Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was in a coma in a Siberian hospital on Thursday after drinking a cup of tea that his spokeswoman said she believed was laced with poison. A fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, Navalny started feeling ill when returning to Moscow from Tomsk in Siberia by plane on Wednesday morning. He was carried off the plane on a stretcher after it made an emergency landing at Omsk.
The Belarus chief prosecutor has launched a criminal case against opposition leaders, accusing them of trying to seize power. The indictment from Alexander Konyuk says the “creation and activity of the [opposition] Coordination Council are aimed at seizure of state power, and at harming national security”. Earlier President Alexander Lukashenko ordered police to end the mass protests against him in the capital Minsk.
Police in Oslo have arrested a Norwegian citizen suspected of illegally handing information to a Russian intelligence officer. The man, whom the PST security police did not name on Monday, was suspected of “harming vital national interests”, which could carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Last year, Frode Berg, a retired Norwegian border inspector, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Moscow.
The Trump administration will not pursue the death penalty against two ISIS suspects in exchange for Britain’s cooperation in the prosecution of the terrorists known as the “Beatles,” allegedly linked to the kidnapping and murders of American and British hostages in Syria. Captives had referred to the two suspects as the “Beatles” because of their British accents.
At least 45 migrants and refugees have died off the coast of Libya after the engine of vessel they were traveling on exploded, the UN has reported with five children said to be among the deceased. The incident in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Zwara, which occurred on Monday, is the deadliest recorded shipwreck of the year so far according to the agency.