Kremlin Downplays Navalny Protests; Mexico’s President Tests Positive: World Brief

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    Here are the top stories for January 25:

    -U.K. Health Minister Matt Hancock has warned that coronavirus vaccines may be less effective against new variants of the disease, such as those found in South Africa and Brazil. Hancock said this justified stricter border controls for the U.K. and that the government is conducting a vaccine trial on the South African variant to study its response to the inoculation.

    -The Kremlin played down nationwide protests demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny — Russia’s biggest since at least 2018 — as Western governments condemned the detention of thousands of demonstrators. One pollster put the number of protesters in Moscow at as many as 35,000. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed turnout was much smaller, and that backing for President Vladimir Putin remains strong.

    -France is set to go back into lockdown “within days” amid concerns that a new wave of infections driven by the more-contagious U.K. variant of the coronavirus could spiral out of control, Journal du Dimanche said, citing unidentified people with knowledge of the matter.

    -Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he tested positive for Covid-19. The 67-year-old president announced his diagnosis in a tweet late Sunday, saying his symptoms were mild and that he’s receiving treatment. The president has generally held a lax approach to the virus, refusing to impose mandatory lockdowns and pressing hard to keep the economy open for business.

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