantly feared his ill mother would die Rodney and Josephine Starmer Rodney and Josephine Starmer The book reveals the extent of Starmer’s mother Josephine’s health problems – she suffered from Still’s disease from her teens. That meant severe joint pain, and using a wheelchair throughout Starmer’s childhood. Josephine (known as Jo) had her four children in her early twenties, as doctors warned her she wouldn’t be able to later. There was constant concern, and hospital visits were routine. Starmer told Baldwin: “The phone in the kitchen rang. It was Dad saying he didn’t think Mum was going to …

French conservative leader says von der Leyen is ‘not our candidate’ – POLITICO

French conservative leader says von der Leyen is ‘not our candidate’ – POLITICO

Bellamy, however, said his Les Républicains (LR) party, which is affiliated with the EPP, won’t support her. “[Von der Leyen] was not our candidate in 2019 but Emmanuel Macron’s,” Bellamy said during an interview with radio station France Inter on Tuesday. “LR won’t support her because her record falls short of Europe’s expectations.” Von der Leyen will have to be formally nominated as the EPP lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidat, during a vote at the party’s electoral congress in Bucharest, Romania on March 6-7. While the absence of LR support likely won’t upset von der Leyen’s nomination — she is currently the only candidate and has the support of the German CDU, the EPP’s largest delegation, as well as Greek and Polish EPP members — it highlights the complex nature of EU politics. While in Brussels the EPP, the Socialists, and the centrist Renew are in a de facto coalition, LR sits with opposition parties in the French parliament and is at pains to distinguish itself from Macron’s policies at both domestic and EU level. “On …