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    Russia probes Navalny ally

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 10:21pm on December 26, 2020

    Russian authorities on Friday launched a criminal probe into an ally of Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny after she tried to doorstep the apartment of a...

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    British Cold War double agent George Blake dies in Russia

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 06:39pm on December 26, 2020

    George Blake, a famous ‘mole’ in British intelligence who spied for the Soviet KGB during the 1950s before fleeing across the Iron Curtain, has died...

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    Finnish sauna culture put on UNESCO heritage list

    Agence France-Presse  . Helsinki | Updated at 05:31pm on December 26, 2020

    Finns’ penchant for relaxing in blazing hot steam-filled rooms was on Thursday put on the UN’s list of the world’s intangible heritage. With an estimated...

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    Russia intercepted ‘IS attack plot’

    Agence France-Presse  . Moscow | Updated at 04:26pm on December 26, 2020

    Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Saturday it had foiled an attack planned by a cell loyal to the extremist outfit Islamic State group in...

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    France identifies first patient of new variant of coronavirus

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 10:48am on December 26, 2020

    France has confirmed the first case of a new coronavirus variant that recently emerged in Britain, its health ministry said...

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    New virus strain to cause more deaths in UK: study

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:28am on December 26, 2020

    A mutated coronavirus strain spreading in Britain is on average 56 per cent more contagious than the original version, scientists have warned in a study,...

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    Iran warns US against ‘adventurism’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:31pm on December 25, 2020

    Iran on Thursday warned the US president against any ‘adventurism’ before leaving the White House, after Donald Trump said he would hold ‘Iran responsible’ for...

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    Christmas celebrated amid pandemic

    Agence France-Presse . Vatican City | Updated at 10:29pm on December 25, 2020

    Christmas festivities began Friday, with hundreds of millions across the world under coronavirus restrictions celebrating a pared-down version of a holiday typically marked by travel...

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    Britain faces major Brexit challenges

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 10:28pm on December 25, 2020

    Britain is set for a new chapter Friday after securing a hard-fought post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union as EU envoys awaited a briefing...

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    Pope urges COVID-19 vaccines for all in Christmas message

    Agence France-Presse . Vatican City | Updated at 10:25pm on December 25, 2020

    Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Friday called for ‘vaccines for all, especially the most vulnerable and most in need in all regions of...