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Kristalina Georgieva: Trade Conflicts Disrupt the Global Economy (EXTENDED)

International Monetary Fund Director Kristalina Georgieva commented on China-US trade mini-deal. She said a reconciliation between the two countries was not enough and that a trade peace was needed, BGNES reported.

"It's really good news that the US and China are talking to each other, but it's not enough."

Corbyn, Farage and Sturgeon Have All Opposed the New Brexit Deal

Britain's main opposition formation - the Labor Party - cannot support the Brexit deal agreed between the European Union and the British government today, said its leader Jeremy Corbyn, quoted by Reuters and France press.

"From what we know, it seems the Prime Minister has negotiated an even worse deal than Theresa May's, which was overwhelmingly rejected.

The New European Commission Delayed for at Least One Month

Ursula von der Leyen will have to wait a month before heading to the next European Commission, as the European Parliament rejected three candidate-commissioners, the institution's spokesman said Wednesday (16 October), Euractiv reported.

British Television Is Launching a New Channel without News of Brexit

The British television "Sky" is launching a new channel without news of Brexit, Reuters and France Press reported.

Three years after the start of the crisis with the UK's exit from the European Union, the television believes that some viewers are so fed up with the divorce drama that there is a market for a news channel that has nothing to do with Brexit.

PM Borissov: It Would Be a Historic Mistake if North Macedonia and Albania Aren't Allowed to Enter EU Accession Negotiations

It is very important for the Balkans, the region and our relations with North Macedonia and Albania that these countries are given EU Membership perspective. It would be a historic mistake if they were not allowed to enter EU accession negotiations today. This was what Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said before the start of today's meeting of the European Council in Brussels.

Turkey Accused of Using Banned Weapons against Civilians in Syria?

Authorities in Kurdish-controlled areas in Syria have accused Turkey of using unconventional weapons such as white phosphorus and napalm during its offensive in the northern areas of the country, AFP reported.

The agency says it has failed to independently verify these allegations against Ankara forces or Syrian fighters who support them.

Orban, after meeting with UDMR: We had discussion in which we agreed on many points

Prime Minister designate, Ludovic Orban, said on Thursday, after the meeting with the leaders of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), that they had a discussion in which they agreed on many points, both in what regards elements of fiscal policy, as well as in what regards the position towards some articles of Ordinance 114.

Turkish Cypriot leader Akıncı files complaint against death threats

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı filed a criminal complaint with Turkish Cypriot prosecutor's office and General Directorate of Turkish Cypriot Police on Oct. 17 against people who made death threats against him and his family on social media," according to a statement released by his office.

Greek jets fly over Larnaca in joint military drill

Two Greek F-16 jets flew over Larnaca's Kalo Chorio firing range on Thursday morning, while a training exercise of the Cypriot National Guard was in progress.

According to Cyprus News Agency, this is the final phase of a training exercise dubbed "Steel Arrow," where armoured passenger transport vehicles were put to the test.

Greece Launches a Campaign against Plastic Pollution - No Single-Use Plastics by June 2020

Greece has announced a campaign against plastic pollution and promised to end the use of single-use plastics by June 2020, AFP reported.

"39 tonnes of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a lot of it turns into fish food," Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said at a press conference.

"The fight against plastic pollution is a government priority."

US sanctions on Turkey against spirit of NATO alliance

The U.S. move to put sanctions on Turkey over its anti-terror operation in northern Syria is not in line with the spirit of the NATO alliance, the National Defense Ministry said on Oct. 17.

Kurti: When and if I assume Prime Minister's role

His plan is also to establish reciprocity with Serbia. Kurti also added for the weekly "NIN" that this is a normal way of bilateral relations.
"If goods with the declaration 'Republic of Kosovo' can't enter Serbia, Serbian goods can't enter Kosovo", he said.

Greek anarchists attack Atatürk House in Thessaloniki

The Turkish Consulate building and the Atatürk House in Thessaloniki, Greece, were attacked by a group of demonstrators on Oct. 17.
Police in northern Greece have detained 12 people who evaded security and staged an unlawful protest against Turkey's op in Syria at the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey.