A Polish non-profit group financed by George Soros is bracing for government efforts to curb its work, the latest attack on the billionaire’s civil-society activities in eastern Europe. The Warsaw-based Batory Foundation, responsible for distributing some of the 809.3 million euros Norway plans to give Poland by 2021 to reduce economic and social disparities, is afraid it will be starved of funding. Reuters Bloomberg
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Russia ordered the U.S. to slash hundreds of embassy and other personnel in the country in a dramatic and sweeping retaliation to the passage of a new sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress. Source: Bloomberg
Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programs, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday, just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for new sanctions on the secretive state. Source: Yahoo!News
Shortly after wrapping up the initial stage of the first-ever joint Russia-China drills in European waters, Beijing has reportedly blocked out a swath of ocean off the country’s east coast for a fresh series of “large-scale” military drills. Source:RT