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US blocks UN Gaza ceasefire appeal

The US has cast the lone dissenting vote against a proposed UN Security Council resolution that would have demanded a humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war amid rising civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip. Thirteen member states voted in favor of the resolution, which was put forward by the United …

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US Senate blocks Ukraine funding

The White House proposal that included over $60 billion in funding for Kiev failed to pass in the Senate on Wednesday, falling short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed. The final vote was 49 in favor and 51 against, with Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who normally votes …

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Turkey blocks two major Western news websites

The Turkish Broadcasting Authority (RTUK) has blocked the websites of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) and the US international radio station Voice of America (VoA). The block comes after the outlets refused to obtain a broadcasting license or tweak their websites to comply with local laws. Both outlets have …

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European court blocks UK deportation flight

A handful of illegal migrants, whom the British government wanted to fly to Rwanda to process their asylum petitions, have been saved from deportation at the last moment. An injunction issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) kept their flight on the ground on Tuesday. The takeoff was …

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Israel blocks Ukraine missile deal – media

Israel will not permit Germany to sell Spike anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, according to a report by the US outlet Axios on Wednesday. The missile is produced in Germany under an Israeli license, and Tel Aviv has to approve its export. The Pentagon had asked the top Israeli defense ministry …

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NATO member blocks accession talks for Sweden and Finland – media

Turkey has blocked NATO accession talks with Finland and Sweden on Wednesday, several media outlets have reported. Representatives of the military bloc’s member states have gathered seeking to open the negotiations just hours after both nations officially submitted their applications. However, Ankara has reportedly stopped the vote on the start of …

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Ukraine blocks Russian gas flow to Europe

Ukraine suspended the flow of Russian natural gas to Europe on Wednesday, while blaming Moscow for the disruption. Russian gas had so far been flowing uninterrupted through pipelines across Ukraine despite the military activities. In a statement late Tuesday, the Ukrainian gas transmission system operator said it had decided to …

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Court blocks Biden from easing border policy

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a temporary restraining order barring US President Joe Biden’s administration from ending an emergency policy that allowed border agents to quickly expel asylum seekers to protect against the spread of Covid-19. US District Court Judge Robert Summerhays made the ruling on Monday, granting a …

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Turkey blocks Russian flights to Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Saturday that his country would deny passage to Russian flights bound for Syria. Though Turkey is a member of NATO, it has not sanctioned Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, and is discussing airspace rights with Moscow as part of wider negotiations on …

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Europe blocks payment to Russian investors

Russia’s National Settlement Depository (NSD) said on Friday that Clearstream clearing house, which processes payments for many of the country’s corporate and sovereign bonds, has blocked its account. This means that Russian holders of European stocks and bonds cannot receive dividends on their investments through Clearstream. According to Interfax, the …

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