EU President Michelle travels to Beirut for a conference on Saturday

EU President Michelle travels to Beirut for a conference on Saturday

President of the European Council Charles Michel will head to Beirut on Saturday (8 August), ahead of a major donors conference to raise funds for the blast-damaged Lebanese capital Beirut. “Shocked and saddened, we stand with all those affected and will provide help,” Michel tweeted, announcing meetings with President Michel Aoun, parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Hassan Diab. After his trip, Michel will take part in a videoconference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron to gather support for rescue operations. Michel and the president of the commission, Ursula von…

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Brooks Koepka overcomes concerns about injuries to go down in history at the US PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka overcomes concerns about injuries to go down in history at the US PGA Championship

During various moments of this US PGA Championship’s second round, injury appeared the greatest danger to Brooks Koepka’s bid to make history. Koepka was seen flat on his back, undergoing physiotherapy treatment in scenes that raised fears over his very ability to complete this event. Beware the injured golfer, they say. By the time Koepka walked from Harding Park’s 18th green, he had just converted a birdie putt from 10ft after playing the shot of the day from a fairway bunker. A 68 moved Koepka to six under and within…

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Paris, Berlin and Warsaw call for “free and fair” voting in Belarus

Paris, Berlin and Warsaw call for “free and fair” voting in Belarus

France, Germany and Poland on Friday (7 August) called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure a “free and fair” election in the former Soviet republic Sunday as fears of irregularities mounted. Foreign ministers from the three EU nations released a joint statement deploring the absence of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe. “We urge the Belarus authorities to conduct the presidential election in a free and fair way, especially by ensuring independent surveillance of the vote by local observers,”…

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Mukhtar Ablyazov fraud’s ripples: BTA Bank won the case against investors from Panama

Mukhtar Ablyazov fraud’s ripples: BTA Bank won the case against investors from Panama

BTA Bank, that was the leading bank of Kazakhstan in the 90s and early 2000s had been busted by the epic scale banking fraud and embezzlement case. It went bankrupt in 2009 and was bailed out by the state. Mukhtar Ablyazov, the owner of the bank and the mastermind behind the heist fled the country and settled down in France. Since then BTA Bank entered a series of legal battles both with Mukhtar Ablyazov and former creditors. The Southern district court of New York ruled in favour of Kazakhstan’s BTA…

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