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Curacao blocks Venezuela aid ship cargo, citing security

Curacao blocks Venezuela aid ship cargo, citing securityWillemstad, CuraƧao (Netherlands Antilles) (AFP) – Curacao authorities Friday blocked Venezuelan opposition supporters from loading aid donations onto a ship to sail to their country, the vessel’s captain said, with the island’s government citing security concerns. The Venezuelans have flown containers to Curacao from private donors in the United States — part of a broader aid effort by Venezuela’s self-declared leader Juan Guaido to put pressure on President Nicolas Maduro. The organizers tried on Friday to load the aid onto the Seven Seas supply ship, moored in the port of the Caribbean island 40 miles (65 kilometers) from Venezuela’s coast.



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Exclusive: U.S. blocks North Korean air traffic revival ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Exclusive: U.S. blocks North Korean air traffic revival ahead of Trump-Kim summitThe U.S. move is part of a negotiating tactic to maintain sanctions pressure on North Korea, one of the sources said, ahead of a second summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in late February. Washington is seeking concrete commitments from Pyongyang at the summit to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. The United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), with 192 member countries, has been working with Pyongyang to open a new air route that would pass through North and South Korean airspace.



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Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid page

Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid pageVenezuela’s state internet provider CANTV has blocked a webpage where volunteers sign up to answer National Assembly president Juan Guaido’s call to help bring in desperately needed humanitarian aid, the opposition said on Monday. Guaido says he wants one million volunteers by Saturday, the deadline day he has set to bring in the aid piling up at the border with Colombia and aiming to alleviate food and medicine shortages. Last week the opposition hit out at CANTV for redirecting the volunteers webpage to another almost identical looking site to prevent more people from signing up to self-declared acting president Guaido’s cause.



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Supreme Court blocks restrictive Louisiana abortion law

Supreme Court blocks restrictive Louisiana abortion lawA divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday stopped a Louisiana law imposing strict regulations on abortion clinics from going into effect in its first major test on abortion since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy last summer. The court on a 5-4 vote granted an emergency application by Shreveport-based abortion provider Hope Medical Group for Women to block the Republican-backed law from going into effect while litigation continues. The four liberal justices were joined by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority, suggesting that Roberts, as Kennedy used to be, is now the key vote on the issue.



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Venezuela's military blocks humanitarian aid shipment

Venezuela's military blocks humanitarian aid shipmentVenezuelan military officers blocked a bridge on the border with Colombia ahead of an anticipated humanitarian aid shipment, as opposition leader Juan Guaido stepped up his challenge to President Nicolas Maduro’s authority. Earlier Tuesday the opposition-dominated National Assembly had warned the armed forces, which make up much of Maduro’s power base, not to cross a “red line” by blocking aid. Venezuelan military officers used a tanker truck and huge shipping container to block access to the Tienditas bridge, which links Cucuta, Colombia to Urena, Venezuela.



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House Speaker Pelosi blocks Trump speech until government reopens

House Speaker Pelosi blocks Trump speech until government reopensThe announcement comes after Trump said he plans to deliver the State of the Union address in the House chamber as scheduled on Jan. 29.



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Trump blocks Pelosi trip as tensions mount over U.S. government shutdown

Trump blocks Pelosi trip as tensions mount over U.S. government shutdownIn the meantime, the Trump administration continued to try to mitigate the shutdown’s impact. The State Department said it would call its furloughed employees back to work next week for national security reasons. Pelosi had been scheduled to travel on a military aircraft as part of a congressional delegation to Belgium, where NATO is based, and Afghanistan to visit American troops stationed there.



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Trump blocks Pelosi trip as tensions mount over government shutdown

Trump blocks Pelosi trip as tensions mount over government shutdownIn the meantime, the Trump administration continued to try to mitigate the shutdown’s impact. The State Department said it would call its furloughed employees back to work next week for national security reasons. Pelosi had been scheduled to travel on a military aircraft as part of a congressional delegation to Belgium, where NATO is based, and Afghanistan to visit American troops stationed there.



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Sears store in White Plains, N.Y., watches its destiny decided in courthouse 2 blocks away

Sears store in White Plains, N.Y., watches its destiny decided in courthouse 2 blocks awaySears made its name in American suburbia, like the bedroom community just outside New York City, where its bankruptcy case is unfolding.



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Russia blocks Ukrainian Azov Sea ports: minister

Russia blocks Ukrainian Azov Sea ports: ministerTwo Ukrainian Azov Sea ports, Berdyansk and Mariupol, are effectively under blockade by Russia as vessels are being barred from leaving and entering, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, said on Thursday. Overall, 35 vessels have been prevented from carrying out normal operations and only vessels moving towards Russian ports on the Azov Sea are permitted entry, he said on Facebook.



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