• New Siemens AG headquarters are seen in Munich, Germany, June 14, 2016.
    Last update: 17:08 01.02.2019
    17:08 01.02.2019

    Siemens Inks Deal With Novatek to Supply Gas Compressors for Arctic LNG 2 Plant

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian gas producer Novatek said in a press release that it had signed a deal with German tech giant Siemens to buy compressors for its new Arctic LNG 2 natural gas liquefaction plant.

  • Various gold bars are on display at the Bundesbank headquarter in Frankfurt, Germany (File)
    Last update: 13:17 01.02.2019
    13:17 01.02.2019

    Crisis-Hit Venezuela to Ship Gold to UAE for Euros in Cash – Reports

    According to central bank data, at the end of last November, Venezuela had gold reserves of 132 tonnes between the central bank’s vaults and the Bank of England. Most recently, the latter reportedly denied Caracas’ request to pull out gold after the US blocked the Venezuelan leadership’s access to foreign assets amid a presidential crisis.

    Political Crisis in Venezuela
  • Iran, P5+1 meeting
    Last update: 08:20 01.02.2019
    08:20 01.02.2019

    What You Should Know About the Newly Registered Mechanism for EU-Iran Trade

    Three European countries – France, Germany, and the UK (officially shortened as E3) – have officially announced the creation of INSTEX, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to allow them to bypass US sanctions on trade with Iran.

  • Euro and United States 100-dollar banknotes and Iran's rial banknotes
    Last update: 19:37 31.01.2019
    19:37 31.01.2019

    EU Special Mechanism Not to Impact US Maximum Pressure on Iran - State Dept.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States does not expect the European Union-created special-purpose vehicle (SPV) to affect Washington’s campaign of exerting maximum pressure on Iran, a US Department of State spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.

  • US Dollar
    Last update: 19:18 31.01.2019
    19:18 31.01.2019

    US Cosmetics Company to Pay $996,080 for Violating North Korea Sanctions - Treasury

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US cosmetics company ELF has agreed to pay $996,080 for violating North Korea sanctions regulations by importing products with materials made in the country, the Treasury Department said in a statement on Thursday.

  • An Airbus A330neo is pictured on its final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Colomiers, near Toulouse, France, November 26, 2018
    Last update: 13:46 31.01.2019
    13:46 31.01.2019

    Hackers Steal Personal Data, Professional Contacts From Airbus' Servers

    The large European aerospace corporation has promised to investigate the cyber incident, and has already assured the public that its commercial operations have not been affected by the breach.

  • A handout by Nord Stream 2 claims to show the first pipes for the Nord Stream 2 project at a plant of OMK, which is one of the three pipe suppliers selected by Nord Stream 2 AG, in Vyksa, Russia, in this undated photo provided to Reuters on March 23, 2017
    Last update: 13:23 31.01.2019
    13:23 31.01.2019

    US Criticism of Nord Stream 2 Due to American Energy Interests - German Official

    BERLIN (Sputnik) - The US criticism of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline derives from the fact that the project's implementation runs counter to Washington's interests in promoting liquefied natural gas (LNG) deliveries to Europe, Dirk Wiese, the German government's coordinator for cooperation with Russia, has stated.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    Last update: 09:28 31.01.2019
    09:28 31.01.2019

    Germany, France, UK Create EU Tool for Trade With Iran Despite US Sanctions

    On 24 September 2018 the foreign ministers of the remaining signatories to the JCPOA agreed to create a SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to enable European companies to continue legitimate transactions with Iran in accordance with EU law.

  • Houses are seen atop a hill in the Israeli settlement of Givat Ze'ev, in the occupied West Bank February 7, 2017
    Last update: 21:40 30.01.2019
    21:40 30.01.2019

    TripAdvisor, Booking.com Deny Amnesty's Claims of HR Violations, Say Abide Laws

    The major online booking and traveling platforms have come under fire in the latest report by Amnesty International. The human rights organisation claims that by listing accommodation offerings for settlements in the West Bank, the companies are helping Israel to "exploit land and natural resources that belong to Palestinians".

  • Chinese 100 yuan notes
    Last update: 15:44 30.01.2019
    15:44 30.01.2019

    London Remains Major Chinese Yuan Clearing Hub, Trade Turnover Jumps 17% in 2018

    Turnover from US dollar - Yuan trading in 2018 surpassed British pound sterling - Euro exchanges for the first time last year at $73bn (£55.7bn) per day, with USD-CNY trade becoming the "seventh most traded currency pair in London", the BoE Foreign Exchange Joint Standing Committee survey said on Tuesday.

