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14h09 28  février
Bitcoin extends retreat from record high to hit lowest in 20 days
Bitcoin dropped 6.39% to 43,165.78 on Sunday, losing 2,944.20 from its previous close.
Norway’s capital tightens lockdown to fight faster virus spread
Norway’s capital Oslo will tighten lockdown measures to combat a sharp rise in coronavirus infections linked to a more contagious variant, the city’s governing mayor said on Sunday.
Up to six cases of Manaus variant of coronavirus detected in UK
Up to six cases of the variant of coronavirus first identified in the Brazilian city of Manaus have been detected in Britain for the first time, English health officials said on Sunday.
Kremlin critic Navalny moved to penal colony outside Moscow to serve jail term
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony outside Moscow to serve his prison sentence, a public commission said on Sunday, weeks after he returned to Russia after being poisoned.
Under shareholder pressure, Danone takes step to sell Chinese asset
Danone said on Sunday it was taking a first step towards selling off its stake in its Chinese dairy partner as the French food group faces pressure from shareholders to improve its performance and governance.
Trump to proclaim himself as the future for Republicans in speech
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday will declare himself the dominant figure in the fractured Republican Party and attack President Joe Biden in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago.
At least 18 killed in Myanmar on bloodiest day of protests against coup
Myanmar police fired on protesters around the country on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least 18 people were killed, the U.N. human rights office said.
Bitcoin falls 5.84% to 43,418
Bitcoin dropped 5.84% to 43,418.02 on Sunday, losing 2,691.96 from its previous close.
How many dead bodies?’ asked Myanmar protester killed on bloodiest day
The day before he was killed, internet network engineer Nyi Nyi Aung Htet Naing had posted on Facebook about the increasingly violent military crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Myanmar.
Milk Tea Alliance’ activists across Asia hold rallies against Myanmar coup
Activists across Asia held rallies on Sunday to support protesters in Myanmar fighting against a military coup, showing the growing influence of cross-border youth movements pushing for democracy with the rallying cry Milk Tea Alliance .
Israel to vaccinate Palestinian labourers against COVID-19
Israel will administer COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians who work in Israel or in its settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli liaison office COGAT said on Sunday.
Exclusive: Mexico’s president expected to ask Biden to share U.S. vaccines, say sources
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to ask President Joe Biden to consider sharing part of the U.S. coronavirus vaccine supply with its poorer southern neighbor when the two leaders hold a virtual summit on Monday, U.S. and Mexican officials said.
COVID curbs dampen carousing on Jewish costume festival Purim
COVID-19 curbs have curtailed celebrations of the Jewish costume festival of Purim, with Israeli police preventing parties and some rabbis urging people not to drink too much so social distancing is maintained.
Exclusive: Biden in no rush to lift Venezuela sanctions, seeks ’serious steps’ by Maduro
President Joe Biden’s administration is in no rush to lift U.S. sanctions on Venezuela but would consider easing them if President Nicolas Maduro takes confidence-building steps showing he is ready to negotiate seriously with the opposition, a White House official told Reuters.
At least two killed in skirmish at Chad opposition candidate’s house
At least two people were killed after security forces went to arrest Chad’s opposition candidate Yaya Dillo at his home on Sunday morning, Dillo and the government said.
Thai protesters, police clash near base of army unit king controls
Thai police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters marching on a military base in Bangkok on Sunday to call for King Maha Vajiralongkorn to give up direct command of the army unit housed there.
Aramco seeks one-year extension on 10 billion loan: sources
Saudi Aramco has asked banks to extend by a year a 10 billion loan it raised last May, two sources familiar with the matter said, suggesting that rebounding crude prices are not pushing the oil giant to reduce debt for the time being.
Philippines receives Chinese vaccine, but Duterte prefers another brand
The Philippines received its initial batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses on Sunday in a shipment donated by China, a day before its inoculation drive is due to begin, but President Rodrigo Duterte will not be among the first to be vaccinated.
Dozens of leading Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners charged with subversion
Forty-seven Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners and activists were charged on Sunday with conspiracy to commit subversion in the largest single crackdown on the opposition under a China-imposed national security law.
Don’t bully Riyadh, Saudi columnists tell Biden administration
Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty is a red line, Saudi columnists said on Sunday, ramping up rhetoric in defense of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a U.S. intelligence report implicated him in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.