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Cyprus, Portugal among states rebuked by EU over delays in money-laundering reforms

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Legal warnings have been sent to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain over delays in turning anti-money laundering rules into national laws, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The 27 EU states adopted the 5th...

Clash intensifies as MEPs argue over Spain’s breach of EU sanctions against Venezuela

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European Parliament’s Strasbourg session on Tuesday was heated up by Spanish MEPs who clashed over the Spanish minister’s of Transport meeting with the Vice President of Venezuela, citing an alleged breach of EU sanctions...

MEPs approve EU-Vietnam trade deal, despite human rights concerns

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The European Parliament backed on Wednesday an EU trade deal with Vietnam which aims to eliminate almost all tariffs over the next ten years, but was heavily criticised over human rights concerns in the...

ENI starts production at 31 MW photovoltaic plant on Porto Torres

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ENI New Energy, a subsidiary of Italian energy major ENI, said on 10 February the company has opened its new photovoltaic park in Porto Torres. The plant has a capacity of 31 MW and...

Michel: Europe’s looking at Africa with fresh eyes

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The next generation of leaders in Europe seeks a renewed EU-Africa partnership, Charles Michel, EU Council President told African leaders on Sunday during a state dinner held in Ethiopia's capital and home of the African...

The myth lifts in Corinthia, nature calls skiers, hikers, tourists

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TRIKALA, Corinthia – According to legend, the nymph Maia gave birth to Zeus’ son Hermes in a cave near Lake Dasios on beautiful Mount Ziria, near Trikala in Corinthia. “When the Nymphs choose a...

EU’s top diplomat in Washington for talks on transatlantic relations

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EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell will travel for the first time after assuming his new post, to Washington on 6-7 February, to hold talks with US Secretary of State,...

EU condemns US lifting of landmine ban

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The European External Action Service (EEAS) issued on Tuesday a statement condemning US President Donald Trump's decision to re-authorise the use of anti-personnel mines outside of the Korean Peninsula. EEAS said that the use of anti-personnel...

EU to back Spain over Gibraltar claims in Brexit trade talks

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Madrid will have the support of the European bloc over its territorial claims to the "Rock" and will be given the power to exclude the British Overseas Territory from the EU-UK trade deal, when negotiating...

Polish cities to modernise heating distribution networks with EU help

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The heating distribution operators of two Polish cities - Bydgoszcz and Lublin - have signed two financing agreements with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance their modernisation programmes. This project will result in energy...

“Good friends and good partners” under certain conditions, says von der Leyen

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European Commission's President Ursula von der Leyen focused on what follows UK's departure from the bloc during the MEPs' debate that was held prior to the vote on the Brexit Bill on Wednesday. The Commission's chief stressed the...

MEPs pave the way for UK’s Withdrawal from the bloc

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On Wednesday MEPs debated and voted on the terms of UK's official departure from the European Union, paving the way for the country's exit on Friday midnight CET. In a historic vote, the European Parliament...

Brexit is also a failure of the European Union, says Verhofstad

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"Brexit is also our failure - a failure of the Union," said Guy Verhofstad, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, during a debate on the Brexit Bill, held prior to the Parliament's vote that will...

Germany drops US drones in favour of manned aircraft

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The German government announced it has canceled plans to buy US-made Triton drones to the tune of $2.5 billion, and it has instead decided to buy manned Bombardier jets. The country’s defense ministry explained that...

EU adds 7 to sanctions list for Russia holding elections in Crimea

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The Council of the EU decided on Tuesday to add 7 individuals of former USSR descent, to the bloc's sanctions list over undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine. As of Tuesday, the list published in...

ExxonMobil make major discovery in Guyana field

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US energy major ExxonMobil said on 27 January the company has increased its estimated recoverable resource base in Guyana to more than 8 billion oil-equivalent barrels and made a further oil discovery northeast of...

Jourová says door for dialogue with Poland is open

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The Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vĕra Jourová said on Tuesday that the EU seeks a long-term solution to escalated tensions between the EU and the Polish government over judicial reforms. "The door...

Poland hits back at Commission’s statements on judicial independence

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Brussels - Warsaw tensions have escalated dramatically, after Poland accused the European Union on Saturday of "double standards" when questioning the independency of the country's Constitutional Tribunal. The move came after the EU's Executive body's...