  • An employee tightens the valve on a pipeline at the Bilche-Volytsko-Uherske underground gas storage facility, the largest in Europe, not far from the village of Bilche village, in the Lviv region of western Ukraine, on May 21, 2014
    Last update: 14:14 30.01.2019
    14:14 30.01.2019

    Russia to Be Key Supplier to Cover Growing European Gas Demand – German Outlet

    With Germany’s giving up coal, sinking gas output in Europe and growing demand for energy on the continent, pipeline gas from Russia is poised to fill the rising need, the German daily Die Welt reports, pointing to experts’ alarm over energy security.

  • A Pakistani man holds banknotes as he waits for the customers at his currency exchange shop in Quetta on November 22, 2010
    Last update: 14:11 30.01.2019
    14:11 30.01.2019

    Pakistani Singer Put on Notice by Indian Authorities for Forex Violations

    Indian authorities caught Rahat Fateh Ali in 2011 with foreign currency amounting to about $124,000 which he had not declared at New Delhi Airport. He is a popular singer in Pakistan and India for churning out hit Bollywood songs.

    Last update: 13:52 30.01.2019
    13:52 30.01.2019

    Ex-Nissan Head Ghosn Claims 'Plot and Treason' Led to His Arrest - Reports

    In an interview with Nikkei, the first, since his arrest in November, ex-chairman of Nissan Carlos Ghosn has refuted the accusations against him and said he wanted to establish one holding company for three carmakers, but also to ensure there would be "autonomy" for them.

  • Cryptocurrency Art Gallery
    Last update: 00:03 30.01.2019
    00:03 30.01.2019

    Iran Seeks Salvation from SWIFT Ban in State-Controlled Cryptocurrency

    Iran’s Central Bank announced Monday that it had reversed its ban on cryptocurrencies, laying the groundwork for a regulated system, backed by the Iranian rial, for international trade outside the SWIFT network, from which Iran has been banned by the US. But can Tehran succeed where Venezuela’s Petro has failed?

  • Flag of Saudi Arabia
    Last update: 23:24 29.01.2019
    23:24 29.01.2019

    ‘Would You Trust a Fox To Guard The Hens?’ NewsGuard Linked to Pro-Saudi Spin Machine

    A spokesman for the self-described fake-news fighter previously told Sputnik News the company has no bias “at all” on matters relating to foreign affairs.

  • Various gold bars are on display at the Bundesbank headquarter in Frankfurt, Germany (File)
    Last update: 18:24 29.01.2019
    18:24 29.01.2019

    Cryptocurrency, Economy Experts Support Maduro in Clash With Bank of England

    The Venezuelan government led by Nicolas Maduro introduced the state-backed cryptocurrency El Petro in 2018 in a bid to circumvent US sanctions against the country. However the Petro was backed, among other things, by gold with $1.2 billion worth of it stored in the Bank of England, which has recently refused to repatriate it.

  • Temple in Thailand
    Last update: 18:10 29.01.2019
    18:10 29.01.2019

    Tourist Boom: Thailand Expects Record 41.4 Mln Visitors This Year After 2018 Surge

    Thailand is experiencing a massive influx of foreign tourists, and officials are sounding alarm over the nation's ability to manage the flow of visitors – as poor infrastructure, costly security measures, and other priorities of national development jeopardise the sustainability of the tourism sector.

  • A general view of central downtown, including from top left, Bank of China, The Cheung Kong Center, HSBC's headquarters and the Standard Chartered Bank as well as the Legislation Council, bottom, in Hong Kong
    Last update: 17:12 29.01.2019
    17:12 29.01.2019

    Future of Banking? Fintech Firms Attract Record $39.6Bln in Investments in 2018

    A new study has found that China is leading global investment in the innovative fintech industry, which creates internet-based products to facilitate consumer access to financial services.

  • Brexit themed beermats and magazines in JD Wetherspoon's pub, Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Last update: 15:15 29.01.2019
    15:15 29.01.2019

    Pro-Brexit, No-Deal Crusade by UK Pub Chain Boss Leaves Bitter Taste for Some

    Everything you buy from the European Union can be purchased from the UK or the 93 per cent of the world outside of the EU bloc, argued the chairman of one of the largest pub companies in the UK and Ireland.

  • Nord Stream 2
    Last update: 12:17 29.01.2019
    12:17 29.01.2019

    Germany Seeks to Protect Nord Stream 2 From EU Gas Directive Changes - Reports

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Germany has submitted a legal opinion concerning draft amendments to the EU Gas Directive to the European Commission, stating that the commission's attempt to acquire control over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project contradicts European and international law, Russia’s Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing the relevant document.