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Preview A suicide bomber has attacked a NATO convoy in the fifth district of Kabul, Afghanistan, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. Five people were injured in the attack, Reuters reports, citing local officials.
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Posted: September 24, 2017, 7:21 am
Preview As the 2017 federal election begins in Germany, RT reviews the major political forces involved.
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Posted: September 24, 2017, 7:15 am
Preview Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ruling Christian Democrat/Christian Social Union alliance are favored to win the German parliamentary elections, but other parties such as the Left Party, Social Democrats and the right-wing Alternative for Germany are set to make some serious gains.
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Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:53 am
Preview A soldier in a French Army special reconnaissance regiment was killed in a “combat-related” incident on Saturday somewhere in the Iraq and Syria warzone, the French government confirmed despite the unit officially not being deployed to either of the countries.
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Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:23 am
Preview With Germany heading for federal elections on Sunday, RT looks at the controversies surrounding Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat candidate to challenge Angela Merkel.
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Posted: September 24, 2017, 2:40 am
Preview In a press release, the Fitch credit agency has upgraded Russia’s sovereign credit rating from "stable" to "positive," though it also predicted that economic growth will be slow and oil revenues will not rise to the heights of the early 2010s for some time.
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Posted: September 24, 2017, 1:29 am
Preview The lifting of the siege around the city of Deir ez-Zor by the Russian Air Force-backed Syrian Army has tremendously eased the life of people there, but it’s still just a semblance of normal life, as the full eradication of Islamic State terrorists still lies ahead.
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Posted: September 24, 2017, 1:23 am
Preview A businessman from Siberia’s Bitcoin “mining capital” says he regrets not starting earlier, as it saved him from a “terrible crisis.” Others say they gained “freedom,” as well as profits. RT explores the rising popularity of cryptocurrency mining in Russia.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:20 pm
Preview More than 600,000 people have signed a petition urging Transport for London to reverse its decision not to renew Uber’s licence.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
Preview A Vermont teacher has been fired after being seen showing a group of third grade kids how to perform a Nazi salute.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:41 pm
Preview London police say they are investigating several attacks after “a noxious substance” was sprayed by a group of males near a shopping center in Stratford. Witnesses of the latest attack describe a victim having apparent acid burns.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:15 pm
Preview Tens of thousands of North Koreans gathered at Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang to denounce US President Donald Trump, whom leader Kim Jong-un has branded a “dotard” in an escalating standoff between the two countries.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:42 pm
Preview Environmental Protection Agency employees are receiving mandatory anti-leaking training to remind them of the dangers of disclosing, or whistleblowing, sensitive government information, a leaked training document reveals.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 8:23 pm
Preview Scientists studying the origin of cosmic rays that bombard the Earth from the heavens have been perplexed for half a century. Now they may finally have an answer - and it’s intergalactic.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:53 pm
Preview Misleading reports on Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election filled US media after DHS warned several states of “potential targeting” of registration systems. Some of the states had to rebuff claims of attempts to tamper with “election results.”
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:28 pm
Preview The bad-mouthing by the US president only makes a North Korean strike on the US “inevitable,” while the sanctions would not move Pyongyang’s resolve to develop nuclear and missile weaponry “by an inch,” according to the North Korean Foreign Minister.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:27 pm
Preview The people of Afghanistan are not going to profit from US mining rare-earth minerals there: it is always going to be the elite in that country and the foreign corporations, said journalist and foreign policy strategist Michael Hughes.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:24 pm
Preview Spain’s central government plan to take direct control over the local police force in the autonomous region of Catalonia in a bid to halt the upcoming independence referendum, faced staunch resistance, with local officials denouncing it as “intervention attempt.”
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:44 pm
Preview Despite belligerent rhetoric over Korean nuclear crisis, neither party would win from actual military action, observers say. But there is a risk of a ‘war by mistake’, triggered by some unintentional accident and spiraling out of anyone’s control.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:37 pm
Preview Indian police have arrested a well-known spiritual guru for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman. Falahari Maharaja was imprisoned for 15 days while authorities complete their investigation.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:22 pm
Preview In the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial speech at the UN General Assembly, Cuba delivered a zinging takedown of US hypocrisy in a wide-ranging speech that targeted climate change, military invention, poverty and nuclear threats.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:13 pm
Preview The US has flown B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea’s coast venturing the “farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone,” separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon’s spokesperson said.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:36 pm
Preview The war of words between US President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un has been by far the most entertaining prelude to the apocalypse the world has ever witnessed, filled with razor-sharp wit and barbed insults.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:14 pm
Preview If Hitler had his way and the Nazis developed an atomic bomb before the allies, the world in which we live would be a very different place. A surprising new find by a German relic hunter suggests Hitler may have been closer to his goal than we thought.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 4:39 pm
Preview Ever wondered what your city looks like from space? Well, thanks to the good people on the International Space Station (ISS), now you can see for yourself. Assuming you live in a city from Northwest Africa across to Russia.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 3:06 pm
Preview An explosion at a power plant lit the sky overnight in central Russia, the country’s energy ministry reported. Two people were injured in the blast, footage of which was captured on CCTV.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 2:58 pm
Preview Germany is heading to the polls on Sunday in a federal election, with ‘Mutti’ (‘mum’) Angela Merkel aiming to win her fourth term as Chancellor. This would mean her overtaking the larger-than-life Helmut Kohl as modern Germany’s longest-serving leader.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 2:56 pm
Preview Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the UN Security Council (UNSC) of failing to investigate war crimes and rights abuses by anti-ISIS forces in Iraq. The group said it’s a “flawed and selective” approach that turns a blind eye to abuses that have plagued the country for decades.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 2:29 pm
Preview While most people are more concerned with the threat of nuclear war posed by the ongoing spat between North Korea and US President Donald Trump, others believe that today is doomsday, courtesy of a mysterious planet hurtling right for us.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 2:07 pm
Preview Demonstrators have gathered in the streets of the French capital to protest changes to the labor code pushed through by President Macron. The far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon, Macron’s staunch critic, called a rally against a “social coup d’etat.”
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 1:07 pm
Preview Trump threatened violence against North Korea 'like the world has never seen,' but the country has lived under an existential threat from the US since the middle of 20th century, says Christine Hong, professor at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 12:50 pm
