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World - EU heating strategy draft favors renewables and district heating

By Geert De Clercq PARIS (Reuters) - The European Commission is working on a strategy to reduce energy wasted in heating homes and offices, prompting concern among utilities which fear it will reduce their power sales. Early next year, the Commission plans to formulate recommendations on heating and cooling with a view to update EU energy legislation and possibly draft new directives. In five `issue papers`, seen by Reuters, the Commission presents options for a heating and cooling policy more focused on renewable energy and district heating systems that bring hot water into homes via underground pipelines.

Thursday, October 08, 2015  17:20


World - Guinea president says weekend election to proceed

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea`s President Alpha Conde said on Thursday he had no plans to postpone this weekend`s election, dismissing a request from the opposition for more time to fix alleged irregularities. `If the CENI (Independent National Electoral Commission) says they are ready, there is no reason to delay them (elections),` Conde told reporters. CENI said on Wednesday there were no grounds for postponing the presidential vote. (Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Alison Williams)

Thursday, October 08, 2015  20:37


World - Europe needs better relations with Russia: Juncker

By Jens Hack PASSAU, Germany (Reuters) - Europe must improve its relationship with Russia and should not let this be something decided by Washington, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday. The European Union joined the United States in imposing sanctions on Russia last year over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and tightened them after separatists launched a rebellion in the east of the country with the backing of Russia. Relations between Moscow and the West have taken a further turn for the worse since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a bombing campaign in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

Thursday, October 08, 2015  20:20


World - The West must `treat Russia properly`: Juncker

Berlin (AFP) - The West must `treat Russia properly` and address it as an equal, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, criticising US President Barack Obama for labelling Moscow a mere regional power.

Thursday, October 08, 2015  18:50


World - Europe`s refugee crisis will last for years: Juncker

Europe`s refugee crisis is expected to rumble on `for years`, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, following a visit to a migrant reception centre on Germany`s border with Austria. `This refugee crisis will last a few years. Europe is struggling to cope with its biggest migrant influx since World War II, but Juncker stressed that the continent `can manage this`.

Thursday, October 08, 2015  18:32


World - Pelicans C Omer Asik to miss 3 weeks with calf strain

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say center Omer Asik is expected to be sidelined about three weeks with a right calf strain.

Thursday, October 08, 2015  17:56


World - Seychelles set for November election

Presidential elections in the Seychelles will be held over three days beginning on November 19, the Electoral Commission said Thursday. Elections were due to be held in mid-2016 but President James Michel, facing a revolt within his ruling Lepep party (meaning The People, in the local Creole language) announced earlier this month that presidential elections would be held ahead of schedule. Michel intends to run for a third and final term against a disorganised opposition, but observers say a run-off is possible for the first time since multiparty politics were re-introduced in 1993.

Thursday, October 08, 2015  16:08


World - Turkey wary over EU`s migrant plan offer

Turkey is giving a European Union plan to assist the country in hosting over two million Syrian refugees only a lukewarm reception, indicating funding needs to be drastically increased and lamenting shortfalls in help over previous years. The EU hopes that helping refugees inside Turkey will discourage Syrians from taking perilous sea and land routes to seek new lives within the bloc after an unprecedented influx in the last month. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker presented the `draft action plan` to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during talks on Monday.

Thursday, October 08, 2015  15:33


World - Austrian prosecutors want to hand case of 71 dead migrants to Hungary

Austrian prosecutors want their Hungarian counterparts to take over the case of 71 dead migrants who were found abandoned in a lorry on an Austrian motorway in August, saying their work on the case has more or less been completed. The Austrian prosecutors said that `after the good progress of the investigation into the discovery of the 71 bodies ... the (Austrian) prosecutors` office ... is seeking to focus the entire criminal proceedings in the hands of the Hungarian judiciary.` It added: `The collection of evidence in relation to this case in Austria has essentially been finished or is about to.` Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orban has gained notoriety for its tough treatment of migrants. On Thursday Amnesty International said the European Commission should launch legal action against Budapest to ensure its respect for the rights of refugees and migrants.

Thursday, October 08, 2015  17:20


World - Factbox: EU heating and cooling issue papers highlights

PARIS (Reuters) - Heating and cooling account for around 40 percent of European Union energy use but hardly feature in Brussels energy legislation. The European Commission plans to formulate a strategy for the sector by early 2016. After months of consultation with some 70 trade groups, it has drafted five `issue papers`, which give a first indication of its vision. Below are excerpts from these documents. * Fossil fuels dominate heat supply in European buildings, representing around 63 percent of the total end use. ...

Thursday, October 08, 2015  17:20

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