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UK blocks replacement of diplomats after Novichok expulsions – Russian ambassador

The British government is preventing Russia from appointing new diplomats to replace the 23 expelled by London over the Novichok poisoning allegations, the Russian ambassador to the UK said. “We cannot fill those vacancies because Britain refuses to issue visas to our diplomats,” Alexander Yakovenko said during a press conference on Friday. The UK expelled […]

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‘We are not sin city’: Houston blocks sex-doll brothel

Houston City Council in Texas has unanimously voted to block a sex-doll brothel from opening by bringing in a ban on citizens having sex with a device resembling a human at a business premises. A Canadian company had already started construction on the business before progress was halted by permit issues, and on Wednesday the […]

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US military blocks proposed railway linking North & South Korea

US military officials have put the brakes on a proposed rail project that would connect the Korean Peninsula, underscoring growing differences between Washington and Seoul on engagement with the Hermit Kingdom. The governments of the two estranged nations were set to begin preliminary plans for the rail link last week, but their application to send […]

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Russia blocks UN Security Council report on North Korea

Russia has decided to halt discussions of a United Nations Security Council report on North Korea, due to disagreement on some of its points and concern over parts of it being leaked before publication, Moscow’s UN envoy has said. Russia has blocked the upcoming report of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea […]

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US blocks IOC proposal to allow sports equipment exports to North Korea

The US has blocked a request by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the United Nations Security Council Committee to exclude sports equipment from the list of items prohibited for export to North Korea. “The United States was the only one to object against approving the IOC president’s request by the UN Security Council Committee,” […]

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Man 'with gun' blocks Hoover Dam bridge near Las Vegas

A man who was reportedly armed blocked traffic going both ways on the Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, eventually getting arrested on the Arizona side, the Nevada Highway Patrol said. Officers from the Arizona Highway Patrol, as well as Lake Mead, Boulder City and Las Vegas police all responded to the scene, according to local […]

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