News Alert No.98: 68 % of migrants in Germany have active employment

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“More than 450,000 people came to Germany as migrants in 2013, the fourth consecutive annual rise, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)”, Deutsche Welle (DW) reported on December 1, 2014[1]. The same open source is stating that “in a report published on Monday [December 1, 2014], the OECD announced that the […]

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News Alert No.97: Four Russian warships sail through the English Channel

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“Four Russian ships left British waters after being escorted through the Straits of Dover from the North Sea by the Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne, the U.K. Ministry of Defence said in an e-mailed statement…, adding that all vessels have the right to transit through the area under international law”, Bloomberg reported on November 29, […]

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News Alert No.96: Brazil will install a Naval Mission in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2015

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Brazil is to install at the beginning of 2015 a Naval Mission in São Tomé e Príncipe (STP), an archipelago on the western coast of Africa, Plano Brasil reported on November 27, 2014[1]. The decree, signed by the commander of the Navy, Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, establishes the tasks of the new military […]

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News Alert No.95: The price war over oil: a lose-lose situation for Russia

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According to Bloomberg, on November 27, 2014, “OPEC decided in late November to keep its oil production unchanged, sending the price of oil to less than $70 a barrel for the first time in four years.”[1] The decision was expected as in the days before the OPEC meeting, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said there’s […]

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News Alert No.94: U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel resigns “under pressure”

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On November 24, 2014, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned. In an official statement published on the Pentagon webpage, he said: “You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the President and I agreed that now was the right time for new leadership here at the Pentagon”[1]. But reliable […]

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News Alert No.93: British SAS wiped out several hundred ISIL fighters

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Along the past two days [November 22 and November 23, 2014], Mail on Sunday published a piece of news describing, with some details, the way in which the notoriously effective British SAS (Special Air Service) is directly involved in fighting against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in Iraq. According to the British newspaper, “SAS troops […]

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News Alert No.92: Beijing is building a strategic island in South China Sea

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On November 21, Reuters reports that “satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands”. The new island will be “large enough to accommodate what could be its [China’s] first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea”.  The piece of news is based on images obtained by IHS […]

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