Osama bin Laden's son and major al Qaeda figure, Hamza bin Laden, has been killed, White House confirms
EU The Romanian Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici believes it is absolutely necessary for any major initiative of the new European Commission to take into account the interests of all member countries, and not only of the stronger, more influential members. According to a news release issued by the ministry, Eugen Teodorovici took part on Friday in a meeting of the Eurogroup in inclusive format and in an informal meeting of the EU ministers for economic and financial affairs (ECOFIN), organised by the Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU. The Eurogroup talks focused on the budget for convergence and competitiveness. The agenda of the ECOFIN meeting, which continued on Saturday, included topics like hybrid threats and the resilience of financial market infrastructure, enhanced action on climate change and rebooting the capital markets union. While in Helsinki, Minister Teodorovici also had a meeting with the vice-president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Pierre Heilbronn, with regard to the Bank’s projects in Romania and its future strategy, as well as to the national strategy to develop the Romanian capital market.
ELECTION The Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania has drawn up and posted for public debate a draft law endorsing the Guidelines for financing the campaigns for the 2019 presidential election. Meanwhile, the Romanians who live abroad only have Sunday left to announce how they intend to vote in this election. By filling in an online form at www.votstrainatate.ro, people may choose to vote by post or at polling stations abroad. Also, beginning Thursday and until October 19, Romanian diplomatic missions may request to the Foreign Ministry the set-up of polling stations abroad. The first round of Romania’s presidential election is scheduled on November 10, with the runoff due on November 24.
VISIT The Minister for the Romanian diaspora, Natalia Intotero, is in Italy until September 18, to discuss with representatives of the Romanian communities in that country about the options for voting in the forthcoming presidential election. Meetings are held in Turin, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Cagliari, Catania, Cosenza, Bari, Naples and Rome. Other topics approached also include human trafficking and the problems facing the Romanian nationals in various economic sectors in Italy, which is the host of the largest Romanian community abroad (around 1.2 million people).
MILITARY Nearly 300 troops from Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, the USA and Ukraine have taken part this week in a new training module as part of the multinational exercise Black Sea Rotational Force 19 (BSRF), held in the town of Babadag, in the south-east of Romania. The module included tactical shooting drills, first aid simulations as well as practice involving command and control procedures. BSRF is an annual exercise conducted by the US Marine Corps Forces Europe in the Balkan, Black Sea and Caucasus region. The exercise is aimed at enhancing the inter-operability of the armed forces, by means of joint training for peacekeeping and counter-insurgence operations.
MEASLES In Romania, the total number of confirmed measles cases is close to 18,300, according to the latest report made public by the National Centre for Infectious Disease Monitoring and Control. In the past week 54 new cases have been reported. Complications caused by this disease have killed 64 people in Romania since the start of the epidemic.
TERRORISM The White House confirmed on Saturday that Osama bin Laden’s son and successor as Al-Qaida leader, Hamza bin Laden, was killed, Reuters and AFP report. According to the US Presidency, Hamza bin Laden was killed in a counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. Hamza bin Laden was regarded as the favourite son and virtual successor of Osama bin Laden, the founder of the terrorist network behind 9/11, was was also killed in 2011, in Pakistan.
TENNIS The Romanian tennis players Patricia Ţig, Ana Bogdan and Jaqueline Cristian Saturday managed to get past the qualifiers in the Korea Open. Two other Romanians, Mihaela Buzărnescu and Irina Begu, are also taking part in the competition. Mihaela Buzărnescu was defeated on Saturday by Japan’s Nao Hibino, 4-6, 6-0, 0-3, in the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Hiroshima (Japan).
(translated by: Ana-Maria Popescu)