• Biden wants 40% of US cars to be EVs by 2030

      Biden wants 40% of US cars to be EVs by 2030

      US President Joe Biden announced higher targets related to protection of environment. He revised previous ambitions and called big car makers to accept voluntarily his aim to increase the share of electric vehicles in their overall car sales to 40% by 2030, Reuters reported. The administration of the White House is expected next week to introduce new tighter rules related to the decrease of greenhouse gases by 2026.

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    • Moldova's president names ex-finance minister as new PM

      Moldova's president names ex-finance minister as new PM

      Moldova's President Maia Sandu said on Friday she was nominating former Finance Minister Natalia Gavrilita to become the new prime minister, Reuters reported. Gavrilita needs to be approved by parliament, where Sandu's PAS party commands a majority after the winning a snap parliamentary election in July on a platform of carrying out reforms and tackling corruption.

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    • Israel starts offering 3rd Covid shot to older citizens

      Israel starts offering 3rd Covid shot to older citizens

      Israel’s PM Naftali Bennett on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated, news wires reported. The decision makes Israel, which launched one of the world’s most successful vaccination drives earlier this year, the first country to offer a third dose of a Western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale. The move comes at a time of rising infections and signs that the vaccine’s efficacy dwindles over time.

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    • Biden proposes incentives to encourage Covid vaccinations

      Biden proposes incentives to encourage Covid vaccinations

      President Joe Biden called on states, territories and local governments to do more to incentivise Covid-19 vaccination by offering $100 to those who get vaccinated and reimbursing small- and medium-sized businesses for offering their employees paid leave to get their family members vaccinated, news wires reported. "I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who have gotten vaccinated already. But here's the deal, if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them," Biden said on Thursday.

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    • Open Balkans is the new name of the Mini-Schengen initiative

      Open Balkans is the new name of the Mini-Schengen initiative

      Open Balkans will be the new name of the regional initiative which had been informally called Mini-Schengen, MIA reported. This was announced at today's Economic Forum on Regional Cooperation in Skopje, attended by Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania Edi Rama and President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić.

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    • Covid cases hit record highs in Tokyo, officials raise the alarm

      Covid cases hit record highs in Tokyo, officials raise the alarm

      Japanese officials sounded the alarm on Thursday after the announcement of record-breaking coronavirus cases for the third straight day in Tokyo with the Olympics well underway, news wires reported. “We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters. He said the new cases were soaring not only in the Tokyo area but across the country.

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    • Ukraine meets conditions for next IMF tranche, President Zelensky says

      Ukraine meets conditions for next IMF tranche, President Zelensky says

      Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that the country expects to receive a second payment from its $5bn IMF programme after fulfilling all its agreed commitments, news wires reported. He said Ukraine had fulfilled its reform commitments, passing legislation to open the land market, overhaul the judicial system and strengthen the central bank. "We have done everything as I promised ... and everything that we need for Ukraine," Zelensky told reporters.

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