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Gazprom takes EU state to court

Gazprom Export has applied for international arbitration in its dispute with PGNiG over an upward revision of a gas contract price, a demand the Polish state-owned gas monopoly has said it would fight in court. “As business negotiations on the price revision in line with above requests did not lead …

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State lowers bar on teaching hires amid Covid-related shortage

At least one US state is struggling so much to find enough teachers to keep classrooms open that it will hire teenagers who were high school students themselves less than a year ago as fill-in educators. The Kansas State Board of Education approved an emergency declaration on Wednesday, temporarily easing …

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First US state to offer universal healthcare

California would become the first US state to offer health insurance for all – including migrants inside the country illegally – under a new budget proposal revealed by Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. “Here’s the big one: California is poised to be, if this proposal is supported, the first state …

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How US state media rebrands Nazi collaborators as freedom fighters

The Ukrainian language channel of US state-run broadcaster RFERL is making a concerted effort to rehabilitate the life and legacy of WWII-era Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, widely held by historians to have been a war criminal. A video posted by the broadcaster, registered as a “foreign agent” in Russia, earlier …

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Another EU state expands mandatory vaccinations & threatens fines

Italy’s government has issued a decree requiring that everyone 50 years old and up be vaccinated against Covid-19, exempting only those who have recently recovered from the virus or who can’t take the shots for medical reasons. The Council of Ministers unanimously approved the new mandate on Wednesday after weighing …

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Omicron pushes health service into ‘state of crisis’

Several NHS trusts have declared that “critical incidents,” such as staffing shortages and an increase in hospital admissions due to the rapid spread of Omicron, have pushed the NHS into “a state of crisis.” Speaking on Tuesday, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Matthew Taylor, warned that the UK …

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Heavy snowfall hits US state devastated by wildfires

Nearly 1,000 homes were lost during the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history, a county sheriff has said. Authorities are looking for three people feared dead. Heavy snow that began on Friday finally extinguished the blaze, Boulder County officials said. “The structures, where these folks would be, are completely destroyed …

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