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CIA gets first female chief with confirmation of Gina Haspel

By DEB RIECHMANN and LISA MASCARO

Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation program after 9/11.

Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director

By LISA MASCARO and DEB RIECHMANN

The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history.

Gas market liberalisation: Does Europe really want it?

By Luca Franza

Almost ten years after the implementation of the Third Energy Package, the risk of backtracking on liberalisation looks very real as policymakers seem increasingly frustrated at having “given away” power to the market, writes Luca Franza.

Europe grapples with Dutch gas production β€˜collapse’

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

For the first time, the Netherlands became a net importer of gas last year, reflecting the inexorable decline in production from Europe’s North Sea fields – an issue EU policymakers are only starting to come to terms with.

CIA nominee toughens interrogation stance, picks up support

By LISA MASCARO and DEB RIECHMANN

President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA says the agency's enhanced interrogation program "is not one the CIA should have undertaken."

Academic: β€˜Huge progress’ in EU gas markets but supply still an issue

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

The integration of European gas markets has made strides over the last fifteen years, bolstering energy security in Eastern EU countries as a result, says Jonathan Stern. But the collapse of Dutch production means Russia will probably remain at the centre of the game for years to come, he cautions.

Gas market liberalisation: An unsung EU success story?

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

The liberalisation of European gas markets is widely recognised as a major success by industry analysts. But EU politicians are reluctant to celebrate it because liberalisation on its own has failed to deliver on another key objective – supply diversification. Ironically, Europe is now more dependent on Russian gas than ever.

European gas markets

By EURACTIV.com

At the turn of the century, the European Union launched a vigorous liberalisation agenda in a bid to open up its national gas markets – aiming for lower prices, a greater range of suppliers and energy security. EURACTIV takes stock of progress made and the challenges lying ahead.

Even from afar, McCain raises his voice against torture

By LISA MASCARO and DEB RIECHMANN

As the Senate began considering Gina Haspel's nomination to head the CIA, one voice was noticeably missing.

Review: In β€˜The Seagull,’ a Great Play, a Great Cast and Yet ...

By A.O. SCOTT

Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss are highlights of Michael Mayer’s adaptation of the durable Chekhov play.

Congressional leaders mixed on Trump withdrawal of Iran deal

By LISA MASCARO

Congressional leaders are split, but not neatly along party lines, over President Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

Woman charged with killing man, stashing corpse in bin

By LISA RATHKE

A Vermont woman is charged with killing her live-in boyfriend with help from her mother last fall and keeping the corpse in a trash bin on the porch for months before dumping the body in the woods.

Trilobites: Lightning Struck Her Home. Then Her Brain Implant Stopped Working.

By VERONIQUE GREENWOOD

Doctors suggested that electrical storms be added to the list of things patients with electrodes implanted in their brains should watch out for.

Trilobites: Lightning Struck Her Home. Then Her Brain Implant Stopped Working.

By VERONIQUE GREENWOOD

Doctors suggested that electrical storms be added to the list of things patients with electrodes implanted in their brains should watch out for.

Trilobites: Lightning Struck Her Home. Then Her Brain Implant Stopped Working.

By VERONIQUE GREENWOOD

Doctors suggested that electrical storms be added to the list of things patients with electrodes implanted in their brains should watch out for.

Schools of tomorrow – building and transforming skills for a digital world

By Martina DlabajovΓ‘

Europe’s bid to lead the digital and advanced technology trend will be lost if the EU and national governments don’t take steps to make skills development in digitisation their priority. Digital skills need to be conveyed at all levels and in all forms of education to ensure Europe’s global position, writes Martina Dlabajová.

What the Mona Lisa Tells Us About Art in the Instagram Era

By SCOTT REYBURN

The photo-taking crowds that surround Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece at the Louvre exemplify how the digital generation experiences artworks.

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