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Ukraine reportedly halts Russian gas imports but transit to Europe unaffected

Shares of Russia’s gas giant Gazprom fell on Monday as the long running dispute between Ukraine and Russia over gas prices appeared to ratchet up again.<p>Sources at Gazprom have told Reuters that as of Friday Ukraine halted Russian gas imports.<p>They also said that the flow of gas to Europe via Ukraine …

EU and US resume trade talks after spying tensions

Putting tensions over alleged electronic eavesdropping to one side, the US and EU have resumed efforts to hammer out what would be the world’s biggest free-trade deal.<p>Negotiators have started a week-long round of talks in Brussels, postponed from October amid the US government shutdown. And despite …

Boost for Thailand anti-amnesty protesters as Senate rejects bill

Protesters against a government-backed amnesty bill in Thailand have been given a boost after the Senate voted unanimously against it in a bid to ease political tensions.<p>The bill could allow the return from exile of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled from power in 2006 but remains a …

Global effort for Philippines but many still wait for aid

Four days after one of the strongest storms ever to hit land, aid is starting to arrive in the Philippines.<p>But getting relief to those who need it most is an additional challenge, with remote typhoon-hit areas proving difficult to reach.<p>Operations have been hampered because roads, airports and …

World Bank calls for greater access to banking services

The World Bank is urging governments in developing countries to do more to ensure people can get access to financial services – such as bank accounts – by boosting competition among service providers and protecting the rights of creditors<p>Currently around 2.5 billion people – half of the world’s …

Officials agree EU budget for 2014

EU negotiators have secured a deal on next year’s budget for the 28-member bloc.<p>Under the agreement, EU spending should total 135.5 billion euros in 2014.<p>That represents a cut of 6.5 percent from this year, equivalent to 9.4 billion euros.<p>Officials announced the deal after hours of overnight …

EU youth jobless crisis - the human cost

Tepid economic growth in the European Union and people working longer as pension ages are raised means 5.6 million under the age of twenty five are without work in the region.<p>And it is getting worse, in the last four years the overall employment rates for young people declined three times as much …

Countries with poor rights records win seats on UN Human Rights Council

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Cuba have all won seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council.<p>Their admission to the UN’s top rights body has been criticised by some groups who contest the new members’ poor human rights records at home.<p>Fourteen positions on the 47-seat council were up for …

EU probes Germany over high trade surplus

The European Commission is investigating where Germany’s huge trade surplus breaches EU rules.<p>A trade surplus is when a country pockets more for its exports than it spends on imports.<p>Officials in Brussels say it may be hampering growth across Europe.<p>“We do need to examine this further and to …

The frontier between the EU and Europe's 'last dictatorship'

Euronews has paid a visit to a divided village on the border between Lithuania and Belarus, dubbed the frontier between the European Union and Europe’s last dictatorship.<p>Lithuania will host the so-called Eastern Partnership summit later this month and Belarus is on the guest list.<p>The meeting aims …

Moscow warns Ukraine over closer EU ties

Russia’s deputy prime minister has used a visit to Belgium to warn Ukraine about forging closer ties with the EU.<p>Dmitry Rogozin told euronews that such a move would be a big blow for the country’s economy.<p>“It means that we can’t keep some sensitive technologies, we would have to consider the …

Maltese parliament approves selling citizenship to non-EU applicants

Malta’s parliament has approved a scheme to sell citizenship of the Mediterranean island to applicants from outside the EU. The cost will be 650,000 euros with estimates the scheme could earn the government around 30 million euros in its first year.<p>The opposition is against the move which the …

Belgian boy gets green light to become Tibetan monk

A 15-year-old Belgian boy is on his way to Tibet to train as a Buddhist monk.<p>The Belgian teenager was given the green light after an appeal cleared the way for the chance to follow what he called, “his dream”.<p>Two months ago, a court ruling had prevented him leaving after claims there were problems …

EU to continue effort to sway Ukraine despite Tymoshenko vote setback

EU envoys are to visit Ukraine again next week in a last-ditch effort to break the deadlock over the case of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.<p>Her release for medical treatment is crucial to a proposed landmark trade deal due to be signed at a summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius at the …

'Give diplomacy a chance' - US Sec. of State Kerry pleads with Congress over Iran

With international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program at a crucial stage, US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the US Congress not apply any more sanctions.<p>Kerry told reporters: “Our hope now is that no new sanctions are put in place for the simple reason that if they are, it could be …

Egypt hails 'new era' of defence alliance with Russia

Egypt’s top general has hailed a new era of military cooperation with Russia, during a visit by officials from Moscow.<p>As the two countries’ foreign ministers met in Cairo both sides described the visit as historic.<p>No deal has yet been signed, but some analysts believe a major sale of Russian …

Nasrallah promises Hezbollah will fight in Syria 'as long as it takes'

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has made his second major speech in two days to mark the Shi’ite festival of Achoura.<p>He said it was “illogical” for the Lebanese government to demand<br>he quit Syria as a condition for joining a coalition, and spoke about his military intervention on the side of …

Tensions flare in Saudi Arabia amid mass deportations of undocumented foreign workers

In the Saudi capital Riyadh, hundreds of foreign workers were piled into buses to be taken to deportation centres on Wednesday evening.<p>The Saudi authorities have been rounding up undocumented immigrants, most of them from African countries, since an amnesty period ended on November 4.<p>The clampdown …

Singer Tina Turner 'relinquishes US citizenship'

The United States is no longer “Simply the Best” for soul legend Tina Turner.<p>The 73-year-old, who has lived in Switzerland for many years, has reportedly taken steps to relinquish her US citizenship.<p>She has already been granted Swiss nationality. Married to a German-born music producer, the singer …

Is Russia taking over the US role in the Middle East?

Thursday’s visit by Russian officials to Egypt has triggered talk of a new era of defence cooperation between Moscow and Cairo.<p>To shed more light on the visit, our correspondent in the Egyptian capital, Mohammed Shaikhibrahim, talked to political analyst Samir Ghattas.<p><b>Mohammed Shaikhibrahim,</b> …

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