Week 4

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27th November 2016:

  1. A Swiss referendum on the proposed phase-out of nuclear power plants will be held on Sunday.
  2. Greenland is asking Denmark to clean up US military junk left behind by Cold War-era American military projects on the giant island.
  3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday and expressed gratitude to him for sending fire trucks and firefighters to assist Israel in extinguishing wildfires, prime minister’s press service said in a statement.
  4. EU Commission President stated that no security system could be constructed in Europe without Russia.
  5. Polls in Japan show that more than half of respondents oppose the strengthening of economic cooperation with Russia.
  6. Goa is likely to become the first Indian state with cashless pay via a mobile phone starting from December 31, local media reported Sunday.
  7. England’s Football Association (FA) started investigation of a number of allegations emerged about sex offenses involving children in the Crewe Alexandra football club, according to official statement.
  8. Some 40 unknown people set on fire a building in the German city of Hamburg that will host the upcoming summit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
  9. Algerian and Venezuelan energy ministers will come to Moscow this Monday for talks with Russia’s energy chief Alexander Novak, the Algerian Energy Ministry said Sunday.
  10. India and Russia friendship is time tested and will remain forever, Russian ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin said.
  11. New agreement signed by consular departments’ chiefs of the Russian and Iranian foreign ministries is set to simplify the visa regime and drastically increase tourist flow between the two nations.
  12. Israel is holding 24 people in connection with the fires raging across the country.


26th November 2016:

  1. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary said that Tokyo voiced protest to Moscow over the deployment of missile systems to the southern Kuril Islands.
  2. Russian Energy Minister said the next round of trilateral Russia-EU-Ukraine talks on gas will focus on additional gas deliveries and implementation of contracts for autumn and winter periods.
  3. Crimea is ready to renew talks on about 30 Turkish investment projects frozen a year ago, a Russian lawmaker from Crimea, Ruslan Balbek, said on Friday.
  4. The European Union has strong interest in preserving all of the three main gas supply routes from Russia, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said Friday.
  5. India’s currency-GDP ratio is the highest in 16 years and this fact may not change in the near term despite PM Narendra Modi’s aim to demonetise high-value currency notes.
  6. Japan wants to build world’s fastest supercomputer and to develop and improve its high technologies through a new project costing $173 million dollars.
  7. A UK Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer has been towed back into port just two days after it sailed, following a total propulsion failure while taking part in NATO exercises.
  8. Ahmet Sorgun, election affairs deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said that since Turkey was geographically located both in Asia and Europe, Ankara sought to cooperate with various regional organizations, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and NATO.
  9. The Russian Foreign Ministry urged the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media to thoroughly analyze the European Parliament’s resolution targeting Russian media.
  10. A committee of British MP’s has accused the UK government of not learning lessons from its 2011 “erroneous” intervention in Libya.
  11. Head of Turkish delegation of businessmen and lawmakers currently visiting Crimea, Hasan Cengiz, said that Turkish and Crimean authorities have already solved principle issues in order to restore the cooperation and the next Turkish delegation would present concrete business proposals.
  12. Flynn Confirms Trump’s Appointment of KT McFarland as Deputy National Security Adviser. The next National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is “proud and honored” to have Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland as a member of the team.
  13. The recount of the presidential vote in the US state of Wisconsin, initiated by Green Party’s presidential nominee Jill Stein, will likely begin next week, a party’s representative announced at a Friday press conference.
  14. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has announced that air pollution is down 55 percent thanks to Dutch-made smog-sucking vacuum towers installed in Beijing. The company that designed the towers, Studio Roosegaarde, is claiming that PM2.5 particles have been filtered out of the air by the billions.
  15. Health Canada has proposed a ban on the use of a neonicotinoid pesticide called imidacloprid, after learning that it contaminates waterways and harms aquatic insects.
  16. A new bill presented in the UK this week, if passed into law, will compel internet providers to keep a list of websites users visit for a year and make those records available to nearly 50 government agencies upon request.
  17. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has died aged 90, Cuban state TV has announced.
  18. Deputy Foreign Minister said that Azerbaijan and the European Union are preparing for the negotiations on signing a new strategic partnership agreement, however the talks unlikely to take place in 2016.
  19. The Trump Effect? Germany Urges Europe for New ‘Peace Treaty’ With Russia. On Friday, fourteen European countries called to re-launch a conventional arms control treaty with Russia. Russian military experts have commented on the initiative, focusing on how the US president-elect might contribute to the proposal.
  20. Following President-elect Trump’s promise to quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on day one, Asia Pacific states are turning to China as the new TPP leader, although it is unclear whether Beijing will meet their aspirations as it is pushing ahead with its Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) project.


