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Зеленський підписав указ про санкції проти депутата ОПЗЖ Козака і телеканалів, які пов’язують із Медведчуком

Соратник проросійського політика Віктора Медведчука –Тарас Козак – є власником телеканалів «112 Україна», NewsOne, Zik

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Britain Battles Mutant Coronavirus Outbreak

Britain launched an emergency program of door-to-door testing in several areas Tuesday following the discovery of hundreds of cases of the coronavirus variant, first identified in South Africa, which scientists say could be more resistant to vaccines.  Mobile testing units were deployed to several regions, including parts of central and suburban London, while firefighter units and volunteers helped to deliver home testing kits and administer door-to-door testing. Local authorities aimed to conduct 80,000 coronavirus tests. By Tuesday morning, 105 cases of the mutation first seen in South Africa were identified in eight districts across Britain. Eleven of those cases did not have any direct link to international travel, suggesting the variant is being transmitted within the community. Volunteers hand out the COVID-19 home test kit to a resident, in Goldsworth and St. Johns, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease in Woking, Britain, Feb. 2, 2021.Meanwhile, health authorities announced they are also investigating separate cases of the virus with what they described as worrying new genetic changes. The variants, identified in the cities of Bristol and Liverpool, have the same mutation as the South African variant, called E484K. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged people living in the affected areas to adhere to lockdown rules and stay home. “Our mission must be to stop its spread altogether and break those chains of transmission. … It is imperative that people must stay at home and only leave home where it is absolutely essential,” Hancock told members of parliament Tuesday. People queue at a testing center amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Southport, Britain, Feb. 2, 2021.Britain is still battling a separate coronavirus mutation, first identified in Kent in southern England in September, which has contributed to a deadly second wave of the pandemic. An estimated 107,000 people have died in Britain within 28 days of testing positive for the virus since the pandemic began. Scientists say the variants appear to be more transmissible. Early indications from trials suggest they may also be more resistant to vaccines. “There has been a couple of observations, one from Novavax and one from Johnson & Johnson, which suggest that their vaccine trials were less successful in South Africa than they were in the United Kingdom and the United States,” Simon Clarke, a microbiologist at Britain’s University of Reading, told VOA. “(The mutation) renders antibodies less able to bind to the spike protein of the virus and stop the spike protein acting as a key to gain entrance to our cells.” That could affect people’s immunity to the coronavirus, both for individuals who have had the infection and those who have been vaccinated.  An advertisement board is seen, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease in Woking, Britain, Feb. 2, 2021.”Even if we roll out a vaccine across the population, getting complete 100 percent coverage will be nigh on impossible,” Clarke said. “And the virus will be put under a selective pressure to accommodate and to favor mutations like this, which render it less susceptible to vaccines, or the actions of vaccines.” Britain also announced Tuesday it had given a first vaccine dose to more than 10 million people, by far the highest in Europe. It is not yet clear, however, if the vaccines are as effective against the new variants and may need to be modified. Health Secretary Hancock said such work was under way. “We’re working with pharmaceutical companies and with the scientists to understand both whether such modifications are needed, where they are needed and how they can be brought to use on the front line as quickly as safely possible.”  Scientists say the emergence of new variants around the world underlines the urgent need to roll out global vaccination programs and suppress transmission, as even fully vaccinated populations could be at risk as the virus continues to mutate. 
 

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Kyiv, а не Kiev: аеропорт Дубаю перейшов на коректне написання назви Києва – МЗС

У 2018 році МЗС України розпочало онлайн-кампанію #CorrectUA, в рамках якої звертається до іноземних ЗМІ й іноземних аеропортів із метою коригування правопису міста Київ латинкою (#KyivNotKiev)

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Northern Ireland Suspends Inspections at Ports After Threats of Violence

Northern Ireland temporarily suspended some inspections at two ports late Monday after threats of violence and increased tensions have been reported in the area. Graffiti was discovered in Belfast describing port staff as “targets.” Staff have also reported suspicious behavior such as people writing down license plate numbers. Police say they are increasing patrols near ports of entry. A police vehicle patrols after threats were made to port workers implementing post-Brexit trade checks in Northern Ireland, at the Port of Larne in County Antrim, Feb. 2, 2021.A spokesman for the European Commission announced Tuesday they had withdrawn European Union staff from the Northern Ireland ports as a safety precaution and condemned the violence. Many pro-British unionists fiercely oppose the new trade barriers introduced between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain as part of the Northern Ireland protocol, a stand-alone deal for the region after Britain left the EU. The protocol was designed to maintain the principles of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and Northern Ireland’s open border with Ireland by keeping the region in the British customs territory but also aligned with the EU’s single market for goods. The British-run region remains deeply divided along sectarian lines, even after the 1998 peace deal, with Catholic nationalists aspiring to unification with Ireland and Protestant unionists wanting to remain part of Britain. 
 

