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Former Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi gives a press conference at the foreign press association on February 13, 2018 in Rome

Italians will vote on a controversial constitutional reform that may determine the fate of Matteo Renzi’s government. Yet neither Italy’s membership of the EU and the common currency, nor its financial stability are at stake.

On 4 December 2016, Italians will vote on a constitutional reform proposed by the current government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. If accepted, the reform will change the institutional setup of the country. Most significantly, it would end Italy’s ‘perfect bicameralism’, in which the two legislative houses have nearly identical powers.

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Chairperson of the Kazakh Senate's Committee of International Relations, Defence and Security and daughter of the president, Dariga Nazarbeyeva, listening to speaker's comments. On her left are Hamid Karzai and former prime minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz

HEADS OF STATE, Nobel laureates and foreign policy experts recently gathered at a secretive conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the unveiling of a “Global Risk Report” identifying the greatest threats to world stability in 2019. 

The conference, known as the Astana Club, took place in the Kazakh capital on November 12-13 and was the fourth such annual conference to be held. Participants included the heads of state and former heads of state of Belgium, Portugal, Pakistan, Turkey, Poland, Egypt, and Croatia, as well as dozens of leading foreign policy figures and Nobel laureates. 

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement on the Brexit negotiations following a European Union summit in Salzburg, at no 10 Downing Street, central London on September 21, 2018. - British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday the European Union's abrupt dismissal of her Brexit plan was not acceptable, as she conceded talks were "at an impasse".

 

'Dear Prime Minister,

We represent over 30,000 UK nationals living in the EU27. We listened to your statement this afternoon on the outcomes of the Salzburg summit with extreme concern.

Firstly, whilst we welcome your softer words on protecting the rights of the 3 million EU nationals living in the UKthis is nothing more than your moral obligation and the UK cannot do anything else other than to maintain all their current rights even in the event of a no deal.

However, we heard that we are now at an impasse in the negotiations with the very real threat of a no deal. What we did not hear was one single word about the future of 1.2 million UK nationals living in the EU27. You appear willing to take the UK out of the EU with a no deal and with no thought for your own nationals.

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The ATOM Project is an international initiative to build global support for a permanent end to nuclear weapons testing and the total abolition of nuclear weapons. It was launched at a parliamentary assembly in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 29, 2012, the UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests, established in recognition of the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site on that day in 1991 by the president of Kazakhstan.

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Hervé Jaubert, Princess Latifa, and Tiina Jauhiainen have been missing since March 4. 2018

This story could be the stuff of weirdest Hollywood thrillers, but it seems to be true and unfolding right now.

A princess, a former French spy, and a Finnish Woman are on board Nostromo, a US registered luxury yacht in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The yacht is getting close to Goa, India. The princess contacts an NGO in London and asks for help. She says she is Sheikha Latifa Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai the middle daughter of the ruler of Dubai, “I am the one skydiving, not to be mixed with the other two daughters, both also called Latifa!”

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Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on September 1, 2015. The digital advertising powerhouse has received criticism for its role in contributing to ad fraud.

Machines are now primarily responsible for purchasing digital advertisements and choosing where they run, but some recent embarrassments have shown that they don’t always get it right.

This month, for example, advertisements from Citigroup, IBM and Microsoft found their way onto the website of an Islamist extremist. This follows an investigation by The Times about radical YouTube videos featuring ads for brands such as Marie Curie and Mercedes-Benz. In both cases the fault can be traced back to programmatic advertising.

So, what is programmatic advertising, exactly? And why does it lead to these unseemly mistakes?

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Jorge I. Dominguez is the Chair of The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico in the Department of Government. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Faculty Associate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and of Leverett House.President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba reflects a new way of formulating and implementing U.S. policy toward Cuba. This new policy is different not only from the sanctions that had been the long-standing U.S. policy toward Cuba but also from the policies suggested by the leading U.S. presidential candidates. Obama’s new policy toward Cuba starts from a different premise the United States will make decisions that reflect its values and its interests, independent of what the Cuban government may or may not do.

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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini read a joint statement on implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and removal of sanctions imposed against Iran.

The joint statement was read out in Vienna.

The joint statement will pave the way for removal of all sanctions.

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BERLIN (IDN) - “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed,” declared U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in April 1953. A new report shows that these remarks remain relevant and yet unheeded 62 years later.

While hunger, poverty and depravity continue to stalk developing lands, the report by the prestigious Congressional Research Service (CRS) finds that the United States remains the single largest weapons supplier to developing nations, controlling more than 50 percent of the global arms market. From 2011 to 2014, Washington made arms supply agreements worth nearly $115 billion with developing nations.

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This years WPF tackled hybrid warfare and the disorder shadowing our world today.

“13” is the bad luck number in some cultures. Even architects and scientists try to go around it, just in case; to the extent that high rise buildings in North America skip the 13th floor, so after 12th floor, comes 14th!

But not for The World Public Forum on Dialogue of Civilisations, held in Rhodes, Greece every autumn. This year’s forum, number 13, was indeed the best ever.

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