3rd Dec 2023


EU states to ease exchange of Ukraine refugee cash

EU ambassadors agreed on Wednesday to ease the exchange of Ukraine's hryvnia banknotes into EU currencies, to help people fleeing Ukraine, under similar conditions across the bloc. This system will allow refugees, including children, to exchange up to 10,000 hryvnias [€310] per person, free of charges and following the official exchange rate of the National Bank of Ukraine. Several countries already have such a system in place.

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Brussels denies having no 'concern' on Spain's amnesty law

The Spanish government remains secretive about its negotiations with pro-independence Catalans, but claims the EU Commission has "zero concerns" about their proposed amnesty law for Catalan separatists. The EU executive denies that.


Dubai's COP28 — a view from the ground

Discussion of the biggest existential threat humanity has ever faced is barely mentioned on billboards or signage in Dubai — yet visitors are made aware quite quickly that t world rugby sevens tournament is imminent.

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