Main News of January 26


At least 26 people died and over 200 were injured during clashes between police and soccer fans in the Egyptian city of Port Said.

Tens of thousands of protesters went back out onto the streets in Cairo and other major Egyptian cities to mark the second anniversary of the mass uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

The United States announced it is withdrawing from a bilateral working group on civil society issues with Russia, a move that comes amid deteriorating ties between the two countries over human rights.

A US federal appeals court ruled President Barack Obama violated the US Constitution by appointing three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last year.

The United States plans to continue cooperating with Russia in spheres of mutual interest but will also keep voicing its concerns on a number of issues, the US State Department said.

More than 50 people were killed in a prison riot in Venezuela’s west, media reported, citing health officials.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, recuperating in Cuba after surgery for cancer, has started an additional course of treatment, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said.

Former Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman won the country’s first direct presidential election in the second round, the Czech state statistics directorate (ChSU) said.



Russian human rights activist and former dissident, Valery Abramkin, died in Moscow after a long illness, Moscow Helsinki Group member Valery Borshchev told RIA Novosti.

The Russian forces should hand over maintenance and support services to suitably-experience commercial enterprises, and will consider buying equipment abroad if local suppliers fail to come up to scratch, the Defense Minister said.

Two amphibious assault ships bought for the Russian Navy from France in a 1.2 billion euro deal will not be able to operate in low temperatures, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin admitted.

Russian opposition movement activists delivered a petition to the Presidential Administration on Saturday, demanding the release of those accused in the so-called “Bolotnaya” case.

An Indian Navy diesel-electric submarine was handed back to the service in an official ceremony following a major refit at Russia’s Zvezdochka shipyard.

Ten people died and at least 14 were injured after a fire at an underground car park in a building in southwest Moscow, local police said.

Russian gas giant Gazprom has presented Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz Ukraina with a $7 billion bill for gas it did not use in 2012, a Naftogaz spokeswoman told the UNIAN news agency.



Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title, defeating an injury-afflicted Li Na in a dramatic final.

Atlant Moscow Region grabbed a 5-3 road victory at Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod to increase its chances of qualifying for the playoffs.

United States-born snowboarder Vic Wild won bronze for Russia at the world snowboard championships after switching nationality.

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