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Israel Blames Iran Over Lethal Attack On Oil Tanker Off Oman

Two crew members of an oil tanker managed by a prominent Israeli businessman's company were killed in an attack off Oman, the vessel's London-based operator said Friday, with Israel blaming Iran. Tehran is "sowing violence and destruction," an Israeli official said. The Islamic Republic "is not only Israel's problem, but...
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US says Moscow forcing it to fire Russian embassy employees

The US State Department said Friday that Moscow is forcing it to lay off nearly 200 Russian employees in its Russia diplomatic missions, saying the move will constrict diplomatic efforts and embassy operations. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said 182 Russian employees and dozens of contractors in Moscow, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg would be let go after a Russian government order in April in retaliation for US actions against Russia. "Starting in August, the Russian government is prohibiting the United States from retaining, hiring, or contracting Russian or third-country staff, except our guard force," Blinken said in a statement. "These unfortunate measures will severely impact the US mission to Russia's operations, potentially including the safety of our personnel as well as our ability to engage in diplomacy with the Russian government," he said.
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Israel Blames Iran For Attack On Tanker That Killed Two Crew

Israel on July 30 blamed Iran for an attack on an Israeli-managed oil tanker off Oman that killed two crew members. London-based Zodiac Maritime, part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer's Zodiac Group, said that the Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned tanker Mercer Street was attacked late on July 29. It did not provide...
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'You can't get through': Passport appointments turn scarce as offices become overwhelmed

LOS ANGELES — Britt Johnson showed up around midnight to the West Los Angeles Federal Building, hoping to apply for a rushed passport when the office opened at 7 a.m. Johnson, eager to visit a dying relative in Mexico, was in line with hundreds of would-be travelers midmorning Thursday when a security guard announced that walk-ins for passport applications would no longer be taken there.
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State Department Says Passport Backlog at Least 1.5 Million, Will Take Months to Resolve

The State Department said a backlog of 1.5 million to 2 million passport requests could take months to resolve, the Associated Press reported. Rachel Arndt, deputy assistant secretary of state for passport services, said the department is increasing staffing throughout the U.S. as pandemic restrictions ease. However, she said Americans that need to apply for or renew a passport should do so at least six months ahead of when they plan to travel.
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