GERMANY’S EXOLAUNCH EXPANDS BUSINESS OPERATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA

Exolaunch, a provider of launch, deployment, and in-space transportation services, has expanded its business operations and sales in North America by opening offices in Denver, CO and Washington, DC. To lead its US operations (Exolaunch, Inc. doing business as Exolaunch USA), capture new market opportunities, and continue business growth in the region, Exolaunch USA has hired aerospace executive Chris Hearsey…

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Swedish finance minister tipped to become country’s first female PM

Magdalena Andersson is favourite to become Sweden’s prime minister when her Social Democrat colleague Stefan Lofven steps down in November, but major challenges face the current finance minister if she is to keep the top job longer than a few months. If Andersson is picked to head her party in November, she is likely to become Sweden’s first female prime…

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Spain’s PM Sanchez pledges 206 million euros for volcano-hit La Palma

Spain will provide 206 million euros ($239 million) to help the island of La Palma recover from its volcanic eruption, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday. “Next Tuesday, the cabinet will approve a package of very powerful measures” to assist in areas such as infrastructure reconstruction, water supply, employment, agriculture and tourism, he told a news conference during a…

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France rules against tighter curbs on porn websites on legal technicality

A French court on Friday, citing a legal technicality, rejected a claim brought by two children’s associations that aimed to tighten access to some of the world’s biggest porn websites. Through their complaint against France’s top telecom firms, the groups had hoped to block or further restrict children’s access to nine top porn sites, including PornHub and Xvideo But the…

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Italy to start Covid-19 ‘green pass’ rule, irrespective of protests in Rome

What started off as a restless but peaceful demonstration against the looming measure in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo ended up sparking a tinderbox when an offshoot of protesters stormed the headquarters of CGIL, Italy’s oldest and biggest labor union.  Thousands of protesters including members of far-right groups demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday against the extension of the Covid-19 health…

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French EU presidency to push for worldwide end to death penalty, says Macron

France will launch a campaign for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty as part of its upcoming presidency of the European Union, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday. A conference will be held in Paris gathering civil society groups from countries where the death penalty is in use or suspended, Macron said in a speech to mark the 40th…

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Mass protests in Poland amid EU exit fears

Poles backing EU membership have taken part in protests across the country, amid fears it could leave the bloc. On Thursday Poland’s top court ruled that key articles of EU law were “incompatible” with the constitution. Organisers said protests took place in more than 100 towns and cities, with some 100,000 people turning out in the capital, Warsaw. The court’s…

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Boris Johnson faces criticism for taking trip to Spain

It is the Tory leader’s second getaway this summer. In August, he was forced to cut short a break in Somerset when the Taliban captured Kabul following the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan. However, he returned to his break when the last UK troops were evacuated. In August 2020, the Conservative leader, his then fiancée Carrie Symonds and their…

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France moves to end free Covid tests to promote vaccination campaign

France is to end subsidised Covid testing from mid-October in a bid to encourage the country’s vaccination drive. However people who have already been vaccinated will still be allowed to get tested free of charge. From 15 October, the date on which Covid-19 screening tests will no longer be systematically free, PCR tests will cost €44 for unvaccinated adults without…

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German election: SPD, Greens and FDP hold first 3-way talks to explore possible coalition

It’s the first time the three parties are meeting to discuss a possible coalition. While the Social Democrats are hopeful, there are still major hurdles to overcome before Angela Merkel’s successor can be crowned. Germany could be moving closer towards a new government, with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), environmentalist Green Party, and the neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP) holding their…

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