25th November 2016:

  1. Russia will help Israel put out forest fires at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  2. Athens may use the Nea Kavala military airfield for accepting tourists from Eastern Europe, the defense minister said.
  3. Chinese President Xi Jinping has wrapped up his tour of Latin America, visiting Ecuador, Peru and Chile, and attending the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Lima, Peru. Latin America expert Alexander Kharlamenko warned that in the next few years, US-Chinese rivalry in Latin America is guaranteed to heat up.
  4. European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete said that Nord Stream-2 does not enhance the security of supplies to the European Union because the supplier and the gas source are the same, so there is no logic in duplication of capacities from the commercial viewpoint.
  5. The European Parliament has voted on Thursday in favor of a non-binding resolution on freezing Turkey’s EU accession talks.
  6. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said that Luxembourg has an intention to develop cooperation with Russia in all areas.
  7. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s US presidential nominee launched an online fundraising page to gather donations to pay recount fees after a group of hackers had called on the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to request recount in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania due to alleged fraud and hacks into voter and party databases.
  8. The Crimean minister of economic development said the region’s infrastructure will be almost entirely rebuilt before 2020.
  9. Bulgaria’s President-elect Rumen Radev said that growing geopolitical threats, such as terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, could only be addressed by working together with Moscow.
  10. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army ) rebels Rodrigo Echeverri (also known as Timochenko) have signed a new peace deal in Bogota.
  11. Russian Deputy PM Holds ‘Constructive’ Talks With Luxembourg’s Prime Minister
    Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets marked the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
  12. The European Union announced on Thursday that it would provide an additional 300 million euros ($316.5 million) to Ukraine to support the public administration reform, the process of decentralization and the establishment of the rule of law in the country.
  13. A free trade agreement between Singapore and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) could be concluded before the end of 2017, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said.
  14. On Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Minister praised Russia-China military cooperation, saying that the military contracts signed by the two countries have reached a record $3 billion. Russian military expert Vasily Kashin noted that the bilateral ties between the two have got back to the “good old days.”



24th November 2016:

  1. Moscow and Athens will jointly contribute 2 million euros (about $2.1 million) to the development of quantum technologies, a spokesperson for the Greek Education, Research and Religious Affairs Ministry told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
  2. Russian Energy Minister and European Commission Vice President for the Energy Union could discuss the Opal gas pipeline issue in Germany this week, the Russian deputy energy minister said Wednesday.
  3. Putin Increases Russian Scientific Research Budget to $275Mln
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called not to try to save funds on fundamental science, as this could lead to the country lagging behind in the future.
  4. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is about to become next US ambassador to the UN, local media reported Wednesday.
  5. India’s biggest pharmaceutical company enters Russian, CIS markets. Out of the total deal value, $24 million will be given for acquiring 85.1 percent equity stake in the Russian firm. The Indian company will also assume Biosintez’s debt of $ 36 million.
  6. Egypt has complied with all recommendations by Russian experts on strengthening security at its airports, Russian Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov said Wednesday.
  7. The legal experts of the Sputnik news agency and RT broadcaster are considering an appeal to the EU court over violation of EU human rights and press freedom norms by the European Parliament’s resolution to counter Russian media outlets, Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Wednesday.
  8. A French parliamentary committee dismissed on Wednesday an impeachment call against President Francois Hollande as it failed to get the majority of votes.
  9. China must continue economic reforms and enact policy changes to improve the climate for US private companies, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said at the 27th meeting of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade on Wednesday.
  10. Jordan’s King Abdullah II believes that Donald Trump’s presidency will change the existing state of affairs in the Middle East.
  11. The UK government has been accused of “outrageous” secrecy over the British training of Saudi and Bahraini police forces, with human rights campaigners taking aim at a refusal to publish details about the relationship between UK police and their Gulf state counterparts.
  12. Russian opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a potential suspect in a money-laundering investigation over 100 million euros ($106 million), which have been frozen in Irish-domiciled funds for almost six years, Irish media reported Wednesday.
  13. The Green Party’s presidential nominee Jill Stein will file for a recount of election results in the US states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, a campaign press release said.
  14. The United Kingdom will send 800 soldiers to Estonia, as it promised at the NATO July summit, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Wednesday.
  15. Venezuela’s Oil and Mining Affairs Minister Eulogio del Pino will head to Moscow to finalize the agreement to limit oil production, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.


