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The Terracotta Army it is a form of funerary art to accompany the tomb of China?s First Emperor, buried in 210?209 BCE, as an afterlife guard. It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages. Coronakis
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epa06051291 Terracotta Warriors and Horses stand in partially unearthed pits at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, China, 25 June 2017 (issued 26 June 2017). EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>China on the Defense

By Basil A. Archaeologists estimate the three pits may contain around 8,000 figures. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

China’s weaponery in the new Cold War will be limited to “wooden language.” Drills on the “domestic” front (Hong-Kong, Macau, Taiwan), will be extended to real QBZ-95 assault rifles.

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This is something that both parties have in mind, as a possibility. The dominion over the western consumer markets has been followed by the creation of economic dependence in a growing number of countries, with state-to-state loans. As the Western Alliance, it will observe events from a safe distance, hypocritically interpreting them as the Peking intra-China settlements. As to the United Nations, it seems that in this crisis will prove useless, as will have no role in the new making. However, there is a remote probability that the looser instead of a “surrender” to the new status quo, may opt for using his nukes. In this context, both sides are in favor of the perpetuation of the new Cold War. Indeed, there is no other alternative, the more so that it is a win-win, for both parties. For sure the Cold War will continue and will not end, at least in the foreseeable future. Opposite to that Trump found the industrial establishment of the US and Europe which profits because of having relocated its industrial base in China. As to the UN building in lower Manhattan, it is likely to become, with summary procedures, the headquarters of the new Western Alliance, now in the making. However, this is a probability falling within the limits of the statistical error, thus, highly improbable. The only Chinese way to address the matter will be hot war but this should rather be excluded. The Wall Street sponsored attempt of the Democratic party to impeach Trump failed but delayed the efforts of Trump to contain China. China attempted to dominate the world with a typical communist 50-year plan. It will be a propaganda war and it is likely that will deprive China from its assets abroad, such as properties and various securities (treasury bonds and other sovereign debt bonds) through staged Court cases in absentia, for crimes against humanity. Such a potential development will secure China the total control of its domestic front and will gill give to Peking the excuse to celebrate new victories of the Red Army thus enhance nationalism which it will need in the upcoming international isolation. When the next phase, that of the “stick” appeared on the horizon, that was the beginning of appointing of pro-China officials in economically dependent countries in an attempt of the eventual domination of the Western world, the real intentions of China unveiled and concern among western leaders surfaced. Now the real battles have been postponed for after the November US election, yet the war has been declared, Russians and Europeans with the French leading are in support of Trump and, due to the pandemic, the war will continue in full escalation after the US election, regardless of results. At the same time it will provide to the Western Alliance additional moral and legal arguments, for the total international isolation of China. Therefore, its abolition will be a matter of time. The Cold War between the Western Alliance (USA, Russia, and France drove EU) and Red China is getting dimensions of a major confrontation. Especially if the potential loser is Red China where people is just numbers while in the West, more in Russia, less in Europe and somewhere in the between for Americans, people are humans. Therefore, it is likely that the Cold War, in the foreseeable future, will never escalate to Hot yet will never end. It will also give to NATO reason to exit and expand while will reactivate and enlarge the western  military industry creating millions of new jobs. This will mean the end of planet earth as all will release their arsenal, nukes, dirty bombs, and biological weapons, against each other. So far, the communist plan worked as it is still in the phase of the “carrot”. Commercial penetration at all levels all over, using any and all means, legal or illegal, moral or not, offering to the medium-lower western classes, cheap consumer plastics. As the Cold War has been already launched and there is no way of returning to the status quo ante, the forthcoming isolation of China, at the end of the day is highly likely. Indeed, the Chinese communist leaders care only to maintain power as it is the only way for them to survive physically because they are prisoners of the positions they hold. First to visualize such prospect was the US President Donald Trump who understood the intentions of China and decided to fight the Chinese plans initiating actions for its containment. All involved, directly or indirectly, have a tacit common red line none will cross and pass to a “Hot War”. China will be eventually satisfied as the power structure in Peking will not be upset and the Chinese Communist party will rule domestically, isolated from the outside world, stronger and more powerful than ever. However, this war has limits and all belligerent parties are aware of that. The more so that in this war there will be no provocative acts but only wooden language exercises. Westerners because after a period of anomaly, will develop their economies in fair competition terms and without the burden of the debts to China which will be written off by the various countries as compensation of the virus damages. At this brief interval, between now and November, Americans are concentrating their attention in the US election while China is consolidating its forces to be ready for the upcoming confrontation. In this context, and if this happens it will occur before the US Presidential election, China will clean once and for all open “domestic” issues by annexing to mainland China through simple military drills, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.   It will be a war of the free against slavery, it is highly likely that it will result to the isolation of China from the free world but will never end.

