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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Hit by a barrage of new sanctions from the Biden administration, the Kremlin is carefully weighing its response in a tense showdown with the United States.

Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Biden administration sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that Russia would expel 10 US diplomats and blacklist eight US officials in response to US sanctions and expulsions.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke to the media on Friday.

Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Biden actions

The Russian Foreign Ministry also published a list of eight current or former US officials barred from entering the country, including Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Reflection sat docked waiting to evacuate a group of British, Canadian, and US nationals in Kingstown, on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Friday.

New blast at St. Vincent volcano; cruise ship helps evacuees

La Soufriere volcano shot out another explosive burst of gas and ash on Friday as a cruise ship arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners who had been stuck on a St. Vincent island coated in ash from a week of violent eruptions.

The Land Rover Defender that will be used to transport the coffin of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during the funeral procession is parked in Windsor Castle.

UK military prepares for big role in Prince Philip’s funeral

More than 700 military personnel are set to take part in Saturday’s funeral ceremony at Windsor Castle, including army bands, Royal Marine buglers and an honor guard drawn from across the armed forces.

A Pale-headed snake photographed in a bag of lettuce in Sydney.

Sydney man finds snake in lettuce bought at supermarket

Alex White thought he was watching a huge worm writhing in plastic-wrapped lettuce he’d just brought home from a Sydney supermarket — until a snake tongue flicked.

President Biden announced the withdrawal of the remainder of US troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.

US and allies plan fight from afar against Al Qaeda once troops exit Afghanistan

US troops are set to leave Afghanistan no later than Sept. 11, but the Pentagon, US spy agencies, and Western allies are refining plans to deploy a less visible but still potent force in the region to prevent the country from again becoming a terrorist base.

President Biden announced new economic sanctions against the Russian government from the East Room of the White House on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

US imposes stiff sanctions on Russia, blaming it for major hacking operation

In the broadest effort yet by President Biden to give more teeth to financial sanctions — which in recent years have failed to deter Russian activity — the actions are aimed at choking off lending to the Russian government.