Kremlin dismisses calls to free Navalny, warns against protests
The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed Western demands to free top opposition politician Alexei Navalny and said his calls to stage mass protests were troubling. Peskov said the Kremlin was also "troubled" by Navalny's calls to stage "illegal" protests after he was ordered jailed for 30 days on Monday.
China's Covid outbreak worst since March 2020
China is battling the worst outbreak of Covid-19 since March 2020, with one province posting a record daily rise in cases, as an independent panel reviewing the global pandemic said China could have done more to curb the initial outbreak. State-backed tabloid the Global Times on Tuesday defended China's early handling of Covid-19, saying no country had any experience in dealing with the virus.
Russian-American climber found dead on Pakistan mountain
Pakistan|: Islamabad: A missing Russian-American climber died on a mountain while preparing to scale the world’s 12th-highest peak, having refused to turn back in dangerous winter conditions, a spokesman for the expedition said Tuesday. Alex Goldfarb pushed on alone when his teammate failed to persuade him to give up during an acclimatising mission, ahead of a bid to scale the nearby 8,051-metre Broad Peak in the Karakoram range on the Chinese border. “We are deeply saddened to have lost our climbing partner and friend,” said Laszlo Pinter, spokesman for the Broad Peak Winter Expedition 2021. “The helicopter search mission has found his body on Pastore Peak where he is presumed to have fallen off the mountain,” he said in a statement. It has been a bittersweet week for the climbing community, which saw 10 Nepali climbers scale K2 for the first time in winter - but also the death of Spanish climber Sergi Mingote on the same mountain. Goldfarb was attempting a winter ascent of Broad Peak with Hungarian Zoltan Szlanko as part of a two-man non-sponsored expedition. The pair had first been acclimatising on the 6,209 metre Pastore Peak. Their team described the attempt as “the cleanest style without any high altitude porters and supplemental oxygen”. Szlanko, an experienced climbing instructor and mountaineer rescuer, deemed conditions too dangerous and insisted both should return, Pinter said, but Goldfarb pressed ahead. Karrar Haidri, a spokesman for the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said the Pakistan Army found Goldfarb’s body on Monday. Broad Peak is one of the so-called “8,000s”, the 14 mountains higher than 8,000 metres. It was first climbed in the summer of 1957 by an Austrian team, while a Polish quartet summited in winter in 2013 but two went missing on the descent and were declared dead days later. Goldfarb had been missing since Saturday, the same day the Nepali team summited K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and the last peak above 8,000 metres to be conquered in winter. Despite being famed for their climbing expertise, there has never before been a Nepali climber on the first winter ascent of a peak higher than 8,000 metres. K2 is known as the “Savage Mountain” because of its punishing conditions: winds can blow at more than 200 kilometres per hour, and temperatures can drop to minus 60 degrees Celsius.
Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge
With peak tourism season in full swing, coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights. Daily case counts have nearly tripled in the past month, forcing Britain to slam shut its travel corridor with Dubai last week. But in the face of a growing economic crisis, the city won't lock down.
Jared Porter fired as Mets GM after sending explicit texts to female reporter
Sports/Baseball/MLB: New York Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired Tuesday after sending graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.
Thail court gives record 43-yr sentence for insulting king
The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the country's lese majeste law for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy, the group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said.
Biden picks transgender Pennsylvania official for Senate-confirmed health role
News/World: President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Trump mulling pardons on last full day in power
Trump is also set to announce a dramatic shift away from Trump's "America First" ideology, taking the United States back to its traditions of alliance-building. This will begin with the new president ordering the United States back into the Paris climate accord on day one.
California becomes first state to top 3m virus cases
California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections. That's according to a tally Monday by Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone wasn't entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed was stunning.