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Nissan has been in turmoil since November 2018, when its chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested over misuse of company funds. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, Nissan’s new passenger car registrations in Europe plummeted 38.7% to 91,447 units in the four months through April from a year earlier, while in April alone, they shrunk by 86.2% to 4,398. In April, the Japanese automaker warned over expected losses, as the pandemic has struck both dealerships in major markets and the customers’ demand. Nissan Motor Co. It also foresees that attention is shifted to the production of Renault vehicles, in an attempt to boost production at the Sunderland plant in northeastern England, as the Coronavirus outbreak has forced the Japanese company to suspend domestic and overseas plants. The mid-term reorganization plan, due to be unveiled on May 28, foresees labor reductions in Europe and some emerging economies as well as the realignment of output bases in Japan, according to Kyodo. is considering cutting more than 20,000 jobs from its workforce worldwide, as part of its restructuring plan due to sharp falls in sales amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Kyodo news reported on Friday.

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According to media reports on 22 May 2020, Nissan Motor Co. EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON is planning to cut more than 20,000 jobs worldwide due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON

The Nissan Motor logo is seen on a concept vehicle displayed at a showroom in Tokyo, Japan, 11 November 2019 (reissued 22 May 2020). style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Nissan considers 20,000 job cuts mainly in Europe, developing nations

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epa08437027 (FILE) The Nissan Motor logo is seen on a concept vehicle displayed at a showroom in Tokyo, Japan, 11 November 2019 (reissued 22 May 2020).

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As a consequence, early intervention and fast response are critical for limiting morbidity and mortality,” the study reads. “Our estimates are that a majority of deaths would have been prevented. A new research conducted by the Columbia University showed that about 36,000 Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. Just over 50% of them would have been reduced for the total numbers that we see by May 3, if we had acted just a week earlier,” said epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman. And if Coronavirus restrictions were put in place two weeks earlier, nearly 54,000 people would have survived the pandemic. While the first imported Covid-19 case in the US was recorded on January 20, as of publication the US has recorder more than 1.632,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 97,000 deaths. “During the initial growth of a pandemic, infections increase exponentially. could have been avoided if social distancing measures were imposed one week earlier in March. The study, that was released on May 20, found that the US would have recorded at least 700,000 fewer infections if restrictions to contain the spread of Coronavirus began on March 8 instead of March 15.

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Trump spoke about his taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and said that Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is ‘a sick woman’. EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO Trump speaks to the media after attending the Republican Senate luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 19 May 2020. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Researchers say 36,000 lives in US could have been saved with earlier social distancing

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Journalist, New Europe

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US President Donald J. Trump speaks to the media after attending the Republican Senate luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 19 May 2020.

