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German Hospital: Clinical Findings Point To Navalny’s Poisoning

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Nerve Agent Novichok Found In Russia's Alexey Navalny - Germany

The German hospital treating Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny since he was admitted on Saturday has said he appears to have been poisoned.

On Monday, in a statement released by the Charite hospital stated that the team of doctors who have been examining Navalny have found the presence of “cholinesterase inhibitors” in his system.

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The hospital said “the patient is in an intensive care unit and is still in an induced coma. His health is serious but there is currently no acute danger to his life.”

Last week, ANN reported that the Russian opposition politician, who is a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin was flying from Siberia to Moscow after a work trip to Tomsk when his plane made an emergency landing after he fell ill.

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The spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh last Thursday said the politician fell ill from suspected poisoning during a flight.

Russian doctors blamed the illness of 44-year-old Navalny who was rushed into intensive care on a metabolic disorder caused by low blood sugar.

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Navalny was brought to the German capital Berlin on Saturday from Siberia after aides said they believed poison was administered to Navalny in a cup of tea, pointing the blame at President Vladimir Putin.

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Belarus President Closes Western Borders, Puts Army On High Alert

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Belarus President Closes Western Borders, Puts Army On High Alert

Protesters in Belarus are still angry in their sixth week of mass protests demanding the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko.

The president has announced, in retaliation, he is putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania.  He also said the Belarusian border with Ukraine would be strengthened.

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Lukashenko insists the six weeks of protests are driven by the west. He faces increasing criticism from the united states and the European Union.

Demonstrations began after the disputed august presidential election official results gave the authoritarian leader a sixth term in office–results opponents say were manipulated.

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Bolivian Interim President Anez Withdraws From Election Race

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Bolivian Interim President Anez Withdraws From Election Race

Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez has withdrawn from next month’s presidential election, saying she’s withdrawing in the interest of the party.

Anez, a former conservative senator, took office during the power vacuum that followed former president Morales’s departure after allegations of irregularities in last year’s election.  Those allegations fueled violent protests, and army pressure forced the country’s first indigenous president into exile in Mexico.

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Anez says if she does not step down, Morales would possibly return to power.

She declined to name the candidate for whom she will vote.

Next month’s election is the delayed rerun of last year’s ballot.  Anez’s candidacy had sparked controversy after she initially ruled herself out and pledged to guide the country to transparent new elections.

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By pulling out of the race, analysts say Anez could increase chances that the election will be pushed to a second round by consolidating the anti-Arce vote.

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To avoid a second round, the election winner requires at least 40 percent of valid votes in the first round and a 10-point advantage over the closest competitor.

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