Preview Minnijean Brown-Trickey will walk up to the doors of Little Rock Central High celebrating a victory this week, almost 60 years to the day since she was first set upon, spat at and terrorized by a white mob for enrolling at the former all-white school in Arkansas.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 12:23 pm
Preview Earthquake warning sirens are currently sounding in Mexico City while the head of the city government has advised that emergency protocols have been activated following a 6.4 temblor in the city of Ixtepec in the southern state of Oaxaca.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:41 am
Preview Iran has successfully test-fired a new long-range ballistic missile that can carry several warheads to hit multiple targets, local media reported. The test comes hours after the locally-made missile was unveiled at a military parade in Tehran.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:36 am
Preview A magnitude 3.4 earthquake, at a depth of 0 kilometers, was recorded near the Kilju area of North Korea Saturday. Although initial reports suggested it may have been the result of a nuclear test, it seems likely the quake was naturally occurring.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:39 am
Preview China is to limit the export of refined oil products and totally ban exports of liquefied natural gas and gas condensate to North Korea, as well as textile imports from that country, the Ministry of Commerce has announced.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:21 am
Preview US President Donald Trump took a short break from his verbal sparring with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to take aim at NFL players who protest police brutality against minorities.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:11 am
Preview With less than 24 hours left till Germans head to the polls, active campaigning has ended but the battle for votes continues – you need only take a look at the various campaign posters, ranging from somewhat witty to plain awkward, that still plaster Berlin’s streets.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:45 am
Preview There is arguably nothing that stokes more excitement within boxing circles than a matchup between two concussive punchers. A meeting between two KO kings can be electrifying, putting aside sweet science and savvy ringcraft for raw brute force and chilling power.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:30 am
Preview Sounds of heavy gunfire filled the streets of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favela, Rocinha, on Friday, as some 950 Brazilian troops, army helicopters and military vehicles flooded the marginalized area to assist police in suppressing gang violence.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 4:50 am
Preview US-led coalition airstrikes on Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, have claimed many civilian lives and forced tens of thousands to flee. RT’s Ruptly agency spoke to the displaced locals who described how the city was leveled in front of their eyes.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 4:19 am
Preview President Donald Trump is now calling Kim Jong-un "Little Rocket Man," a nickname he unveiled to a raucous crowd in Alabama, where he endorsed Luther Strange in a close Republican primary for a US Senate seat.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 2:53 am
Preview President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have voiced support for US companies developing Afghanistan’s vast trove of minerals, in what Trump sees as payment for the US’s role in the drawn out war.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 1:54 am
Preview The US is enabling former Al-Nusra jihadists to subvert the Astana peace process, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said after a meeting with Sergey Lavrov. The Russian FM in turn vowed to respond to any provocations from the US’s rebel “friends.”
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 1:02 am
Preview Two days before German federal elections, Angela Merkel, who is going for a fourth term as Chancellor, found her closing campaign rally in Munich crashed by right-wing protesters, who booed and heckled her for half an hour as she made her speech.
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 12:32 am
Preview Rex Tillerson took a moment at the UN Security Council to remember Soviet officer Stanislav Petrov, who bravely called a false alarm when all computer data told him the US had launched nuclear missiles at the USSR at the height of the Cold War.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:10 pm
Preview A blueprint of what was supposed to be the iconic AK-47 assault rifle, engraved in the monument to its inventor, Mikhail Kalashnikov, appeared to feature a German firearm. The monument commissioners agreed to fix the error following public uproar.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:50 pm
Preview The international charity Oxfam rented out President Trump’s childhood home in Queens, New York, letting four refugees stay for a weekend. The publicity stunt comes as the Trump administration’s temporary travel and refugee bans are about to expire.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:49 pm
Preview Scientists have successfully engineered and tested antibodies that can attack 99 percent of HIV strains and prevent infection in primates. This major breakthrough could one day be used to produce a highly effective human vaccine against the virus.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:48 pm
Preview A highly drug-resistant strain of malaria dubbed “super malaria” is spreading rapidly in South East Asia, leading scientists to warn that it could soon be a global threat.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:37 pm
Preview US military personnel in South Korea received orders to evacuate immediately Thursday in what turned out to be an ill-timed hoax at a time of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:31 pm
Preview The most recent North Korean nuclear test was claimed by Pyongyang to be a successful hydrogen bomb detonation. While the experts question whether the country is actually capable of using it, what are the main differences between H- and A-bombs?
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:28 pm
Preview The Pentagon has spent billions outfitting Afghan forces without giving them proper training, failing to understand the full “complexities and scale of the mission,” a government watchdog said, also pointing out other flaws in US strategy.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:11 pm
Preview A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean has hit Petrolia in California's Humboldt County, according to the the US Geological Survey.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:08 pm
Preview Evacuation orders have been issued for an area in northwestern Puerto Rico, after authorities said the Guajataca Dam was failing under the pressure of water accumulated from Hurricane Maria.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:06 pm
Preview A Saudi cleric has been slated for saying that women don’t deserve to drive because they only have a quarter of a brain. Sheikh Saad Al-Hijri was also banned from performing his religious duties because of his outrageous comments.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:04 pm
Preview Facebook’s decision to hand over advertisement details is the latest sideshow in the long-running probe into alleged Russian collusion in the US election. Much like a Russian nesting doll, the layers of Kremlin influence just keep coming.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:09 pm
Preview UEFA has ruled Spartak Moscow fans will not be allowed to attend a UEFA Champions League away game as punishment for the club's supporters launching a firework at a referee.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:03 pm
Preview At least one protester was roughed up while being escorted out of an event featuring the Turkish president in New York. This follows a number of violent incidents during President Erdogan’s visits to the United States in recent years.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:59 pm
Preview The New York company behind the self-proclaimed "World's Strongest Coffee" has been forced to recall thousands of cans of the cold-brew caffeine drink after warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:38 pm
Preview The US Department of Education is replacing the Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault with interim instructions that allow universities to decide which standard of evidence to use when handling complaints.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:36 pm
Preview Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged all parties to stick to a diplomatic approach to the Korean Peninsula crisis, condemning both the reckless tests of Pyongyang and belligerent rhetoric of the US.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:01 pm
Preview The Northern Michigan University (NMU) will be the first college in the US to prepare students for work in the country's burgeoning medical marijuana industry.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:35 pm
Preview A court in Estonia has sentenced a Syrian refugee to 10 years’ imprisonment for setting fire to his wife in front of their young daughter, as well as subjecting her to months of abuse.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:34 pm
