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Russia’s EU ambassador ‘warns of intervention beyond Crimea’

BRUSSELS: Russia’s ambassador to the European Union issued a startling warning to other diplomats at a private lunch, Exaro can reveal. Vladimir Chizhov, permanent representative of Russia to the EU, warned that Russia could intervene on behalf of ethnic Russians beyond Crimea – in particular in Estonia and Latvia. Western diplomats and businessmen were taken aback the comments at a private lunch.

Vladimir Putin’s political ally faces ‘raiding’ claims in High Court

Russia’s highest-ranking woman politician faces accusations in the High Court in London of helping to “raid” assets worth more than £300 million. An application to the court to dismiss the accusations has failed. So, the allegations against Valentina Matviyenko – the third most powerful politician in Russia – are set to feature in a trial that is expected later this year.

Commentary: Germany shows up weakness in EU’s governance

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Weak governance poses a serious threat to the European Union. The European Commission, the EU’s executive, organised a high-level seminar last week as part of its review of the system of financial supervision across the continent. Why bother though? The fact that Germany’s view is increasingly seen as the only one that matters seems to render such consultations futile, writes a former IMF economist.

Revealed: how Libya distributes cash in aftermath of conflict

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This is how Libya distributes cash around the country. A Libyan teenager poses proudly next to currency worth more than £1 million that, he says, he was told by the interim government to distribute. Abd El Khader sits on a sofa with two million Libyan dinars in a picture that illustrates problems posed by the collapse of the country’s banking system.

Missing: $1bn ‘unaccounted for’ in aftermath of Libyan conflict

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Libya’s government is unable to account for unfrozen assets of $1 billion, according to documents leaked to Exaro. The reports show that the funds may have gone missing. The money was due to be paid to public-sector workers in Libya. In addition, the documents reveal that at least $3.5 million failed to reach victims of the conflict.

Egypt’s troubled dates with destiny herald fresh street protests

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CAIRO: Egyptians love their dates. The eight-lane highway – known as “the spine of Cairo” – that runs from the business district of Egypt’s capital towards the ancient pyramids crosses the Nile over the ‘6 October Bridge’. The date marks the day when Egypt invaded Israeli territory in 1973. Egypt faces more troubled dates ahead as its main opposition says that it will boycott parliamentary elections.

Tunisia has tense freedom two years after sparking ‘Arab Spring’

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TUNIS: Young Tunisians are taking to the streets again two years after what became known as the “Arab Spring” was triggered in this country. Mohammed Bouazizi, a young fruit and vegetable seller, set himself on fire in southern Tunisia two years ago today, after a row about a licence for a market stall. Exaro assesses the mood today of the fledgling democracy in north Africa.

Analysis: why ‘Arab Spring’ is making oil-rich Abu Dhabi twitchy

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ABU DHABI: Managers at Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, like to tell a crude joke about Arabs working for them. Crude as it is, the joke nonetheless betrays a deep unease in the country in which the airline is based, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). And it helps explain why the Arab uprising is yet to reach this place.

Airlines in Europe force pilots to exceed limits on flying hours

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Airlines are forcing captains to exceed safety limits on flying hours by routinely using additional time meant for contingencies, according to a European pilots’ group. The European Cockpit Association says that pilots are regularly made to use this extra time so that airlines do not have to pay for other air crew to take over once the time limit has been reached.

Why America is worried about dwindling helium reserves

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Think helium, think balloons for children’s parties. And, of course, think silly voices. But the US military, for one, does not think that helium is a laughing matter. A spate of media reports has recently focussed on how we have been wasting helium. But the key role of helium in military applications means that the potential crisis is even more wide-reaching.

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