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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken: We condemn Russia’s brutal tactics against protesters and journalists
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated today that The United States condemns Russia’s “brutal tactics” against peaceful protesters and journalists, while Russian police keep detaining all those who oppose Vladimir Putin’s policies, and his imprisonment of the political dissident Navalny.
Blinken has also demanded the Russian authorities to release Navalny from prison.
At an unauthorized protest in Moscow, the police also arrested Alexei Navalny’s wife Julia.
Afghan forces kill 36 Taliban fighters in Kandahar
At least 36 Taliban fighters have been killed and five others injured in an air and ground operation by Afghan security forces in Kandahar province.
Taliban fighters grouped at three locations in Arghandab and prepared attacks on government forces.
Kandahar civil society activist Mohammad Akbar Nagahani said the clashes in the region have been going on for weeks and that the civilian population has fled the area.
Xiaomi is suing the Pentagon and the US Treasury Department
Chinese corporation Xiaomi has sued the U.S. Pentagon and the Treasury Department for blacklisting companies allegedly linked to the Chinese military.
In the lawsuit, Xiaomi states that the company will face severe business consequences if it remains on the American blacklist, and they deny any connection with the Chinese army and the Communist Party.
China’s Xiaomi, the third-largest smartphone producer, saw sales growth of 32 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Masks are becoming mandatory on U.S. public transportation
The Federal Public Health Agency stated that as of Tuesday, masks will be mandatory in vehicles throughout the United States.
As promised by President Joe Biden, the measure will be applied to planes, buses, trains, taxis, and ferries.
Non-complying with this measure, which takes effect Monday at 11:59 p.m., will be considered a violation of federal law.
Twitter employees supported Biden’s campaign with $193,443
Twitter employees backed President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign with $ 193,443, while they set aside only $ 3,023 for Trump’s campaign.
These results are not surprising, and largely explain the company’s recent decisions to completely ban Donald Trump’s access to use this platform.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the person responsible for the 9/11 attack, cost U.S. taxpayers $ 161.5 million.
Guantanamo Bay is one of the most expensive prisons in the world.
Sheikh Mohammed, who has been in Guantanamo Bay prison since 2003, is still awaiting his death penalty trial, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The annual cost for each inmate is between $ 9 and $ 13 million per year.
The German health minister says he is open to using Russian and Chinese vaccines
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said he is open to the idea of using Russian and Chinese vaccines to fight coronavirus in his country, amid a debate over the availability of the vaccine in Europe.
On Friday, Russian officials stated that they could supply the EU with 100 million doses of Sputnik V in the second quarter, which would be enough to vaccinate 50 million EU residents.
But there has been widespread distrust of the Russian vaccine since it has not gone through a full clinical trial.
Israel vaccinated a third of the population in six weeks
Six weeks after the start of covid-19 vaccination in Israel, the first dose has already been received by about three million people or about a third of the population.
The health ministry stated that about 1.7 million Israelis already received a second dose of the vaccine.