China’s central bank Friday guided the yuan stronger at the fastest pace in a decade against the dollar, stepping up efforts to support the currency amid concerns over capital outflows from the world’s second-largest economy. Source CNBC
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Armed forces participated in a divisive holiday celebration in the Republika Srpska entity, contravening orders from the Ministry of Defence. The members of the Third Infantry Brigade, made up of soldiers from Republika Srpska, participated in the event despite explicit orders not to do so from the Ministry of Defence and a warning from NATO command in Bosnia. Source Balkan Insight
The Bosnian Serb leader may be bluffing when he talks about holding a ‘historic’ referendum this year – but either way, he is pushing the country towards ever-greater instability. Source BalkanInsight
European car sales rose to a nine-year high in 2016, with French manufacturer Renault SA taking advantage of recovering demand and Volkswagen AG’s tarnished reputation to leap to second place from third in the region. Industrywide registrations increased 6.5 percent to 15.1 million vehicles. Source: Bloomberg