Boston Marathon Blocks Runners from Russia and Belarus

Runners from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to compete in the Boston Marathon this month – another example of the countries’ deepening isolation over Ukraine’s occupation, race organizers said on Wednesday. “Like many people around the world, we were horrified and outraged by what we saw and learned from the news in Ukraine,” …

Israel Blocks Sales of Pegasus Spyware to Ukraine and Estonia

The Israeli government has long viewed Pegasus as a critical tool for its foreign policy. New York Times Magazine article This year revealed how, for more than a decade, Israel has made strategic decisions about which countries it allows Pegasus to obtain licenses from and from which countries it will detain them. The Israeli government …

Amazon Web Services Blocks New Registrations from Russia and Belarus

Amazon has quietly stopped customers in Russia and Belarus from opening new cloud computing accounts. According to an internal communication viewed by The New York Times, the policy change for Amazon Web Services began over the weekend, but Not made public until Tuesday. “Given the current events in Russia and the uncertainty and lack of …

Russia Blocks Facebook as Kremlin Moves to Suffocate Opposition

Facebook on Friday became the first American tech giant to be blocked by the Russian government as part of the Kremlin’s expanding campaign to tighten control of the internet and limit areas of opposition about the war in Ukraine. The move could herald further restrictions on other tech companies like Google, which owns YouTube and …

Figure Skating Federation Blocks Russians at World Championships Week

“This is a tragedy,” Victoria Petrenko said of the crisis in Ukraine, her voice drowning in emotion. “He says he’s trying to stay inside. For now, that’s fine. I’m trying to persuade him to go but I don’t think the situation at the borders is easy. I hope he can leave soon.” Updated March 1, …

Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Vaccination Mandate for Major Employers

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court on Thursday Biden’s administration blocked With coronavirus cases from the Omicron variant rising, a blow to a key element of the White House’s plan to address the pandemic is from forcing a vaccine or testing authorization for major employers. but the court more modest authority allowed require vaccination of healthcare workers …

Russia Blocks UN Movement to Consider Climate a Security Threat

Russia on Monday blocked a draft resolution by the United Nations Security Council that had been negotiated for months for the first time, which would describe climate change as a threat to peace. The widely supported resolution would significantly expand the criteria the most powerful UN agency used to justify it. To intervene in armed …

Federal Judge Blocks Vaccination Duty for Health Workers

federal judge issued an interim injunction Tuesday to stop President Biden’s national vaccine mandate for health workers scheduled to begin next week. The injunction, written by Judge Terry A. Doughty, effectively expanded a separate order issued Monday by a federal court in Missouri. The previous state had applied to only 10 states participating in the …

Court Blocks A Major Alaska Drilling Project By Clarifying Climate Hazards

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Alaska on Wednesday blocked construction permits for a large oil drilling project on the state’s North Slope designed to produce more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day over the next 30 years. The billion-dollar plan of oil giant ConocoPhillips, known as Willow, was approved by the Trump administration …

India Blocks Mastercard from Adding Customers Due to Data Breach

NEW DELHI — India on Wednesday banned Mastercard from adding new customers to the country over allegations that it violated the country’s data storage laws, a blow to the company in a market it has invested heavily in expansion. The Reserve Bank of India said Mastercard failed to comply with its 2018 mandate to only …