Preview US allies, distrustful of the NSA, have forced the agency to abandon some data encryption techniques it sought to set as the global standard, over fears the spy agency already knew how to bypass the security.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:29 pm
Preview Theresa May has been ridiculed after she attempted to rescue Brexit talks with yet more un-catchy slogans and a turgid attempt at reaching out to EU leaders.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:21 pm
Preview Viewers across Southern California have received an apocalyptic warning from their TV sets during a morning broadcast which was interrupted by an ominous voice promising “extremely violent times” to come.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:17 pm
Preview Hecklers tried to drown out a speech by former FBI director James Comey at Howard University in Washington, DC. Howard, a historically black college, hired Comey as a special guest lecturer.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:49 pm
Preview The 100,000-ton US Navy supercarrier ‘Ronald Reagan’ has conducted drills with Japanese warships south of the Korean Peninsula, Japan's military said. Pyongyang, meanwhile, has threatened a further “hydrogen bomb test” over the Pacific.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:47 pm
Preview Seven bronze busts depicting top Soviet leaders have been added to the Boulevard of Rulers memorial in Moscow that already hosts the portraits of Russian tsars, emperors and empresses as well as legendary founders of the Russian state.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:46 pm
Preview British police are fighting the growing terrorism threat with fewer resources, as cash-strapped and diminished forces plead for more funding.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:14 pm
Preview A British IT consultant who raised his middle finger at another driver in Dubai could face a six-month jail term after being arrested for ‘offensive behavior’.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:13 pm
Preview Those who lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump are finding their Russian story falling apart before their eyes, because there was nothing there, and now they are trying this, said Chris Kitze, founder of encrypted internet service Unseen.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:59 pm
Preview Farmers in France are protesting against the country’s agricultural policy. They stopped morning traffic in Paris, holding banners such as "Macron is killing farmers."
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:48 pm
Preview The first serially-produced Sibir nuclear-powered icebreaker, designed to reinforce Russia’s leadership in the Arctic, was commissioned on Friday at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:45 pm
Preview West Ham will donate shirts from their English Premier League match with Tottenham Hotspur this weekend to raise funds for the victims’ families and survivors of Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:30 pm
Preview Madrid has rented three commercial cruisers for police forces sent in as reinforcements to Catalonia, which has been gearing up for an independence referendum. But Catalan dock workers are refusing to serve the vessels “in defense of civil rights.”
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:22 pm
Preview As 40,000 Uber drivers face an uncertain future in the British capital, driver Steve Mercer told RT that Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to revoke the firm’s license is “short-sighted” and could put “hard working, law-abiding” people out of work.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:32 pm
Preview Prime Minister Theresa May has called for extra time for Britain to leave the EU beyond the official Brexit date, while promising the UK will continue to pay for its commitments to Brussels up until 2020.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:19 pm
Preview Communist party activists have launched a rally “against the imperialist policies of the USA and in support of the people of North Korea” in Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:15 pm
Preview The CEO of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon has been accused of market abuse for "spreading false and misleading information" about bitcoin. Algorithmic liquidity provider Blockswater has filed a complaint with the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:07 pm
Preview It may seem a little early for Halloween decorations, but that’s not the major problem with this spooky scene at a Tennessee house. The real issue is that the super-realistic props sparked utter panic amongst neighbors.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:57 pm
Preview Israeli planes have reportedly fired two missiles which hit near Damascus, targeting an ammunition facility belonging to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, according to a Lebanese TV station citing “informed” sources and various social media reports on pro-Syrian webpages.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:49 pm
Preview The president of Swiss football club FC Sion has remained unrepentant after viciously punching and kicking a TV commentator during a game.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:41 pm
Preview In 2014, the European Commission paid €360,000 ($428,000) for a study into the impact of copyright piracy on legal sales of digital material. In May 2015, the commission buried the report, but now, Europe’s only Pirate MEP has exposed the cover-up.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:29 pm
Preview A man has been named and charged in connection with last Friday’s Parsons Green Tube station attack.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:12 pm
Preview UK banks will be forced to carry out immigration checks on millions of bank accounts as part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to create a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:01 pm
Preview With just days to go until the parliamentary elections, a number of high-profile politicians’ households, including Angela Merkel’s, have been targeted by threatening mail. The suspect envelopes contained white powder and razor blades.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:43 am
Preview Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is known for being politically incorrect. Over the past six months alone, he’s taken aim at everything from the US to Kim Jong-un to the media and ISIS. He has also threatened his family and joked about rape.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:23 am
Preview Next month RT will show the first-ever panoramic video shot in open space by the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), sharing an actual spacewalk experience with an unparalleled level of immersion.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:21 am
Preview British PM Theresa May, after suffering weeks of embarrassment at home and abroad, is being rolled out in Italy after her top Brexit negotiator David Davis failed to win favor in Brussels. Here’s what to expect from May’s speech in Florence.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:17 am
Preview Londoners have taken to social media with a mixture of fury and delight after Transport for London (TfL) announced it would not renew Uber’s license in the British capital as the company is “not fit and proper” to hold one.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:15 am
Preview A week has passed since the terrorist attack on Parsons Green tube station in West London, but police have offered few definitive answers at this stage. RT rounds up what we know so far.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:06 am
Preview US President Donald Trump has accused the media of bias over a continuing “Russia hoax.” The statement comes on the heels of a Facebook investigation into alleged Russia-linked ads on the social network during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:53 am
Preview In yet another escalation in the war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the POTUS has once again taken to Twitter to call out the ‘Rogue state.’
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:35 am
Preview Russian MP and former chief prosecutor of Crimea, Natalya Poklonskaya, has said she is ready to testify in court on the events of 2013-2014 in Ukraine, which she called “the assassination” of the country by its current leaders.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:30 am
Preview A unique pink diamond weighing 27.85 carats has been mined by Russian diamond producer Alrosa. The company's previous largest pink diamond had a weight of just four carats.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:29 am
Preview A Russian submarine has destroyed several targets in Syria with a barrage of Kalibr cruise missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The missiles hit the assets of jihadists, who attacked a unit of Russian Military Police earlier this week, it said.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:14 am
Preview Uber has lost its operating license in London, Transport for London (TfL) has announced.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:14 am
Preview Bitcoin plunged over five percent on Friday under pressure of a nationwide Chinese ban on local bitcoin exchanges and trading platforms.
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Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:07 am

