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Putin adds rhetoric of new nuclear weapons to election campaign

With the Russian presidential election of March 18 nearing, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to easily win his fourth term in office, has announced the country has developed new nuclear weapons that were «invincible».

European Parliament: it is necessary to halt terrorism funding

To halt terrorism funding, the European Union member states should monitor suspicious transactions and charity organizations, as well as exchange information about them more actively, members of the European Parliament propose.

International Olympic Committee has renewed Russia's participation in international Olympic movement

Despite two Russian athletes failing drug tests in Pyeongchang 2018, the International Olympic Committee has renewed the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Cyber-attack on German federal ministries investigated

Germany is looking into a computer system security violation to its defence and interior ministries' private networks, as acknowledged by the German Interior Ministry.

Little time left to Poland to backtrack on rule of law reforms, Germany says

As the two-year-long dispute between the European Commission and the Polish government on Polish rule of law reforms nears either Polish concessions or a punitive procedure, Germany has emphasised that time and patience of Berlin and Paris was running low.

Russian authorities ban Estonian 100th anniversary event in Pskov Oblast

Local authorities in the Pskov Oblast in Russia, which borders Estonia, have barred an Estonian Independence Day reception in Pechory to be organised on March 2 by the Estonian General Consulate in St. Petersburg.

UN calls for immediate implementation of Security Council-backed ceasefire in Syria

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres urged warring sides in Syria to immediately enforce a 30-day ceasefire in the war-torn country backed by the UN Security Council past weekend.

Proportion of people working in Latvia’s culture sector is larger than the average in EU

The number of people working in Latvia’s culture sector is equal to 4.5% of the total number of employed people in the country. This proportion is also larger than the average one across the European Union, according to data published by Eurostat.

Air temperature drops below -30° C in certain parts of Northern Europe

On Tuesday, 20 February, air temperature in central and northern parts of Finland dropped to -27° C… -31° C in morning hours. In Norway, close to the Finnish border, air temperature has dropped as far as -34° C, according to data from meteorological stations.

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