China can substitute US oil with Iranian crude to ‘infuriate Trump’ – analyst
Jun19

China can substitute US oil with Iranian crude to ‘infuriate Trump’ – analyst

Beijing’s retaliatory measures against US tariffs can include penalties on oil coming to China from America. A cut in Chinese purchases of US oil may benefit Iran’s sales. “The Chinese may just replace some of the American oil with Iranian crude,” said John Driscoll, director of consultancy JTD Energy Services, as quoted by Reuters. “China isn’t intimidated by the threat of US sanctions. They haven’t been in the past. So in this...

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Mapping Russia’s new airport construction: From Crimea Wave to Platov International
Jun04

Mapping Russia’s new airport construction: From Crimea Wave to Platov International

Since 2010, Russia has seen a major boost in infrastructure as the country hosted the Sochi Winter Olympics, Formula 1, the APEC Summit and prepares to welcome the World Cup. As a result, a number of cities got brand new airports. However, not only the cities that hosted major events like Sochi and Vladivostok benefited. Over the last decade, new airports opened their gates in Russian cities of Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm,...

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Swedish brewery premiers ‘crystal clear pilsner’ brewed from sewage
May26

Swedish brewery premiers ‘crystal clear pilsner’ brewed from sewage

To the joy of environmentalists, but maybe not so much to ardent beer lovers, a Carlsberg-linked brewery has unveiled ‘Pu:rest,’ the first beer made from sewage water. The water is thoroughly purified, though. The project, inspired by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), saw the New Carnegie Brewery, partly owned by Carlsberg, team up with an innovative sewage treatment plant. Having undergone “a chain of...

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Quality of Chinese-built cars better than European ones, Volvo executive admits
May15

Quality of Chinese-built cars better than European ones, Volvo executive admits

Swedish car maker Volvo says its vehicles built in China might actually be superior in quality to those it makes in Europe. In an interview with Australia’s Go Auto, Volvo’s senior vice-president of design, Robin Page, admitted that some were concerned about the automaker’s decision to build many of its vehicles in China. “What we’re finding is that the quality of the cars is actually better in China than in Europe. Everyone was...

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Suicide blast hits police HQ in Indonesia’s 2nd-largest city
May14

Suicide blast hits police HQ in Indonesia’s 2nd-largest city

An explosion has hit a police station in Surabaya, Indonesia. It comes a day after coordinated suicide blasts at three churches there were perpetrated by members of one family. A suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked the police office on Monday morning, according to the police. Four officers and six civilians were wounded in the explosion. Earlier reports citing unnamed officials indicated there had been at least one...

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