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Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:46 pm
Two exhibitions hope to make household names once more of the London artists who all but disappeared in the late 1930s.
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Joseph Parker beats Britain's Hughie Fury on points to retain the WBO world heavyweight title in Manchester.
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This cancer survivor is changing the "sugarcoated" greeting card business
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:18 pm
Anjali's dancers, who have learning disabilities, are working with world-renowned choreographers.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:15 pm
Berliners hold a vote on the future of Tegel airport - and it has become a hot political issue.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:15 pm
Kasha lives in the UK but has found some people are hostile because of her Polish accent.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:14 pm
Hundreds of the Hollywood actor's personal items are on display at Christie's ahead of an auction.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:09 pm
Corrie Mckeague's mother will retrace her son's last known steps a year after he went missing.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:05 pm
In a remote corner of Iceland, the taste of the seabird is a reminder of home.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:05 pm
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal win their first doubles match together on the second day of the inaugural Laver Cup.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:54 pm
The singer, who released his first album in his 60s, cancelled tour dates just two weeks ago.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:52 pm
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side are "feeling better" about their title challenge this season, while United counterpart Jose Mourinho thinks it will be a six-team race.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:51 pm
Manchester United ask police for help to identify fans who sang a controversial song about Romelu Lukaku in the win at Southampton.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 6:25 pm
Musician Laura Mvula reveals her plans for Idris Elba in Four Things You Don't Know About Me
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:39 pm
The woman's stolen handbag contained an "irreplaceable" letter written by her late husband..
Posted: September 23, 2017, 4:11 pm
Some women say the loss of Uber's licence will make travel less safe and leave them out of pocket.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 12:28 pm
A few of the stories you may have missed this week.
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Frida the rescue dog emerges as hero...


