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Spanish government pardons nine Catalan separatist leaders - 06/23/2021

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has pardoned nine Catalan separatist leaders convicted of a failed attempt to declare regional independence in 2017. Mr Sanchez announced the pardon in a televised address. The ban on those pardoned from holding public office remains in place, Reuters reported. Catalan separatist leaders were sentenced in 2019 to between nine and 13 years for offences of...

EU, UK, Canada, US impose sanctions against Belarus - 06/22/2021

The EU Council extended sanctions against Belarus over the emergency landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk. The list includes 78 people and eight organisations. The US also imposed sanctions against the republic: six legal entities and 16 individuals were blacklisted. The UK, Canada and Ukraine also joined the sanctions. "Today the Council decided to impose restrictive measures against 78...

WHO reveals new dominant strain of coronavirus - 06/21/2021

An Indian strain of coronavirus is highly likely to become dominant in the world, says WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan, quoted by The Straits Times. A new delta variant of COVID-19 is beginning to dominate the world because of its higher prevalence, the WHO spokesperson said. On May 26, it was reported that the WHO allowed the possibility that the Indian strain of the coronavirus to...

Italy plunges into record poverty - 06/17/2021

The number of Italians living in absolute poverty (below a monthly income of between 569.56 euros and 839.78 euros per person, depending on the region) was last year the highest since 2005, when such statistics began to be kept. In 2020, more than 5.6 million people and more than two million families in Italy were living in absolute poverty. More than 2.6 million families were in relative poverty...

IMF names world economy's biggest challenge - 06/17/2021

This year, the global economy must focus primarily on the task of vaccinating people, said International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Kristalina Georgieva, quoted by CNBC. She described this as the main focus for efforts in the near future. "Vaccination policy this year, and possibly next year, will be the most important part of economic policy, in terms of importance it could surpass even monetary...

Congestions at southern China ports are expected to paralyse global trade - 06/15/2021

A new outbreak of the coronavirus in one of the world's main container trading hubs, China's Guangdong province, has caused disruption to major ports in the south of the country. The partial closure of the Yantian terminal in Shenzhen has led to a reallocation of cargo to nearby Nansha and Shekou terminals, causing congestion there as well. Container shipping disruptions linked to the new...

G7 countries agree to launch an alternative to China's Silk Road - 06/14/2021

G7 countries have agreed to launch an initiative aimed at building infrastructure in developing countries. It will be a Western competitor to China's One Belt, One Road project, the FT says. The G7 countries have agreed to launch an international initiative Build Back Better World in order to create infrastructure in developing countries, the need for which is estimated at more than $40 trillion,...

China arrests 1,100 people on suspicion of money laundering through cryptocurrency transactions - 06/11/2021

Chinese police have arrested 1,100 people suspected of using cryptocurrency transactions to launder money derived from criminal activity. The money in question is mostly from phone and internet fraud. According to Chinese police, members of more than 170 criminal groups have been arrested, whose members were transferring illegally obtained money into cryptocurrency through cryptocurrency...

European Parliament approves introduction of COVID certificates - 06/10/2021

The European Parliament approved the introduction of COVID certificates in a plenary session, the parliament's website reports. The initiative received 546 votes in favour, 93 against and 51 abstentions. The system has already been launched in test mode. On July 1 it will officially start operating. The proposal to create a "digital green certificate" was put forward by the European...

Analysts: Solidarity with G7 will cost UK hundreds of millions of dollars - 06/09/2021

A new G7 plan backed by London to tax international companies would allow US IT giants Google, Amazon and Facebook to pay less tax in Britain than they do now, says activist group TaxWatch, cited by The Guardian. The study found that the changes could cost the UK’s coffers about 230 million pounds (around $325 million) a year from four major American IT firms. Facebook, Google, eBay and Amazon...
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