Libya arms embargo being systematically violated by UN states | World news

UN member states have systematically violated a Libyan arms embargo, according to a long-awaited UN report due to be published on Monday that will identify Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates as the main culprits. The report is expected to say these three countries “routinely and sometimes blatantly supplied weapons with little effort to […]

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Ukraine’s new president comes face to face with Putin in Paris | World news

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, faces a major test at a high-stakes summit with Vladimir Putin in Paris as he pursues a campaign promise to negotiate an end to the war in south-east Ukraine despite vocal opposition at home. Zelenskiy and his Russian counterpart will meet at the Élysée Palace on Monday alongside European leaders […]

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Leaked documents controversy is nonsense, says Corbyn | Politics

Jeremy Corbyn declined to disclose the source of documents used as evidence that the NHS would be “on the table” in a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal, after Reddit warned of a link to a Russian interference campaign. The Labour leader brandished the unredacted documents at a press conference last week, saying they revealed the US […]

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Russia involved in leak of papers saying NHS is for sale, says Reddit | Technology

An anonymous online poster who disseminated documents later brandished by Jeremy Corbyn as evidence the Conservatives would put the NHS “on the table” in US trade talks was part of a campaign directed by Moscow, the site hosting the papers has said. On Friday evening, Reddit confirmed it has banned 61 accounts; including that of […]

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Turkey to press on with plan to buy Russian defence system | World news

Turkey made no concessions at this week’s Nato summit and will continue to purchase the Russian S-400 air defence system, the Turkish foreign minister has said. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu added that the purchase of the Russian system – condemned by France and the US Congress as incompatible with Nato membership – was “perfectly understood” by Donald […]

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OPEC discord raises questions about its long-term future, analysts say

OPEC discord raises questions about its long-term future, analysts say

The future of OPEC looks increasingly uncertain, energy analysts told CNBC Friday, citing a deepening rift among the 14-member group. OPEC and non-OPEC partners, sometimes referred to as OPEC+, have gathered in Vienna, Austria to decide the next phase of their oil production policy. Led by Saudi Arabia, the oil cartel agreed in principle on […]

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Saudi Arabia and Russia impose deeper oil production cuts

Energy ministers from some of the world’s largest oil producers have agreed to deepen recurring production cuts by an additional 500,000 barrels per day (b/d) through to March 2020. OPEC and non-OPEC allies, often referred to as OPEC+, decided to implement tighter oil production policy at a biannual meeting in Vienna, Austria on Friday. The […]

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US charges Russian ‘Evil Corp’ hackers with $100m banking scheme | Technology

US prosecutors have charged two members of a Russia-based hacking group that calls itself Evil Corp with masterminding a global banking fraud scheme that netted the unsubtly named gang more than $100m. Two leading members of Evil Corp, Maksim Yakubets of Moscow and Igor Turashev from the Russian city Yoshkar-Ola, were charged with bank fraud […]

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Russia arrests conman who built fake border with Finland | World news

Russian authorities have detained a man who built a fake frontier post in the woods near the country’s border with Finland and promised migrant workers he could smuggle them into the European Union. The man erected mock border posts and charged four men from south Asia more than $10,000 to take them to EU member […]

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President Macron is right: it’s time Nato came to an end | Letters | World news

President Macron has pronounced Nato brain dead (Report, 3 December, theguardian.com). That is an irreversible condition so all that remains is to switch off the life support and bury the corpse. In the case of Nato, that is long overdue. It originally claimed to be a defensive alliance but it ran into difficulty nearly 30 […]

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