Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

The talks focused on reviving a largely stalled 2015 agreement

The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held region. At the first meeting between new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two leaders failed to find a compromise to bring an end to the 5-year-old war that has killed 14,000 people, emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics.

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  • Prosecutor’s Office: Gebrev poisoning not related to Dunarit

    Prosecutor’s Office: Gebrev poisoning not related to Dunarit

    The attempted poisoning of arms dealer Emiliyan Gebrev, who has served as a pawn to fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev over the past few years, was not related to the military plant Dunarit. This was made clear in a press release by the Prosecutor’s Office, which describes in chronological order the developments of the investigation into the alleged poisoning of Gebrev, his son Hristo and the commercial director of EMKO. The Prosecutor’s Office announced that it was disclosing the information at the instruction of Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov in response to certain media outlets’ speculations that no work was being done on the case.

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  • US shuts down WTO appeals court

    US shuts down WTO appeals court

    Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle." The United States, under a president who favors a go-it-alone approach to economics and diplomacy, appears to prefer it that way. The terms of two of the last three judges on the WTO’s appellate body neared their end at midnight Tuesday. Their departure will deprive the de facto Supreme Court of world trade of its ability to issue rulings, AP reports.

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  • PM Borissov talks with experts from US Department of State and Department of Energy

    PM Borissov talks with experts from US Department of State and Department of Energy

    Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with experts from the US Department of State and Department of Energy in Sofia on Tuesday, the Bulgarian government information service said. The US delegation's visit comes in implementation of agreements reached during Borissov's meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House on 25 November. The guests' aim is to get to know the local energy enterprises in greater detail. Their talks with the Prime Minister were also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev and Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova.

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  • Space junk cleanup to begin with ESA mission

    Space junk cleanup to begin with ESA mission

    Wherever we humans go, we leave behind a mess. That goes for space, too. Today, our species is responsible for more than 500,000 pieces of junk hurtling around Earth at phenomenal speeds, and if we don't start actively removing the largest pieces, the risk of collisions will only grow worse.

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  • Greece gives Libyan-Turkish border deal to UN

    Greece gives Libyan-Turkish border deal to UN

    Greece has lodged objections to the UN over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law, a Greek government spokesman said on Tuesday cited by news wires. Last week Athens expelled the Libyan ambassador in response to the deal, which skirts the Greek island of Crete and infringes its continental shelf.

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  • Bulgaria through the glass of time

    Bulgaria through the glass of time

    An interactive exhibition titled Bulgaria Through the Glass of Time is on display at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere from 12 December to 12 January, the organizers from the Values Foundation said. The exhibition will mark the 140th anniversary of Bulgarian-Italian diplomatic relations.

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  • China to ditch all foreign software and hardware by 2022

    China to ditch all foreign software and hardware by 2022

    China has reportedly ordered all foreign PC hardware and operating systems to be replaced in the next three years, intensifying an ongoing tech war. The country has attempted this sort of thing before halfheartedly, but this is the most serious effort yet to isolate itself from the influence of the western technology sector.

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  • Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

    Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

    The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held region. At the first meeting between new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two leaders failed to find a compromise to bring an end to the 5-year-old war that has killed 14,000 people, emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics.

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  • Algerian court convicts 2 ex-prime ministers of corruption

    Algerian court convicts 2 ex-prime ministers of corruption

    Two former prime ministers of Algeria were convicted and sentenced to prison Tuesday for corruption-related charges in a landmark trial, unleashing cheers of joy from pro-democracy activists who want an overhaul of the gas-rich country’s political system. The verdict came amid high political tensions just two days before a controversial presidential election to replace President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, pushed out of office in April after 20 years in power.

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