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The relatively recently introduced law extends Hungary’s state of emergency until the end of 2020, bans all local and national referenda and foresees hefty fines and even imprisonment for those publishing Covid-19 related news that are deemed by the government fake or distorted. “Corruption, access to public information and media freedom caused concerns even before the crisis,” reads the Commission’s recommendations on Hungary, adding that “investigation and prosecution appears less effective” in the country than in other Member States, while “determined systematic action to prosecute high-level corruption is lacking.”
Healthcare in the country was also criticised in the draft text, which supported that the public share of health spending “was considerably lower than the EU average.” To this end, the Commission recommended that Hungary makes “additional investment and comprehensive reforms” to reduce inequalities in the access to healthcare, increase the latter’s quality and to “rationalise” the use of resources in the sector. In a draft recommendations text published on May 20, the European Commission supported that corruption, accountability and inequalities in Hungary are the prominent areas in need of improvement, as they could further deteriorate during a state of danger. “The emergency powers granted appear more extensive than those adopted in other Member States, in light of the combined effect of broadly defined powers and the absence of a clear time limit,” the Commission stressed in its recommendations. Although the Justice Minister Judit Varga said the previous days that the Fidesz government could relinquish its emergency powers in June, the Coronavirus law did not foresee a clear cut-off date. In its country-specific document, the EU’s Executive Body recommended that the emergency measures imposed in the country to deal with the “extraordinary situations” due to the Coronavirus pandemic, need to be removed “as soon as they are no longer indispensable.”
The Commission also supported that any emergency measures taken by member-states should be “strictly proportionate, limited in time and in line with European and international standards.” They should not “interfere with business activities and the stability of the regulatory environment,” as by remaining in place, the restrictions could disrupt the functioning of the single market, preventing the free movement of goods, services and workers, the Commission cited. Hungary has faced acute criticism over its controversial “Bill on Protection against the Coronavirus,” that has sparked a heated debate, with MEPs raising concerns over the rule of law in the country, press freedom, and Orban’s indefinite mandate.

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EPA-EFE/Tamas Kovacs HUNGARY OUT

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech about the current state of the coronavirus during a plenary session in the House of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, 23 March 2020. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Commission says inequalities and corruption still high, emergency powers too broad in Hungary

By Zoi Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08315630 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech about the current state of the coronavirus during a plenary session in the House of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, 23 March 2020. EPA-EFE/Tamas Kovacs HUNGARY OUT

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“Therefore, the procedures concerning the Gas Directive have no impact on the finalisation of construction works,” Sass said. Therefore, we maintain our claim. The General Court of the European Union on May 20 rejected a challenge by the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany against changes that apply to the EU gas market rules, saying it was up to member states to enforce them. In turn, the German court could put questions about the validity of the amended directive to the EU Court of Justice,” Yafimava said. It merely ruled that the Nord Stream 2 case was inadmissible. The Oxford expert opined that the General Court’s decision makes it much more likely that Nord Stream 2 will appeal the German regulator’s decision to refuse a derogation at the German Court by June 14 and that the German Court could request the German regulator to grant a so-called partial derogation to reduce the amended directive’s negative impact on Nord Stream 2 – now that the General Court has explicitly confirmed that was possible. “As for their operation, the decision has effectively left it to the German regulator and to the German court system to establish a regulatory framework for Nord Stream 2 operation, she told New Europe on May 22. Asked if the Court decision on May 20 will have any impact on the construction and operation of the pipeline, Nord Stream 2 EU representative Sebastian Sass told New Europe on May 21 the construction permits are based on a different set of legal rules than the EU rules for the operation of the pipeline which are defined in the Gas Directive. Alternatively, according to Yafimava, the German Court could pass the case to the Court of Justice, which will then have to rule on overall validity of the amended directive. Or the German Court could uphold the German regulator’s decision to reject derogation, in which case Nord Stream 2 would have to either undergo ownership/operatorship changes such that would be found by the German regulator as complaint with the amended directive, or else apply for exemption,” she said. Yafimava explained that the Court has said the German regulator, acting on the basis of the German legislation transposing the amended directive, has a range of instruments, for example, derogation and exemption decisions and ‘a margin of discretion’ in adopting those decisions as well as in attaching specific conditions to them. The Oxford energy expert noted that despite the Court announced its decision on May 20, it made no mention that the German regulator already rejected derogation on May 15, as Nord Stream 2 was not considered a ‘completed’ pipeline. She said the EU Court’s decision is a setback but it is worth pointing out that admissibility was a high bar as Nord Stream 2 would have to be found directly or individually concerned by the directive. Yafimava told New Europe it is correct to say that the General court has not rejected the Nord Stream 2 claim on substance. “So, Nord Stream 2 can still fight in court. Clearly it will take some time to resolve these issues but Nord Stream 2 construction is only likely to finalise in end 2020 or early 2021, and it is also important to note that there is much less urgency for Russia having access to Nord Stream 2 capacity in the early 2020s as at present and foreseeable levels of gas demand and having secured Ukraine transit capacity under post 2019 agreement, it has access to sufficient export capacity to meet demand without Nord Stream 2, Yafimava said, adding, “By the time it needs more capacity, Nord Stream 2 construction and operation issues are likely to be resolved.”
follow @energyinsider “This would be the best-case scenario for Nord Stream 2. We are now analysing the ruling. Nord Stream 2 can file an appeal within a two-month period,” Nord Stream 2 said. “The court has not rejected our claim on substance, in particular that the amendment of the Gas Directive constitutes an unlawful discrimination of Nord Stream 2. Nord Stream 2 said in a statement that the ruling only concerns procedural questions, including in particular of admission to the court. Indeed, the General Court has said that Nord Stream 2 can request from the German regulator a derogation or an exemption, and challenge the German regulator’s decision before a German court by claiming that the contested directive is invalid. “The General Court decided that this is not the case because Germany has a margin of discretion in transposing and implementing the directive such as to exclude Nord Stream 2 being directly or individually concerned by the directive, including by means of derogations or exemptions,” she said. Katja Yafimava, a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, agreed, saying this decision has no impact on finalisation of the construction.

