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    Merkel says Russia sanctions remain ‘unavoidable’
    Dec18

    Merkel says Russia sanctions remain ‘unavoidable’

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed on Thursday (Dec 18) that Europe’s goal remains a free and whole Ukraine and that Western sanctions against Russia remain unavoidable until that goal is reached. …read more Source: Channel...

    Russia's Putin says Moscow wants solution to Ukraine crisis
    Dec18

    Russia's Putin says Moscow wants solution to Ukraine crisis

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the Ukraine crisis should be resolved as quickly as possible and that Moscow’s aim was to restore political unity to Ukraine. …read more Source: The...

    Fed rate wording boosts world stock markets
    Dec18

    Fed rate wording boosts world stock markets

    World stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would remain “patient” in its approach to raising interest rates.KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 jumped 2.2 percent to 4,200.83 and Germany’s DAX surged 1.9 percent to 9,727.83....

    Merkel says sanctions against Russia remain unavoidable
    Dec18

    Merkel says sanctions against Russia remain unavoidable

    BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that sanctions against Russia over Ukraine remain unavoidable as long as Moscow does not respect Ukrainian sovereignty and help ensure what she called “European security with Russia, not against Russia”. …read more Source: The...

    Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse
    Dec18

    Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

    Recent close shaves between Russian fighters and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West in European skies amid the crisis in Ukraine, analysts say. In the latest incident, Sweden said Dec. 12 that a Russian military jet nearly collided with a passenger plane south of […] The...

    Western sanctions may last for decades – Russian minister tells newspaper
    Dec18

    Western sanctions may last for decades – Russian minister tells newspaper

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Western sanctions over Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last “for a very long time”, possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper. …read more Source: The...

    80 per cent back Putin even as ruble falls: poll
    Dec18

    80 per cent back Putin even as ruble falls: poll

    In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 file photo people walk past a huge Christmas tree installed in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral. (Source: AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File) From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and...

    Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
    Dec18

    Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. …read more Source: The Times of...

    EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan
    Dec18

    EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

    BRUSSELS – EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland’s Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.Leaders will also back a huge 315-billion-euro (S$498 billion) investment plan unveiled last month by...

    Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets
    Dec18

    Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets

    Asian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would to remain “patient” in its approach to raising interest rates.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged 2.5 percent to 17,242.33 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.1 percent to...

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