This is VOA news. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton. Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has been moved to a sick ward after complaining of a cough and a temperature. That's according to the Izvestia newspaper on Monday. Earlier Monday, Navalny said in an Instagram post that a third prisoner in his quarters had been sent to the hospital with suspected tuberculosis. In the post, Navalny said prison doctors had officially diagnosed him with a "severe cough" and a slight fever. Navalny, who is President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, is currently imprisoned about 100 kilometers from Moscow in what's known as one of the toughest penitentiaries in Russia. Tuberculosis is a potentially serious contagious disease that affects the lungs. It's mainly spread through coughing and sneezing. Russian police arrested Navalny in January upon his return from Germany on charges of violating his parole. The anti-corruption fighter had been recuperating in Berlin for several months after being poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent. Navalny has accused agents of Russia's Federal Security Service of poisoning him. Navalny's imprisonment has drawn a chorus of international criticism, with the United States and its allies demanding his unconditional release and vowing to continue to hold those responsible for his poisoning to account.
At least 40 people have been killed in Sudan's West Darfur region after three days of ethnic clashes that have prompted the government to declare a state of emergency. This is according to the United Nations on Monday. The clashes close to the border with Chad also left at least 58 people wounded. Fighting among members of the two opposing tribes began after armed men shot two people and wounded two others, according to the U.N. Sudan's Security Council has declared a state of emergency and deployed troops to the area to restore peace. VOA news.