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Blinken says he raised ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s detention with Rwandan leader

KIGALI, Aug 11 (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday he had raised with Rwanda’s president US concerns over the jailing of Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” sheltering hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide. Rusesabagina, 67, a US permanent resident, was sentenced last September to 25 years …

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Exclusive: Russia starts stripping jetliners for parts as sanctions bite

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Russian airlines, including state-controlled Aeroflot (AFLT.MM), are stripping jetliners to secure spare parts they can no longer buy abroad because of Western sanctions, four industry sources told Reuters. The steps are in line …

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US lawmakers look to crack down on airlines over canceled flights

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Two US House Democrats on Tuesday proposed making it unlawful for airlines to offer flights if they know they lack sufficient staff or to cancel flights close to scheduled departures because of foreseeable staffing issues. In a summer of growing frustration over tens of thousands of canceled flights, Representatives Jan …

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Russia suspends START arms inspections over US travel curbs

Russian and US state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. REUTERS / Anton Vaganov / File Photo / File Photo / File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in …

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Pelosi praises Taiwan, says Asian trip wasn’t to change status quo

TOKYO, Aug 5 (Reuters) – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday praised Taiwan, pledged US solidarity and said her trip through Asia, which led to unprecedented military drills by an angry China, was never about changing the regional status quo. Pelosi and a congressional delegation were in Japan on the last stage …

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China’s top diplomat told of possible Pelosi Taiwan trip in July, US official says

Pelosi trip should not be an excuse for escalation – official No plan for Blinken to meet Russia, China counterparts US hopes for sustained and increased pressure on Myanmar 27 countries to meet this week at ASEAN forum TOKYO, Aug 3 (Reuters) – The possibility of US house speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan was raised …

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US adds 25 Airbus planes operated by Russian airlines to export violation list

A Ural Airlines Airbus A321-200 airplane takes off from the airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 29, 2018. Picture taken July 29, 2018. REUTERS / Paul Hanna Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The US Commerce Department on Tuesday will add 25 Airbus airplanes operated by …

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‘VIP trips’ cost migrants their lives in Texas smuggling tragedy

Extra cost and comforts were no help for domed Mexican migrants Dozens suffocated during botched US border crossing Despite dangers, billion-dollar smuggling business booms ‘The air will run out,’ migrant’s mother warned before disaster TLAPACOYAN, Mexico, Aug 1 (Reuters) – At first, Mexican migrants Pablo Ortega and Julio Lopez enjoyed the smuggling equivalent of a …

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On navy day, Putin says United States is main threat to Russia

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking Navy Day in Saint Petersburg, Russia July 31, 2022. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 31 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed a new naval doctrine which cast the United States as Russia’s main …

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US will not lift travel restrictions, citing Delta variant, White House says

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – The United States will not lift any existing travel restrictions “at this point” due to concerns over the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant and the rising number of US coronavirus cases, the White House confirmed on Monday . The decision, which was first reported by Reuters, comes after a senior …

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