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Euro, Italian bonds sold as EU warns on Italy budget

Investors sold Italian bonds and the euro on Friday, with Italy's bond yield hitting four-year highs as the European Union called its draft budget an "unprecedented" breach of EU fiscal rules.

Ace Frehley worked with Gene Simmons on β€˜Spaceman,' would 'definitely go back with KISS'

By Stephanie Nolasco

KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently announced the band’s second farewell tour could include former members performing onstage — and its original lead guitarist isn’t ruling out the chance to rock ’n’ roll all night for one last time.

Ireland insists on Brexit 'backstop': PM Varadkar

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday that a possible extension of Britain's post-Brexit transition period would not diminish Ireland's need for a "backstop" to avoid a hard border with Northern Ireland.

Turkey, Russia, Germany, France to discuss Syria in Istanbul on October 27: Erdogan spokesman

A four-way summit between the leaders of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on the conflict in Syria will be held in Istanbul on Oct. 27, the spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday.

ZF takes 35 percent stake in autonomous driving specialist ASAP

Car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen said on Friday it acquired a 35 percent stake in ASAP, a Germany-based maker of software and testing systems for autonomous driving applications and electric vehicles.

Election in Afghan province of Kandahar to be delayed a week

Parliamentary elections in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, due to be held on Saturday, will be delayed by one week following the assassination of the powerful provincial police commander, officials said on Friday.

Nearly 100 additional women sue USC over gynecologist’s alleged sexual misconduct

Nearly 100 women filed new lawsuits against the University of Southern California on Thursday, claiming the school’s brass failed to speak out about decades of alleged abuse at the hands of university gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall.

Three years ago, I was branded as an eco-terrorist, Polish Green local candidate says

By Claire Stam

Poles vote in local elections on Sunday (21 October), seen as a key test for the country’s nationalist governing party. Until very recently, energy transition was a political no-go in the coal-dependent country but the situation is evolving, a climate activist and Green local politician in the COP24 host city of Katowice told EURACTIV.com.

China in the Balkans: Motivations behind growing influence

By Matej Šimalčík

Beijing’s influence in the Balkans continues to grow, but we should not compare it with Russia. Chinese influence differs in both motives and tools used for its spreading, writes Matej Šimalčík.

Britain Releases Radical Islamist Preacher Under Strict Controls

By CEYLAN YEGINSU

Anjem Choudary, convicted of inciting support for ISIS, was freed on Friday under rules that will bar him from leaving London, using the internet without permission and attending certain mosques.

Russia: Western pressure on Macedonia crossed all boundaries

By Georgi Gotev

The Russian ministry of foreign affairs published on Thursday (18 October) a communiqué blasting what is called “roughest interference” by the US and leading EU states in pushing through the Skopje parliament the Macedonia-Greece name dispute agreement.

Practitioners agree new rules for cosmetic surgery advertising

By robin

Dutch cosmetic surgeons and other esthetic medicine practitioners have drawn up new rules for advertising which ban misleading ads, ads...

Orion makes OTT gains

By Chris Dziadul

The OTT services offered by the Russian DTH platform operator Orion are gaining in popularity.

According to the company, its Telecard Online application was downloaded more than 15,000 times in the first nine months of this year, with the total number of downloads reaching 65,678, or 29% more than at the end of 2017.

Meanwhile, its TV Guide application was installed 158,981 times, or 39% more than at the end of last year.

Orion ended September with 3,140,000 subscribers, a year-on-year increase of 2%. Its ARPU was R109 (€1.44) for the budget package, or 4% more than the same period in 2017, with the average price of its packages being R288.

Commenting on the results for the first nine months of the year, Kirill Makhnovsky, general director of the Orion group of companies, said: “Given the changing realities of the market, we plan, step by step, to identify new vectors of business development. The company’s activities today are not limited to the services of a federal satellite operator. We act as an integrator of multimedia solutions, mastering related areas, in particular, live broadcasts of major sporting and cultural events. The three-million subscriber base of the satellite TV service Telekarta continues to be one of the distribution development tools for TV channel customers, but we do not expect any significant expansion of it in the near future.”

Orion makes OTT gains

By Chris Dziadul

The OTT services offered by the Russian DTH platform operator Orion are gaining in popularity.

According to the company, its Telecard Online application was downloaded more than 15,000 times in the first nine months of this year, with the total number of downloads reaching 65,678, or 29% more than at the end of 2017.

Meanwhile, its TV Guide application was installed 158,981 times, or 39% more than at the end of last year.

Orion ended September with 3,140,000 subscribers, a year-on-year increase of 2%. Its ARPU was R109 (€1.44) for the budget package, or 4% more than the same period in 2017, with the average price of its packages being R288.

Commenting on the results for the first nine months of the year, Kirill Makhnovsky, general director of the Orion group of companies, said: “Given the changing realities of the market, we plan, step by step, to identify new vectors of business development. The company’s activities today are not limited to the services of a federal satellite operator. We act as an integrator of multimedia solutions, mastering related areas, in particular, live broadcasts of major sporting and cultural events. The three-million subscriber base of the satellite TV service Telekarta continues to be one of the distribution development tools for TV channel customers, but we do not expect any significant expansion of it in the near future.”

Thousands ignore driving ban, fail to hand back licence

By robin

Thousands of people are still driving around in the Netherlands despite being given a driving ban, either for drink and...

Australia Dispatch: Preserving a Culture by Protecting the Environment

By Photographs and Text by DAVID MAURICE SMITH

The Dhimurru Rangers are one of more than 100 Indigenous groups spread across Australia who are removing thousands of pounds of plastic garbage from the beaches.

Italy's Salvini says there is no government crisis over tax amnesty dispute

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said there was no government crisis after a row broke out in the ruling coalition over a tax amnesty draft bill, Il Messaggero said on Friday citing Salvini.

Italy's Salvini returns to Rome to solve coalition dispute over tax amnesty

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he will halt an electoral tour in the North of Italy and return to Rome to settle a row within the government over a tax amnesty.

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