Russian opposition leader to be treated in Germany for suspected poisoning

August 21, 2020

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Anatoly Kalinichenko, deputy chief doctor of the Omsk Ambulance Hospital No. 1 (R) and Boris Teplykh, head of the department of anesthesiology and resuscitation of the Pirogov's medical center, speak to the media at the intensive care unit where Alexei Navalny was hospitalized, in Omsk, Russia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.


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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been in a coma since Thursday, the result of a suspected poisoning. After previously blocking his transfer, Russian doctors are now allowing Navalny to be transported to a medical facility in Germany at the request of his family. And, ever since the controversial election in Belarus which incumbent Alexander Lukashenko claims he won, thousands of peaceful protesters and bystanders have been detained. Also, K-pop band BTS have released a new single called "Dynamite." It’s their first track entirely in English.

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