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04 December 2020

Russia

Erdogan says he hopes France will get rid of Macron "burden" soon (30)
Reuters Friday 04 December 2020 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he hoped France would soon get rid of President Emmanuel Macron, describing him as a burden on France which was enduring dangerous times. Ties between Turkey and France have been particularly tense in recent months over policy differences on Syria and the publishing of caricatures about Prophet Mohammad in France.
Norway's deputy central bank chief resigns over China ties (11)
December 4, 2020 GMT COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - The deputy governor of Norway's central bank is stepping down with immediate effect after he was not granted a new security clearance because he has ties to China via his wife. The move comes at at time when several Western governments are tightening security controls against potential influence from China, particularly in technology, finance and other corporate sectors.
Venezuela's Maduro seeks to tighten his grip via election (7)
The Associated Press December 4, 2020, 12:57 PM CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - With the political opponents of President Nicol'as Maduro boycotting Sunday's election for the National Assembly, his socialist party is expected to dominate the vote, giving him control of the last major institution in Venezuela outside his grasp. The opposition contends the election is rigged and has called its own referendum to counter it.
Trump Associates Said to Have Been Scrutinized in Suspected Pardon Scheme (16)
A billionaire from the San Francisco area sought clemency for a psychologist convicted of monetary crimes. The Republican donor Elliott Broidy and a lawyer who later represented Jared Kushner were enlisted. The Justice Department as recently as this summer investigated a potential pardon plot involving a tax crimes convict.Credit...Tom Brenner/Reuters By Michael S. Schmidt, Kenneth P. Vogel, Katie Benner and Adam
Turkish lira slips as U.S. moves closer to sanctions over S-400s (8)
By Jonathan Spicer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's lira briefly slipped on Friday after U.S. lawmakers included mandatory Turkish sanctions in a defence spending bill that moves Washington a step closer to punishing its NATO ally for buying Russian S-400 missile defences last year. Slideshow ( 3 images ) The final version of the $740 billion annual U.S.
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