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Trump, Putin’s critics and refugee organization nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critics, and UN Refugee Agency UNHCR have been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

Coface: growth will continue, but ‘overheating’ risk will remain for businesses

In its latest rating, Coface international credit risks insurance company has upgraded ratings for Ukraine, Georgia, and Netherlands. Experts say there is a possibility of businesses overheating. That and political tension will be among the main business risks in 2018.

Facebook prohibits promoting virtual currencies in ads

The world's leading social network has stated it would not allow advertising to offer any virtual currency products and services.

Poland adopts bill to link country to Holocaust, despite criticism from Israel

The Senate of Poland has passed a bill that criminalises blaming Poles for involvement in the Nazi German Holocaust, despite Israel strongly opposing it an accusing Poland of an attempt to change history.

Syria peace conference calls for elections, but main opposition issues – unheard

During a Russian-held Syria peace conference, a statement has been passed encouraging organising democratic elections in the war-torn Middle East country, yet not mentioning key demands from opposition forces.

Putin generalises U.S. list of Russian oligarchs and officials as move against all population

Reacting to Russian senior officials and billionaires being placed on a U.S. list related to a sanctions' law, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has evaluated that the move is targeting all Russians.

VW CEO assumes responsibility for exhaust experiments on humans and monkeys

Scandal-scarred German automotive giant Volkswagen has assumed partial responsibility for diesel fume experiments with humans and monkeys.

Ratas encourages EU to look into dropping annual switch summer time

Estonian head of government Jüri Ratas has voiced his support to the idea of the EU dropping the European Summer Time in accordance to which clocks are turned by one hour forward from spring to fall in the majority of EU member states.

Germany surprised over diesel exhaust experiments on monkeys and people

The German federal government in Berlin has condemned tests financed by German automotive companies, where, according to press reports, people and monkeys have been subjected to inhaling diesel exhaust gases.

Lithuania seeks to deepen economic ties with Georgia

Lithuanian head of government Saulius Skvernelis has went on a visit to Georgia, where in talks with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Kvirikashvili he has discussed ways to expand economic relations between the two friendly nations.