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Demand rises for ‘golden passports’
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Demand rises for ‘golden passports’

The EU is set to take Malta to court over its scheme allowing wealthy foreigners to buy Maltese – and EU – citizenship for a costly fee. But buying citizenship and residence rights is a global trend among the super-wealthy that looks set to stay.  The European Commission on Thursday took Malta to the European Union‘s highest...

Government shutdown averted as Biden signs funding bill
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Government shutdown averted as Biden signs funding bill

CNN  —  The House of Representatives voted on Friday to approve a stopgap bill to fund the government through December 16, averting a shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline when funding was set to expire. President Joe Biden signed the bill Friday afternoon. The Senate passed the measure on a bipartisan basis on...

US Embassy warns Americans to leave Russia
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US Embassy warns Americans to leave Russia

CNN  —  The US Embassy in Moscow issued a security alert overnight that urged US citizens to leave Russia immediately while there are still options for departing the country. The alert comes in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order for partial mobilization of Russian men to fight in his war in Ukraine. “Russia...

Will the new far-right government of Italy’s Meloni turn its back on Europe?
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Will the new far-right government of Italy’s Meloni turn its back on Europe?

The results of Italy’s general election could alter the balance of power within the EU, with far-right, eurosceptic parties set to helm the next government in Rome. Italy is making something of a U-turn from Mario Draghi’s premiership, which put Italy back in the driving seat of Europe and bolstered the influence of a country accustomed to punching below...

French Senate report denounces sexual abuse in porn industry
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French Senate report denounces sexual abuse in porn industry

PARIS — Sexual and physical abuse in France‘s porn industry is “systemic” and lawmakers should better regulate the production of videos and protect children who are “heavily exposed” to the content, according to a French Senate report released Wednesday. . The report, titled “Hell Behind the Scenes,” was the first prepared for the French parliament...

The U.S. and Europe are running out of weapons to send to Ukraine
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The U.S. and Europe are running out of weapons to send to Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen fire an M777 howitzer, Kharkiv Region, northeastern Ukraine. This photo cannot be distributed in the Russian Federation. Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy | Future Publishing | Getty Images In the U.S. weapons industry, the normal production level for artillery rounds for the 155 millimeter howitzer — a long-range heavy artillery weapon currently used on the battlefields...

Bank of England intervenes to buy UK bonds, warns of risk to financial stability
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Bank of England intervenes to buy UK bonds, warns of risk to financial stability

London CNN Business  —  The Bank of England said Wednesday it would buy UK government debt “on whatever scale is necessary” in an emergency intervention to halt a bond market crash that it warned could threaten financial stability. Investors have been dumping the pound and UK bonds since the government of new Prime Minister Liz...

Europe Investigates Unexplained Leaks in Nord Stream Gas Pipelines
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Europe Investigates Unexplained Leaks in Nord Stream Gas Pipelines

Updated Sept. 27, 2022 10:33 am ET Listen to article (2 minutes) BERLIN—European authorities are investigating mysterious leaks on two currently closed Russian natural-gas pipelines to Germany, sparking concerns about the safety of critical energy infrastructure. The leaks were detected after pressure in the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, which connect Russia’s prolific...

King Charles III’s new monogram revealed at end of mourning
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King Charles III’s new monogram revealed at end of mourning

LONDON — King Charles III’s new monogram was revealed Tuesday as the official period of mourning for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, came to a close. The emblem, known as the king’s cypher, will appear on government buildings, state documents and some post boxes in the coming months and years. It features the initial C...

Europe suspects sabotage as mystery leaks hit Russian gas pipelines
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Europe suspects sabotage as mystery leaks hit Russian gas pipelines

Issued on: 27/09/2022 – 14:03 Europe was racing on Tuesday to investigate possible sabotage behind sudden and unexplained leaks in two Russian gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea, infrastructure at the heart of an energy crisis since Russia invaded Ukraine. Poland‘s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the leaks were caused by sabotage, while Denmark‘s prime...