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Mexican reporters plan nationwide protests over journalist killings

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican journalists on Tuesday were set to start nationwide protests in 28 cities and towns to denounce the recent murders of three reporters, demanding an end to impunity that has often characterized the killings of their colleagues.

The planned protests follow the murder of seasoned journalist Lourdes Maldonado on Sunday, some three years after she raised the issue of killings with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and said she feared for her life.

Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters, and some 145 journalists have been killed between 2000-2021, according to Article 19, an advocacy group.

Mexican journalist networks voted to stage the gatherings, which will coincide with online protest campa

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What threat? Russian state TV plays down Moscow’s role in Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) - NATO is scrambling to beef up its eastern flank and Western governments have warned of crippling economic sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine, but watching Russian state TV provides little sense, for now at least, that war may be imminent.

Russian state TV - vital for the Kremlin's public messaging over 11 time zones - has often focused in recent days on other issues such as Russian athletes' hopes for the Beijing Winter Olympics or rising Omicron cases.

"At the moment, there's no sense the enemy is at the door and that we're starting a war soon... That's not happening at all," said one Russian media analyst, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In their reporting on Ukraine, Russian state media say Western "panic" is fuelling the t

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Video of attack on homeless man goes viral

RECENTLY, a video of a homeless man being kicked went viral on social media, and netizens were outraged over the heartless attack..

The video was posted on Twitter by Jabatan Netizen Malaysia (Ajnmalaysia). According to the caption of the video, the incident took place somewhere in Bukit Bintang.

In the 30-second clip, four men who appear to be council workers can be seen cleaning up the area where the homeless man had put his belongings. While the homeless man, who looked to be elderly, was trying to save his things from being taken away, one of the men who was dressed in green pushed and kicked the homeless man until he fell down.

The other three workers ignored the whole situation and just watched the homeless man getting mistreated.

The viral video caught netizens’ attention, and they roundly condemned the man’s action as “rude”, and called for authorities to investigate the issue and make sure the atta

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U.S. calls Russian decision to add Navalny to list of ‘terrorists and extremists’ disturbing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said Russia's decision to add jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and a handful of his allies to an official list of "terrorists and extremists" was disturbing, and it again called for Navalny's immediate and unconditional release.

"This latest designation represents a new low in Russia's continuing crackdown on independent civil society," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Costas Pitas; Writing by Daphne Psaledakis)

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Qatar’s emir to visit Washington on Jan. 31

DOHA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Qatar's ruling emir plans to visit Washington on Jan. 31, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, a trip likely to address Afghanistan, the security of gas supplies to Europe as well as Iran.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani's visit, the first since President Joe Biden took office a year ago, comes as Washington discusses with energy-producing states and firms a potential diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the matter with the foreign minister of Qatar, a top liquefied natural gas producer, in a phone call on Monday, one of the sources said.

Washington is concerned that a possible Russian military assault on Ukraine could trigger U.S. and Eur

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Badminton fans share support for banished shuttler Jin Wei

FORMER national badminton player Goh Jin Wei’s video on YouTube has received huge support from fans around the world.

Her video came out on Sunday (Jan 23), just days after another former national badminton player, Lee Zii Jia, tendered his resignation from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

In the two-and-a-half minute video, Jin Wei spoke about tendering her own resignation from the BAM in Sept 2021.

She said she has a right to play the sport, and that she has not breached any policies and that she did not deserve to be banned from international tournaments.

She further added that playing badminton was the only job she knew, and that it is affecting her livelihood.

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Football: Soccer-Watford appoint former England coach Hodgson as interim manager

(Reuters) - Watford have named former England and Liverpool coach Roy Hodgson as their manager after sacking Claudio Ranieri on Monday following their 3-0 defeat at home by Norwich City, which left them in 19th place, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

"The ex-England national team boss is joined by his trusted assistant Ray Lewington. Hodgson and Lewington begin preparations immediately for Watford's next Premier League fixture, away to Burnley on Saturday Feb. 5," the club said in a statement.

(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk; Editing by Toby Davis)

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