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Центр Москви оточений силовиками в очікуванні акції прихильників Навального

До Манежної площі в столиці Росії Москві стягнуті значні сили поліції – сотні співробітників Росгвардії і десятки одиниць спецтехніки, повідомляють очевидці.

Пушкінську площу повністю відгородили металевими парканами, навколо неї виставлене оточення. На вхід і вихід закриті чотири станції метрополітену «Охотний ряд», «Площа революції», «Олександрівський сад» і «Театральна».

Таким чином влада намагається запобігти акції протесту проти відправлення в колонію опозиційного політика Олексія Навального.

Перед цим штаб Олексія Навального закликав всіх прихильників російського опозиціонера вийти на Манежну площу в центрі Москви.

На 21:00 за київським часом було відомо про щонайменше 20 затриманих.

Прихильники Навального також збираються в центрі Санкт-Петербурга. Там також почалися затримання.

Симоновський суд Москви 2 лютого ухвалив рішення відправити в колонію російського опозиційного політика Олексія Навального. Умовне покарання, яке він отримав в одній із кримінальних справ у 2014 році, було замінене на три з половиною роки колонії загального режиму.

Політик проведе в ув’язненні трохи менше, оскільки кілька місяців провів під домашнім арештом. Це його перший реальний термін.

Рішення суду може бути оскаржене.

Навального утримують у СІЗО, відколи він минулого місяця повернувся в Росію після лікування в Німеччині від отруєння «Новачком».

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Trump Aimed ‘Loaded Cannon’ of Supporters at Capitol, Democrats Allege

Donald Trump endangered the lives of all members of Congress when he aimed a mob of supporters “like a loaded cannon” at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats said Tuesday in making their most detailed case yet for why the former president should be convicted and permanently barred from office.
The legal brief forcefully links Trump’s baseless efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, saying he bears “unmistakable” blame for actions that directly threatened the underpinnings of American democracy. It argues that he must be found guilty when his impeachment trial opens before the Senate next week on a charge of inciting the siege.
“His conduct endangered the life of every single Member of Congress, jeopardized the peaceful transition of power and line of succession, and compromised our national security,” the Democratic managers of the impeachment case wrote. “This is precisely the sort of constitutional offense that warrants disqualification from federal office.”  
The legal brief lays out for the first time the arguments House lawmakers expect to present at the impeachment trial. It not only explicitly faults him for his role in the riot but also aims to preemptively rebut defense claims that Trump’s words were somehow protected by the First Amendment or that an impeachment trial is unconstitutional, or even unnecessary, now that Trump has left office. It says Trump’s behavior was so egregious as to require permanent disqualification from office.  Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
download this video to view it offline.Download File360p | 11 MB480p | 16 MB540p | 21 MB720p | 45 MB1080p | 84 MBOriginal | 264 MB Embed” />Copy Download AudioThe Constitution specifies that disqualification from office can be a punishment for an impeachment conviction.
“This is not a case where elections alone are a sufficient safeguard against future abuse; it is the electoral process itself that President Trump attacked and that must be protected from him and anyone else who would seek to mimic his behavior,” the legal brief states.
Lawyers for Trump are expected to file their own brief Tuesday. In a Fox News appearance Monday night, one of the attorneys, David Schoen, said he would argue that the trial was unconstitutional, that efforts to bar Trump from office were undemocratic. and that his words were protected by the First Amendment.Who Will Represent Trump at His Impeachment Trial ? Less than two weeks before the Trump’s second impeachment trial, the former president introduces new defense team Democrats made clear that they disagree with all points.
“The only honorable path at that point was for President Trump to accept the results and concede his electoral defeat. Instead, he summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue,” they wrote in their 77-page brief.
The Democrats draw heavily on the words of prominent Republicans who have criticized the former president, including Wyoming. Rep. Liz Cheney, who voted for his impeachment and said there has never been a “greater betrayal” by a president, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Trump “provoked” the rioters.
Still, Republicans have signaled that acquittal is likely, with many saying they think Congress should move on and questioning the constitutionality of an impeachment trial — Trump’s second — now that he has left office. In a test vote in the Senate last week, 45 Republicans voted in favor of an effort to dismiss the trial over those constitutional concerns.
Though no president has been tried after departing the White House, Democrats say there is precedent, pointing to an 1876 impeachment of a secretary of war who resigned his office in a last-ditch attempt to avoid an impeachment trial. The Senate held it anyway.Who Are the Impeachment Managers Prosecuting Trump’s Trial? The former president is facing a charge of “incitement of insurrection” in connection with the mob that invaded the Capitol as US lawmakers met to certify the election results that put President Joe Biden in office  The Democrats write that the framers of the Constitution would not have wanted to leave the country defenseless against “a president’s treachery in his final days, allowing him to misuse power, violate his Oath, and incite insurrection against Congress and our electoral institutions” simply because he is leaving office. Setting that precedent now would “horrify the Framers,” the brief says.
“There is no ‘January Exception’ to impeachment or any other provision of the Constitution,” the Democrats wrote. “A president must answer comprehensively for his conduct in office from his first day in office through his last.”
Trump was impeached by the House while still in office, they note, forcing a Senate trial. And there are precedents for trying former officials.
“Trump is personally responsible for a violent attack on the Capitol,” they wrote. “He was impeached while still in office. The case for trying him after he has left office is stronger than any of the precedents.”

