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Lithuania maintains A credit rating despite coronavirus downturn

Monday, August 3, 2020

On Friday, the international credit rating agency Fitch confirmed Lithuania’s A credit rating despite the economic coronavirus effects. In a press release, Fitch said “Lithuania’s ratings reflect high governance indicators and a credible policy framework supported by EU membership”. “The Stable Outlook reflects a degree of economic resilience to the Covid-19 pandemic owing to an improvement in external finances (with the decline in net external debt), a stable banking sector…

India runs Kashmir council vote despite lockdown and boycott

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Village council elections are being conducted Thursday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, but the absence of mainstream local politicians leaves worry the polls will install puppets of the central Hindu-nationalist government that revoked the disputed region’s semi-autonomous status in early August. Officials are hoping the elections of leaders for more than 300 councils will lend credibility amid a political vacuum and contend they will represent local interests better than former corrupt state-level…

Despite recent heat, July weather 1 degree cooler than average

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Despite recent hot weather brought to the region by a hot air mass that caused record temperatures across much of the European continent, Estonia’s average air temperature for July was 16.4 C, which is 1 degree below average for the month. The highest temperature recorded in Estonia last month was 33 C in the Jõgeva County village of Tiirikoja on July 28. The lowest temperature recorded, meanwhile, was 2.3 C…

Taliban Troop Strength Surges in Afghanistan Despite US Bombing Campaign

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A top Afghan commander has said that 77,000 Taliban militants are battling the Afghan government – more than double the estimates from US and Afghan officials about insurgent strength. The apparent surge of militants, although refuted by some, would also reflect poorly on the US’ bombing campaign, which has ramped up since March. “It is proven that 77,500 enemies, of whom 5,000 are foreign fighters and 3,000 are Daesh militants,…