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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny looked gaunt and exhausted as he appeared in a Moscow court via videolink following his hunger strike. Also, two Spanish journalists and an Irish conservationist in Burkina Faso were killed after they were kidnapped while on an anti-poaching patrol, and Turkey is preparing for its first COVID-19 lockdown amid a spike in cases. Meanwhile, China successfully launched its first module of a new space station. CBS News foreign correspondent Ian Lee joined "CBSN AM" from London with headlines from around the world.
And now, we want to bring you some breaking news about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Our Ian Lee is following this story, as well as other international headlines for us. This morning out of London, Ian, what is the latest on Navalny?
- Good morning, Amery. Yeah, we got our first look at Alexei Navalny at a court hearing today. The 44-year-old looked extremely skinny after he ended his hunger strike. The court rejected an appeal by Navalny to a previous ruling. And we now move on to the West African nation of Burkina Faso where two Spanish journalists and an Irish conservationist have been killed. The three men were kidnapped while on an anti poaching patrol. They were part of a larger group patrolling the border with Benin.
The area is known to be dangerous. Spanish officials say that terrorists and bandits operate there. The journalists were making a documentary at the time about protecting nature preserves well. The Irish citizen was part of a wildlife charity against poaching. Officials in Burkina Faso say the group of soldiers and foreigners were ambushed by gunmen. What is uncertain right now according to authorities is who carried out the attack and why.
We are now moving on to Turkey where the country prepares for its first lockdown. Covid-19 cases are soaring, the streets and shopping centers were packed as folks rushed to stock up on supplies. They will have to stay home unless doing essential shopping while schools will also close. Turkey has been relatively successful keeping the virus at bay, but relaxing restrictions triggered a second wave. Critics also say the country isn't vaccinating fast enough.
Next, we are here in the UK where the government has made a controversial decision to slash aid to the UN family planning program by 85%. This is devastating as Britain is the largest donor, but UK officials say, the economic impact of COVID has forced their hands. They add, they just don't have the money. The UN estimates the funds would have helped to prevent roughly 250,000 maternal and child deaths, more than 14 million unintended pregnancies, and roughly four million unsafe abortions.
Finally, we are in China, where the country launched its first module of a new Space Station. The Chinese rocket carried the living quarters for future crew members. Beijing is building its own station because it's currently banned from the International Space Station. Officials say it'll take at least 10 more launches to carry additional equipment before the station goes online sometime next year. This is all part of the country's increasingly ambitious space program. There has been talks of China sending a mission to Mars, as well as developing a base on the moon with Russia.
Amery, the space race is heating up. China has poured tons of money into their efforts to catch up with the US and Russia. Beijing had only put a person in space for the first time in 2003. And their Space Station will be in orbit at least till 2032, the much larger International Space station is scheduled to retire in 2024, but it can remain operational beyond that deadline.
- It's about to get a little crowded up there. Ian, thank you.