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Duma committee approves draft law to protect Russian children from ‘Columbine’ web groups

The Russian Lower House committee for family, women and children has approved a bill ordering urgent action against internet groups – known as ‘Columbine’ communities – promoting child suicide and school attacks. The bill was drafted by State Duma Deputy Speaker Irina Yarovaya (United Russia), who said certain legislative “blank spots” must be removed, particularly by amending the law against ...

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India’s defense council approves S-400 deal despite Washington’s pressure – report

India’s Defense Ministry has reportedly given the green light for the acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defense systems and has forwarded the deal for final approval, despite a warning from the US of potential consequences. After endorsing some “minor deviations” in the contract, defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman forwarded the 39,000 crore ($ 5.7mn) deal to purchase S-400 for final ...

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FDA approves America’s first marijuana-based medication

In a breakthrough for medical marijuana use, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the US’ first drug made from cannabis oil, designed to treat two rare forms of epilepsy. The drug, Epidiolex, is made from cannabidol, or CBD, a component of marijuana known for its muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving properties. Administered as a thick oil, CBD was found ...

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Hungary approves ‘Stop Soros’ law criminalizing aid to illegal migrants

Hungary’s parliament has passed a law that could see anyone helping illegal immigrants claim asylum in the country imprisoned. The ‘Stop Soros’ law is named after Hungarian-born billionaire and open-borders advocate, George Soros. The law was voted on in the Hungarian parliament on Wednesday, where Viktor Orban’s right-wing Fidesz party holds a two-thirds majority. Under the law, individuals who aid ...

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Russian government approves raising of retirement age starting 2019

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has announced a plan to raise retirement age by eight years for women by 2034 and by five years for men by 2028, adding that this was an unavoidable measure due to the increasing numbers of pensioners. The bill, which was on Thursday approved for drafting in the parliament by the government, provides for a step-by ...

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Court approves $85bn AT&T purchase of Time Warner

If you have AT&T cell phone or cable service, you’re about to start subsidizing CNN and HBO, under the terms of a $ 85 billion landmark merger approved by a federal judge over the Trump administration’s objections. The merger was announced in late 2016, but has been challenged in by the Department of Justice last November. On Tuesday, US District ...

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Sweden 'begrudgingly' approves construction of Russia’s second gas pipeline to Northern Europe

The Swedish government has granted a permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in its territorial waters, despite reservations. The 9.5 billion euro ($ 11.17 billion) project is set to bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. It is a joint venture of Russian energy giant Gazprom with French Engie, Austrian OMV AG, UK-Dutch Royal ...

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US approves merger of Bayer & Monsanto, paving way for world’s biggest agrochemical corporation

The US Department of Justice has reached a settlement that would allow Bayer AG’s $ 66 billion takeover of Monsanto Co, requiring the German company to sell $ 9 billion in agricultural assets first. Read more The merger as initially proposed would have harmed consumers and farmers by eliminating competition, the DOJ said. However, the Trump administration is satisfied with ...

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‘Deterrent to regional threats’? US approves $45mn sale of 3,200 bombs & bunker busters to Bahrain

The US has cleared the sale of 3,200 bombs valued at about $ 45 million, including powerful bunker busters, to Bahrain. The Persian Gulf monarchy is hosting the US 5th Fleet and has been involved in the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. The order would consist of 1,500 Mark-82 general purpose bombs; 600 Mark-83 bombs; 600 Mark-84 bombs; and 500 BLU-109 ...

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Russian parliament approves Medvedev as prime minister

The Russian Lower House has approved Vladimir Putin’s longtime ally Dmitry Medvedev as cabinet chairman for a new term, despite opposition from leftist parliamentary caucuses. Of 433 lawmakers, present at the Tuesday session of the State Duma, 374 voted in favor of Medvedev’s candidacy and 56 voted against. There were no abstentions. Earlier, representatives of the Communist Party of the ...

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