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REPEAL ON LIFE SUPPORT...


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A baby white rhino whose birth was hailed as an important step in the drive to save the species from extinction has been given a facial mudpack ahead of her first birthday. The pampering session not only keeps Bonnie's skin in tip-top condition but it allows her keepers at Scotland's Blair Drummond Safari Park to give her a close veterinary inspection. Keeper Graeme Alexander said: "She loves to come over and get her mudpacks on, they really enjoy getting their mudbaths on a regular basis."
Author: PA
Posted: September 24, 2017, 7:31 am

    Chancellor Angela Merkel is widely expected to win a fourth term in office as Germans go to the polls. Mrs Merkel has campaigned on her record as chancellor for 12 years, emphasising the country's record-low unemployment, strong economic growth, balanced budget and growing international importance. That has helped give her conservative bloc a lead in the polls ahead of Sunday's election over the centre-left Social Democrats of challenger Martin Schulz. The latest polls have Mrs Merkel's bloc at 34 to 37% support, the Social Democrats with 21 to 22% and the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, with 10 to 13% support.
Author: PA
Posted: September 24, 2017, 7:18 am

The Hive. Photo: Goran Broberg

The legendary The Hives are finally performing in Malta and the temperature is already rising in anticipation. Ramona Depares catches up with vocalist Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. A live show by The Hives is pretty much what it says on the tin: replete with showmanship. How do you keep coming up with new stuff on stage? A complete dedication to the moment coupled with decades of experience and a never-ending curiosity? An intense hatred of boredom? One of the two, or maybe I can’t explain it. If I try, I fear it may stop working. Some things are probably better not to analyse too much. We just take the first step out on stage and then see what happens, I guess. Usually it is something pretty great! Best on-stage memory ever? Oh, this is a tough question. Sort of like what was the best sex of your life, if you have had sex with thousands of people in hundreds of countries. I’ll just throw out one that comes to mind – calling out the VIP section at The Bowery Ballroom in New York,  at the height of The Hivesmania hype in the early 2000s. But if you ask me again tomorrow you may get a different answer, since anytime we get to shred souls with our face-melting music is a great...
Posted: September 24, 2017, 7:13 am

Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

‘Changing of the guard’ In a brief ceremony at the Nationalist Party headquarters, outgoing PN leader Simon Busuttil handed over the keys of his office to his successor, Adrian Delia. What made the headlines One in five is victim of online fraud: One in five Maltese has been a victim of online shopping fraud, according to a new EU-wide Eurobarometer survey.  Respondents complained that items purchased were not delivered, were counterfeit or were not as advertised. That places Malta in the top three countries experiencing the phenomenon. The Maltese were also among the most likely Europeans to express concern over the proliferation of online shopping fraud, with 75 per cent doing so. PN leader backs Busuttil in Panama Papers case: Adrian Delia turned up in court in what was seen as a show of support for his predecessor Simon Busuttil’s bid to see the Panama Papers scandal investigated. Dr Delia was present for an appeals case in which Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his top aide, Keith Schembri, and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi are resisting a magistrate’s decision to investigate money-laundering claims. Former Allied Newspapers managing director Adrian Hillman, Nexia BT officials...
Posted: September 24, 2017, 7:13 am

Jean Pierre Debono, who backed Adrian Delia’s leadership bid.

