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    Germany buckles under new US sanctions: Abandons 5 projects of the Nord Stream-2

    28 Jul 2017, 12:37 pm
    Germany's Federal Network Agency Bundesnetzagentur, which is engaged in the development of the German gas transmission network until 2026, has decided not to include in their development plan five expansion projects of the "North Stream-2" due to their "unreliability." It was assumed that the operators of the network would build a branch of the gas pipeline to the amount of 4.5 billion euros, but the implementation of five projects was rejected "due to uncertainty" in the construction of the second stage of the Russian gas pipeline. The agency reports that the projects can still be included in the network development plan after the permissions for the expansion of Nord Stream-2 are received. The department refused to clarify whether the requirements were caused to abandon projects related to the expansion of the "Nord Stream-2", with the threat of sanctions from the United States.

    Japan sanctions Chinese bank and firms to pressure North Korea

    28 Jul 2017, 12:28 pm
    Tokyo on Friday has announced the blacklisting of two Chinese companies for their connections with North Korea. The announcement comes as concerns rise Pyongyang is prepping for another missile test. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said five entities, including two Chinese organizations, and nine individuals will be "newly subject to asset freezing" and other unilateral punishment. According to Nikkei daily, China's Bank of Dandong, a Chinese shipping firm and a North Korean trading house dealing with coal and other commodities are among the organizations slapped with the new sanctions. The Bank of Dandong has also been sanctioned by the US and is accused of money laundering for North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. "It is important to strengthen pressure so that North Korea should act toward denuclearization," Kishida told reporters as cited by AFP. "We will urge North Korea to take concrete action toward the resolution of issues," he added.

    US orders embassy staff families to leave Venezuela citing 'unpredictable' situation

    28 Jul 2017, 12:18 pm
    The US State Department has ordered family members of embassy personnel in Caracas to leave the country due to security concerns amid violent protests. It also issued a warning against traveling to Venezuela. The State Department notification came on Thursday, warning US citizens of "social unrest, violent crime, and pervasive food and medicine shortages." "This travel warning also informs U.S. citizens that on July 27, the Department ordered the departure of family members and authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. government employees from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas," it reads. The embassy employees willing to depart the Latin American nation have been sanctioned to leave, while those who are staying had their movement within the capital and other parts of the country restricted.

    Sanctions retaliation: Russia tells US to cut embassy staff and stop using storage facilities, US has temper tantrum

    28 Jul 2017, 11:58 am
    Moscow has told the US to reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, and is also halting the use of embassy storage facilities in the capital, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The retaliatory move comes after the US Congress approved new sanctions against Russia. "The Russian side is suspending the use of all storage facilities on Dorozhnaya Street in Moscow, and a cottage in Serebryaniy Bor by the US Embassy in Russia as of August 1," the ministry said in a statement. The number of US diplomatic service staff in Russia should be reduced to equal the number of Russian diplomats in the US by September 1, Moscow says. "This means that the total number of personnel involved in the American diplomatic and consular institutions in the Russian Federation is reduced to 455."

    4-year-old boy killed at home by pack of 4 dogs in El Paso, Texas

    28 Jul 2017, 10:05 am
    A 4-year-old boy was killed after being mauled by pack of dogs in his own backyard Thursday evening, said a spokesperson for the El Paso Police Department. Police said an officer was dispatched to the home on the 9100 block or Morelia at 7:50 p.m. in El Paso's lower valley. That's when the boy's body was reportedly discovered. Police said the four dogs belong to the homeowner. The boy lived at the home. Animal Control has taken control of the four dogs. Crimes Against Persons is investigating. This article will become update as more information becomes available.