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Putin says EU should not criticize Russia over Ukraine Trieste, (Italy), 27 Nov — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday dismissed European Union criticism over Ukraine’s decision to suspend plans for a trade pact with the EU and denied Moscow had reached a deal to supply cheaper gas to Kiev. Putin rejected suggestions from Brussels that Russia had pressured Ukraine to pull out of signing the deal at an EU summit this week. He said he had been concerned Russia’s market would have been flooded with EU
goods as a result. “We are not ready to throw open our gates to European goods like that,” Putin said, speaking at a joint news conference after talks with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta in Trieste. “I would ask our friends in Brussels — my good personal friends in the European Commission — to refrain from harsh words,” he said, referring to a blunt statement from the EU’s two most senior officials on Monday. In the statement on
Monday, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said they “strongly disapprove of the Russia position and actions” on Ukraine’s choice. Asked whether he had promised Ukraine lower gas prices as an incentive to walk away from the EU deal and move closer to Moscow, he said he and Ukrainian officials had not discussed changing a 2009 contract whose prices are a burden on Ukraine.
German parties reach agreement on coalition Berlin, 27 Nov—German parties reached agreement on coalition early Wednesday after a long overnight negotiation. A new government, however, was not expected to be formed soon. The agreement between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian allies Christian Social Union (CSU) and the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) included introducing national minimum wage, dual citizenship, and highway tolls for foreign autos, reported German Press Agency (DPA), citing insider sources. Both sides also agreed to increase government spending by 23 billion euros by 2017 while rejected tax increases. From January 2015, a national statutory minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour was scheduled to be intro-
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference with Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (not seen) in Strelna near St Petersburg, on 22 Nov, 2013.— Reuters “Gazprom and Naftogaz have a contract that I believe is signed until 2019 and we did not discuss revising the contract,” Putin said, refer-
ring to the state-controlled Russian gas export monopoly and Ukraine’s state energy company. Reuters
Man infected with HIV-tainted blood used in transfusion
The head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and the head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer arrive for coalition talks with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, on 26 Nov, 2013.—Reuters Meanwhile, SPD made duced. This was one of the core campaign targets of a concession so that there SPD, which was defeated would not be tax increases. in a federal election in Sep- From 2015, the new government would also make tember. According to the agree- no new debt. ment, among the additional Both sides also agreed spending, 5 billion euros on retirement at 63 years would be spent for educa- old after contributing pention, 3 billion euros for sion for 45 years, as well research and development as highway tolls for foreign and 5 billion for transport autos, a claim by CSU in Bavaria.—Xinhua infrastructure investment.
Tokyo, 27 Nov — A man in his 60s has been infected with HIV after receiving a transfusion of contaminated blood that slipped through safety checks by the Japan Red Cross Society, the Red Cross and Japan’s health ministry said on Tuesday. The man is one of two persons who received transfusions from an HIV-positive man in his 40s, and the Red Cross and the ministry are checking whether the other recipient has also contracted HIV as a result of the transfusions. “This is really deplorable,” Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Norihisa Tamura said at a press conference. It is the first time since 2003 that someone has contracted the AIDS-causing HIV virus due to blood used in a transfusion.
executive officer of the US private equity firm Carlyle Group LP. Sotheby’s said Rubenstein plans to loan it to libraries across the United States, before it will be put on long-term loan to one of them. “We are thrilled that this book, which is so important to our history and culture, is destined to be widely seen by Americans who can appreciate its singular significance,” said David Redden, chairman of Sotheby’s books department. “We are of course also thrilled to have achieved a new world auction record price for any printed book,
ganisation dating back to 1669 that is a member of the Protestant denomination
In 2003, there was a similar case of a patient being infected with HIV-tainted blood used in a transfusion, prompting the Red Cross to strengthen its safety checks the following year. The Red Cross said during a meeting of the ministry’s blood programme panel on Tuesday that it will change its current safety screening method of examining blood samples jointly in batches of 20 donations to examining every blood sample by next summer. The ministry said the blood recipient received a transfusion in October as part of treatment for a chronic digestive disease. The other recipient received a blood transfusion shortly after the HIV-positive man gave his blood in February. Kyodo News
ADB chief vows to take financial action in time of natural disasters Tokyo, 27 Nov — Asian Development Bank chief Takehiko Nakao pledged on Wednesday that the bank will take financial action in times of natural disasters, such as offering emergency loans to promote reconstruction work in affected regions. “It is clear that severe disasters are occurring at high frequency in the Asia-Pacific region” against a backdrop of global climate change, Nakao said in a speech in Tokyo, referring to supertyphoon Haiyan that killed thousands of people in the Philippines earlier this month. “Disaster risk management, including preparedness, must be at the forefront of our planning,” he added. The ADB has decided to provide $23 million in grants to the Philippines to address immediate needs and a $500 million emergency loan to help reconstruct communities ravaged by the typhoon known as Yolanda in the nation. The 67-member ADB is based in Manila, capital of the Philippines. Kyodo News
First book printed in America sells for record $14.2 million
New York, 27 Nov— The Bay Psalm Book, one of 11 surviving copies of the first book printed in America, sold for $14.2 million on Tuesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York, setting a new world auction record for any printed book. Although it had been estimated to fetch up to $30 million, it easily surpassed the previous mark of $11.5 million, paid in December 2010 for John James Audubon’s “Birds of America.” American businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein purchased the book. He is the co-founder and co-chief
which affirms that books remain a vital part of our culture,” he added in a statement. Printed in 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Bay Psalm is one of the rarest books in the world and among the finest surviving copies of original 1,700 that were printed. It is also the first copy to be sold since 1947 when it set an auction record for a book at $151,000. Boston’s Old South Church sold the Bay Psalm Book from its collection to cover the cost of building repairs and to fund its ministry. It is one of two owned by the church. Members of the church, a nonprofit or-
A copy of “The Bay Psalm Book’’ is pictured at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York, on 21 Nov, 2013.—Reuters
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