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Commenting on Navalny’s death for first time, Putin says he supported prisoner swap for his foe

Russian President Vladimir Putin said early Monday that he supported an idea to release late opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a prisoner exchange just days before the man who was his biggest foe died. In his first comments to address Navalny’s death, Putin said of the dissident’s demise: “It happens. There is nothing you can do about it. It’s life.” The remarks were unusual in that he repeatedly referenced Navalny by his name for the first time in years — and that they came at a late-night news conference as results poured in from a presidential election that is certain to extend his rule. Early returns showed him leading with over 87% of the votes in a race with no competition, after years of ruthlessly suppressing the opposition and crippling independent media. Navalny’s allies last month also said that talks with Russian and Western officials about a prisoner swap involving Navalny were underway. The politician’s longtime associate Maria Pevchikh said the talks were in their final stages just days before the Kremlin critic’s sudden and unexplained death in an Arctic penal colony. She accused Putin of “getting rid of” Navalny in order not to exchange him, but offered no evidence to back her claims, and they could not be independently confirmed. Putin said Monday, also without offering any evidence, that several days before Navalny’s death, “certain colleagues, not from the (presidential) administration” told him about “an idea to exchange Navalny for certain people held in penitentiary facilities in western countries.” He said he supported the idea. “Believe it or not, but the person talking to me didn’t even finish their sentence when I said: ‘I agree,’” Putin said in response to a question from a journalist about Navalny’s death. He added that his one condition was that Navalny wouldn’t return to Russia. “But unfortunately, whatever happened, happened,” Putin said. Navalny, 47, Russia’s best-known opposition politician, died last month while serving a 19-year sentence on extremism charges that he rejected as politically motivated. His allies, family members and Western officials blamed the death on the Kremlin, accusations it has rejected. The politician’s associates said officials listed “natural causes” on paperwork Navalny’s mother was shown when she was trying to retrieve his body. Navalny had been jailed since January 2021, when he returned to Moscow of his own accord after recuperating in Germany from nerve agent poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin. He was immediately arrested. The Kremlin has vehemently denied it was behind the poisoning. Pevchikh claimed that there was a plan to swap Navalny and two U.S. citizens held in Russia for Vadim Krasikov. He was serving a life sentence in Germany for the 2019 killing in Berlin of Zelimkhan “Tornike” Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian citizen of Chechen descent. German judges said Krasikov acted on the orders of Russian authorities. She didn’t identify the U.S. citizens that were supposedly part of the deal. There are several in custody in Russia, including Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, and Paul Whelan, a corporate security executive from Michigan, convicted of espionage and serving a long prison sentence. They and the U.S. government dispute the charges against them. German officials have refused to comment when asked if there had been any effort by Russia to swap Krasikov. Putin had earlier said that the Kremlin was open to negotiations on Gershkovich. He pointed to a man imprisoned in a “U.S.-allied country” for “liquidating a bandit” who had allegedly killed Russian soldiers during separatist fighting in Chechnya. Putin didn’t mention names but appeared to refer to Krasikov. Dasha Litvinova, The Associated Press

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Murder charge after man dies in Sydney prison

An inmate has been charged over the death of a man in a Sydney prison. Just before 9.30am yesterday, police were called to Parklea Correctional Centre after reports a prisoner was found unresponsive in a cell. He was declared dead at the scene. READ MORE: ‘Rogue’ taxi drivers could be blacklisted in NSW Police said the man was yet to be formally identified. At about 2.30pm yesterday, investigators arrested a 20-year-old prisoner and charged him with murder. He was refused bail and will appear in court today.

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Alan Jones reveals ‘poor health’, returns to Australia amid allegations

Alan Jones has returned to Australia after an extended hiatus in the UK, following a string of indecent assault allegations made against him. In a five-and-a-half-minute video provided to News Corp mastheads, the veteran broadcaster revealed poor health had kept him from returning to broadcasting. Jones, 82, has been accused of groping and inappropriately touching young men without their consent while he was at the height of his lengthy radio career. READ MORE: How to tell if your phone will work after the 3G shutdown The allegations of indecent assault, published in The Sydney Morning Herald, were made against the broadcaster by five men including a former 2GB employee, a former waiter, an aspiring musician, an acquaintance and a businessman who is now deceased. Jones strenuously denies the serious allegations of indecent assault made against him and has vowed to launch legal action. “I am not going to dwell, here, on the allegations made about me other than to say that I refute them entirely and the inferences associated with them,” he said in the video. The 82-year-old said he intended on resuming hosting duties at his online site ADH TV but said “some health issues” disrupted his plans. “I have every intention of returning to broadcasting eventually. It is what I do. My work is my life. I could have retired but as I’ve often said if you stop you drop,” he said. “However, I won’t be returning just now because of my latest medical assessments conducted in the last week.” READ MORE: Snake catcher ‘showing signs of recovery’ after near-fatal bite Jones said he had been putting off necessary surgery for some time. “My doctors are now urging that I address these issues now that I have no upcoming commitments,” he said. “I hope I am far from the end of life, but I have been advised that I have a serious need of getting well. “And I must now take the medical advice and do everything within my power to preserve my existence in the most comfortable way possible.”