Chief Brexit negotiator Barnier meets Ireland’s PM Varadkar

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EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier met on Monday with Leo Varadkar, Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) in Government Buildings in Dublin, to discuss the next phase of Brexit ahead of UK's scheduled departure from...

UAE and Kazakhstan ink cooperation documents on trade, energy

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan on 27 January have signed several documents on cooperation within the framework of the official visit of the Kazakhstan’s President Kassym Jomart Tokayev to Abu...

Portugal’s de Almeida to be Brussels’ ambassador to the UK post-Brexit

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João Vale de Almeida, the Portuguese diplomat was tapped on Friday by EU's Foreign Policy chief, Josep Borrell to serve as the first-ever head of EU's delegation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain...

At Davos, IEA says oil and gas companies must embrace clean energy

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As government and industry leaders gathered during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos on January 21, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said oil and gas companies are facing a critical challenge as...

IEA: Global oil supply tumbles in December

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Global oil supply tumbled 780,000 barrels per day in December as biofuels production declined seasonally and Saudi Arabia reduced output, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in the agency’s Oil Market Report (OMR) on...

Poland leads European onshore wind growth at the moment

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Poland held the largest European dedicated onshore wind auction ever in December with a total volume of 2.2GW, WindEurope said on 13 January, adding that the average bid of €49/MWh was lower than the...

Russia, Belarus extend gas supply contracts until 2021

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Gazprom Transgaz Belarus have signed additional agreements to extend the contracts for gas supplies to and gas transportation across Belarus until 2021. According to the newly-signed documents, the contractual...

Muslims surround and attack Sikh holy sites in Pakistan

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Hundreds of Muslims in Pakistan recently besieged a prominent gurdwara, a place of assembly and worship, trapping Sikhs for hours in the process. The violence followed the celebration of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, a festival...

Croatia takes over EU Presidency, faces “challenging” 2020

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Croatia officially assumed for the first time since it joined the bloc, the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2020 for a six-months period, succeeding Finland. In what national media...

First electric buses appear in Kazakh capital after New Year

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The first 30 electric buses from the beginning of the 2020 have appeared on the streets of the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, Astana LRT public relations department said on 3 January. “Seventy...

Greece proposes World Court if maritime talks with Turkey fail

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If Athens and Ankara fail to solve their maritime zones dispute, they should turn to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to settle the disagreement, said Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in remarks published...

Kazakhstan launches Saryarka gas pipeline

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The first phase of the Saryarka gas pipeline, which stretches from the south of Kazakhstan to the center of the country - to the capital Nur-Sultan, was launched at the end...

Boeing fires CEO Muilenburg as 737 Max crisis deepens

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The world's biggest aircraft manufacturer, Boeing fired its chief executive Dennis A. Muilenburg on Monday, after a disastrous year for its best-selling 737 Max planes whose two fatal crashes claimed 346 lives. Muilenburg technically "resigned",...

Kazakhstan Pavilion at Expo in Dubai will cost $23.4 million

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan has begun to build an exhibition pavilion at the World Expo, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, in 2020, Kazakh Trade and Integration Minister Bakhyt Sultanov said on December...

Sudan launches investigation into Darfur crimes committed during al-Bashir era

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Sudan has opened an investigation into crimes committed during Omar Hassan al-Bashir's era, in the region of Darfur, the state prosecutor said. "We have launched an investigation into the crimes committed in Darfur from 2003,"...

Croatia court rules same-sex couple can foster children

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After a long legal battle, the Zagreb administrative court ruled on Thursday that a same-couple, Ivo Segota and Mladen Kozic, can become foster parents, in what campaigners have called a "historic decision" for LGBTI...

Germany helps broker Russian gas transit deal via Ukraine to EU

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Following intense negotiations, Russian, Ukrainian representatives have reached an agreement in principle in Berlin on 19 December to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory. The talks were held at the German...

Sassoli requests investigation over Bulgarian MEP’s xenophobic comments

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The European Parliament's President, David Sassoli has requested an investigation over Angel Dzhambazki's xenophobic remarks posted on his Facebook page. The request came after two MEPs, Karima Delli, the chair of the Transport Committee and MEP of...

EU hopes for deal at political trilateral gas talks with Russia and Ukraine

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On 19 December, the next round of trilateral talks at political level with Russia and Ukraine on the long-term transit of gas through Ukraine post-2019 will take place in Berlin with European Commission Vice...