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John Oliver Is Blocked By China After He Makes Fun Of Its President

John Oliver Is Blocked By China After He Makes Fun Of Its PresidentOn Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," covering China and its President Xi Jinping,



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A Law to Ban Upskirting in the U.K. Was Blocked

A Law to Ban Upskirting in the U.K. Was BlockedAn attempt to make upskirting a criminal offense in the United Kingdom, punishable by up to two years in prison, has been blocked by a lawmaker in the ruling Conservative Party.



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World Cup: More than 1,200 UK football hooligans blocked from flying to Russia

World Cup: More than 1,200 UK football hooligans blocked from flying to RussiaDozens of football hooligans have failed to surrender their passports ahead of Thursday's World Cup opening ceremony, raising fears they could attempt to travel to Russia. Police are now visiting known hooligans who have yet to hand over their travel documents in a bid to ensure they remain at home. Latest Home Office figures show that 58 people banned from travelling to the World Cup have not surrendered their passports since the exclusion period began on June 4. Of the 1,312 individuals subject to football banning orders preventing them from travelling to overseas games, 1,254 have either handed over the documents voluntarily, been forced to do so or did not have a passport in the first place. Police are in place at UK ports to stop any suspected troublemakers trying to get to  to the tournament, which promises to open with a spectacular ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Officials say they are confident that few, if any, hooligans will succeed in getting to Russia, and if they do they will be met by a huge security operation. Nick Hurd , Minister for Policing and the Fire Service said: "The World Cup is a festival of football and is no place for violence or disorder. “The UK’s system of football banning orders is unique and means that people intent on causing trouble in Russia will instead be staying at home.” Metal detectors and security near the entrance to Red Square, Moscow Credit: Aaron Chown /PA Football banning orders lasting up to 10 years aim to stop hooligans travelling to international fixtures and if breached can lead to a fine of up to £5,000 and a six-month jail term. Officials will be keen to avoid a repeat of scenes at Euro 2016 in France, when England fans were involved in violent clashes, including with Russia supporters. Around 10,000 fans are expected to travel from the UK to Russia in the coming days, with each required to have a unique fan number allowing them access to the games. There is a large police presence in parts of Moscow, with airport-style scanners and searches in operation around Luzhniki Stadium ahead of kick off. Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the UK’s national lead for football policing, said: “Ahead of the World Cup, a comprehensive policing operation has been in place across the country to account for passports of those on banning orders, which has once again seen only a handful of those outstanding. “The legislation used for banning orders is the most effective of its kind, and affords us the ability to ensure the vast majority of England supporters travelling to Russia are genuine fans who simply want to enjoy the tournament.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage The warnings come after the head of the German football association said the German secret service had identified threats from terrorist groups intent on attacking the tournament. Reinhard Grindel, president of the DFB, admitted there was no guarantee fans would be safe from the threat from a lone-wolf extremist. He said: "We know from our secret service there a lot of videos from different terrorist groups which say they want to do something during the World Cup and they request their followers to do actions. "I think the security administration is so good that groups who were active will be seen and they will prevent a big terror act, but you can never, ever, say it is impossible for a lonesome terrorist to make something. He added: “It is clear that in a country like Russia you need security and it's in our interest, in the interests of our team, of our fans to have security. On the other hand it should not be so much that it overloads everything so we must find a wise, middle way." World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Mr Grindel, who was in Moscow for the Fifa Congress which on Wednesday awarded the 2026 World Cup to a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the US, suggested the British government’s boycott of the World Cup was “unwise”. Officials from the English FA and British Government and Royal Family are not expected to be present, following the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March. But Mr Grindel said: "If you play in Russia, this is not similar to supporting everything Mr (Vladimir) Putin is politically doing, but the point is to build bridges between the civil societies.”



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Transgender woman 'raped at men's prison' hours after judge blocked move

Transgender woman 'raped at men's prison' hours after judge blocked moveA transgender inmate says she was raped at a men’s prison hours after a judge threw out her request to block corrections officers from keeping her in a disciplinary unit. Lindsay Saunders-Velez claims she had been threatened, harassed and assaulted since entering Colorado’s prison system last spring for violating her plea deal in a menacing case. The prisoner filed a lawsuit against the state’s corrections agency in July, branding the system “discriminatory and dangerous” for transgender offenders.



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Exits were blocked, say Russian mall fire investigators

Exits were blocked, say Russian mall fire investigatorsBy Andrew Osborn and Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) – Investigators looking into a fire that killed at least 64 people at a busy shopping mall in Siberia said on Monday a security guard had turned off the public address system and exits had been illegally blocked. The fire, one of the deadliest in Russia since the break-up of the Soviet Union, swept through the upper floors of the “Winter Cherry” shopping center in the city of Kemerovo, where a cinema complex and children’s play area were located, on Sunday afternoon. Dozens of children were feared to be among the dead.



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Mississippi's new law restricting abortion blocked by judge for 10 days

Mississippi's new law restricting abortion blocked by judge for 10 daysA U.S. federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that enacted the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States, in a ruling handed down a day after the governor signed the measure. The Mississippi law would prohibit abortion after 15 weeks of gestation, with some exceptions. It went into effect immediately after Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed it on Monday.



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Female Journalists Were Blocked Behind Male Colleagues While Covering Pence's Israel Trip

Female Journalists Were Blocked Behind Male Colleagues While Covering Pence's Israel TripFemale journalists who traveled around the world to report on Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Israel this week were literally blocked from doing their jobs on Tuesday morning.



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Isil convoy that was blocked by US air strikes attempts different route

Isil convoy that was blocked by US air strikes attempts different routeAn Isil convoy that was blocked by US air strikes on Wednesday attempted a different route to reach territory held by the jihadist group in eastern Syria, despite the coalition warning it would likely strike again. More than 300 lightly armed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters and about 300 family members are being evacuated from Syria's western border with Lebanon under a ceasefire agreement involving the jihadist group, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Shia militia Hizbollah. The truce has been criticised by the coalition and by Iraq, whose army is fighting Isil in areas next to the eastern Syria region to which the convoy was headed. Buses carrying Isil jihadis and their families driving east from Syria's border with Lebanon Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP US Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the commander of US-led forces fighting Isil, said they had observed the convoy travelling again towards their destination late on Thursday, before appearing to turn back. He did not offer an explanation as to why. The Syrian army escorted the convoy part of the way Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/ AFP "When I walked into this conference about an hour ago, the buses were on the move. They had turned and had driven back into regime-held areas," he told reporters via a video teleconference from Baghdad. "We haven't struck the convoy. But we have struck every ISIS fighter and/or vehicle that has tried to approach that convoy. And we'll continue to do that," he said. Iraq victory over Isil in Mosul, in pictures “We will not allow it to link up with Isil in the Euphrates River Valley,” a source in the coalition told the Telegraph earlier on Thursday.   Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah's leader, said in a televised address that the US had warned the Lebanese government that if they let the deal go ahead they faced losing US financial support. FAQ | Islamic State  



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Buses torched, roads blocked, clashes during Brazil strike

Buses torched, roads blocked, clashes during Brazil strikeRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Protesters lit buses on fire, blocked roads and clashed with police on Friday during a general strike that brought transportation to a halt in many cities across Latin America's largest nation.



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