By Iain Fraser — GEO´ Reportage Editor, Malaga City

Putin’s United Russia party looks set for another landslide victory in the country’s parliamentary elections, despite a drop in support.

Initial results showed that with 64% of votes counted, United Russia had won nearly 48%, followed by the Communist Party with about 21%. The interim figures reveal that despite Mr Putin’s party easily retaining its majority in parliament, it did lose some ground. In 2016, the party won 54% of the vote. …

By GEO´ Newsteam — Gibraltar

Reuters has reported that China has filed an application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the commerce ministry said, as the world’s second-biggest economy looks to bolster its clout in trade. The move comes the day after the historic security alliance AUKUS between the US, UK and Australia was unveiled was announced.

Accession to the CPTPP would be a major boon for China following on from the the signing of the 15-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement last year.

The CPTPP previously known as the Trans-Pacific…

By Iain Fraser — GEO´ Reportage Editor

The UK, the US and Australia have announced an historic military pact in the Asia-Pacific, in an effort to counter the increasing threat posed by China.

Known as AUKUS the military alliance announced yesterday (16/08/2021) by the leaders of the three countries is the biggest strategic defence partnership among the three countries in decades will enable Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time using technology provided by the US but will also extend to co-operation in artificial intelligence, cyber and quantum technologies in an agreement that is far reaching than…

By GEO´ Newsteam — Gibraltar

UK inflation has hit a nine-year high. Consumer prices rose by 3.2% in annual terms last month after a 2.0% rise in July, the highest rate since March 2012 according to figures released by the ONS (Office for National Statistics)

The Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) rose by 3.0% in the 12 months to August 2021, up from 2.1% in the 12 months to July. The increase of 0.9 …

By Iain Fraser — Geopolitical Journalist

REUTERS has reported new Covid infections in the south-eastern province of Fujian have almost doubled as the Delta variant takes further hold.

The National Health Commission in Beijing said 59 new locally transmitted cases were reported for Sept. 13, up from 22 infections a day earlier. All of them were in Fujian, a province bordered by Zhejiang to the north and Guangdong to the south.

Fujian’s outbreak began in Putian, a city of 3.2 million, with the first case reported on Sept. 10. Preliminary tests on samples from some Putian cases showed patients…

By Iain Fraser — Geopolitical Journalist

A little over eighteen months since the UK formally left the European Union, the grim reality of Brexit is hitting hard and not least the food supply chain leaving empty supermarket shelves. Of course the pandemic affected food supplies across Europe as borders closed across the Union but there are no reported problems anywhere else in the union just the now Brexiled UK.

Of course the incumbent Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has again tried to hoodwink the British electorate blaming shortages in the labour market, especially, lorry drivers but the true reality is…

By Iain Fraser — Reportage Editor

US President Joe Biden and Chinese premier Xi Jinping have spoke for the first time in seven months in an effort by the White House to restore some kind of equilibrium to their relationship.

US — China relations have been fraught with overall disagreement over trade, corporate espionage and of course the pandemic.

In a statement the White House said both leaders had “discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict” in what was only their second call between them since President Biden took office. “The two…

The composition of the 33 member Taliban Government is well known. It is not inclusive is also not contested as well as it reflects the more hardliners, old guard is well established and has been commented by many. Why it is so and what it means for domestic, regional and international scenario needs further debate and understanding. The answer to why will answer the three questions.

The general expectations were, Taliban will announce a cabinet which will have some non Taliban, as well as will be representative of all the ethnic identities of Afghanistan, even If that was just…

Posted via GEO´ PRWire — Gibraltar

From disrupted supply chains to a shortage of lorry drivers, Brexit and Covid have combined to cause major problems at the UK border. Nando’s, McDonald’s and the Co-op are just three of the firms to have been affected.

As pandemic-related travel problems continue, the true impact of post-Brexit border rules has yet to hit. Full border checks on EU imports to Great Britain will only come into effect later this year, while extensive controls on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland may be introduced in the autumn. …

Posted via GEO´ PRWire — Gibraltar

COVID-19 lockdowns brought rapid and “unprecedented” improvements in air quality in some parts of the world — but not enough to halt climate change caused by global warming, UN weather experts said on Friday.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)’s Air Quality and Climate Bulletin, South East Asia saw a 40 per cent reduction in the level of harmful airborne particles caused by traffic and energy production in 2020.

China, Europe and North America also saw emissions reductions and improved air quality during the pandemic’s first year, while countries such as Sweden…

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