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    Russia to Expel 150 Diplomats, Close US Consulate

    The game of tit for tat between Russia and a coalition of Western countries escalated once again yesterday with an announcement that the Kremlin will expel scores of diplomats, including 60 Americans. Russia will also close its U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg. Earlier this week, 27 countries agreed to expel more than 150 Russian diplomatic personnel in retaliation for the Kremlin’s suspected nerve gas attack on Sergei Skripal, a former double agent living in Britain. Skripal is still in critical condition, though his daughter, also poisoned, is reportedly improving.

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