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EU court ruling won’t halt construction though, operators can appeal style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Russia’s Nord Stream 2 faces another legal setback but can still fight in court

By Kostis Geropoulos
Energy & Russian Affairs Editor, New Europe

epa08066455 (FILE) – Workers work on a pipeline tube on the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Lubmin, Germany, 26 March 2019 (reissued 12 December 2019). The Nord Stream 2 pipeline with its length of 1230 kilometers runs from the Russian Baltic coast to Germany, subsea. The US House of Representatives has introduced sanctions against companies and individuals involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

Workers work on a pipeline tube on the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Lubmin, Germany.

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Hundreds of women attended rallies in Athens and Thessaloniki denouncing the violence against women. EPA-EFE/DIMITRIS TOSIDIS

Women participate in the rally 'A rapist in your path', popularized by the Chilean feminist movement Las Tesis to denounce the abuses and violence suffered by women, in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, 22 December 2019. EPA-EFE/DIMITRIS TOSIDIS style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>UK plans codeword scheme for domestic abuse victims to report violence to shop workers

By Zoi Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08086760 Women participate in the rally ‘A rapist in your path’, popularized by the Chilean feminist movement Las Tesis to denounce the abuses and violence suffered by women, in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, 22 December 2019.

Since the lockdown measures were imposed in late March to contain the spread of the virus, a sharp surge in the incidents of domestic violence has been recorded, with the National Domestic Abuse Helpline reporting a 25% increase in calls. Victims of domestic abuse could use a specific phrase to alert shop workers, who have been trained to identify the key words, UK’s Home Office said on Thursday. It is the result of the cooperation of the British government with business groups, such as the National Pharmacy Association and British Retail Consortium, as well as with domestic abuse charities.   “I am acutely aware that for some people home is not a safe space, and that coronavirus has brought with it additional dangers,” Johnson said in a statement, adding that the “most vulnerable” need to be protected. Ahead of the summit, the UK government also announced a series of supportive measures, including a £2 million funding boost for domestic abuse charities affected by the pandemic’s impact, a £800,000 financing for a helpline, email service, and online tool to assist unrepresented victims seeking an emergency protective order from the family court with making their applications, and a £2.8 million child sexual abuse Support Services Transformation Fund to improve support available for children and young people affected by sexual abuse. The shop staff would then pass the information onto relevant agencies such as law enforcement and victims’ charities. For domestic violence victims, grocery stores and pharmacies could be one of the few chances to leave their homes and ask for help. The new codeword scheme was announced as the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted the online Hidden Harms Summit on Thursday, aiming at tackling a rise in abuse and exploitation amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

