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Navalny says prison has designated him as a terrorist

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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says a prison commission had designated him an extremist and a terrorist – but he’s no longer considered a flight risk

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday (October 11) that a prison commission has designated him an extremist and a terrorist – but that he’s no longer considered a flight risk.

Posting on Instagram, the 45-year-old said he has been summoned before a panel which voted unanimously in favor of the status change.

The decision marks a further escalation of pressure against President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest domestic critic.

Navalny is currently serving 2-and-a-half years in prison for parole violations he says were fabricated to thwart his political ambitions.

He made light of the announcement, saying that he was glad he was no longer considered prone to escape, and would therefore be subjected to less frequent and stringent night time checks by guards.

“It’s just that there is now a sign over my bunk that I am a terrorist, ” said Navalny in the Instagram post, which was published with the help of his lawyers.

There was no immediate confirmation from Russian authorities of the change in Navalny’s status.

The Federal Penitentiary Service did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Navalny’s movement suffered a fresh blow back in June when a court ruled its activities to be extremist.

Last month, Russia opened a new criminal case against him that could keep him in jail for a further decade.

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Fears of a coup as military force arrests Sudanese leaders

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Unidentified Sudanese military forces have reportedly arrested four cabinet ministers and one civilian

There are also reports that the military have surrounded the house of the country’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, as the leader remains in house arrest.

It comes as the PM warns that Sudan is facing the “worst crisis” of its transition to civilian rule following the removal of its long-time ruler more than two years ago.

The remarks on Friday come as the country reels from deep divisions among the civilian and military political factions that have been leading its transition under an August 2019 power-sharing deal with the aim of leading the country towards free and fair elections.

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction

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A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attractive interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Ship spews toxic gas off Canada’s coast

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Sixteen people have been evacuated as fire rages onboard the Zim Kingston container ship off the coast of Canada

The vessel was en route to Vancouver when it caught fire on Saturday, and has since been expelling toxic gas which officials say is not a risk to people on land.

The coast guard reported the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kg of chemicals located in two of the ten containers that caught fire.

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said. It added that 10 containers had been affected by the fire.

“Currently there is no safety risk to people on shore, however the situation will continue to be monitored,” it said.

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