Posts published in Day: December 14, 2018

Security, free speech in focus as Seoul braces for possible visit from North Korea’s Kim

Friday, December 14, 2018

Speculation that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Seoul for the first time has sparked debate in South Korea over how to allow citizens to express often strongly held views while preventing any international incidents. To pull off the summit he wants – full of inspiring imagery of Korean unity and reconciliation – President Moon Jae-in needs to walk a fine line between providing sufficient security for…

Senate votes to end US military support for Saudis in Yemen

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an end to US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war, and asserting Congress’s right to decide on matters of war and peace. The measure, which passed by 56 votes to 41, marked the first time the Senate had invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution to seek to curb the power of the president to take the US into an armed…

First Dutch bananas could help tackle worldwide fungal threat

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Dutch university has grown the Netherlands’ first crop of bananas as part of a research programme that could help protect the fruit from a deadly fungus that threatens production worldwide. Wageningen University grew 60 banana plants in its greenhouses on coco peat and rock wool, avoiding the threat of a soil-borne fungal disease that could destroy hundreds of thousands of hectares of banana plants around the world, local media reported.…

Poland to take lead in NATO Baltic Air Policing mission

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Polish Air Force is preparing to return to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, leading NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission from January 2019 on, while Germany continues to be the augmenting nation flying out of Ämari Air Base, Estonia, NATO announced December 13. The Polish Air Force will deploy four F-16C/D Block 52+ fighter jets to Šiauliai. This will be the eighth time, the Polish Air Force has supported NATO’s mission safeguarding…

EU offers new Brexit deal clarity, won’t renegotiate – Juncker

Friday, December 14, 2018

The European Union is willing to give Britain further clarifications on its Brexit deal but will not renegotiate the treaty or its protocol on the Irish border, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday. Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Commission president said he was “astonished” at Prime Minister Theresa May’s inability to get the package agreed with the EU last month through the British parliament. Noting…

Social protection in the Baltic States

Friday, December 14, 2018

Social protection expenditure in the European Union (EU) stood at 28.2% of GDP in 2016, slightly down compared with 28.4% in 2015, according to data from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In 2016, the two main sources of funding of social protection at EU level were social contributions, making up 55% of total receipts, and general government contributions from taxes at 40%. The EU average continued to…

Kelly Sildaru wins again, this time at the Dew Tour

Friday, December 14, 2018

Freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru has won the US Dew Tour event US for the third time, dominating the women’s ski slopestyle with 185, 67 points of a possible 200, 20 points ahead of second-placed skier Tess Ledeux (France). The 2018 Dew Tour, an extreme sports circuit running since 2005, took place in Beckenridge, Colorado. The women’s freestyle event is divided into two runs of three jump sections and four jib sections in…

Strasbourg attack suspect killed by police

Friday, December 14, 2018

French police have killed the suspected gunman who shot and stabbed people at Strasbourg’s Christmas market, killing three and leaving a dozen wounded. Chérif Chekatt was shot dead on Thursday evening, 48 hours after he disappeared sparking a massive manhunt. He was killed after police officers spotted him in the Neudorf area of south-east Strasbourg near where he was last seen getting out of a taxi on Tuesday evening. The French interior…

Baltic farmers protest in Brussels, call for fairer deal

Friday, December 14, 2018

Latvian farmers made their ways to Brussels on December 13 in concert with colleagues from Estonia and Lithuania to protest against the low levels of payments they get from the European Union in comparison with farmers in other countries. The protest was timed to coincide with EU leaders’ talks about budget plans for the next seven years across the Union, with Baltic farmers saying the time is long overdue for a fair…