Fishing rights top of the menu as Brexit talks continue
Last-ditch Brexit trade talks continued in London on Sunday with fishing rights remaining an "outstanding major bone of contention," according to British foreign minister Dominic Raab.European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters that "work continues, even on a Sunday," as he arrived for the second day of talks.Barnier had arrived in London on Friday following a spell in self-isolation after a member of his team contracted coronavirus and ahead of the resumption of talks with British counterpart David Frost on Saturday.Both men warned that a deal could not be reached without ma...
Azerbaijan’s renewable energy talks with UAE, Saudi Arabia nearing completion
By Ayya LmahamadNegotiations between the Azerbaijan’s Energy Ministry, the United Arab Emirates’ Masdar company and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power company on the project documentation in the field of use of renewable energy sources are in the final stage and will be completed in the near future.This was stated at the fourth meeting of the commission “on the implementation of pilot projects in the field of use of renewable energy sources” held on November 26.During the videoconference meeting, the implementation progress of pilot projects since the third meeting of the commission and the approval of...
Indian farmers continue agitation despite talks offer
Thousands of Indian farmers carried on with protests on Saturday against a set of laws they say will curb their earnings and benefit big corporations even after the government approached them to hold talks.The farmers were allowed into the Indian capital on Friday after a day of clashes with the police, who used tear gas, water cannon and batons to prevent their entry.While a number of them moved to an allotted protest site in New Delhi, thousands continued with their agitation, blocking at least three highways into Delhi, television footage showed.Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar requested...
Indian government invites farmers for talks amid protests
The Indian government has invited farmers' unions for talks even as thousands of them held protests in and around New Delhi on Saturday against a set of laws they say will curb their earnings and benefit big corporations.The farmers were allowed into the Indian capital on Friday after a day of clashes with the police, who used tear gas, water cannon and batons to prevent their entry.While a number of them moved to an allotted protest site in New Delhi, thousands continued with their agitation, blocking at least three highways into Delhi, television footage showed.Agriculture Minister Narendra ...
OPEC+ calls last-minute talks over likely delay to planned oil production increase
Saudi Arabia and Russia have called a last-minute OPEC+ meeting ahead of a decision on whether to delay an oil output increase planned for January.Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak and Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman summoned the OPEC+ ministers in charge of oil production to an informal video conference, Bloomberg reported.The OPEC+ group, which combines member states of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 10 other oil-producing nations, is believed to be leaning towards delaying a planned increase in oil output.Three sources close to OPEC+ tol...
Guardiola says Manchester City will have 'fair talks' with Aguero over his future
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have plenty of time to have “fair talks” with Sergio Aguero over his future and first wants the striker to get back to full fitness.The 32-year-old is the final year of his contract at Etihad Stadium but has played only 190 minutes this season, after knee surgery in the summer and a hamstring setback in October. Aguero, who is City’s record all-time goalscorer, played 12 minutes as a substitute in the Champions League victory over Olympiacos on Wednesday.Guardiola says he is not yet fully fit but believes he will still make a major impact this season once he ...
Ethiopia’s Abiy meets African Union envoys, rejects talks with Tigray leaders
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region Friday, but said he was willing to speak to representatives "operating legally” there during a meeting with African Union special envoys trying to end the deadly conflict between federal troops and the region's forces.The meeting came as the Ethiopian News Agency reported the military's capture of several key towns around the Tigray capital, Mekelle, as more people fled the city ahead of a promised “final phase” of the offensive.The conflict has threatened to spill over to Ethiopia’s neig...
Neymar return to Barcelona ruled out by presidential hopeful who is also planning Messi talks
Xavi Vilajoana has told Goal that he will be making no attempt to re-sign Neymar if his presidential election campaign at Barcelona proves successful.In the wake of Josep Maria Bartomeu’s departure from Camp Nou, a new management regime will take to the boardroom in 2021.Elections are due to be held on January 24, with Vilajoana among those looking to seize power at a La Liga heavyweight.He has already spent several years working alongside Bartomeu, but is now branching out by himself.Goal 50 Revealed: The best 50 players in the worldIf Barca’s reins were to be handed to him, there would be so...
UK undermines trust with China, may ruin FTA talks
Illustration: Chen Xia/GTAs the due date of leaving the EU draws near, the UK recently signaled an intention to reset its diplomatic relations, including with China. The UK seems inclined to take a more aggressive path towards China at a cost of obstructing a free trade agreement talks with the world's second largest economy, among others.From UK authority's strengthening crackdown on 5G frontrunner Huawei Technologies, to think-tank's instigation of tilting resources to the Indo-Pacific and form a so-called counterweight against "growing China influence," inversely, UK's pragmatist politician...
Barcelona presidential candidate ‘convinced’ Messi wants to stay but admits talks must be held
Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa remains “convinced” that Lionel Messi wants to remain at the club, but admits that discussions need to be held as soon as possible.The Liga giants faced the very real threat of seeing their talismanic figure walk away from Camp Nou over the summer.With Messi growing disillusioned with life on and off the field in Catalunya, the mercurial Argentine made a push for the exits. He was quickly informed that a break clause in his contract had expired, meaning that he was tied to terms through to the end of the 2020-21 campaign.Messi exclusively revealed t...