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Putin says he supported prisoner swap for Navalny

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St. Patrick’s Day Russia election March Madness Israel-Hamas war Netanyahu response World News Commenting on Navalny’s death for first time, Putin says he supported prisoner swap for his foe FILE – In this handout photo taken from video provided by the Moscow City Court on Feb. 2, 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shows a heart symbol while standing in a defendants’ cage during a hearing in the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia. President Vladimir Putin says he supported an idea to release Navalny in a prisoner exchange just days before the man who was his biggest foe died. (Moscow City Court via AP, File) By DASHA LITVINOVA Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year] Share Share Copy Link copied Email Facebook X Reddit LinkedIn Pinterest Flipboard Print Russian President Vladimir Putin said early Monday that he supported an idea to release late opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a prisoner exchange just days before the man who was his biggest foe died. In his first comments to address Navalny’s death, Putin said of the dissident’s demise: “It happens. There is nothing you can do about it. It’s life.” The remarks were unusual in that he repeatedly referenced Navalny by his name for the first time in years — and that they came at a late-night news conference as results poured in from a presidential election that is certain to extend his rule. Early returns showed him leading with over 87% of the votes in a race with no competition, after years of ruthlessly suppressing the opposition and crippling independent media. Navalny’s allies last month also said that talks with Russian and Western officials about a prisoner swap involving Navalny were underway. The politician’s longtime associate Maria Pevchikh said the talks were in their final stages just days before the Kremlin critic’s sudden and unexplained death in an Arctic penal colony. She accused Putin of “getting rid of” Navalny in order not to exchange him, but offered no evidence to back her claims, and they could not be independently confirmed. READ MORE Cease-fire talks with Israel and Hamas are expected to resume on Sunday in Qatar Proposed US resolution would back global efforts for an immediate and sustained cease-fire in Gaza San Francisco protesters who blocked bridge to demand cease-fire will avoid criminal proceedings Putin said Monday, also without offering any evidence, that several days before Navalny’s death, “certain colleagues, not from the (presidential) administration” told him about “an idea to exchange Navalny for certain people held in penitentiary facilities in western countries.” He said he supported the idea. “Believe it or not, but the person talking to me didn’t even finish their sentence when I said: ‘I agree,’” Putin said in response to a question from a journalist about Navalny’s death. He added that his one condition was that Navalny wouldn’t return to Russia. “But unfortunately, whatever happened, happened,” Putin said. Navalny, 47, Russia’s best-known opposition politician, died last month while serving a 19-year sentence on extremism charges that he rejected as politically motivated. His allies, family members and Western officials blamed the death on the Kremlin, accusations it has rejected. The politician’s associates said officials listed “natural causes” on paperwork Navalny’s mother was shown when she was trying to retrieve his body. Navalny had been jailed since January 2021, when he returned to Moscow of his own accord after recuperating in Germany from nerve agent poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin. He was immediately arrested. The Kremlin has vehemently denied it was behind the poisoning. Pevchikh claimed that there was a plan to swap Navalny and two U.S. citizens held in Russia for Vadim Krasikov. He was serving a life sentence in Germany for the 2019 killing in Berlin of Zelimkhan “Tornike” Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian citizen of Chechen descent. German judges said Krasikov acted on the orders of Russian authorities. She didn’t identify the U.S. citizens that were supposedly part of the deal. There are several in custody in Russia, including Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, and Paul Whelan, a corporate security executive from Michigan, convicted of espionage and serving a long prison sentence. They and the U.S. government dispute the charges against them. German officials have refused to comment when asked if there had been any effort by Russia to swap Krasikov. Putin had earlier said that the Kremlin was open to negotiations on Gershkovich. He pointed to a man imprisoned in a “U.S.-allied country” for “liquidating a bandit” who had allegedly killed Russian soldiers during separatist fighting in Chechnya. Putin didn’t mention names but appeared to refer to Krasikov. 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Big MCG crowds fuel AFL single-round attendance record

Camera IconMore than 83,000 fans packed into the MCG on Thursday to watch Carlton take on Richmond. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP Big MCG crowds fuel AFL single-round attendance record Roger VaughanAAPMarch 18, 2024 6:28AM Topics Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

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NFL permutations: Derry and Dublin in pole position to make final after penultimate round of games

Mickey Harte remains firmly on course to bring a third county to a league final in the first year of his stewardship after Derry survived a chaotic Allianz Division 1 game in Castlebar. Harte had previously guided Tyrone to a league title in 2003, his first year there, and Louth to a Division 4 final that subsequently wasn’t played against Antrim in 2021.

