🌏 Russia Reacts To Death Of Main Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny, Updates From Gaza And More

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Russia’s main opposition leader Alexei Navalny has died in prison, according to Russian state media.

The 47-year-old, who was Russian president Vladimir Putin’s biggest critic, was serving a 19-year sentence in a remote Arctic prison for “promoting extremism”.

Prison authorities said Navalny died on Friday Feb. 16 after he collapsed and lost consciousness following a morning walk.

Navalny had previously experienced at least two attempted poisoning attacks, with one military-grade nerve poison attack, which was a suspected Kremlin attack, nearly killing him in 2020.

His death was confirmed by his team on Saturday Feb. 17.

Navalny’s team and family said that Russian authorities had refused to return his body back to them and pressured his mother into holding a secret burial.

Russian authorities finally returned his body back to his family eight days after his death.

More On Alexei Navalny’s Death

Updates On War On Gaza

ICJ Begins Hearing On Israel’s Occupation Of Palestine

Meanwhile, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has begun a hearing on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip since 1967.

The hearing comes after the UN General Assembly passed a resolution in December 2022 to ask the court to issue a legal opinion on the occupation and is separate from South Africa’s case against Israel committing genocide in Gaza since Oct. 7.

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Also Happening Around The World

🇨🇩 The DR Congo football team protested the silence over the massacre in their country before their Africa cup match.

🇸🇱 Three teen girls have died in Sierra Leone after they underwent female genital mutilation or FGM.

🇵🇪A Peruvian police officer caught a drug dealer by dressing up as a teddy bear with a valentine’s note.

This Indian woman chess player called out sexism in chess and people are praising her bravery.

In an Instagram post after a tournament, 18-year-old Divya Deshmukh spoke out about how women chess players often don’t get equal respect as male players.

Deshmukh said that she has been told that the audience doesn’t care about the games she’s playing but are focused on things like her appearance and accent instead.

She said that even though she’s only 18, she has already faced a lot of judgement and hatred for things that are irrelevant to her games, pointing out this is not the case for male players.

Deshmukh said she has been told to ignore the comments and focus on her games, but she didn’t want to stay quiet about the issue.

Her post inspired other women chess players to come forward to share their own stories of discrimination and harassment.

Women represent just 10% of licensed chess players worldwide as of 2020, according to The International Chess Federation.

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🇬🇧 A man tried to mansplain golf to a UK professional woman golf player and women can’t believe she had the patience to stand him.

In a landmark moment, Greece has become the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

A majority of lawmakers voted in favor of a bill on Thursday, February 15 after decades of campaigning by LGBTQ rights activists.

Same-sex partnerships have been legal in Greece since 2015, but now same-sex couples can get married, as well as legally adopt children.

However, the law still bans gay couples from becoming parents through surrogacy, which is allowed for women who can’t have children due to medical reasons.

Greece’s prime minister, who had pushed for the law, called it a milestone for human rights, saying it will end a serious inequality in the country.

Greece has now become the 16th EU country and the first in southeastern Europe to achieve marriage equality.

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