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“This assistance is provided in addition to the work of the Centers for Disease Control, in the amount of $1.6 million, which also contributes to Kazakhstan’s efforts to combat COVID-19,” the embassy added. NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The US government via the Agency for International Development (USAID), has allocated for Kazakhstan an additional $1.5 million to combat coronavirus infection, the US Embassy in Nur-Sultan said on May 22. According to the embassy, ​​over the past 20 years, the US has provided Kazakhstan with more than $2 billion, including more than $86 million for medical care to expand access to services that prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV. Thus, the total amount allocated by the US government to fight the pandemic in Kazakhstan is $3.11 million. Laboratory equipment for large-scale testing is being prepared for funds previously allocated by the US in Kazakhstan.

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Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport plane which delivered the first batch of medical aid from the United States, including 50 ventilators, at Vnukovo International Airport amid the outbreak of the pandemic Covid-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Moscow, Russia, 21 May 2020. EPA-EFE/EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA / POOL

USAID has allocated for Kazakhstan an additional $1.5 million to combat coronavirus infection. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan (R) talks to Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator of the U.S. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>USAID to allocate another $1.5 mln to Kazakhstan to fight coronavirus

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epa08435914 U.S. EPA-EFE/EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/POOL Agency for International Development (USAID), next to a U.S.

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National television aired images showing clouds of black smoke billowing from the site where the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed. But the pilot indicated that he wanted to go around”, PIA CEO Arshad Malik said in a video message. Sindh provincial Health Minister Azra Pechucho said that authorities are doing DNA testing of the dead bodies so that they can be identified and they can be given to their families. The military said it had sent helicopters to assess damage and rescue efforts while urban search and rescue teams are being deployed on the ground. He added that “It is too early to comment on the cause of the crash”. Flights had resumed in Pakistan just last week after being grounded for two months, as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said the plane was close to landing when it lost contact with air traffic control. A Pakistan passenger plane with more than 100 people on board has crashed in a residential area in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday, the country’s aviation authority said. Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan expressed his shock over the crash of the PK8303 flight, and announced that an “immediate inquiry” will be launched. “Our plane A320 which was coming from Lahore to Karachi, the last words for the pilot were that there is a technical problem and he was told on final approach that he has both runways available to him.

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A PIA Airbus A-320 flight from Lahore to Karachi carrying some 107 passengers and crew, crashed while landing in Karachi on 22 May. A PIA Airbus A-320 flight from Lahore to Karachi carrying some 107 passengers and crew, crashed while landing in Karachi on 22 May. EPA-EFE/REHAN KHAN EPA-EFE/REHAN KHAN

Locals inspect the destruction caused after a passenger plane of state run Pakistan International Airlines, crashed on a residential colony, in Karachi, Pakistan, 22 May 2020. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Pakistani airliner crashes into Karachi residential area, 100 reported dead

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epa08437401 Locals inspect the destruction caused after a passenger plane of state run Pakistan International Airlines, crashed on a residential colony, in Karachi, Pakistan, 22 May 2020.

