The Syrian interior minister says his country has lost $2 billion in oil revenues since the EU imposed sanctions on Syria back in September.
In economic news, Austria has issued 50-year bonds for the first time in its history. At their first auction they sold well, with a yield only slightly higher than that of the 10-year bonds issued the same day.
In other news, two European aid workers were kidnapped in the Pakistani province of Punjab.
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