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Russia announces withdrawal from Treaty on Open Skies

Russia is launching domestic procedures to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, reports TASS.

Iran, Azerbaijan discuss expansion of military cooperation

Iran and Azerbaijan have discussed the expansion and expansion of military cooperation.

Russia's COVID-19 cases pass 3,500,000

Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 24,715 to 3,520,531 in the past 24 hours, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Bezos' Blue Origin aims to fly first space passengers by April

Billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned space company Blue Origin aims to carry the first passengers on its New Shepard space vehicle as early as April, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Russia reports 24,763 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 24,763 new coronavirus cases in the past day, bringing the total caseload to 3,495,816, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Trump lashes out at ‘assault on free speech’ after ban on Twitter account

Donald Trump has lashed out at social media companies for what he called an "assault on free speech", after he and his supporters have been banned from online platforms in the wake of the Washington riots last week, Daily Express reports.

US House impeaches Trump over Capitol riot

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" at last week's Capitol riot, BBC News reports.

Georgia adds 1,618 new COVID-19 cases

Georgia reported 1,618 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 243,255, Xinhua said, citing the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

Reuters: Luxembourg, EU do not want to see Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday after Luxembourg’s foreign minister and top European Union (EU) officials declined to meet with him, European and US diplomats familiar with the matter said, Reuters reported.

YouTube suspends Trump from uploading content

The YouTube video sharing platform has removed US President Donald Trump’s latest video and suspended him from uploading content for seven days, TASS reports citing the Axios news website.

Estonian PM resigns amid corruption scandal

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas resigns due to a corruption scandal related to issuing a state loan to the Porto Franco real estate developer.

US House approves 25th amendment resolution against Trump, Pence says he won't invoke

The House of Representatives approved a symbolic resolution urging Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump, after the president's No. 2 has expressed that he would not exercise that option.

Russia extends UK flight suspension until February 1

Russia will keep flights to and from the United Kingdom suspended until February 1, 2021, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Russia receives US invitation to attend Biden inauguration

The United States has sent an invitation to Russia to attend the inauguration of President Elect Joe Biden scheduled for January 20 in Washington D.C., the Russian Embassy in the US told TASS.

Former PACE member sentenced to 4 years in prison for taking bribes from Azerbaijan

A Milan court has sentenced former member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Luca Volontè, representing Italy, to 4 years in prison for taking bribes from Azerbaijan, La Repubblica reports.

Oman to get its first crown prince in constitutional overhaul

Oman’s sultan announced on Monday a constitutional shakeup that includes the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and new rules on how parliament will work, Reuters reports.

Trump declares state of emergency in DC ahead of Biden inauguration

The Outgoing US president, Donald Trump, on Monday declared a state of emergency in Washington, DC, citing the “emergency conditions” surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Politico reports.

Kazakhstan’s ruling party Nur Otan wins parliamentary polls

Kazakhstan’s ruling party Nur Otan secured victory in the January 10 elections to the lower house of parliament garnering 71.09% of the vote, Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission Konstantin Petrov said, reports TASS.

Russia launches airstrikes on strategic sites in Syria as 'powerful message' to Turkish-backed militants

The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes in different parts of Syria on Saturday, as their warplanes and drones targeted the Turkish-backed militants and their jihadist allies in the Latakia and Aleppo governorates, Almasdarnews.com reports.

Trump will not run for president in 2024

After he lost his reelection bid in November, Donald Trump immediately told allies he planned to run for president again in 2024, preparing to announce as soon as Inauguration Day, Politico reported.