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The protests, often followed by brutal crackdowns by security forces, evolved into a wider movement calling for greater freedoms in what is the most concerted challenge to Beijing’s rule since the former British colony’s 1997 handover. The United States has warned that the legislation could jeopardise the city’s special trade status under American law, and urged Beijing to respect its autonomy. Japan’s Nikkei slipped 0.25%, while South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.7%. The Hang Seng index fell more than 4.6% on Friday morning. Sun Hung Kai Properties lost 7.1%, New World Development dropped 8.1%, while Wharf Real Estate Investment shed 8.7%. On Monday, Hong Kong has charged 15 prominent pro-democracy activists for taking part in last year’s protests. The proposal has sparked fears of new protests. Hong Kong’s stock market tumbled more than 5% to seven-week lows on Friday after Chinese lawmakers put forward a law proposal which empowers the parliament to establish “enforcement mechanisms” to ensure national security in the semi-autonomous cities Hong Kong and Macau. Swire Pacific was 7% off and Hang Lung Properties was more than 5% lower. The demonstrations began last year when people took to the streets to reject a bill that would have facilitated extradition to China. Beijing has denied the arrests were politically motivated and has blamed the West for provoking unrest. Investors are worried about Beijing’s increasing influence in Hong Kong and its impact on their businesses. HSBC lost 4.7% and BOC Hong Kong shed nearly 6%, while insurance giant AIA was down 6.2% and China Life dropped 5.8%.
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The Hang Seng Index sank 5.6 percent, or 1,349.89 points, to 22,930.14 on 22 May. EPA-EFE/JEROME FAVRE

A woman walks past an electronic board displaying the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong, China, 22 May 2020. EPA-EFE/JEROME FAVRE The Hang Seng Index sank 5.6 percent, or 1,349.89 points, to 22,930.14 on 22 May. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Hong Kong stocks crater after China’s Communist regime says it will end autonomous region’s special status

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epa08436942 A woman walks past an electronic board displaying the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong, China, 22 May 2020.

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The LNA still holds all of eastern Libya and much of the south, including most oil facilities. Ankara’s defence minister Hulusi Akar on Wednesday said that as a result of Turkish training and advice, “the balance in Libya changed significantly”. Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) has launched air strikes against renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar ’s Libyan National Army (LNA), after his forces announced they were retreating from the capital, Tripoli. The UAE and Russia last week issued separate calls for a ceasefire and political solution to the conflict. The escalation in violence comes after Haftar launched an offensive to capture Tripoli in April last year. However, Turkish drones and air defences appear to have played a key role in GNA advances in recent weeks. Since 2014, Libya has been divided between the two rival factions. Military spokesman Mohamed Gnunu said that air strikes by the GNA targeted several locations in the west of the country, including in the Haftar stronghold of Tarhouna near Tripoli. The Tripoli-based GNA is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, and the GNA is supported by Turkey and allied Syrian fighters. On Monday, the GNA captured the strategic al-Watiya airbase from the LNA. Turkish media reported Thursday that the GNA carried out five air operations against forces loyal to Haftar in the past 24 hours. On Wednesday, the LNA announced it was withdrawing two to three kilometres to ease conditions for Tripoli residents at the end of the Muslim holiday Ramadan.

style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Libya’s GNA says it is targeting Haftar’s retreating forces

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epa07512401 People inspect the damage after overnight shelling on the southern district of Abu Salim, Tripoli, Libya, 17 April 2019. Forces loyal to Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar are engaged in a military operation since early April to take control of the Libyan capital Tripoli. EPA-EFE/STRINGER According to media reports, four people were killed and dozens injured in shelling in the Abu Salim district of Tripoli. According to media reports, four people were killed and dozens injured in shelling in the Abu Salim district of Tripoli. Forces loyal to Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar are engaged in a military operation since early April to take control of the Libyan capital Tripoli. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

People inspect the damage after overnight shelling on the southern district of Abu Salim, Tripoli, Libya, 17 April 2019.

