Nord Stream 2: Construction of disputed pipeline to restart in December

Construction on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea is set to resume next week, a company spokesman said on Saturday.

Work on the pipeline was at a standstill for a year as companies working on the project pulled out under the pressure of sanctions from the United States.

The company leading the project told news agency DPA it aims to get back to work by December 5.

The 1,230-kilometer (764-mile) pipeline will bring natural gas from Russia’s Siberian gas fields to Germany, Europe’s biggest economy. Source Deutsche Welle

The Trump administration will add SMIC, China’s largest chipmaker, to its defense blacklist: report

SMIC, one of largest chip makers in the world, is among several companies that the Department of Defense plans to designate as being owned or controlled by the Chinese military, reports Reuters. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, set to go into effect on January 11, that would bar U.S. investors from buying securities from companies on the defense blacklist. Source The Crunch

Rillieux-la-Pape: The municipal police station attacked twice in 24 hours by about fifteen individuals

The municipal police station of Rilleux-la-Pape (Rhône) was the target of attackers on two occasions during the weekend. Damage has been committed. About fifteen individuals with hidden faces stoned the municipal police station of Rilleux-la-Pape, a town located in the metropolis of Lyon (Rhône), this Saturday evening around 6.15 p.m. The facts lasted for more than an hour in the rue Jacques Prévert. Tear gas and police reinforcements were necessary to put the attackers to flight. Source ACtu17

BBC Studios Sets 20% Diversity Target For All New Productions

BBC Studios has introduced an “inclusion rider” for all new productions, which will mean that all new productions have to meet a 20% diversity target.

On all new BBC and third-party shows, the Doctor Who and Top Gear producer will ensure that a fifth of on-screen talent and production teams come from a BAME – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic – background, have lived experience of a disability, or are from a low-income background. Source BBC