2nd Dec 2023


Russia blames German firm for gas pipe shutdown

The deputy CEO of Russian firm Gazprom, Vitaly Markelov, told Reuters at a forum in Vladivostock Monday that it was German engineering firm Siemens' fault its Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline was switched off. "You should ask Siemens. They have to repair equipment first," he said. Siemens earlier denied that it had been commissioned for repairs or that the kind of oil leak reported by Gazprom would merit a shutdown.

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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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