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‘We had to finish the game off’ – Deflated Jurgen Klopp sums up Liverpool’s dramatic FA Cup defeat at Old Traf

Amad Diallo struck a last-gasp extra-time winner as Manchester United came from behind to beat Liverpool 4-3 in a pulsating FA Cup tie and move into the semi-finals. Having led through Scott McTominay’s finish in the 10th minute, United trailed at half-time after strikes in quick succession just before the interval from Alexis Mac Allister and Mohamed Salah. An 87th-minute equaliser from Antony subsequently sent the match into extra-time, during which Harvey Elliott put Liverpool back in front and Marcus Rashford’s finish levelled things up again. With penalties looming, Antony’s fellow substitute Diallo then had the final say as he sent the ball into the bottom corner in the dying moments – before being sent off, having been shown a second yellow card for removing his shirt as he celebrated. “Super intense. United had a really good start in the game, we didn’t,” said Klopp. “We used the time and adapted well. We were outstanding but we had to finish the game off and we didn’t. If you’re only one goal up it’s clear you’re opponent is there. We lose it in the end. I cannot ask for me. “The boys gave everything. Our decision making was not great. You have to accept the result. They deserve to go to the next round. It was a period in the second half when we should have finished it but we didn’t and we know they could come back. “I think my boys showed incredible character again. Super effort again. Everybody showed it. You cannot compare our season to United’s with the amount of games. It’s fine, we deal with it. “How could I doubt the character of my boys? I don’t. We use the situation and it’s game over. We didn’t use it and they ran through. I’m still proud of what I saw today. They boys have to recover and we will go for everything after the international break.” United manager Erik ten Hag saluted his side’s start to the game, as he reserved special praise for Rashford as he bounced back from missing a chance to win the game in the final seconds of normal time to snatch a crucial goal in extra time. “The first 30 minutes was the best of our whole season, we were acting as a team but then we got gaps between the lines and you can’t allow this against one of the best teams in Europe. They outplayed us,” said Ten Hag. “Then we made changes, we took risks and the players were wonderful. The attitude was great, a strong belief to win this game. “Rashford is resilient, he keeps going, normally he finishes those moments but he kept going for another chance. That inspired the other players. “We have a team that is for the future. Coming up are players who are developing very well like Diallo, Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo. “To go to the final we have to win against Coventry, we will have to play at our best. We saw that Coventry have great spirit, a great mentality. We will prepare our best to play in the final.

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Kristin Cavallari, 37, shares pic of Mark Estes, 24, bonding with her son just one month after first date

Kristin Cavallari isn’t shying away from bringing her beau, Mark Estes, around her kids. The “Hills” alum, 37, took to her Instagram Story Sunday to show one of her sons walking side by side with the TikToker, 24, inside a building. She captioned the sweet moment with a simple white heart. Estes appears to be spending more time with Cavallari’s three kids after she admitted they met him ahead of their first date on Feb. 13. For more Page Six you love… Listen to our weekly “We Hear” podcast Shop our exclusive merch Talking about her first night out with her beau, she said on her “Let’s Be Honest” podcast last week, “[He] came and picked me up and he met my kids. “He actually met my mom too because my mom was babysitting my kids, so it just really threw him in the mix.” Cavallari — who shares Camden, 11, Jaxon, 9, and Saylor, 8 with ex-husband Jay Cutler — further said Estes is the first boyfriend they’ve ever met. “When [Estes] came to pick me up, the boys were like, ‘Can I show you my room?’ [Estes] is upstairs with my kids seeing their room,” she continued. “The boys were so excited about him.” The mom of three added, “My kids really want to see me happy.” During the podcast episode, Cavallari also explained she first linked up with Estes online when she found his three-man TikTok account the Montana Boyz, featuring her beau, Kaleb Winterburn and Kade Cutterwilcox. The “Laguna Beach” star explained it took a few months for her to link up with Estes but when they finally met in person during a group hangout in Nashville, Tenn. in January, they hit it off. “We all went out. And then, he asked me to be his Valentine,” she added. Cavallari and Estes hard launched their relationship on social media during their romantic getaway to Los Cabos, Mexico on Feb. 27. At first, the TV personality was critiqued for their 13-year age gap, but she has learned to ignore the haters. “The age thing was a hang-up for me at first,” she said during last week’s podcast episode. “Now, I don’t give a f–k. And I’m all in with this guy. I don’t actually care what anyone else thinks.”

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