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Kazakhstan begins exporting gasoline to European market

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The Atyrau Oil Refinery began shipping the first batch of unleaded gasoline Ai-92 of ecological class K5 to European markets, the press service Kazakhstan’s Energy Ministry said on 14 November. The...

.ευ : Commission enables domain names in full Greek script

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After 7 years of preparation, the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid) launches .ευ, the Greek equivalent of .eu top-level domain name. Users will have the opportunity to create a domain name in full Greek...

UK will not nominate an EU Commissioner before national elections

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Britain's Ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow wrote in a letter to the European Commission on Wednesday night that the UK will not nominate an EU Commissioner before its national elections scheduled for 12...

Ebola vaccine authorised by EU Commission, approved by WHO

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In a landmark decision on 11 November, the European Commission granted a marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for the Ervebo vaccine against Ebola. Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner in charge of Health and...

UK inflation sinks to three-year lows

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UK annual inflation dropped to 1,5% in October to a three-year low, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). That compares to 1,7% in September. Decelerating inflation can reflect anaemic growth, as the British...

OECD says global growth hangs on Sino-American trade deal

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Global growth hangs on a Sino-American trade deal, according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD’s Interim Economic Outlook report published in September talked of a fragile and uncertain economic environment...

Kazakhstan slightly increases gas production

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Gas ​​production over 10 months of this year amounted to 46.3 billion cubic metres with an increase of 1.5% compared to the same period in 2018, Kazakhstan’s Energy Ministry said on...

IEA warns clean energy insufficient to meet growing demand

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There is a gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions in line with international climate targets, the International Energy Agency...

Police in Tuscany averts terrorist attack against Muslim community

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Police in Tuscany averted a far-right extremists attack against the Muslim community in Siena on Tuesday. The Italian police detained 12 people in and around Siena and Florence in connection to a planned to attack...

Delta will not increase stake in Alitalia

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Despite competition from Lufthansa, Delta Airlines will not increase its proposed stake in a consortium that is to restructure Italy's national carrier, Alitalia. In a statement on Monday, the US carrier reiterated its offer...

Clinton calls UK decision to bury Russian election-meddling report “shameful”

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the decision of the Conservative government to bury a parliamentary report on Russian meddling in UK politics “shameful.” The report by the parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee...

Spain steps towards its first coalition government

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Spain’s Socialists and far-left party Unidas Podemos have reached a coalition deal, La Vanguardia first reported on Tuesday. "An agreement has been reached for a coalition government between Unidas Podemos and the Socialists," UP lawmaker...

Kazakhstan proposes to create Global Alliance of Leaders for Nuclear-Free Peace

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed on 12 November the establishment of the Global Alliance of Leaders for a Nuclear-Free World, which he said should become an authoritative global platform...

Turkey begins EU Jihadi fighters repatriation

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Turkey started deporting foreign IS fighters to their home countries, The Guardian first reported on Monday. The first deportation was of a US citizen. A German and a Dane were to follow later on Monday....

Farage will not campaign against Conservative MPs

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In a televised conference on Monday, Brexit party leader Nigel Farage said his party will not field any candidates in 317 constituencies held by ruling Conservatives focusing instead in Labour-held constituencies. That is what Farage...

The leader of Spains’ liberal Ciudadanos resigns

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In a televised address on Monday, the leader of Spain’s liberal Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, resigned on Monday. One year ago, Spain had one of the biggest liberal parties in Europe and no representative of the...

Iran discovers major oil field but unlikely to be able to profit from it...

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on 10 November in a speech in the desert city of Yazd that his country has discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion...

France calls into question NATO’s relevance

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In an interview with the Economist, the President of France Emmanuel Macron called NATO “brain dead” Asked to comment on Macron’s dismissal of NATO on Friday, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo noted that...

Moody’s threatens to downgrade Britain’s sovereign debt profile

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The UK's credit rating could be downgraded by rating agency Moody’s, according to a rating issued on Friday. The UK is currently rated Aa2 - the third-highest grade for sovereign debt. The rating agency changed...