Adrian Delia looks increasingly likely to rely on Jean Pierre Debono to get into Parliament after his Gozo route appeared to hit a snag and declarations were made by two leading PN candidates on another district. The Nationalist Party leader is evaluating all options to find a path into the House. With hurdles being faced in Gozo, the 13th district, he may have to turn to the seventh and Mr Debono, a key ally in Parliament, for a solution. Mr Debono has so far been coy about the possibility despite openly campaigning for Dr Delia in the Nationalisty Party leadership campaign. He found himself embroiled in controversy last week after a leaked report by the PN’s Electoral Commission concluded he had collected voting documents for party members, using proxies with forged signatures. Mr Debono was elected for the first time in his political career on the seventh district, and if he resigns, a casual election will be triggered automatically. With Sam Abela and Antoine Borg, the PN’s candidates on the district who are most likely to replace Mr Debono, declaring on Facebook they would be ready to give up their seat, Dr Delia may have no choice but to turn to his prime supporter. If an...
Author: Kurt Sansone
Posted: September 24, 2017, 6:14 am

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. The Sunday Times of Malta says the seven members of the PN’s electoral commission stepped down en masse as soon as the result of the leadership election became known last week, in protest at the way they were treated throughout the process. In another story, the newspaper says new PN leader Adrian Delia looks increasingly likely to rely on MP Jean Pierre Debono to get into Parliament after his Gozo route appeared to hit a snag and declarations were made by two leading PN candidates on another district. The Malta Independent on Sunday says that Dr Delia will take Mr Debono’s Parliamentary seat. Kullħadd says Dr Delia is insisting on getting a €30,000 salary from the Nationalist Party. He will also be getting an additional €45,000 from the state once he becomes leader of the Opposition. MaltaToday says that Dr Delia is considering taking a wage as the PN’s debt balloons to €25 million. In another story, it says that Mr Debono had 100 voter proxies on one day alone. Illum speaks of a ‘revolution’ within the Nationalist Party’s parliamentary group. Il-Mument says that Air Malta workers have accused the government of not...
Posted: September 24, 2017, 6:04 am
Adrian Delia’s election as the leader of the Nationalist Party is an extraordinary achievement. A complete outsider with no political experience who had little support among Nationalist MPs, he managed to convince the majority of party members that he was the right person at the right time to take over the leadership and adopt a ‘new way’ of conducting politics. Dr Delia’s immediate priority now is to unite the party after a divisive leadership campaign. He has made a good start by stressing the importance of party unity and by promising to reach out to all those who did not support his leadership bid. The new PN leader, however, must go further in his pursuit of party unity. He should encourage and support Chris Said – his leadership rival who received nearly 48 per cent of the vote of party members – to run for deputy leader for parliamentary affairs. Such a move would be sensible and would go a long way to heal divisions within the party. A more urgent challenge for Dr Delia is to secure a parliamentary seat in order to become the Leader of the Opposition. Shortly before the leadership election he had stressed that this was no longer an issue, giving the impression that a...
Posted: September 24, 2017, 6:02 am

    Six people have been injured after a noxious substance was thrown during an incident at an east London shopping mall. Three of the victims needed hospital treatment after they were hit with the substance during an "altercation" between two groups of males at the Stratford Centre. Horrified onlookers reported scenes of panic in the aftermath of the incident which was first feared to be a series of random attacks. One witness described seeing a young male victim screaming in pain as his friends shouted "it is an acid attack, he is burning", while others rushed to wash the substance from their skin. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident on Saturday evening. Scotland Yard said the altercation took place inside the shopping centre shortly before 8pm. "During this incident a noxious substance was thrown. When the liquid was thrown, both groups ran from the scene," the force said. Witness Imran Tahir Rizvi said he overheard the friends of one victim, aged 18 or 19, shouting about an "acid attack", then saw a young man lying on the floor screaming of a burning pain. "(They were) screaming and shouting for...
Author: PA
Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:27 am

US bombers and fighter escorts have flown to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century in a show of military might, the Pentagon said. The mission in international airspace was said to show how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's "reckless behaviour". "This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat. "North Korea's weapons programme is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies," Defence Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement. North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has said Mr Trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack. Kim's foreign minister told reporters this past week that the North's response to Mr Trump "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific". North Korea has said it intends to build a missile capable of striking all...
Author: PA
Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:21 am

Joe Borg announcing election results. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

