China and New Zealand have agreed to start formal negotiations to upgrade the pair’s free trade agreement (FTA), the Pacific nation’s Prime minister said on Monday. The first round of negotiations would begin in the first half of 2017. Source: Reuters
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A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed July 2016 coup attempt, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. Source Hurriyet Dailynews
Ukraine has cut off the supply of electricity to an eastern part of the country controlled by pro-Russian separatists, saying bills need to be paid. Now, Moscow is stepping in. Russian officials announced on Tuesday they were supplying electricity to rebel-held areas in Luhansk one day after Ukraine said it was cutting off the supply in response to unpaid bills. Source DeitscheWelle
The former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon on Saturday said the Islamic State terrorist group in the Syrian Golan Heights “apologized” for attacking an Israeli unit. “There was one case recently where Daesh opened fire and apologized,” Ya’alon said, using the terror group’s Arabic nickname. Source The Times of Israel