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New leak reveals secrets of China’s notorious Xinjiang camps

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According to a newly leaked document from the Xinjiang camps, China is tracking every family and every movement of Muslim minority Uighurs. The document shows that Chinese authorities are using high-tech surveillance to keep track...

HSBC to begin massive layoffs

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The UK’s HSBC Holdings announced around 35,000 job cuts as part of a major restructuring project. The bank said it would shed $100 billion in assets. It also said it is targeting a $4.5 billion...

Supervision ‘not acceptable’ in post-Brexit deal, UK tells EU

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The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost said during a visit in Brussels that the EU has totally missed the point of Brexit if it thinks it will retain some supervision over UK’s actions. The...

US House speaker Pelosi warns allies against working with Huawei

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi warned NATO allies against allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei into their 5G networks. During her visit to Brussels, where she met with leaders of the EU and NATO,...

French health minister to run for Paris mayor after candidate quits over sex scandal

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France’s health minister Agnes Buzyn was named on Sunday as a new candidate for mayor of Paris, after the original candidate suddenly quit following a leak of sex videos on social media. French president Emmanuel...

Pompeo starts tour of Africa

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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the US is working to determine what level of military forces is needed in West Africa to counter the rise of extremist violence in the region. Following his...

South Sudan rebels reject president’s peace deal

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South Sudan rebels rejected the government’s peace offer to reduce the number of states and create three administrative areas in the country, aiming to pave the way for a unity government. The country’s president Salva...

Azerbaijani police violently disperse post-election protest

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Azerbaijani police have violently dispersed protests following contested parliamentary elections in the country. Last week, the country started a snap election in an effort to renew its dissolved National Assembly. Azerbaijan’s long-term president Ilham Aliyev...

France confirms first coronavirus death outside Asia

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France on Saturday reported the first coronavirus death outside Asia. The victim was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who was initially turned away by two French hospitals and had a serious lung infection. The man tested...

Poland’s right-wing ruling party supports president’s reelection

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Poland’s right-wing ruling party endorsed president Andrzej Duda’s reelection in the 10 May presidential vote. The party’s Political Council met in Warsaw just before Duda launched his re-election campaign. Its leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski called Duda...

Xi Jinping knew about the coronavirus outbreak nearly two weeks before going public

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China’s strongman, Communist leader Xi Jinping knew of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the city of Wuhan almost two weeks prior to publicly acknowledging the epidemic on January 20. In an internal statement published...

Macon calls for better EU-Russia relations

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French president Emmanuel Macron said the European Union needs to seek better relations with Russia in the long term. Macron attended the Munich Security Conference, where he said that while he isn’t proposing lifting sanctions,...

Top officials reaffirm commitment to uphold Libya arms embargo

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Top officials from about a dozen countries discussed the Libya crisis at the Munich Security Conference. They reaffirmed a commitment to respect an arms embargo and support a ceasefire in the war-torn country. Germany and...

Turkey, Russia to hold talks as Syrian forces seize most of Aleppo province

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Syrian government forces made major advances yesterday in the country’s northwestern Aleppo province, seizing most of the rebel-held region, state media said. The advancement comes a day before a new round of Turkey-Russia talks on...

Afghan president says US-Taliban deal to come ‘within days’

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Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani said a proper announcement on a US-Taliban deal to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan will be made in a week to ten days. Ghani attended the Munich Security Conference,...

Munich Bacchanalian surprises

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At the Munich Security Conference 2020, two reality-altering messages were sent back to Southeastern Europe, which incidentally was not the core focus of this year’s conference. One of those shocks was a US-sponsored agreement to...

In Munich, Tokayev sees increase role of Central Asian region in security

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Central Asia, gaining a new regional identity, plays an increasingly important role in international affairs, Kazakhstan President Kassym - Jomart Tokayev said at 56th Munich conference on 15 February. “Firstly. Today we...

UK regulators investigate Barclays CEO over ties to Epstein

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Jes Staley, the boss of the investment bank Barclays, is being probed by UK regulators over his links to the wealthy financier and sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein died by suicide in jail in 2019...

Tokayev to give speech on regional security at Munich conference

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has arrived in Munich for a two-day working visit to attend the 56th Munich Security Conference, the spokesman for the head of state, Berik Uali, wrote on...