The seven members of the PN’s electoral commission announced one day before the leadership election that they would be stepping down en masse as soon as the result of the leadership election became known last week, in protest at the way they were treated throughout the process, this newspaper can reveal. Sources close to the commission, headed by former European Commissioner Joe Borg, said that its members were fed up with the accusations levelled against it during the leadership campaign. Reports had surfaced throughout the summer about problems with the voting process. Some lifetime PN members were reportedly informed they were unable to collect their voting documents after discovering that their names were absent from the PN’s registry. A source said those responsible for ensuring the PN’s membership database was in order shifted the blame onto the electoral commission instead. Earlier this month, assistant secretary general Jean Pierre Debono, who has backed Adrian Delia for leader, said any errors involving lifetime members absent from the registry were the electoral commission’s fault. The sources said it was felt that Mr Debono had a lot of explaining to do about the...
Author: Jacob Borg
Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:15 am

In reality, many investors tend to procrastinate planning for their retirement, potentially because they do not have a clear idea of when or how they should start planning their investments.

Thinking of retirement, who would not picture oneself living a comfortable life, the fulfilment of years of hard work? I think it would be safe to assume that most of us would. Of course, this idyllic picture would see us retaining the same standard of living we have been enjoying in the years leading up to retirement. The follow-up question would be, “How may we ensure we are using the right investment strategies to financially plan for our future, and when should we start planning?” In reality, many investors tend to procrastinate planning for their retirement, potentially because they do not have a clear idea of when or how they should start planning their investments. Yet, investment planning is an important variable of any sound financial plan. It would be sensible to start investing at an early age, typically when one is between 20 and 39. However, in practice, most people do not plan actively for their retirement before they are close to retirement age. Why? Typically, because they lack the confidence to do so. Yet, one does not need to have a significant capital available to start investing. Starting to invest early affords important benefits, primarily being able to...
Author: Grace Debono
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm
CaterEssence Ltd, the food company within the Vassallo Group has announced two new senior management positions. Raphael Cauchi has been appointed general manager (retail) responsible for all retail food activities of the company, while Mario Mallia has been appointed executive pastry chef, responsible for CaterEssence’s pastry division. Mr Cauchi has 29 years’ experience in the hospitality and destination management industry. He has held senior management posts in five-star international hotel chains and food and beverage franchises, mainly within the Island Hotels Group and the Costa Coffee franchise. Mr Cauchi was also a director of a number of companies. Mr Mallia was executive pastry chef at the Hilton Malta for the last nine years. He previously worked in a number of countries including the UK, Italy, Germany, Togo, Tunisia and South Korea where he gained a lot of experience in pastry related work. Mr Mallia participated and was placed among the top pastry chefs in a number of national and international competitions namely Salon Culinaire, World Association of Cooks Society and Hotel Olympia. He also formed part of Malta’s National Culinary Team. CaterEssence executive...
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm
Mazars Malta, a member firm of international audit and advisory group Mazars, will be organising the third of its 2017 series of information sessions branded ‘Made Simple, by Mazars’, on October 5. The upcoming workshop, which will once again be held at the Royal Malta Yacht Club, is entitled ‘Employment matters under the lens’. The objective of the ‘Made Simple, by Mazars’ sessions is to make it possible and convenient for end-customers to receive practical information by professionals, particularly from a fiscal, financial, managerial and regulatory perspective, which can help them make the right decisions for their business and for their own personal well-being. This initiative is in line with Mazars Malta’s business advisory mission, and its reputation as a provider of personal services and quality advice. The ‘Made Simple, by Mazars’ workshops are delivered by experts from within Mazars’ management team, and generally take on a very hands-on approach. The forthcoming session, which is specifically targeted at directors and executives of owner-managed businesses, particularly those which do not have a dedicated HR function within their organisational structures, will be...
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm
PKF International recently organised an international investment summit at the Beijing Shangri-La Hotel, China, entitled ‘One Belt One Road’. This summit discussed various ways on how to promote a ‘going out’ strategy, how can Chinese companies succeed to invest overseas, particularly how to join the IPO market, develop overseas M&A and cultivate new investment in green technology. Speakers informed delegates on the best way to comply with both local and international rules in order to secure international trade. The summit discussed how PKF international accounting organisations help provide more comprehensive and high-quality services for Chinese companies to positively achieve a higher level of “work together and win cooperation”. The initiative is a direct result of China‘s own Silk Road economic belt and the 21st century maritime Silk Road, as previously proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. The belt and road initiative is more than just building roads and railways. It is about building connectivity that leads to peace, cultural harmony, prosperity and development for all. China is ready to work with all willing parties. The opening up of China to world trade...
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm

