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    Team Kazakhstan Falls from IIHF World Championships Top Division
    May21

    Team Kazakhstan Falls from IIHF World Championships Top Division

    The Astana Times provides news and information from Kazakhstan and around the world. Photo credit: sports.kz ASTANA – The eighth attempt in history for the team of Kazakhstan to stay in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships Top Division, which this year is taking place in Russia, proved unsuccessful. Having started...

    After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan
    May21

    After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan

    SENDAI, Japan: The World Bank announced Saturday a new program to mobilize funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks after the world was caught unprepared in the 2014 Ebola disaster in West Africa. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) will accelerate global and national responses to...

    EU sanctions against Crimea to be extended
    May21

    EU sanctions against Crimea to be extended

    An anonymous EU official said that EU sanctions against Crimea expiring in June will be extended. …read more Source:...

    New US ambassador to PH nominated
    May21

    New US ambassador to PH nominated

    PRESIDENT Barack Obama has nominated an Asian American as the new ambassador to the Philippines, the White House announced on Wednesday, May 18. The announcement came a day after Obama spoke to presumptive Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over the phone. Obama reportedly applauded the country’s “vibrant democracy.” The nominee, Sung Y....

    Nato may rely on five battalions to deter Russia
    May21

    Nato may rely on five battalions to deter Russia

    BRUSSELS: Nato’s build-up in eastern Europe could include up to 3,500 troops, Britain said on Friday, stressing that the planned deployments would not be aggressive towards Russia. Russia’s seizure of Crimea in 2014 has prompted the Western military alliance to consider deterrent forces in the Baltics and Poland which British Foreign...

    Snubbed by the West, Russia rolls out red carpet for Southeast Asian leaders
    May20

    Snubbed by the West, Russia rolls out red carpet for Southeast Asian leaders

    The Kremlin has seized on the visit by southeast Asian leaders for a summit as an opportunity to show Russia still has friends on the international stage, despite being cold-shouldered by the West over the conflict in Ukraine. …read more Source: South China Morning...

    After April Violence in Karabakh, Armenia’s Distrust in Russia Keeps Growing
    May20

    After April Violence in Karabakh, Armenia’s Distrust in Russia Keeps Growing

    Last month’s deadly skirmishes along the line of conflict in Karabakh (April 2–5), the so-called “four-day war,” highlighted the need for a reinvigorated international mediation effort. Immediately afterward, Russia appeared ready to take the initiative. The ceasefire agreement brokered by Moscow, on April 5, followed by Prime Minister...

    Snubbed by West, Russia rolls out red carpet for Asian leaders
    May20

    Snubbed by West, Russia rolls out red carpet for Asian leaders

    The Kremlin has seized on the visit by southeast Asian leaders for a summit as an opportunity to show Russia still has friends on the international stage, despite being cold-shouldered by the West over the conflict in Ukraine. …read more Source: Channel...

    Beeline Communication Museum to join Museum Night event
    May20

    Beeline Communication Museum to join Museum Night event

    Beeline Communication Museum will join the Museum Night annual international event. As the press-service of the company informed ArmInfo the museum will be open to visitors from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on May 21. “Communication field in Armenia has an interesting and rich history. Beeline was one of the cornerstones of that history initially, and...

    EU states agree to make it easier to limit visa-free travel
    May20

    EU states agree to make it easier to limit visa-free travel

    A boy pushes a stroller over railway tracks at the migrants camp in Idomeni, Greece. Thousands of stranded refugees and migrants have camped in Idomeni for months after the border was closed. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) BRUSSELS — European Union nations agreed Friday to make it easier to suspend its visa waiver programs with some countries, just as...

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