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New York Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez Gives Her Account of Capitol Siege

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Monday gave a live, roughly 90-minute, sometimes emotional account of the January 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former U.S. president Donald Trump, saying at one point she feared for her life.On her Instagram social media account, Ocasio-Cortez gave a detailed account of the time leading up to the day. She also revealed, without elaborating, that she was a victim of sexual assault.  She brought it up in the context of members of Congress arguing that it is best for the country to move on from the insurrection and put it behind us. “These folks who tell us to move on, that it’s not a big deal, that we should forget what’s happened or even telling us to apologize — these are the same tactics of abusers,” she said. Ocasio-Cortez said these people also have the same motives, in that they want to move on so they can do it again.  Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
download this video to view it offline.Download File360p | 7 MB480p | 11 MB540p | 15 MB720p | 37 MB1080p | 62 MBOriginal | 68 MB Embed” />Copy Download AudioCapitol Siege: Americans See Images They Can’t BelieveIn her account, Ocasio-Cortez talked about being in her office with one other staff member on Jan. 6 when they heard a vigorous pounding at her office doors. Alarmed, she hid in her office bathroom and soon she heard a loud male voice walking through her office repeatedly shouting, “Where is she?”  She said in that moment she thought she was about to die.The man turned out to be a Capitol police officer, though he never identified himself and, she said, he looked at her “with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility.”  She said she and her staff member were instructed to go to another congressional office building, where she eventually ended up in the office of California Representative Katie Porter, and, later, Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley, both fellow Democrats.Ocasio-Cortez also sought to dispel the statements that the insurrection at the Capitol was not planned ahead of time but was spontaneous. She said she began getting text messages on her phone the week prior to the siege, warning her to be careful on January 6.She said, “Those text messages came from other members of Congress. They were not threats, but they were other members, saying that they knew, and that they were hearing — even from Trump people and Republicans that they knew in their life — that there was violence expected on Wednesday.”

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Білорусь: блогера Володимира Неронського засудили до трьох років ув’язнення

Білоруського блогера, автора Youtube-каналу «Слуцк для жизни» Володимира Неронського засудили до трьох років колонії. Це перший вирок фігурантів так званої «справи Тихановського», повідомляє білоруська служба Радіо Свобода.

Неронський – соратник і член виборчої комарнди блогера Сергія Тихановського, який не зміг балотуватися в президенти Білорусі через арешт.

У вівторок, 2 лютого, суд визнав Неронського винним у образі представника влади та організації групових дій, які грубо порушують громадський порядок.

Згідно з обвинувальним висновком, Неронський у своїх відеозаписах публічно закликав брати участь у несанкціонованих заходах у Слуцьку, Мозирі, Бресті та Бобруйську. Також його звинувачують у образі голови Слуцького райвиконкому Андрія Янчевського. З цього приводу блогер визнав свою провину, а щодо організації незаконної групової діяльності – ні. Захист заявив, що це звинувачення на адресу Неронського, Тихановського, а також опозиціонерів Миколи Статкевича та Павла Северинця не було доведене. Білоруські правозахисники визнали їх політичними в’язнями.

Володимира Неронського затримали на початку травня в Могилеві разом із Сергієм Тихановським та іншими активістами. У червні його перевели до слідчого ізолятора у Мінську. За словами затриманого, перебуваючи під вартою, він переніс інсульт. Розгляд справи розпочався 12 січня.

 

Протести в Білорусі спалахнули в день президентських виборів 9 серпня 2020 року, коли були повідомлені перші результати, озвучені владою. Відтоді ці протести тривають практично щодня, найбільші відбуваються зазвичай на вихідні. І в Білорусі, і у світі широко вважають, що офіційні результати виборів були сфальсифіковані.

Демонстранти виступають із єдиними вимогами: відставки Олександра Лукашенка, який називає себе переобраним президентом Білорусі, проведення нових чесних президентських виборів, а також звільнення всіх політичних в’язнів і притягнення до відповідальності винних у побиттях і катуваннях затриманих учасників протестів.

За час протестів у Білорусі, за оцінками правозахисників, пройшли через затримання й арешти близько 33 тисяч людей. Сотні людей заявили про катування й жорстоке поводження з боку силовиків. Кілька людей унаслідок жорстоких дій силовиків при розгонах протестів загинули.