Macron tells Johnson to ‘respect rules of the game’ at meeting over fishing licenses dispute – media

French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to de-escalate tensions over fishing licenses, according to the media. Macron reportedly told Johnson to “respect” the rules of the EU-UK trade deal.

The leaders agreed on a “de-escalation” in the “coming days,” a French presidential official told BFM TV after Macron and Johnson held closed-door talks on the sidelines on the G20 in Rome, Italy.

Macron wanted to convey to his UK counterpart a message of “seriousness and respect for a great partner of France,” the official said.

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“We expect that [the UK] respects the rules of the game and its signature” on the 2020 UK-EU trade deal,” the source added. “Even if Boris Johnson still tries to make it a Franco-British issue, these are post-Brexit matters that are resolved between the EU and the UK.”

Striking a different tone, Johnson’s spokesperson, Max Blain, told reporters that Paris must stop threatening the UK with sanctions. “It will be for the French to decide whether they want to step away from the threats they’ve made in recent days,” he said.“We would welcome that, if they want to de-escalate the threats they’ve made,” Blain stressed.

France is accusing the UK of violating the post-Brexit trade deal by denying dozens of French boats licenses to continue catching fish in British waters of the English Channel.

Paris threatened to place economic sanctions on UK freights and goods if the dispute is not settled by November 2. The conflict further escalated this week when French authorities seized a British scallop trawler it said was operating without a license off the French northern coast.

In an interview with the Financial Times published Saturday, Macron seemingly downplayed the tensions over fisheries but warned that during the conflict the UK had put its international credibility at stake.

The UK government has denied any wrongdoing and said it would consider launching dispute proceedings to counter possible French sanctions. In a meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday, Johnson said the French threats were “completely unjustified” and “did not appear to be compatible” with the trade deal and wider international law.

The PM said that “the UK has granted 98% of license applications from EU vessels to fish in the UK’s waters and is happy to consider any further evidence for the remaining 2%.”

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Hyperinflation or hypershrinkflation? RT’s Keiser Report probes terms that ultimately signal the loss of confidence in fiat money

While many economies around the globe already face off with hyperinflation, the US seems confident it can evade the trend by owning the world’s reserve currency.

However, confidence in the US greenback may not be as strong as Washington would want. 

Max and Stacy discuss what the US Central Bank and the Treasury Department have done to undermine the dollar’s purchasing power and what these actions will bring about.

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Hunter Biden’s ‘Journey Home’ Art Exhibit in SoHo Appears to be a 'Sparsely Attended' Flop

Amid criticism by Republicans that Hunter Biden’s novice artwork, displayed at the Georges Berges Gallery and priced between $75,000 and $500,000 could be purchased by people looking to curry favor with the president, the White House earlier issued assurances that it had an ethical arrangement with the gallery to prevent influence-peddling.

Enemies Close, Friends Closer? CIA Reportedly Snooped on S. Korea Via Secret Seoul Office Until 2020

Washington has faced anger and resentment from allies around the world amid revelations that US spies eavesdrop on foreign leaders’ conversations, correspondence, and even their intimate moments. In May, European leaders discovered that Danish intelligence cooperated with National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on officials between 2012-2014.

Russia can take 20% of global market for wild organic crops

Some 24,000 tons of wild crops, worth $69 million, have been exported by Russia last year, says the AgroExport division of the Ministry of Agriculture. In January-August 2021, exports amounted to 9,000 tons worth $39 million.

The consumers are mostly European countries, including Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Finland, and Poland. China is also among the top 5 buyers of Russia’s wild organic crops.

“Russia can take 20% of the world market for organic wild plants,” AgroExport said. The country “has about a fifth of the total forest area in the world. This determines huge potential for the development of food resources procurement – wild berries, nuts, fruits, mushrooms, birch sap and others.”

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According to AgroExport, most of those reserves are environmentally friendly and meet the current global trends in the consumption of healthy and organic products. The potential to increase the harvesting of wild plants is up to five times the current level.

