Italy has been shaken by a number of earthquakes this week, one of which has triggered an avalanche burying a mountain hotel, where at least two people have been found dead and dozens more a searched for through rubble and snow.
Berlin has emphasised plans to increase defence spending after facing criticism from upcoming U.S. President Donald Trump on NATO countries not meeting their spending commitments.
In Tokyo, Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola and Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister Motome Takisawa signed a convention between the two countries on double taxation prevention for income tax.
U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of the former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, found guilty of stealing and leaking a vast material of classified material to transparency organisations.
The price of oil in the world this morning, 18 January, grew in relation to US dollar’s value drop and expectations regarding commercial oil reserves in USA, which compensates on the market the influence from predictions in Russia and USA about oil production increase by the end of 2017.
Due to Italy and Spain having unfavourable weather for growing vegetables, prices of a number of vegetables are likely to increase.
Italian right-wing politician Antonio Tajani has won the election for the post of the chairman of the European Parliament. The 63-year-old Tajani is a former press representative of convicted former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi and an ex-European commissioner
Search teams have quit looking for Malaysian airliner, which disappeared from radars on flight No. MH370 from Malaysia to China with 239 people on board, as currently, only seven of the 20 pieces of recovered debris have been identified as definitely or highly likely to be from the Boeing 777.
Belgrade has voiced a warning expressing readiness to protect the territory it considers belonging to Serbia in its neighbouring country Kosovo. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić accused Kosovo of seeking a war, after a passenger train painted in Serbian colours and the words «Kosovo is Serbia» was prevented from crossing the Kosovan border.
Italy has been invited by the European Commission to substantiate with proof the denial of allegations by the German government that Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler has installed illegal exhaust emissions cheating equipment.
The nominees of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for posts of U.S. Defence Secretary and chief the Central Intelligence have unlike Trump voiced criticism about actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia.