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Irish finance minister Paschal Donohoe elected as president of Eurogroup

DUBLIN, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has been elected as President of Eurogroup, according to a government statement issued here on Thursday.

Donohoe was elected by his fellow euro area finance ministers at a video conference of the Eurogroup held earlier in the day, said the statement, adding that the other two candidates for the office were Nadia Calvino, Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation of Spain, and Pierre Gramegna, Minister for Finances of Luxembourg, according to the statement.

UK Neo-Nazis encouraging followers to ‘deliberately infect' Jews and Muslims with coronavirus

London; 10 July 2020 (UMMN): According to UK government counterterrorism agency report on Thursday; Neo-Nazis and far-right activists of the United Kingdom are advising their followers to “deliberately infect” Jews and Muslims with coronavirus.

According to a CNN report, these groups are exploiting the crisis to promote their divisive, xenophobic and racist narratives "to sow division" and create social discord.

Russia: Khabarovsk governor’s arrest part of big political case, says party’s firebrand leader

MOSCOW, July 9. /TASS/: The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) is outraged over the detention of Khabarovsk Region Governor Sergei Furgal, and it aims to defend its fellow party member, LDPR head Vladimir Zhirinovsky said on Thursday ahead of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) plenary session.

"We are outraged by the fact that our governor Sergei Ivanovich Furgal was arrested in the morning. We will continue to defend him, to take part in all elections and seek victory," Zhirinovsky said. "This is a very big political case."

Envoy says reports of ‘Russian trace’ in Belgrade protests absurd

BELGRADE, July 9. /TASS/: Allegations, made by the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) in Belgrade, that Russia is involved in riots in Belgrade are absurd, Russia Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said Thursday.

"Although making absurd, ungrounded allegations against Russia is not a rarity for the CEAS, it is still surprising, how distorted the perception of reality could be in the ‘experts’ who managed to find a ‘Russian trace’ in riots in Serbia," the envoy tweeted.

Russia: Anti-aircraft gunners in Eastern Siberia to get latest S-300PM-2 air defense systems

MOSCOW, July 9. /TASS/: The Central Military District’s air defense missile regiment stationed in the Irkutsk Region in Eastern Siberia will get upgraded S-300PM-2 ‘Favorit’ surface-to-air missile systems by the end of the year, Anti-Aircraft Missile Troops Commander of the 14th Air Force and Air Defense Army Colonel Gennady Shlag said on Thursday.

"Until the end of the year, the Angara air defense missile regiment is due to complete accepting the upgraded S-300PM-2 ‘Favorit’ systems for service," the colonel said.

‘Not logical’: Kremlin lambasts rumors tying Chechen murder victim in Austria to Kadyrov: Russia

MOSCOW, July 9. /TASS/: Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Thursday that it was utterly illogical to tie the murder of a Chechen national in Austria to Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic.

Covid-19: UK government unveils fresh US$37 billion package to stimulate economy

LONDON, July 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UK government unveiled a package worth £30 billion to save jobs and help the young into work to kickstart the coronavirus-hit economy.

Delivering a mini-budget to parliament, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s measures included bonuses to companies retaining staff and taking on apprentices, investment in ‘green’ jobs and allowing the whole country to enjoy discounted meals in restaurants.

“People need to know that although hardship lies ahead, no one will be left without hope,” said Sunak.

Hungary to review rules on travel to neighbours after COVID-19 spikes

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will on Thursday review rules on travel to neighbouring Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia where numbers of coronavirus cases have been rising, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said.

The landlocked country lifted most of its lockdown restrictions and opened its borders to travellers from European Union states and neighbouring non-EU members in June.

UK: Oil steady as coronavirus fears offset gasoline recovery signs

LONDON (Reuters) - Concerns about renewed coronavirus lockdowns in the United States outweighed signs of a recovery in U.S. gasoline demand on Thursday to keep a lid on oil prices.

The market is also in a holding pattern ahead of a meeting on July 15 of the market monitoring panel of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies.

EU lawmakers urge Japan to end parental child 'abductions'

BRUSSELS/TOKYO (Reuters) - The European Parliament urged Japan to comply with international rules on child protection and to allow for joint parental custody after a number of EU citizens were denied access to their children by Japanese mothers.

Unlike most countries, Japan does not recognise joint custody after divorce and children often lose contact with the non-custodial parent.

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