Posts published in World

Donald Trump vetoes bid to end US aid for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen war

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Many in Washington want Mr Trump to distance himself from Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Donald Trump has vetoed a motion that would have stopped the US providing military aid to Saudi Arabia for their ongoing war in Yemen. Congress had passed a never-before-used war powers resolution in a bid to change White House policy on the conflict, which has raged for four years. Many in…

Notre Dame will be rebuilt in five years

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

France’s president Emmanuel Macron has told France, Notre Dame cathedral will be rebuilt, and it must be rebuilt within five years. In a live televised presidential address to the nation, Macron vowed the cathedral would be even more beautiful than it was before. It comes after more than €700 million in donations flooded in on Tuesday to help rebuild the Catholic landmark, which was catastrophically damaged by a fire on…

Latvia declares high campaign expenses ahead of European Parliament elections

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Political parties have so far declared EUR 360,543 as their campaign expenses ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections, with three parties – For Development/For, Harmony and Latvia’s Russian Union – accounting for two thirds of that amount, according to information released by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB). For Development/For has declared EUR 83,335 as its campaign expenses, Harmony has declared EUR 77,629 and Latvia’s Russian Union EUR 76,325. The…

Russia-NATO Relations Deteriorate, No Cooperation on Any Issue

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister said the current relations are reminiscent of Cold War era. Russia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have completely ceased cooperation on civil and military matters, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Russian state media  RIA Novosti on Monday. “NATO has abandoned a positive agenda in its relations with Russia. It doesn’t exist,” Grushko said, adding that the current relations are reminiscent of the “state of affairs under which…

Poland’s Baltic Pipe pumped up with €215m EU grant

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The pipeline creates a new gas supply corridor in the European market, connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway. The European Commission has granted funding worth €214.9 million (£185.4m) for the Baltic Pipe project in Poland. The pipeline creates a new gas supply corridor in the European market, connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway. It will allow, as of 2022, the shipment of gas from the North Sea to the Polish…

Germany opens Baltic Sea’s largest wind park

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday officially opened a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea, calling it a project of “national significance” for Germany’s “energy transition” towards renewables. Here are three things to know about the Arkona wind park ahead of the political festivities. Baltic’s largest wind park Arkona’s 60 turbines tower out of the Baltic between the German island of Rügen and the Swedish shoreline to the north. Erected…

Victor Hugo already described flames in Notre Dame cathedral in his 1831 novel

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

An enormous fire engulfed Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral on Monday evening, destroying most of the 800-year-old wooden structure and leading to the collapse of its main spire. The blaze was a shocking event for the city of Paris, destroying one of its most famous buildings, built in 1482. The cathedral featured prominently in Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, which he wrote in 1831. In the novel,…

US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

Monday, April 15, 2019

It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse. The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war. American and European analysts and current and former U.S. military officers say the nuclear superpowers need to talk more. A foundational arms control agreement…

Assange tried to use embassy as ‘centre for spying’, says Ecuador’s Moreno

Monday, April 15, 2019

Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a “centre for spying”, Ecuador’s president has said in an interview with the Guardian. Lenín Moreno also said he had been given written undertakings from Britain that Assange’s fundamental rights would be respected and that he would not be sent anywhere to face the death penalty. Assange, 47, was taken from the embassy by…

As opponent misses debates, Ukraine’s president converses with audience

Monday, April 15, 2019

On Sunday, 14 April, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko was forced to engage in debates with empty space next to him, because his opponent – Volodymyr Zelenksy – did not attend the debates organized at Kyiv Olympic Stadium. Poroshenko spoke with the audience alone for 45 minutes. He also answered questions from journalists and criticized the non-existent competition, BBC reports. The two presidential candidates had previously agreed to hold televised debates,…