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said the project for the creation of an integrated complex for natural gas processing and liquefaction in the Leningrad Region near Ust-Luga is moving ahead as planned. Gazprom said that in 2020, it is planned to, inter alia, submit the design documentation for a state expert review, place orders for long-lead equipment, and select an EPC contractor for gas processing units and off-site facilities, as well as an EPCM contractor for project management. In addition to LNG, its commercial products will include ethane fraction, liquefied petroleum gases, and pentane-hexane fraction. According to Gazprom, the complex will have the largest capacity in Russia in terms of gas processing (45 billion cubic metres per year) and will be the largest in northwestern Europe in terms of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production (13 million tonnes per year). Engineering surveys have been fully completed at the construction site, which is currently being cleared and prepared for construction works.   By now, the basic design solutions for the project, as well as the specifications for feedstock and commercial products, have been agreed upon, Gazprom said on May 14, adding that the project operator has been issued the technical specifications for connecting the complex to Gazprom’s gas transmission system, and the drafting of the design documentation has begun. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to attract project financing from Russian and international credit institutions.
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style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Russia’s Gazprom proceeds with Leningrad Region integrated gas project

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The seaport of Ust-Luga in Russia

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The INF treaty banned production, testing and deployment of intermediate-range land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. Last year, the US withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, accusing Russia of repeated violations. “Russia has violated nearly every single agreement we’ve ever had with them, and the Chinese stand in violation of a number of agreements that they’ve also signed”, said Marshall Billingslea, Trump’s special envoy for arms control. The New Start treaty is the only remaining agreement constraining the US and Russian nuclear arsenals. The United States plans to keep a nuclear treaty from expiring while it pursues a wider arms deal with both Russia and China, according to US officials familiar with the matter. Russia has offered to extend the treaty, which expires in February, but US President Donald Trump is holding out in hopes of negotiating a three-way agreement with Russia and China.  It might be a way to square the circle, if you can also be sure that the next administration has the leeway to extend more”, said Jon Wolfsthal, who oversaw nuclear policy on the National Security Council in the administration of former US president Barrack Obama. It has various international weapons agreements, but none limiting nuclear weapons. In December, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin offered to immediately extend New Start. Washington cited a years-long effort by Moscow to violate the terms, such as by restricting US overflights of Georgia and the Russian military enclave in Kaliningrad on the Baltic coast. The US on Thursday accused Russia of violations and said it would withdraw from the 18-year-old Open Skies treaty, which allows unarmed surveillance flights over each other’s member countries. Moscow has described the goal of a three-way deal as unrealistic as China has been reluctant to discuss any deal that would reduce its nuclear arsenal. The officials said that, under the plan, the US would temporarily extend the New Start Treaty while seeking a new three-way arms control deal with Russia and China. China is estimated to have about 300 nuclear weapons. “A six-month extension to buy yourself some time to negotiate something new with the Russians, and call on the Chinese to join, inherently isn’t bad. It imposes limits on the number of US and Russian long-range nuclear warheads and launchers.

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Billingslea had previously visited Latvia to watch over the bamking sector to be overhauled forllowing a string of money laundering and corruption scandals. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>White House plans wide ranging new nuclear arms talks with Russia

By Elena Pavlovska
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epa07574564 Marshall Billingslea, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the United States Department of the Treasury, during a press briefing after meeting with the Latvian Prime Minister in Riga, Latvia, 16 May 2019. EPA-EFE/Valda Kalnina EPA-EFE/Valda Kalnina

Marshall Billingslea, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the United States Department of the Treasury, during a press briefing after meeting with the Latvian Prime Minister in Riga, Latvia, 16 May 2019. Billingslea had previously visited Latvia to watch over the bamking sector to be overhauled forllowing a string of money laundering and corruption scandals.

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style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Uzbekistan says 70 companies bid for 100 MW wind power project

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epa07148410 A general view of a Gamesa wind turbine on hills near the village of Ardales in Andalusia, southern province of Spain, 21 October 2018. EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN/FILE PICTURE EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN

