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#Kazakhstan invests in theatre

#Kazakhstan invests in theatre

| January 14, 2019

President Nazarbayev wants to modernize but keep a distinct cultural identity, and on his soft power programme was last year’s World Theatre Festival, writes Béatrice Picon-Vallin. Last summer’s Second World Theatre Festival in Astana, Kazakhstan, felt more like a film festival with its red carpets and limos, and Juliette Binoche reading Kazakh poetry at the […]

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#IATA worried no-deal #Brexit plans not enough to avoid flight disruption

#IATA worried no-deal #Brexit plans not enough to avoid flight disruption

| January 11, 2019

Measures to allow flights to continue between the European Union and Britain in the event of a disorderly Brexit are unlikely to be enough to avoid some disruptions and cancellations, the head of the world’s leading air transport group warned on Thursday (10 January), writes Alexander Cornwell. Britain is set to leave the EU on […]

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Labour leader Corbyn says election is priority over #Brexit referendum

Labour leader Corbyn says election is priority over #Brexit referendum

| January 11, 2019

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday (10 January) that a national election took priority over a new referendum on Brexit, writes Philip Noble. Corbyn said Labour would vote against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week and that if parliament voted it down then there should be a national election. […]

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#NATO generals ‘do not believe in good relations with Russia’

#NATO generals ‘do not believe in good relations with Russia’

| January 11, 2019

In December NATO allies agreed the civil and military budgets for 2019. At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council allies agreed a civil budget of €250.5 million and a military budget of €1.395 billion for 2019, writes Viktors Domburs. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the agreement of the budgets, saying: “The world is […]

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Amid trade wars, countries like #Kazakhstan remain open for business

Amid trade wars, countries like #Kazakhstan remain open for business

| January 11, 2019

The battle between openness and isolationism in world trade is nothing new. However, global interest in so-called ‘trade wars’ has increased hugely of late, due to the escalation of tensions between China and the US. Recently, both countries have imposed a series of tariffs on products, amid warnings from the IMF and others that this […]

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The desperate struggle of #refugees living in #Turkey

The desperate struggle of #refugees living in #Turkey

| January 10, 2019

When refugees flee the misery of the conditions in their country-of-origin for Turkey, they carry little more with them than fervent hopes for a better life. Yearning to finally have broken free of the unbearable hardships of their former existence, it is all too easy to believe this is a chance to leave behind the […]

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France and Germany approve extension of #EUReconciliationTreaty

France and Germany approve extension of #EUReconciliationTreaty

| January 10, 2019

France and Germany have agreed to deepen a 1963 treaty of post-war reconciliation in a bid to show that the European Union’s main axis remains strong and counter growing eurosceptic nationalism among some other members, write Andreas Rinke in Berlin, and Michel Rose and John Irish in Paris. The extension to the Elysee Treaty approved […]

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