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Can the #IMF accept #COVID-19-struck #Lebanon’s ‘reform-for-support’ request despite concerns over #Hezbollah and Bassil?

Can the #IMF accept #COVID-19-struck #Lebanon’s ‘reform-for-support’ request despite concerns over #Hezbollah and Bassil?

| May 8, 2020

Lebanese poet Khahil Gibran wrote in the 1920’s: “My Lebanon is a serene mountain sitting between the sea and the plains, like a poet between one eternity and another.” When I first met the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lebanese Parliament Yassine Jaber on a delegation to the Westminster Parliament in 2007, […]

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#BeltAndRoadInitiative – Time for some European realpolitik

#BeltAndRoadInitiative – Time for some European realpolitik

| May 5, 2020

“The BRI comes closest to a plan to help mitigate existential threats to the developed world,” Sir Douglas Flint said at a recent talk hosted by British think tank Asia House. The UK’s Special Envoy to the BRI emphasized that this includes “climate change, population growth, and economic inequality”, writes Oliver Stelling. Today (5 MAy), a […]

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#Kazakhstan is increasing its #biosafety capacity

#Kazakhstan is increasing its #biosafety capacity

| May 4, 2020

Since March 16, Kazakhstan has been living in a state of emergency. Tough quarantine measures have been introduced in the country, public transport has been suspended, most organizations and institutions have switched to a remote mode of operation, streets and residential facilities being disinfected, while COVID-positive patients receive medical care. The state of emergency was […]

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UK pledges £200 million in aid to help stop second #Coronavirus wave

UK pledges £200 million in aid to help stop second #Coronavirus wave

| April 13, 2020

Britain said on Sunday (12 April) it was pledging £200 million  ($248m) to the World Health Organization (WHO) and charities to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in vulnerable countries and so help prevent a second wave of infections, writes Michael Holden. More than 1.6 million people are reported to have been infected by […]

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#COVID-19 is no excuse for #US fraud

#COVID-19 is no excuse for #US fraud

| April 9, 2020

As the United States enters a critical phase in the battle to contain COVID-19, the federal government is unleashing billions of dollars in aid to contain the disease and help soften the devastating impact on an economy that has come to a grinding halt both nationally and globally. But the aid itself is creating a […]

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#Huawei Europe showcases EU science

#Huawei Europe showcases EU science

| April 9, 2020

To mark its 20th year in Europe, the Chinese global leader in mobile technology, Huawei, is opening a worldwide audience to share knowledge. More than 20 European science teams will be invited to shoot videos about their work, writes Colin Stevens. It will then be shown on Guokr.com – the official partner of the Huawei […]

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#ETIAS visa waiver postponed until 2022

#ETIAS visa waiver postponed until 2022

| April 8, 2020

The European Commission recently announced that the ETIAS visa waiver is delayed until 2022. The European Travel Information and Authorization System, which has been under development since 2016, had previously been scheduled for 2020, and later 2021, writes Dorothy Jones. The program is now expected to be operational towards the end of 2022. Authorities have […]

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