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Norwegian guilty of sex abuse of 62 minors via Skype

Norwegian court convicted on December 8 a 66-year-old man with a prison sentence of eight years over child sex abuse in Skype internet communication programme.

European Central Bank to continue quantitative easing for longer than planned

The European Central Bank has on December 8 stated that it would continue its quantitative easing programme no less than until December 2017 and would buy bonds for a smaller sum - 20 billion euros a month.

Finnish post denies having «lost» 10,000 newspapers

An unusual event has become one of Finland’s top media stories on December 7 – national postal service Posti is blamed for «losing» the latest release of social-democratic weekly Demokraatti in its entirety.

Apple explains iPhone «fires» pointing to external factors

Reacting to reports that a number of iPhone users has have experienced battery «fires», U.S. tech giant Apple has this week blamed external factors, not the parts of the device for the accidents.

Stake of Russian oil giant to be sold for billions

Russian government stated on December 7 that British commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund are jointly acquiring a 19.5% stake in Rosneft, Russia's largest oil firm.

EU auditors don’t know, where billions allocated to Ukraine were spent

The European Union over the recent years transferred billions of euros to Ukraine, for the most part as direct budget support and yet EU’s European Court of Auditors stated on December 6 it was unable to say how the money was spent.

Merkel supports limited ban on full-faced Muslim veils

Head of German federal government Angela Merkel has states on December 6 that burka Islamic head-wear should be banned in the country within the limits of law.

Social networks and YouTube to build database to prevent recruitment of terrorists

Largest U.S. social networking companies have stated on December 5 that they cooperate to create a joint data base with images and videos that are employed to lure users into terrorist activities.

UN resolution for truce in Aleppo blocked by Russia and China

In a UN Security Council vote for a resolution urging to put in place a ceasefire in Syria’s possibly besieged second city of Aleppo, Russia and China have on December 5 used their right to veto.

International creditors agree on Greek debt relief

International lenders have on December 5 pledged to ease the heavy debt burden of Greece after a meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers.

EUIPO estimates the money Europe loses due to counterfeit goods and piracy

Counterfeit goods on the market cause nine industries to lose more than EUR 48 billion every year, according to estimates calculated in studies performed by European Union Intellectual Property Office.

Three European cities plan to ban diesel cars

Looking for ways to improve their quality of air, the mayors of Madrid, Paris and Athens have on December 1 expressed readiness to introduce bans on cars and trucks with diesel engines by 2025.

EU 2017 budget to provide the most support to youth and growth initiatives

In the next year’s budget, members of the European Parliament have secured larger support to unemployed youngsters and Erasmus+, as well as initiatives for support of small and medium-sized businesses, transport infrastructure projects and research. Commitment appropriations for 2017 total EUR 157.8578 billion, and payment appropriations EUR 134.49 billion.

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