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Russia may ban corn and soybeans from U.S.

A Russian watchdog group says U.S. corn contains dry rot and the use of GMOs may result in a ban on both corn and soybeans from the States.

Iran bans all products from Saudi Arabia after ties cut

Tehran - Iran on Thursday banned all products from Saudi Arabia after Riyadh cut ties with Tehran in a mounting diplomatic crisis.

Hoverboards banned by multiple airlines

Three of the largest airlines in the United States, United, American and Delta, placed hoverboards on the no-fly list earlier this week.

UN haggles over race for Ban's successor

New York - Britain is pushing the United Nations to kick off the search for the next secretary-general in earnest, giving candidates until spring to enter the race to be the world's top diplomat.

North Korea sends 'positive signal' about UN chief's visit

New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he has received "a bit of a positive signal" from North Korea about his plan to visit the reclusive country.

Reeling from attacks, France bans Paris climate rallies

Paris - France Wednesday banned two citizens' rallies planned for a crunch climate conference due to open in Paris just two weeks after terror attacks killed 129 people in the French capital.

Ban Ki-moon not visiting North Korea: UN

New York - UN chief Ban Ki-moon has no plans to visit North Korea in the coming days, the United Nations has said, dispelling reports that he would meet with the nation's diplomatically reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea: Yonhap

Seoul - UN chief Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea this week for a likely meeting with the nuclear-armed state's diplomatically reclusive leader, Kim Jong-Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Monday.

UN chief warns against misuse of force as he meets Netanyahu

Jerusalem - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday warned against any misuse of force as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in a bid to calm nearly three weeks of Palestinian unrest.

UN chief on migrant crisis: Do not 'build walls or exploit fears'

New York - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday opened a UN meeting on Europe's migration crisis with an appeal to keep borders open and combat xenophobia.

Mini-skirts and short shorts could be banned in this Alabama city

Dadeville - Last month, a city in Alabama proposed banning saggy pants, and now it is proposing a ban on short shorts and mini-skirts.

Zimbabwe lifts hunting restrictions imposed after Cecil kill

Harare - Zimbabwean wildlife authorities on Monday partially lifted restrictions on big game hunting imposed earlier this month following the outcry over the killing by a US trophy hunter of Cecil the lion.

Scientists: Ban live salamander imports to stop deadly fungus

Scientists in the U.S. are calling for a ban on the import of live salamanders to save their wild brethren from a deadly fungus that has wiped out their populations in the Netherlands and caused a rapid decline in salamander populations across Europe.

Pakistan shutting down encrypted BlackBerry messages for security

Pakistan's communications authority has asked the major phone networks in the country to stop delivering encrypted messages between BlackBerry smartphones within the next 90 days, due to "serious" security concerns.

Report: U.S. could lift ban on transgender soldiers in military

Washington - There could be as many as 15,000 transgender men and women in the U.S. military, although the exact number is understandably not known.

World on way to 'generation free of AIDS', says UN chief

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a "generation free of AIDS", after UNAIDS reported a 35 percent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago."The world has delivered. We have achieved and exceeded the...

New Hampshire passes cellphone ban while driving

New Hampshire, The Granite State is the latest state to ban drivers from using their mobile devices while they are behind the wheel of a vehicle.

EU law bans certain travel selfies that could put you in jail

Brussel - Tourists planning to take "selfies" in front of monuments this summer should careful because it could very well lead to them being arrested.

N. Korea says can arm long-range missiles with nuclear warheads

Seoul - North Korea ramped up its nuclear threats on Wednesday, boasting of its ability to deliver miniaturised warheads on high-precision long range rockets -- a claim denied by the United States.

North Korea abruptly cancels visit by UN chief

Seoul - North Korea on Wednesday cancelled an invitation to UN chief Ban Ki-moon to visit an industrial zone inside the isolated state, in an abrupt move that Ban deplored as "deeply regrettable".

UN chief says no military solution to migrant crisis

Rome - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Europe to refrain from resorting to a military solution to prevent a repeat of the shipwreck in the Mediterranean that left more than 750 migrants dead.

Fears of Apple Watch prompt universities to ban watches in exams

A number of British universities have announced that they will be banning all watches from examination halls amid fears of possible cheating once smartwatches come into popularity, expected with the release of the Apple Watch next month.

App allowing users to sell parking spots may soon be banned in LA

Los Angeles - MonkeyParking is an app that lets its users sell their parking spaces, but they could soon be banned from operating in Los Angeles.

Westminister, MA, considering banning all tobacco products

Westminster - Westminsiter, a town in central Massachusetts, is considering becoming the first town in the U.S. to ban all tobacco products.

Junk food banned in schools in Poland

Lawmakers in Poland decided to ban junk food in schools in an effort to reduce the obesity rates among children. The ban will go into effect next school year.

Convicted murderer sues state over porn being banned in prison

A convicted murderer in Connecticut is suing the state over a ban on porn in prison, saying it violates his constitutional rights.

Court slaps Uber with temporary nationwide ban in Germany

Frankfurt - Uber, a ride-hailing service that allows people to use their smartphones to book rides, has been temporarily banned from operating anywhere in Germany.

California legislature OK's first statewide plastic bag ban Special

Sacramento - California is poised to become the first state to ban the use of plastic grocery bags under a bill approved by the legislature in August.

Hamas resumes rocket fire as 72-hour truce ends

Gaza - Israel resumed air strikes against Palestinian facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to missiles fired by Hamas militants marking the end of a 72-hour ceasefire.

City of Seoul plans to ban Uber

Seoul - On Monday Uber, a transportation network company that allows people to connect with rides via an app, found itself banned in the capital of South Korea, Seoul.
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Turkish army officers have been forbidden to watch Games of Thrones, which includes Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke.
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SEPARATION: A Camel-sponsored Isolation booth for smokers is seen at Munich Airport in 2009.
SEPARATION: A Camel-sponsored Isolation booth for smokers is seen at Munich Airport in 2009.
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Women protest Namibian police intention to arrest girls wearing mini-skirts.
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Turkish army officers have been forbidden to watch Games of Thrones  which includes Daenerys Targary...
Turkish army officers have been forbidden to watch Games of Thrones, which includes Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke.
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Billboards all across the continent advertise skin-whitening products.
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Snowball fighting has been banned in some communities in Belgium.
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Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on the day before a ban on plastic bags went into effect in 2009.
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Kenza Drider with niqab.
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