A Gamesa wind turbine on hills near the village of Ardales in Andalusia, southern province of Spain.
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Global, independent private electricity producers were invited to participate in the tender, announced on 16 April, by Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry, Investments and Foreign Trade Ministry, and the Public-Private Partnership Development Agency under the Finance Ministry. According to Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry, the tender will be held in two stages, including selective qualification and subsequent formal consideration of technical and commercial proposals. Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry said on May 20 applications have now been submitted by 70 companies and consortia from 30 countries in the tender for the construction of a new 100 MW wind power plant. The new 100 MW plant and associated infrastructure will be located at a site in the Qorao’zak district of Karakalpakstan and preparatory work ahead of construction works beginning are already ongoing. The wind farm is being built under a cooperation agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). EBRD  did the largest investment in energy sector of Uzbekistan in 2019. Companies from Kazakhstan, Russia, Japan, Spain have interested in this project. 70 companies and consortia from 30 countries is testament to the continuing international investor interest in Uzbekistan and the positive FDI environment we are fostering here,” Khodjaev said. There are also plans to build a second wind farm adjacent to the site of the first, for which a similar tender will be held in due course. Winners of the tender will be responsible for the development, financing, construction and operation of the new plant. Uzbekistan’s Deputy Energy Minister Sherzod Khodjaev said this wind power project is the first of an ambitious programme to not only meet an increasing demand for energy but also build a more sustainable and affordable energy ecosystem in Uzbekistan. The bank provided a loan of $240 million to expand the Talimarjan Thermal Power Plant. Winners of the tender should help in the development, financing, construction and operation of wind farms. “We are delighted that there has such a positive response to the announcement of our tender for the new wind power project. The tender is part of Uzbekistan’s ambitious national energy strategy aimed at generating a quarter of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030, the country’s energy ministry said, adding that recently announced strategy will see the deployment of cost-effective and environmentally friendly wind power plants with a total capacity of up to 3 GW to meet the growing demand for electricity in the country.

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style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Tokyo Olympics will be scrapped if not held next year

By Elena Pavlovska
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epa08434884 (FILE) – The Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, 24 March 2020 (reissued 21 May 2020). International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on 20 May that the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games shall be cancelled if they cannot be held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON

The Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, 24 March 2020 (reissued 21 May 2020). International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on 20 May that the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games shall be cancelled if they cannot be held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON

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They added, however, that one of the biggest problems is that the athletes have to come from 206 different nations. You can’t have the athletes being in uncertainty”, said IOC president Thomas Bach. Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe said that the Games can only happen in 2021 and that they cannot be postponed again. “You can’t, every year, change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations. The Olympics were last cancelled in 1944 due to World War II. He argued that the organisers would have to assume that there will not be a vaccine or, if there is a vaccine, it will not be sufficient to share around the world. Olympic officials said they are preparing different scenarios by which the sport could take place, depending on whether there are signs that the virus would be contained by October or not. The Olympics had been due to start in July this year, but the IOC and the Japanese government in March postponed them because of the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus has killed 799 people in Japan and 334,000 globally. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games would have to be scrapped if they cannot be held next year.

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“We want to fulfill our constitutional obligations and conduct these elections in accordance with the constitution, and today we plan to do it on June 28”, Morawiecki said. Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday that the government plans to set June 28 as the date for the presidential election that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Latest opinion polls showed that president Andrzej Duda, whose term ends on August 6, is set to win reelection by a landslide, capturing more than 50% of the vote. Lawmakers later changed the rules for the election and made it a vote in person at polling stations with an option of voting by mail. If no candidate wins 50% of the vote in the first round, a runoff will be held two weeks later. Since the start of the pandemic, the ruling Law and Justice party insisted the May 10 vote be held as scheduled, but the opposition accused it of putting political gain ahead of public health.

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (R) wears a protective mask as he attends a parliamentary debate in Sejm (lower house) of the Polish parliament in Warsaw, Poland, 29 April 2020. MPs debate in the Sejm on a government project on granting public aid for rescuing or restructuring enterprises during the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Polish govt plans to hold presidential election June 28

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epa08391690 Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (R) wears a protective mask as he attends a parliamentary debate in Sejm (lower house) of the Polish parliament in Warsaw, Poland, 29 April 2020. MPs debate in the Sejm on a government project on granting public aid for rescuing or restructuring enterprises during the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT

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