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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.

Europol releases its Christmas calendar of EU’s most wanted criminals

European Union’s police body Europol has engaged in the often commercial pre-festive period by releasing Christmas advent calendar that will reveal one of bloc’s most wanted criminals every day up until Christmas.

OPEC oil exporters agree to reduce oil output to increase price

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed on November 30 for the first time since 2008 to reduce oil supply in an attempt to make global oil prices grow. The organisatrion’s head Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada stated that a cut of 1.2 million barrels a day would start from January

Tragic dormitory fire in Turkey

Police in southern Turkey has detained six people after 11 pupils and a teacher died in a dorm fire.

PHOTO: world’s first Bombardier CS300 aircraft arrives in Riga

On Wednesday, 30 November, Latvian airBaltic airline welcomed the world’s first Bombardier CS300 aircraft in Riga.

Google Earth’s new function shows, how planet has changed since 1984

Satellite imagery and map software Google Earth has on November 29 been updated with a timelapse feature that shows, how the planet’s surface has changed over the last 32 years.

Automobile makers agree to create electric top-up network in Europe

A group of German and U.S. car firms have joined their forces to establish a network of high-powered electric car charging stations in Europe.

Germany assumes Russian cyber attacks are likely during its 2017 election

The head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service has announced on November 29 that Russia may attempt to affect the 2017 German federal parliamentary election. Bruno Kahl stated that his agency was aware of cyber attacks with no other purpose than «causing political uncertainty».