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NATO restricts Belarusian access to HQ

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NATO will restrict Belarus’ access to their headquarters, following the forced landing of a passenger plane in the nation’s capital, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed on Monday.

Belarus is not a member of NATO but has had ties with the military alliance since 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It has maintained a diplomatic mission to NATO for over 20 years.

But diplomats can still attend meetings at NATO and in NATO countries as part of a cooperation partnership that tackles arms control and military education.

The restricted access comes after a Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Belarus to arrest a dissident journalist last month.

“We have decided to restrict the access of Belarusian personnel to the NATO headquarters,”

Stoltenberg told a news conference ahead of meetings of NATO defence and foreign ministers on Tuesday, without giving more details.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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