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IAEA LEU fuel bank in Kazakhstan receives first low-enriched uranium shipment

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Low-Enriched-Uranium (LEU) Fuel Bank in Kazakhstan received on 17 October its first shipment of low-enriched uranium. The LEU Bank is meant to be a supply source...

Bulgaria, Romania, Greece top EU Social Exclusion indicators

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According to data released by Eurostat on Wednesday, the three EU Member States with the biggest population at risk of poverty and social exclusion are Bulgaria (32,8%), Romania (32,5%), and Greece (31,85). The EU28 average...

Johnson’s Brexit Saturday

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces an uphill battle on Saturday in his attempt to pass the Withdrawal Agreement he agreed on Thursday through parliament. This is the first meeting on a Saturday since the...

US mediates 5-day ceasefire between Turkish and Kurdish forces in Syria

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US Vice President Mike Pence, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the commander of the Kurdish SDF forces Mazlum Abdi agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria. Pence was in Ankara on Thursday to meet...

Green light for Brexit deal from Brussels, but will London see it through?

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The EU and the UK government have a deal. The parliament is a different question. "We have arrived at an agreement with the British government on an ordered withdrawal of the United Kingdom and the...

Kazakhstan to invite Vietnamese sewing industry experts

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The ninth meeting of the Kazakh- Vietnam intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation was held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, on 17 October. “Vietnam is called the sewing workshop of...

The Netherlands and Austria demand an end to ECB’s bond-buying program

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The Netherlands and Austria have challenged the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program on Wednesday, demanding a radical rethink under incoming President Christine Lagarde. Austrian Central Bank President, Robert Holzmann, and the Netherlands, Klaas Knot, questioned...

Germany defies US allowing Huawei to bid for 5G projects

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German regulators released on Tuesday a set of network security guidelines allowing companies developing 5G infrastructure to engage China’s Huawei. Huawei will not be excluded explicitly on the basis of the Federal Network Agency guidelines....

DUP stands in the way of a Brexit deal

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A tentative, technical Brexit deal between the European Union and Britain was nearing conclusion on Wednesday evening, which appeared to have the backing of the British cabinet. By late evening, the deal seemed less...

Enlargement Kaput

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As New Europe wisely predicted in recent weeks, neither Albania nor North Macedonia received a date at the EU Summit to launch negotiations for their EU accession. Both countries needed the date, particularly Albania as...

Georgia’s last hope

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It’s hard to imagine now, but Georgia was once an improbable success story. After the Rose Revolution in 2003, the small South Caucasus country made dramatic strides in dismantling the Soviet legacy of corruption...

Waiting for Romania

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Romania's Social Democrats-led government collapsed on 10 October after failing to secure a confidence vote. This now leaves the country's president Klaus Johannis in the position of having to appoint an interim prime minister who...

Von der Leyen faces cabinet deadlines as Romania, Hungary and France delay new EU...

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Deadlines are fast approaching for the formation of Ursula von der Leyen's cabinet are the confirmation process has yet to come to an end. The Commission’s official announcements stated that they cannot speculate on the...

Kazakhstan and Russia discuss issues of trade and economic cooperation

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan after the completion of the Western Europe - Western China International Transit Corridor will be able to better realise its transit potential, Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of...

Sturgeon calls for second independence referendum within 2020

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Scotland must hold an independence referendum in 2020, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday. “Before the end of this year, I will demand the transfer of power that puts the legality...

Germany probes Deutsche Bank’s role in Danske-Laundromat scandal

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German prosecutors are investigating whether staff or management at Deutsche Bank sanctioned billions of suspect transactions – actively involved in a cover-up, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Deutsche Bank failed to disclose billions in transactions with...

US sanctions Turkey, UK joins EU arms embargo

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US President Donald Trump called for an immediate halt to Turkey’s incursion to Syria on Tuesday, as Washington slapped sanctions on Turkish officials. By the end of trade on Tuesday, the Turkish Lira surged by...

France defies EU majority on enlargement

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Only days after the leaders of the European Union's main institutions put pressure on the bloc to start accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania by "no later than this month”, France pushed back...

Biometric bus fare tested in the capital of Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - A new system of payment in public transport based on biometrics - Face Pay - was presented at a conference in Nur-Sultan on 15 October. Upon entering the bus, the passenger...

