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Wednesday 17.01.2018 | Name days: Tenis, Dravis

Russian sociologists fear closure, quit publishing election polls

Russian leading independent polling organisation Levada Center has stated it has quit releasing results of polls on the country’s spring presidential election citing concern that the authorities could close it down for what they see as meddling in politics.

McDonald’s to use unrecycled packaging for 7 more years

World’s largest catering chain McDonalds has set the aim of ensuring that by 2025 all its packaging would be from either from recycled or renewable materials, which would be an increase current proportion of a half.

Mass protests in Greece do not hold back new bailout reforms

The parliament of Greece has adopted a large set of reforms pushed for by international creditors in return for more bailout money, despite approximately 20 000 people protesting outside the parliament and brief clashes with riot police breaking out.

Estonia counts more residents for 3rd consecutive year

Registering an increase in the Estonian population for the third consecutive year, Estonian statisticians have estimated that the population has increased by 3,070 people to 1,318,700 residents. They have also warned that this is preliminary data, which could still change considerably as unregistered immigration has not been included.

Romania Prime Minister changed, second since June

Romanian head of government Mihai Tudose has lost the support of his own Social Democratic Party becoming the second Romanian Prime Minister to lose the seat in seven months.

Ilves suggests creation of world cyber-security alliance beyond NATO

Former Estonian President, cyber-security activist Toomas Hendrik Ilves has noted that world's democratic countries, starting from NATO, should form a common cyber security organisation.

French wish for baguette to be protected by UNESCO intangible heritage list

French President Emmanuel Macron has stated that the French long bread, baguette, should be added the UN's UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list which aims to save mostly cultural traditions from globalisation.

Alcohol ban for women upheld in Sri Lanka

An attempt by the government of the South Asian nation of Sri Lanka to lift a ban on buying alcohol has been rejected by the country's President Maithripala Sirisena reasoning that he has listened to criticism of the move.

FVS says it is too soon to conclude quality of EU products differs from country to country

It is too soon to claim that the quality of products sold in the European Union differs from country to country, said Director of Latvia’s Food and Veterinary Service (FVS) Ernests Zavadskis on the topic of dual quality of European goods.

Facebook to reduce visibility of public content on its news feed

The world’s leading social network Facebook plans to alter the principles of its news feed works with the aim of making time spent on the site «more valuable», by reducing the visibility of posts from businesses, brands and media.

After French Salmonella scare, supermarkets continued selling recalled baby milk

French government has suggested fining a number of the country’s large retail chains after it came to light that they had continued selling baby milk powder linked to a Salmonella scare.

Latvia’s industrial production rise in November was more rapid than average in EU

Compared to the same month the year before, industrial production output in Latvia had grown by an average of 3.6% in November 2017. This is slightly more rapid than the average level in the European Union, according to data from Eurostat published for 22 member states.

South Korea aiming to ban bitcoin trade

The South Korean government voiced plans of drafting a law that would prohibit the trade of virtual currencies, which includes bitcoin.

Poland’s new PM hopes to convince EU of necessity of controversial Polish judicial reform

The new Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has noted that the dispute between Warsaw and the European Union is a misunderstanding and expressed readiness to convince Brussels of the need of the judiciary reforms.

Catalonia parties agree on deposed President as their candidate for the post

In an indication that the Catalan independence drive would continue, the two largest pro-independence parties in the region’s newly elected parliament have decided to support ex-leader Carles Puigdemont as their candidate for the post of the regional President.

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