2nd Dec 2023


Estonia blocks student visas, residence permits to Russians

Estonia announced on Thursday that Russian citizens will no longer enjoy visas or residence permits to study in the country, Reuters reported. The country's foreign ministry will also stop granting short-term work authorisations to Russians and other citizens allied with Belarus with a visa from another EU member state. "The continuation of sanctions against Russia is essential to ensuring relentless pressure on the country," said foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu.

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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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