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Volkswagen board to provide details on CEO's future powers - source

HAMBURG (Reuters) -Volkswagen's supervisory board will provide details on Thursday on the future responsibilities of CEO Herbert Diess, which are likely to be curtailed as a result of an ongoing clash with the firm's works council, a person familiar with the matter said.

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Austria to announce details of planned COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Austria's government is due to announce details on Thursday of a plan to make coronavirus vaccines compulsory https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/austria-reimposes-full-lockdown-makes-vaccination-compulsory-2021-11-19, which according to officials will include a minimum age of at least 14 and a maximum fine of $4,000, but not prison, for holdouts.

Syria to host Arab energy conference in 2024 -state news agency

Syrian capital Damascus will host the Arab energy conference in 2024 after all members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) agreed, Syria's state news agency said on Thursday citing Syria's oil ministry. (Reporting by Lilian Wagdy; editing by Jason Neely)

Germany records higher number of excess deaths since September

Germany has seen significantly more deaths than usual since the start of September in part due to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching as much as 17% above average in the second week of November, the Statistics Office said on Thursday.

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