Food and beverage supplier Simonds Farsons Cisk plc (SFC) closed last week 5.3 per cent higher to close at a record high of €9. The SFC board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to consider and approve the financial statements for the six months ending July 31, and to consider the declaration or otherwise of an interim dividend. SFC shares increased in value for the fourth consecutive week, advancing by €0.45 last week after three deals of a mere 2,353 shares. The equity price has registered a 28.6 per cent rally since the beginning of the year. The MSE Equity Total Return Index extended the previous week’s loss of 0.391 per cent by declining a further 0.518 per cent to close at 8,868.448 points. Turnover totalled €1.35 million spread across 16 equities, of which seven fell and six gained ground. Global Capital plc shares headed the list of fallers, sagging by 17.5 per cent after five deals of 57,850 shares to close €0.07 lower at €0.33. International Hotel Investments plc (IHI) shares declined by 6.4 per cent as 11,012 shares were negotiated in four transactions, to close €0.039 lower at €0.57. Last Monday, IHI announced that it had concluded a five-year contract with a major...
Author: Jesmond Mizzi
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm
The US Federal Reserve said it would start trimming its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in October by allowing $10 billion in bonds to mature without replacing them. The amount of reductions will gradually increase to maximums of $30 billion per month for treasuries and $20 billion per month for agency securities, and will remain in place through the process of normalising the size of the Fed’s balance sheet. Policymakers maintained its benchmark interest rate at a range of one per cent to 1.25 per cent. The Fed restated that interest rates are expected to rise at a “gradual” pace; however, recent predictions indicated that officials see the path as less steep than before. The European Central Bank (ECB) reported that the eurozone current account surplus increased in July but the annualised surplus remained on a downward trend. The current account surplus improved to a seasonally adjusted €25.1 billion in July from €22.8bn in June. The surplus on trade in goods fell to €26.4 billion from €28.1bn in the previous month, while the surplus on services increased to €2.6 billion from €2.4bn. In July, the eurozone had a surplus in goods, services, and primary income, while booking a...
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Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm

Backgammon is probably not the sexiest thing around. Just count how many times in movies a camera pans on Apple gadgets and how many times it pans on a board game of backgammon. It did so probably once. In the 1983 James Bond film, Roger Moore’s 007 defeats the criminal Kamal Khan in a game of backgammon in India. Not that I had really noticed when I watched it, mind you. Up until recently, I didn’t even know what it looked like and had only come across the word ‘backgammon’ in books – particularly of the Dickensian era. Do you remember when in A Tale of Two Cities Jarvis Lorry the banker, tells doctor Mannet that he was stressed out? “I am quite glad you are at home; for these hurries and forebodings by which I have been surrounded all day long, have made me nervous without reason. You are not going out, I hope?” And the doctor replies: “No; I am going to play backgammon with you, if you like.” Hmm. I had said to myself when I read it. What’s this game backgammon which calms down nerves? It was a thought which sat, forgotten, at the back of my mind, until this summer break, when a friend of ours came on holiday carrying a tiny leather case which opened up into a board game. And...
Author: Kristina Chetcuti
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm

No formal body controls the blockchain technology. Photo: Shutterstock

Recently we have been hearing a lot about Bitcoin and blockchain. What are they and what is the difference between the two? The blockchain, sometimes called the ‘distributed ledger’, is a software model which creates a new way of storing, allocating and interacting with digital assets, such as digital currencies, smart property or coupons, in a secure manner. In principle, one can imagine it as a distributed peer to peer (P2P) network, like torrents, but with public key cryptography capabilities to secure and authenticate content. Bitcoin is probably the most popular application that makes use of this technology. It is essentially digital money in which computational techniques, typically referred as mining, rather than central banks, are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds. There are many other cryptocurrencies which are similar, however Bitcoin is by far the most popular. Cryptocurrencies form the first wave of blockchain technology applications, known as Blockchain 1.0. The technology is not, however, limited to just cryptocurrencies, but it provides a new technical model that acts as a seamless layer along the traditional...
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm
Energy is the foundation stone of the ‘European Project’. This may come across as a bold statement but what we know today as the EU was originally set in motion by putting the two main ingredients of war (coal and steel) under supranational control through the 1957 Coal and Steel Treaty. That same year, energy was the catalyst for another step in European integration, through the Euroatom Treaty which governs the movement of nuclear materials across Europe. While keeping a low profile, its value has recently been brought to the surface by the Brexit debate and the UK’s position in favour of remaining part of Euratom while still leaving the Union. Henry Kissinger is infamously reported to have asked, “Who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?” The implication of a disjointed Union – as highlighted in Juncker’s State of the Union speech – remains valid. Nonetheless, EU energy policy has remained an agent towards greater European integration, which has evolved and recently gathered pace towards greater supranationality. The EU bloc is in many ways comparable to Malta’s insularity in terms of energy security of supply: it is largely dependent on foreign suppliers and has only few...
Author: Daniel Azzopardi
Posted: September 23, 2017, 10:01 pm