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Friday 17.08.2018 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

Russia to move out from Ukraine its truce monitors

Russia has stated it would move out its servicemen tasked with monitoring truce in the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine operating as part of a joint Russia-Ukraine centre.

WannaCry ransomware attack blamed on North Korea

The U.S. has stated that North Korea has been directly responsible for the cryberattack of ransomware WannaCry that in May, affected important computer systems in many countries.

Latvia’s inflation level was fourth highest in EU in November

November’s inflation in Latvia was fourth highest among member states of the European Union, according to Eurostat data published on Monday, 18 December.

Austrian anti-immigration party to care for interior, defence and foreign affairs

National-conservative Austrian Freedom Party, which unlike other parties in power in Western Europe is clearly against immigration, is to take significant ministerial duties in the country’s new government.

Ryanair pilots in talks not to strike before Christmas

Pilots of popular airline Ryanair have suspended plans to hold a day-long strike before Christmas after the Irish company agreed to recognise pilot trade unions for the first time.

EU member states have to strengthen measures against sexual abuse of children

Member states of the European Union have to take more serious measures and cooperate more intensely with Europol and information technology industry to better combat sexual abuse of children, as noted by members of the European Parliament.

European Parliament supports changes for combating activities detailed in Panama Papers

Public registries with names of true owners of businesses, effective protection of whistle-blowers and stricter requirements for financial intermediaries are some of the proposals intended to assist with the fight against tax avoidance, as noted by members of the European Parliament.

Turkey and 56 other countries recognise East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine

In a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, held in reaction to Washington’s decision to recognise the city of Jerusalem as only the capital of Israel, Turkey and 56 other Muslim countries have called on the rest of the world to recognise «the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital».

EP agrees to EU moving on to phase II of Brexit talks

Members of the European Parliament have overwhelmingly supported what has been negotiated upon in the joint EU-UK progress report in Brexit talks and have recommended Brussels to move on to phase two negotiations on the future relations of the parties.

Italy in state of emergency after fire at Austria gas hub

Italy has declared a state of emergency in its natural gas sector as a large explosion at a major natural gas hub in Austria killed one person, injured at least 18 and is prone to affect supplies in central Europe.

Pilots of Ryanair expected to strike prior to Christmas

The clients of Irish low-fare airline Ryanair will face inconvenience before Christmas as pilots and crew announced industrial action seeking to achieve union recognition and better conditions in the company, which is criticised by unions that it fails to offer pilots the same pay and conditions as its rivals.

Heavy snow in Western Europe causes transport troubles

Heavy snow in Benelux countries, as well as in Germany and the UK has prompted hundreds of flight cancellations, while car accidents have caused traffic jams on roads.

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