23rd November 2016:

  1. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs urgent reforms following an official report revealing that thousands of permanent residency or “green” cards have gone missing, US House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul said
  2. The United States and China should look into building a modern digital economy, US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said at the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade
  3. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault is urging outgoing US President Barack Obama to take immediate action against building the North Dakota Access Pipeline to prevent escalating violence between law enforcement and protesters opposing the pipeline
  4. Peru is proposing to create an analogue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) free trade agreement between the countries of Asia-Pacific without participation of the United States, which could leave the agreement, Peruvian Prime Minister Fernando Zavala said
  5. Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Skourletis and Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov signed on Tuesday a joint action plan, stipulating cooperation between the ministries on prevention and elimination of the consequences of natural and man-caused emergency situations and an exchange of personnel for consultations and training
  6. A US federal judge blocked an Obama administration rule that would extend overtime pay to 4.2 million workers in the United States
  7. China and Chile have improved the level of their bilateral ties up to comprehensive strategic partnership, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said
  8. Chile would like to enter the China-led AIIB as soon as possible, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said
  9. The Russian capital is hosting ENES 2016 V International Energy Efficiency and Energy Development Forum, which is aimed at discussing ways to lower global energy consumption
  10. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will present to the Parliament his first Autumn Statement that is expected to reveal the government’s economic plans for 2017 today
  11. Industrialized countries should follow Russia’s example in reducing greenhouse emissions, Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said
  12. The decision on the appointment of Russia’s new economic development minister may be made within the next few days, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said


22nd November 2016:

  1. Syrian President Bashar Assad guarantees that Damascus will create the most favourable conditions for Russian projects in Syria, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said
  2. There is no consensus observed yet in the formation of a so-called road map toward settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said
  3. Lawmakers in Vietnam have voted to completely abandon the Southeast Asian country’s nuclear program, Vietnamese media reported
  4. UK Independence Party (UKIP) acting leader Nigel Farage said he was ready to help the United Kingdom “in any way” following US President-elect Donald Trump remark that he would be a great ambassador to the country
  5. The Board of Directors of the BRICS-created New Development Bank (NDB) on approved two loans for infrastructure projects in China and India worth some $640 million in total
  6. The UN General Assembly has adopted 10 resolutions aimed at building stronger ties between the United Nations and the regional organizations, including the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)
  7. Russia is about to ratify an agreement between Moscow and Beijing on cooperation in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism
  8. The European Parliament approved a resolution aimed at strengthening cooperation between the EU countries on security issues, making further progress on the way to the European Defense Union
  9. Russian researchers are working on creating more biologically-compatible implants that either utilize or are manufactured entirely out of biodegradable materials that will help to heal fractured bones more efficiently
  10. UK Brexit Secretary has met with member of the European Parliament and the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator
  11. The Russian government has asked President Vladimir Putin to sign a military-technical cooperation agreement between Russia and Uzbekistan
  12. The Iranian parliament has voted for ratification of an agreement on customs cooperation between Iran and Russia
  13. Most teens and young people can’t spot fake news, and unquestioningly accept social media headlines and photos, according to a new Stanford University study. It comes after social media giant Facebook has faced heated criticism of the amount of fake news published and shared during the 2016 US election
  14. More than a hundred leaders of major European cities have written an open letter calling for a radical rethink of the European project to prevent a “growing disconnect” between citizens and the EU, which they see as being “shaken at its foundations,” by the Brexit vote


21st November 2016:

