Week 2

7th December 2016:

  1. US President-elect Donald Trump officially announced on Tuesday his decision to nominate General James Mattis to lead the Pentagon, at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
  2. US President-elect Donald Trump offered Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who called Chinese leader Xi Jinping his “long-time friend,” to become the US ambassador to China, US media reported.
  3. Whereas Scandinavian economists have been bracing for a hard landing after Trump’s rise to power, the Finnish pension fund Ilmarinen, which is one of Scandinavia’s biggest asset managers that oversees about $38 billion worth of funds, is moving its resources to the US due to prospects of a US boom.
  4. The Russian foreign minister invited his British counterpart to visit Moscow.
  5. Russia’s arms producer signed an agreement with an Iranian aero navigation holding on further research and development projects, the company said Wednesday in a press release.
  6. Crimean Deputy Prime Minister said that the Crimean authorities are going to invite a delegation of Bahrain’s businessmen for the next year.
  7. Classified documents made public by US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that NSA and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) developed and used special programs for monitoring Internet communications onboard French aircraft, including Air France, French media reported.
  8. The European Commission imposed fines on three investment banks over their participation in a cartel to fix the price of EURIBOR interest rate benchmark.
  9. India May Become First Country to Try Out Superfast Hyperloop Transportation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now looking for cheaper projects that provide fast and smooth rides between India’s teeming metropolitan cities. Hyperloop from the US claims that it will provide both but at a much cheaper cost.
  10. Russia will develop a set of measures to withstand economic challenges, including volatility of global financial markets, country’s Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin said Wednesday.
  11. US President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had a really good chemistry with the outgoing US President Barack Obama.
  12. Volume of Goods Shipped From China to Europe Via Russia Doubles Yearly. Russia and Kazakhstan is popular route to goods shipped from China to the European counties, Russian Deputy Transport Minister Alexey Tsydenov said


6th December 2016:

  1. Interest in #CalExit, a push for California to secede from the nation, has grown following the election of Donald Trump.
  2. Ukraine and Russia could strike a deal on Russian gas deliveries during next winter at EU-mediated talks in Brussels, Ukraine’s gas major Naftogaz’s chief Andriy Kobolyev said Monday.
  3. EU and third-country citizens will be checked against EU-wide databases to prevent terrorists from entering, under a draft law that was agreed informally on Monday by EU ministers and European Parliament members.
  4. The United Kingdom’s ambassador to the United Nations is distorting facts and “poisoning the atmosphere” on the Security Council, China’s UN envoy Liu Jieyi charged in comments to the Council.
  5. The Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill, said on Monday that many people he met during the visit to France treated and spoke of Russia in a kind way and understood the importance of the Franco-Russian relations.
  6. One of the over-200 websites labeled as “fake news” and “Russian propaganda” by so-called experts cited by the Washington Post is demanding a retraction and threatening a defamation lawsuit.
  7. Several countries in West Africa have agreed to tighten their air quality standards and end imports of high-sulfur diesels from Europe, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said
  8. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov and Filipino National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana agreed Monday that increased bilateral military cooperation would benefit security in the Asia-Pacific region, the Russian Defense Ministry said
  9. Ukraine would be completely deprived of gas transit, if Russia’s Nord Stream 2 and Turkish stream gas pipeline projects were brought to life, the chief executive of the national gas firm Naftogaz
  10. Ukraine’s and Poland’s state-run oil and gas companies Naftogaz and PGNIG have applied to Bundesnetzagentur, Germany’s Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, for participation in quadripartite agreement on the use of Opal gas pipeline’s capacity
  11. The European Union banned poultry from Ukraine due to the recent outbreak of avian flu, while Hong Kong halted exports of eggs from Ukrainian Kherson region, the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service of Ukraine said
  12. Alexander Onishchenko, a fugitive Ukrainian parliamentarian, is alleging that billions of dollars in international aid that have been poured into the country by the West to help it rebuild is actually going to fuel one man’s own power and control, that of current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
  13. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will pay his first official visit to Russia on Tuesday to discuss key issues on the bilateral agenda
  14. Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the new Doctrine of Information Security of Russia, according to a decree published on the legal information portal
  15. Gazprom’s export to the European market may compose 10 billion cubic meters more than the previous record, President of the Russian Gas Society Pavel Zavalny said.
  16. Despite Sweden’s chronic fear of Russia, which is being constantly hyped up by various politicians and security experts, local politicians on the Swedish island of Gotland are ready to rent the port of Slite to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction project in the Baltic Sea
  17. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the introduction of a nationwide burka ban at the conference of the Christian Democratic party (CDU) and that the situation of summer 2015 when thousands of migrants flooded Germany should not and will not take place again