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Archive for November 2016

OPEC production cuts on the horizon?

November 30, 2016 - AUSTRIA

Experts see a fair chance that there will be a production cut agreement at the OPEC 170th Ordinary Meeting in Vienna, the result of Saudi Arabian lobbying at a September gathering in Algeria of the world’s major oil producers.

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Swiss voters to decide whether to pull the plug on nuclear power

November 27, 2016 - SWITZERLAND

Switzerland votes on a Green Party proposal to halt the construction of new nuclear power stations and shut down three existing ones next year. The Swiss government fully supports the exit from nuclear energy but opposes the popular initiative as premature, saying it would leave the country unable to replace power output with energy from renewable sources.

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Underdog prizefighter Rocky wowed the movie world 40 years ago

November 21, 2016 - MOVIES

Actor Sylvester Stallone introduced the world to Rocky in 1976. The story of the down-on-his-luck boxer from Philadelphia took three Academy Awards the following year and spawned six sequels over the next four decades, including the Oscar-nominated Creed (2015).

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French conservatives hold first-time presidential primary

November 20, 2016 - FRANCE

The centre-right Republican Party holds voting on Nov 20 and Nov 27 for its presidential candidate in the 2017 election – a first primary election for the country’s conservatives. Former prime minister Alain Juppé is outpolling party leader Nicolas Sarkozy, whose legal problems might keep him out of the race. Another major terror attack in France ahead of the primary would change the dynamics, potentially propelling a hardliner ahead of centrist Juppé.

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24th APEC summit seeks to boost inclusive growth in member economies

November 19, 2016 - PERU

The challenges for the Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will include keeping feuding nations at the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima focused on the forum theme – inclusive economic growth. The main action of the summit might happen on the sidelines, where leaders often adjourn to attack territorial and other issues.

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JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off movie and book released

November 18, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Warner Bros. Pictures releases Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, a Harry Potter spin-off, with JK Rowling’s screenplay debut launched in book form the following day. Harry isn’t in the movie, but Rowling is banking on fans’ unquenchable appetite for Harry’s magical world.

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Leonid meteors put on a record show 50 years ago

November 17, 2016 - SPACE

The peak date for the 2016 Leonid meteor shower falls on the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest meteor storms in history, a shower of thousands of meteors per minute during a span of 15 minutes. The peak date in 2016 is likely to disappoint meteor watchers.

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