Top 10 world news: Navalny to meet foreign envoys, Bitcoin rises above $43,000, and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Feb 08, 2021, 08:58 PM IST
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The Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's allies are hoping to have a video call with the European Union and envoys from Britain, the United States, Canada and Ukraine. Meanwhile, in Israel, the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a brief appearance in the court as the trial against his corruption charges resumed from today. In the west, after Tesla invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin, the digital currency hit a record-high above $43,000 on Monday.

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The meeting at 1200 GMT is likely to be the first forum for the West to consider any possible joint response to Navalny's jailing last week and Friday's expulsions, which took place while the EU's top diplomat was visiting Moscow.

Martial law was declared on Monday in seven townships in Myanmar's second biggest city, Mandalay.

The United States has moved to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council, nearly three years after former president Donald Trump's administration withdrew the country from body. 

Netanyahu was charged last year with allegations of corruption as he has been accused of accepting improper gifts and trade regulatory favour with media giants in return for positive coverage.

China has finally blocked access to a rare social interaction app, Clubhouse, after many locals started using it to discuss topics, including things the government does not approve.

The metal block was found by a farmer Friday in Sanliurfa province with old Turkic script that reads "Look at the sky, see the moon."

The damage was confirmed using satellite imagery depicting the two camps for Eritrean refugees, known as Hitsats and Shimelba, the Norwegian Refugee Council said in a statement.

Tesla's decision came just days after CEO Elon Musk changed his Twitter bio to simply read "#bitcoin." The announcement came in a US Securities and Exchange Commission document.

Anyone in the UK can register with local doctors and get access to free frontline medical care, without having to worry about their immigration status in the country.

Hong Kong has decided against using a jury for the first trial under a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing, a report has said.