EU resettles 37,000 refugees but falls short of target

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The EU committed in 2017 to provide safe passage and 50,000 refugees but has only resettled 37,000 the German public broadcaster DW reports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel committed Germany to receive 10,200 asylum seekers but...

Catalan separatists sentenced by Spanish court

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Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine pro-independence Catalan leaders for sedition and misuse of public funds, handing out sentences ranging between 9 and 13 years in jail. Three more defendants were issued with fines. Those issued...

Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport will receive a new three-digit code

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - IATA has approved amendments to the Kazakhstan Civil Aviation Committee to change the airport code of the Nur-Sultan city, the Civil Aviation Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development...

Opposition candidate wins Budapest

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The 44-year old Gergely Karacsony ousted the incumbent Istvan Tarlos from the Budapest on Sunday’s regional elections in Hungary. That is the first significant political blow to the ruling Fidesz in a decade. The government...

The price of a Corbyn government is a second Scottish independence referendum

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Nicola Sturgeon warned Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday not to "pick up the phone" for a coalition government unless he was willing to grant Scotland a second independence referendum. The Labour leader has said that a...

CDU youth questions the authority of Merkel’s anointed successor

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The youth wing of the Christian Democrats in Germany (CDU) has rejected the nomination of their party leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, as the party’s candidate to succeed Angela Merkel at the Chancellery. There were only 277...

Germany introduces arms embargo on Turkey

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The German government is halting arms exports to Turkey as its incursion in Northern Syria is alienating its NATO partners. On the one hand, Turkish artillery hit a US military observation post near the outskirts...

Ruling conservatives triumph in Poland

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With 72% of the ballots counted by Monday morning, Poland’s incumbent Law and Justice (PiS) party secured just under 46% of the vote, outperforming all polls, according to the National Electoral Commission said. The liberal...

A ruling the mafia can’t refuse

The Italian public has has reacted angrily to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that it should relax conditions for mafia prisoners serving life sentences. The court, which is based in Strasbourg,...

Greece concerned as tensions rise after Turkey’s moves in Syria and Cyprus

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Donald Tusk, the Polish-born former Prime Minister of his home country and now-outgoing President of the European Council, used one of his public addresses in his current capacity to slam Turkey and its authoritarian...

Italy to upgrade Naples-Bari line with EU funds

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A €124 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to upgrade a 16.5-kilometre section of the Naples-Bari railway line, between Cancello and Frasso Telesino, southern Italy, was approved by the European Commission...

Cohesion Fund provides financial support for 5,000 businesses

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Romania’s decision to allocate an additional €150 million from their Cohesion Policy budget to the SME Initiative, which uses EU funds to leverage private financing for small and medium businesses, has been welcomed by...

US Democrats conclave in Athens

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Arriving in Athens a week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited, the US Democratic Party’s overseas arm (Democrats Abroad) is holding its 2019 regional meeting in the Greek capital from 11-13 October. Each of...

Eliud Kipchoge set to break two-hour marathon barrier and make history at INEOS 1:59...

With his weapons of confidence and preparedness, Eliud Kipchoge, the Kenyan marathon great, is promising break the previously thought of as impossible 2-hour marathon to make history at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna...

At Cairo summit, Turkey slammed for drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

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At a trilateral summit between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece in Cairo on 8 October, the leaders of the three countries slammed Turkey's drilling in Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). AP quoted Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi,...

Kazakhstan proposes to introduce a Commonwealth visa similar to Schengen

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym Zhomart Tokayev has proposed to consider the introduction of a single regime under the code name “Visa of the Commonwealth” similar to the Schengen visa. Speaking at a meeting...

Sweden, Italy and Luxembourg question the need for an EU development bank

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Italy, Luxemburg, and Sweden have questioned the need for a new institution to fund development projects outside the EU, the Luxemburg Times reports. The report presented to finance ministers at the Economic and Financial Affairs...

French and Kazakh companies ink a long- term contract

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The French company Air Liquide Karabatan Tech Gases and Kazakhstan's Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries (KPI) have signed this week in Paris a long-term contract for the supply of technical gases, the press service of KazakhInvest...