“Much of such produce is harvested and consumed directly in the collection areas, and only around 20-30% of the possible volumes is of commercial value,” said the chairman of the board of Dikorosy association Aleksandr Deyev. He added that “taking into account food and medicinal plants, some 2-2.5 million tons per year could be released across the country in the next ten years.”

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‘Literally unbelievable’: Teen queen Valieva sets TWO world records to win Skate Canada as Russia sweeps podium (VIDEO)

Russia’s Kamila Valieva laid down a formidable marker to her rivals as the 15-year-old swept to victory at the Skate Canada Grand Prix, with countrywomen Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Alena Kostornaia completing the podium.

Making her senior Grand Prix debut, Valieva routed the competition by racking up a world record score of 180.89 for her free skate routine on Saturday in Vancouver.

That gave her an overall tally of 265.08 for the event – another world record mark and besting the previous records she had set at the Finlandia Trophy earlier this month.

Russian ‘Empress’ and former world champion Tuktamysheva, 24, was also impressive in Canada, recording an overall score of 232.88.

Kostornaia, 18, ended with 214.54, which was good enough to see her clinch bronze.

But the event belonged to Valieva, the 2020 world junior champion who is now tipped as among the hot favorites for the women’s title at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games in February.     

After Valieva completed her free skate to the soundtrack of ‘Bolero’, the commentary team hailed the Russian starlet as “literally unbelievable” and gushed that she he “blown her rivals out of the water” with an inspired routine which included three quadruple jumps and a triple Axel.

It was even posited that the majestic Valieva would be a match for the men’s competition, such was the dominance of her performance. 

Perhaps the only shortcoming from Valieva – who is trained by the renowned Eteri Tutberidze – was when she stepped out of a triple Axel.

Ominously for her rivals, Valieva said she would tighten up her routine even more.

“I’m happy today. I almost completed my task. I had blots, but they were small,” Valieva told Sport24.

“I tried to do everything planned in my program. This was the main task for me. Of course, I’m very happy with my scores.

“I’ll try to skate a little better. And about the marks… They will be decided by the judges.

“There is always room to grow. For example, don’t step out on the Axel. I won’t complicate the program for now. I want to skate this content well.”

The competition for the three places on the Russian Olympic Committee team for the Beijing Games promises to be stratospherically high.

Veteran fan favorite Tuktamysheva continues to delight with her elegant routines and has looked solid against her younger rivals.

Just last weekend, Russian ‘quad queen’ Alexandra Trusova defied injury to win the opening ISU Grand Prix of the season at Skate America in Las Vegas, and will also challenge fiercely for a place, should she remain fit.

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Kostornaia is in the running, as are the likes of Anna Shcherbakova, Daria Usacheva (who finished second behind Trusova in Las Vegas), Sofia Samodurova, Maya Khromykhand Kseniia Sinitsyna.

Such is the staggering current level on display from Russian female skaters, some observers have suggested that they could take all six spots for the showpiece Grand Prix Finals in Osaka, Japan, in December.        

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At least 15 people injured after attack in fire-hit Tokyo metro train, man with knife detained – reports

Fifteen people were reportedly injured after a fire started on a Tokyo train on Sunday. Following the incident, a man with a knife was arrested.

The suspect doused parts of the train car with an unspecified liquid and set it on fire at around 8pm local time on Sunday, according to Japanese state-owned news organization NHK citing witnesses.

The incident took place in the Tokyo prefecture of Chofu on a moving train, which was headed to the world’s busiest train station, Shinjuku, on the Keio train line. The suspect is believed to be in his 20s.

Police were reported to be investigating whether hydrochloric acid was also used in the incident, however police later denied any spread of acid on the train.

The incident took place just two weeks after a 45-year-old man was arrested for stabbing two men at Tokyo’s Ueno Station. Both victims were hospitalized and the suspect – who was reportedly “rambling incoherently” and carrying a bloody knife – was soon apprehended by police.

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