  1. The first round of the presidential primaries in the Republicans center-right party in France resulted in a victory of former Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Nicolas Sarkozy conceded his defeat after coming third in The Republicans primaries on Sunday and said he was quitting politics
  2. Iran has transported heavy water to Oman for subsequent sale, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said Sunday, confirming earlier media reports.
  3. Putin said that peace treaty and disputed territories would be the topics to dominate his future visit to Japan.
  4. Putin said there should be no exclusive regional economic unions and all trade blocs must follow universal rules.
  5. Vladimir Putin said after meeting US counterpart Barack Obama he had invited the outgoing US leader to come to Russia whenever an opportunity presented itself.
  6. Outgoing US President Barack Obama promised to give Donald Trump some space when he leaves the White House but did not rule out he might occasionally step in to set him straight on US values and ideals.
  7. Japanese authorities reaffirmed its’ claims to four Kuril Islands, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday.
  8. Today, the Nordic capitals of Helsinki and Stockholm enjoy regular flights and ferry cruises. In a bid to revolutionize passenger traffic, Finland is considering launching Hyperloop to Stockholm, which would become the first of its kind in Scandinavia and reduce the voyage to a mere half an hour at staggering speeds of up to 1,200 km/h.
  9. Belarus is going to hold consultations with the EU on joining the EU soon, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the European Union Aleksandr Mikhnevich said on Monday.
  10. Russia recognizes current world trends in the developing LNG market and plans to lead it amid implementation of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Russia’s Arctic on the Yamal Peninsula, Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoy said Monday.
  11. French police have thwarted a terrorist attack over the weekend, the country’s interior minister said Monday.
  12. The Russian Helicopters holding has manufactured two Mi-171 multirole helicopters for the China General Aviation Service (CAS) company and is going to deliver them in the foreseeable future, the company said Monday in a statement.

20th November 2016:

  1. Putin said he plans to travel to China in May 2017 for events related to Beijing’s Silk Road Economic Belt project.
  2. Russia and Japan are again holding consultations between their foreign and defense ministries.
  3. Putin told his Filipino counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, Russian metallurgy firms and railcar makers wanted to have greater access to the Philippines market.
  4. Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Russia’s oil giant Rosneft, told reporters he was about to go to Venezuela, where his company is involved in five oil production projects.
  5. Belgium’s People’s Party hopes that Donald Trump will lift sanctions against Russia in order to restore the US-Russian relations, Belgian lawmaker and party member Aldo Carcaci told Sputnik.
  6. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on the parties to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to continue activities aimed at the ratification of the deal “despite the headwind.”
  7. Russian energy giant Gazprom mulls new areas of cooperation with Japanese companies as Japan is one of the largest energy markets in the world, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said on Sunday.
  8. Plans for US President-elect Donald Trump to visit UK Queen Elizabeth II in the summer of 2017 are being discussed with a formal invitation expected to be issued once Trump is sworn in on January 20.
  9. Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to return to politics and to play a key role in the country’s withdrawal from the European Union, local media reported.
  10. Russian President Vladimit Putin spoke with his US counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Peru, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday, confirming earlier media reports.
  11. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke about joint economic projects, including those in third countries, on the sidelines of APEC summit in Peru, Russian Deputy Economic Development Minister Stanislav Voskresensky said Sunday.
  12. Angela Merkel officially confirmed her intent to run for fourth term as the German chancellor.


19th November 2016:

  1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in the Peruvian capital of Lima to take part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit over the weekend
  2. Mexico is set on continuing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement regardless of the stance of the new US administration, Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said.
  3. The plane carrying Russian journalists and some members of the Russian delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit is stuck in Lisbon because of a malfunction.
  4. IMF said that Haiti will be extended a line of credit of more than $41 million to help the nation deal with financial pressures.
  5. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru on Saturday to discuss the preparations for Putin’s forthcoming visit to Japan in December.
  6. The Japanese government is exploring the possibility of a new meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President-elect Donald Trump in February.
  7. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will visit Russia on December 3 to hold a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
  8. Russia’s recent withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) may adversely affect the court’s international standing and encourage more withdrawals despite Russia’s unratified status in the institution, experts told Sputnik.
  9. The Russian side asked the Swiss authorities to explain why the Russian government aircraft was tracked by the fighter jets over the European country, the Russian embassy in Switzerland said Saturday.
  10. Russian and Iranian cooperation in the field of aviation may result in the two nations creating their own aviation market which would be completely independent from any third party influence.
  11. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama will be in contact during the APEC summit, but there was no preliminary agreement about the meeting between the two presidents, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
  12. Chinese President Calls For Establishing Free Trade Area Between APEC Countries
    Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the Asia Pacific region should play a leading role and seek new paths for global growth.
  13. Russia is emerging from economic recession and companies like Aeroflot are providing attractive bets for investors, market analysts told Austria’s Die Presse newspaper.
  14. The Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev said that the fund multiplied investments in the project of Hyperloop high-speed transport system.
  15. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said that Peru wants to develop relations with Russia in a number of spheres including military.
  16. Russia and Japan are considering starting a joint venture fund, with the final decision to be announced in December, Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), said Saturday.