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Activist Yulia Galyamina and her husband Nikolai Tuzhilin lie on the ground next to riot police during in Moscow on June 12, 2017.
Activist Yulia Galyamina and her husband Nikolai Tuzhilin lie on the ground next to riot police during in Moscow on June 12, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Russian activist Alexei Navalny jailed, hundreds detained, as tens of thousands rally across Russia

Shouting "We demand answers," and "Stop lying and stealing", tens of thousands of protesters turned out Monday (June 12) across Russia in a nationwide anti-corruption rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny as part of his long-shot bid to unseat President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny was arrested and sentenced to 15 days in jail for his role in organising an illegal protest.

Protests in more than 180 cities gave a clear sign of growing support for the anti-graft message of Navalny's campaign. But police detained Navalny at his home after he defied authorities by calling on his followers to gather on Moscow's central thoroughfare instead of an approved protest space north of the centre.


Another US appeals court rules against Donald Trump's revised travel ban

 A California-based federal appeals court on Monday dealt President Donald Trump another setback, refusing to revive his travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority nations in a dispute headed to the US Supreme Court.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco largely left in place a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii that blocked the president's March 6 travel ban order, which Trump said was urgently needed to prevent terrorism in the United States.

A second court, the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, on May 25 upheld a Maryland judge's ruling that also blocked parts of the order.


British Prime Minister Theresa May apologises to her party's MPs for election 'mess'

British Prime Minister Theresa May took the blame for the Conservatives' disastrous performance in last week's election as she faced her party's angry MPs on Monday, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out," May told Conservatives MPs during a crunch meeting in Westminster.

May's Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in Thursday's snap vote, causing political chaos ahead of Brexit talks with the European Union set to start next week and prompting calls - from within her own party - for her resignation.


Rome imposes fines for frolicking at famous fountains

Rome is cracking down on anyone hoping to recreate Anita Ekberg's dip in the Trevi fountain in the Fellini film La Dolce Vita on Monday, imposing fines for bad behaviour in and around the city's watery wonders.

One of Italy's most visited cities, Rome has long struggled to keep tidy treasures such as the Colosseum, and tourists paddling in its sculpted fountains have done little to help in recent years.

Angry headlines in Italian newspapers as temperatures have risen in recent weeks have included "The incivility continues: Tourists in the fountains and the flowerbeds" and "Monuments under attack".


Rap music mogul Sean Combs ousts Taylor Swift as highest-paid global entertainer

Rapper and music producer Sean "Diddy" Combs was named the world's highest-paid entertainer on Monday, ousting pop singer Taylor Swift who fell to 49th place on the Forbes annual list.

Beyonce moved into the second spot with US$105 million ($145 million), courtesy of her best-selling Lemonade album and world tour, while British author J K Rowling (US$95 million) moved back into the top three thanks largely to her Harry Potter spinoff movie franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Combs, 47, earned an estimated US$130 million in the 12 months ended June 1, 2017, Forbes said. It attributed the big payout to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, earnings from his Sean John clothing line, and his partnership with Ciroc vodka.