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Russia Places Travel Ban On US VP Harris. Facebook’s Zuckerberge, Others

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Russia Places Travel Ban On US VP Harris. Facebook's Zuckerberge, Others

Russia has moved to retaliate the travel ban by the United States.

It has banned Vice President Kamala Harris, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and 27 other Americans from traveling to Russia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that all would be “denied entry to the Russian Federation on an indefinite basis”.

The sanction affects top business executives, politicians, scientists, and journalists.

The action retaliates the Biden Administration’s “ever-expanding anti-Russian sanctions”, the statement noted.

The U.S. and others are increasing sanctions against the country over the invasion of Ukraine since February 24.

It is believed Zuckerberg was added to the list for limiting access to Russian news outlets on Facebook.

Russia recently banned United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, former PM Theresa May and dozens of others.

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The list of the 29 banned Americans:
– Kamala Devi Harris, Vice President of the United States
– Kathleen Holland Hicks, First Deputy Secretary of Defence
– Christopher Watson Grady, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
– John Francis Kirby, Deputy Secretary of Defence
– Ronald Klain, White House Chief of Staff
– Evan Maureen Ryan, President’s Cabinet Secretary, Secretary of State Blinken’s wife
– Margaret Goodlander, Secretary of Justice’s adviser
– Douglas Craig Emhoff, Vice President Harris’ husband
– Robert Kagan, Senior Deputy Secretary of State Nuland’s husband
– Edward Price, State Department spokesman
– Rachel Levine, Deputy Minister of Health
– Brian Thomas Moynihan, Bank of America Chairman
– Mark Zuckerberg, Meta (Facebook) Co-founder
– Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumann Corporation President
– Phebe Novakovic, General Dynamics President
– Michael Petters, Huntington Ingalls Industries President
– William Brown, L-3 Harris Technologies President
– Wahid Nawabi, Aerovironment President
– Roger Krone, Leidos President
– Horacio Rozanski, Booz Allen Hamilton President
– Eilee Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne President
– David Deptua, Head, Mitchell Institute of Airspace Studies
– Ryan Roslansky, LinkedIn CEO
– George Stephanopoulos, ABC television host

_ Matthew Kroenig, Deputy Director, B. Scowcroft Center for Strategic Security
– David Reynolds Ignatius, journalist, expert at Wilson Center

– Edward Acevedo, Illinois Legislature ex member, expert at Wilson Centté
– Kevin Rothrock, Meduza (English) media portal editor-in-chief, expert at Wilson Center
– Bianna Vitalievna Golodryga, CNN senior international analyst.

 

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World’s Oldest Primary Pupil Dies

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Priscilla Sitieni ,the world’s oldest primary school pupil is dead

Sitieni, reportedly died after developing a chest complication.

“Gogo has been in good health and attending her classes until three days to her demise when she developed chest pains, which forced her out of school,” he told the newspaper on Thursday.

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“We are thankful for the 100 years of her life. She made all of us proud,” he added.

She was 94 when she persuaded the headmaster of the local school in her village in Kenya’s Rift Valley to admit her, according to UNESCO, which hailed her as “a role model for her community and beyond”.

In an interview with the UN agency last year, she said her aim was to motivate young mothers in Kenya to return to school after having children, instead of dropping out due to shame or fear of social stigma.

“I wanted to show an example not only to them but to other girls around the world who are not in school,” she said.

“Without education, there will be no difference between you and a chicken,” she said.

“Education is your future. Education remains in your head forever and you cannot lose it once you have it.”

Her efforts were documented in a French film titled “Gogo”, which led her to take a plane for the first time last year to visit France and meet first lady Brigitte Macron.

The film’s co-writer Patrick Pessis paid tribute to her on Thursday, tweeting: “Her message about girls’ education lives on.”
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How Trump Endangered My Life, Family – Pence

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About two years after leaving office, erstwhile United Stated Vice President, has revealed how his life and that of his family were endangered by “reckless” comments made by former President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, during the invasion of the Capitol Building by Trump supporters.

Pence revealed to ABC’s David Muir in an interview that the ex-president’s words during the insurrection “endangered his life, his family and everyone at the Capitol building” that day.

During the infamous invasion, Pence was in the midst of leading a joint session of Congress when the angry mob broke into the building to prevent Congress from counting the 2020 Electoral College votes and affirming Joe Biden as president-elect.

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In a speech to his supporters shortly before the attack, Trump had urged them to walk to the U.S. Capitol “peacefully” but also added: “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

In the interview which held on Sunday but aired late night Monday, Pence said: “The president’s words that day at the rally endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol building.”

Trump had insisted that Pence had the authority to overturn the election results but in a statement Pence issued on January 6, the then Vice President said he could not change the outcome of the election.

“The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone.

“And frankly, there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person can choose the president,” Pence said when asked if he did not antagonize Trump by not carrying out his orders.

Pence has, on different occasions, publicly criticized his former boss several times since the January 6 insurgence.

In February, while addressing The Federalist Society, a conservative and libertarian legal organization, Pence called January 6 a “dark day,” and again said that Trump was wrong in claiming he could overturn the election.

 

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Same-sex Marriage Now Legal Throughout Mexico

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After the state of Tamaulipas became the last in the mostly Catholic Mexico to approve same-sex marriage, it has become legal throughout the country.

This was disclosed by the local Congress on Wednesday.

The northern border state’s decision ends a 12-year journey toward national marriage equality beginning when the capital Mexico City became the first to celebrate same-sex unions in 2010.

The move was followed by a Supreme Court declaration five years later stating a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional that spurred changes at the state level.

“The Congress of Tamaulipas approved the reforms to article 132 of the Civil Code for the State, to recognize the right to same-sex marriage,” the institution said in a statement.

“There are no first or second-class people, all people should enjoy this right,” said local congresswoman Nancy Ruiz of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), who promoted the reform.

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Marriage equality was approved in seven other states this year — three of them in the last two weeks.

In five of Mexico’s 32 states where marriage equality was established through court orders or governors’ decrees, it is still pending “legislative harmonization,” said political scientist and LGBTQ activist Genaro Lozano.

“But it is already a reality throughout Mexico. Thanks to all the activists and legislators who have supported it over the years,” Lozano tweeted.
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