US Senate votes to limit Trump’s war powers on Iran

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The US Senate voted on Thursday to restrain president Donald Trump from attacking Iran, rejecting his foreign policy. Eight Republican senators joined Democrats in the 55-45 vote. The resolution, which limits US military actions against...

US Navy seizes Iranian-made weapons in Arabian Sea raid

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US troops seized Iranian-manufactured weapons from a sailboat in the Arabian Sea.The US Central Command said the shipment was likely headed to Yemen, and included anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles and other "advanced weapons parts”. US...

Ethiopia approves controversial ‘hate speech’ law

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Ethiopia's parliament has passed a law that punishes "hate speech" and "fake news". However, rights groups say it undermines free speech months as it imposes heavy fines and long jail terms. Nearly 300 legislators voted...

Ireland’s Fianna Fáil party rules out coalition with Sinn Féin

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Ireland's center-right Fianna Fáil party will attempt to form a government without the left-wing nationalist Sinn Féin, a party member told the media. "We gave the party leader license to speak to whoever he needs...

Yemen is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, Commissioner for Crisis Management Lenarčič says

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"Yemen is the world's biggest humanitarian crisis," declared Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, on Wednesday, prior to a Senior Officials Meeting on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The meeting that was hosted in Brussels...

Turkey seeks 16-year sentence for German journalist accused of propaganda

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The Turkish public prosecutor is seeking a 16-year jail sentence for German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel. Yücel’s lawyer said he is accused of provoking hatred and hostility and of spreading propaganda for the Kurdistan People's Party...

A rising star of the Italian left: Interview with Italy’s Elly Schlein

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January’s elections in the wealthy Northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna saw former MEP Elly Schlein secure 22.098 votes, making her the top vote-getter in a part of Italy that is widely regarded as the...

Unemployment rates in Southern Europe remain high despite EU-wide positive trends

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Overall unemployment across the EU is falling to the lowest levels since 2000, but significant disparities continue to linger in Southern Europe where the jobless rate is far hight than Northern Europe’s average. According to...

German accused of delivering machine tools to Russian military

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A German businessman has been arrested on suspicion of delivering machinery to the Russian military, federal prosecutors said. The move is a violation of European Union sanctions against the country. The man, identified as Alexander...

BP sets ambition for net zero by 2050

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BP said on 12 February the company set a new ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero. The ambition is supported...

Top politicians gather in Munich for security summit

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Heads of state and government, security leaders and diplomats gathered for the 56th annual Munich Security Conference, which runs from 14-16 February. This year’s summit comes amid rising global tensions, conflicts and disagreements over...

Von der Leyen admits mistakes, denies personal responsibility in contracting scandal

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her testimony before Bundestag's inquiry committee on Wednesday, denied personal responsibility but admitted "mistakes were made," in the so-called "consultants affair," while serving as Germany's Defence Minister. Von...

EU lawmakers block Green’s push to cancel gas projects funding

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STRASBOURG - Members of the European Parliament rejected on 12 February calls to veto the fourth list on projects of common interest (PCI), on the grounds that it contains fossil fuel infrastructure. Kadri Simson, who...

OPEC says coronavirus outbreak to reduce world oil demand

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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has cut its forecast for global growth in oil demand this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. In its Monthly Oil Market Report released on 12 February, OPEC...

Gazprom says Power of Siberia, TurkStream to boost Russia’s position as gas supplier

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom closely follows the ongoing developments and takes the necessary measures to mitigate a number of adverse factors affecting the suppliers today, Elena Burmistrova, deputy chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee...

NATO to expand training mission in Iraq

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NATO agreed to expand the Western alliance’s training mission in Iraq. The move comes amid United States' calls do more in the Middle East. Last month, the alliance suspended training of Iraqi forces amid fears...

Germany’s SPD signals it will not be part of coalition with CDU without Merkel

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The leader of Gerany's Social Democrats (SPD) Lars Klingbeil has tied the existence of their grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU). “We went into this coalition with her. And with...

Trump ‘does not mind’ if Philippines ends military pact with US

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US president Donald Trump brushed aside the decision of his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to end the military agreement with the United States, saying he did not really mind and it would save money. Last...