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Russian opposition figure Navalny detained at passport control after returning to Moscow

Navalny was detained following almost five months in Germany.

Navalny detained upon his arrival to MoscowMoscow, Jan. 17.– Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been detained by police at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering following an alleged poisoning attempt last summer.

Navalny and his wife Yulia left the plane together on Sunday evening with the rest of the passengers and drove to the terminal in a bus. The activist was arrested at the immigration desk.

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Museveni, one-time critic of clinging to power, wins sixth term

Uganda’s longtime president will continue his rule over a population where three-quarters are younger than 30 and have never known anyone else in charge.

Yoweri Museveni has already ruled Uganda for 35 years – and he is now set for five more.

The veteran leader was declared on Saturday the winner of Uganda’s presidential election, cementing his position among the world’s longest-serving leaders.

The results, which have been rejected by the opposition, followed one of the bloodiest campaigns in years, with at least 54 people killed in November as security forces violently broke down opposition protests. Opposition figures, meanwhile, were repeatedly harassed and arrested, while members of the media also came under attack.

Main opposition leader Bobi Wine has dismissed the electoral process as a rigged “sham”, but Museveni, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday, said Thursday’s polls may turn out to be Uganda’s “most cheating-free election” since independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.

Shortly after Museveni took power in 1986, ending years of bloodshed and chaos at the hands of leaders Idi Amin and Milton Obote, the young president had complained about leaders who “overstayed” their welcome.

But nearly 35 years later, Museveni has joined the ranks of those he once criticised, winning a sixth term in office.

Unbound by Uganda’s constitution – it was amended twice to remove presidential term and age limits – critics have accused the former rebel fighter, who never speaks publicly of succession and has broken past promises to stand down, of becoming increasingly autocratic and wanting to rule for life.

Read more:  Al Jazeera

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Al-Sisi expresses keenness to push on Egypt-France cooperation

Le Drian conveyed the greetings of French President Emmanuel Macron to Al-Sisi, hailing the strong and distinguished Al-Sisi receives French envoy Le Drianrelations between France and Egypt.

Cairo, Jan.13.– Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi expressed, on Monday, Egypt’s aspiration to benefit from French expertise in achieving its development plans.

The President added that this relates particularly to railway projects and the national plan for developing villages.

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China calls the emerging Biden administration ‘a new window of hope’

Beijing poured hundreds of millions of dollars into US Ivy League institutions, including a $1 million donation to Columbia University to underwrite an educational program that the State Department has since branded part of China’s “global influence and propaganda apparatus."

President Xi receives Joe Biden in BeijingBeijing, Jan. 4.– Chinese officials believe that President-elect Joe Biden will “restore normalcy” in US-China relations — claiming that “a new window of hope” is opening with the exit of the uncompromising Trump administration.

“China-US relations have come to a new crossroads, and a new window of hope is opening,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in an interview with state-owned broadcaster CGTN.

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N. Korea could conduct ICBM test early next year: think tank

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea could test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the early months of the incoming U.S. administration of Joe Biden if nuclear talks between the two countries remain stalled, a local think tank said Tuesday.

The North has undertaken military provocations in the past to test Washington's approach or grab its attention when a new U.S. administration took office. President-elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

Biden has called for "principled diplomacy" favoring working-level discussions over President Donald Trump's "top-down" diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, suggesting that nuclear talks could move at a slower pace.

"Biden's formation of his foreign policy lineup and basic policy approach suggest that it is clear the administration will make a 180-degree turn to the bottom-up method based on working-level meetings, as opposed to the top-down method," the Asan Institute for Policy Studies said in its 2021 forecast on international affairs.

Imagen: Lanzamiento de misil, Corea del Norte, Fuente KCNA.

 "Therefore, the North will consider playing the card of an ICBM launch in a desperate measure to break the deadlock that could get even more serious than it has been under the Trump administration," it said.

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