Twitter data-leak scandal linked to Saudi journalist killing

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Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser died in prison after being tortured, the New Khaleej reported last Thursday. The killing has been linked to thousands of user data leaked from the social media...

Spain remains in political deadlock

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Sunday’s elections in Spain confirmed polling that projecting a massive drop for the liberal Ciudadanos and a massive surge for the far-right Vox. This was Spain's fourth electoral encounter in four years but the...

Brussels casts Zaev a thin lifeline

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Brussels cast a thin Italian-flavoured political lifeline to North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev over the last ten days, something sorely needed after Zaev had badly managed his public reactions in the period immediately...

Are randomised poverty-alleviation experiments ethical?

Last month, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to three pioneers in using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to fight poverty in low-income countries: Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer. In...

Brazil struggles with regulatory stagnation and haphazard politics in its audiovisual industry

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Brazil’s Audiovisual Industry is undergoing a process of reintegration and increasing competitive intensity. Since the 1990s, the deployment of pay-TV, the introduction of new consumer technologies, and the digitisation and video-streaming have brought a...

Qatar Airways to begin flights to Kazakhstan before end-2019

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan held negotiations on 8 November in Qatar’s capital Doha on launching direct flights between the two countries, the press service of Kazakh...

Romania’s new government picks MEP Valean for EU’s transport portfolio

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The collapse of Viorica Dancila‘s Socialist government in early October and the widespread political uncertainty that followed the rejection of Rovana Plumb on grounds of conflict of interest left Romania without a Commissioner-designate for Ursula von der Leyen‘s...

Cyprus revokes 26 Investor Passports

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Cyprus is to revoke 26 so-called “Golden passports,” obtained by investing in real estate; these include nine Russians, eight Cambodians, five Chinese, two Kenyans, one Iranian and one Malaysian. Among the 26 is fugitive financier...

US charges two former Twitter employees with espionage on behalf of Saudi Arabia

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US authorities charged two former Twitter employees and a former Saudi royal family employee on Wednesday with espionage charges. This is the first time the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is charged with espionage in...

Italy to renew 2017 bilateral deal with Libya to stem migration

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Italy is calling for government-run migrant centres in Libya be taken over by UN agencies, public news agency ANSA reported on Wednesday. Rome wants to review a 2017 deal with Libya for combatting immigration. However, Rome...

Kazakhstan lures US investors

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The amount of US investment in Kazakhstan’s economy increased by 17% over the year, the analytical agency Ranking.kz said in a report on 7 November. “In the first half of this year,...

Budapest declares climate emergency, opposes to national climate policy

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Budapest's new municipal assembly has unanimously declared a climate emergency in a symbolic move that highlights the necessity of endorsing EU's carbon neutrality goal. Gergely Karacsony, the city's Green new Mayor has managed to get...

UK gets shakes over gas fracking, shuts it down

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The British government has announced that it is imposing a moratorium on fracking over earthquake risks, ending shale gas plans in the UK. The amount of actual production that was going to come out from...

Slovene governing coalition loses parliamentary majority

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Slovenia’s five-party ruling coalition lost the support of the opposition Left party on Wednesday, which could trigger early elections. The Left party joined the five-party coalition led by prime minister Marjan Sarec in March but...

German nod on banking union

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Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, told the Financial Times on Wednesday that Berlin is ready to accept an EU-wide bank deposit reinsurance scheme. The nod from Berlin comes as the prospect of Brexit means that...

Saudi Aramco prepares IPO on Tadawul

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Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest integrated oil and gas company, wholly owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced on 3 November in a press release the company’s intention to proceed...

Kazakhstan says is too early to raise the budget for new Tengiz expansion

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said on 6 November he believes that the new budget of the Tengiz expansion project is too high and should be reviewed. He said it is too...

ECJ rules Polish 2017 Judicial review was unlawful

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Poland broke European Union law with its 2017 judicial overhaul the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday. The ECJ said Poland failed in its judicial reform efforts by establishing a different retirement age for...