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Apple, Tesla and other sued over child labour in cobalt mining in Africa

Google, Tesla, Microsoft, Apple and other companies have been sued for allegedly buying cobalt from unethical mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo as families seek damages over deaths and injuries of child miners.

Victims of New Zealand eruption remembered with moment of silence

In New Zealand, a minute of silence has been held to remember the 16 people, who lost their lives in a volcano eruption on an island popular among tourists.

In UK’s Brexit election, Conservatives win comfortable majority

In the British snap parliamentary election aimed at breaking the Brexit impasse, the ruling Conservative Party has won gaining a comfortable majority, according to close to complete results.

Russia expels German diplomats, retaliating to German step over Berlin murder

Russia has asked two diplomats of the German Embassy to leave the country. This is a tit-for-tat measure after Germany declared two Russian diplomats personae non grata as Berlin investigates an international murder in the German capital, TASS reported.

EC signs von der Leyen’s European Green Deal toward 2050 climate neutrality

The European Commission has signed off new leader’s plan to make Europe the world's first climate neutral continent. The European Green Deal envisages net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

U.S. bans Lembergs and family from entry in U.S. over «significant corruption»

The U.S. Department of State has introduced a U.S. travel ban on criminally-accused Latvian official Aivars Lembergs and his immediate adult family members over «involvement in significant corruption».

«Little green men» unmasked. UN condemns Russian occupation of Crimea

The United Nations’ General Assembly has passed a resolution, where the occupation by Russia of the peninsular of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol has been condemned and Moscow has been called on to withdraw its troops from the territories.

Pabriks: it is necessary to increase US military support for Latvia

Between 6th and 7th December, Latvia’s Defence Minister Artis Pabriks participated in Reagan National Security Forum in California. During this forum, the minister met with US Deputy Secretary of Defense John C. Rood, stressing the need to increase US military support for Latvia, BNN was told by the ministry.


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