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    Visa Stops Supporting Bank Cards in Crimea
    Dec26

    Visa Stops Supporting Bank Cards in Crimea

    MOSCOW—International credit and debit card company Visa Inc. said on Friday it could no longer support bank cards being used in Crimea, following U.S. sanctions imposed earlier this month. The United States last Friday prohibited U.S.-registered companies from investing in Crimea or providing services to firms operating there, among sanctions...

    Ukraine s vote on non-alignment is hasty
    Dec26

    Ukraine s vote on non-alignment is hasty

    Friday, Dec 26, 2014 Parliamentarians in Ukraine took an unprecedented vote in Kiev on Tuesday to drop the nation’s non-aligned status. It was a brave step considering that the nation has been wrenched apart by a schism echoing its long-standing… …read more Source:...

    Dollar mortgage holders urge Russia to end ‘financial slavery’
    Dec26

    Dollar mortgage holders urge Russia to end ‘financial slavery’

    When Olga Savelyeva took out a $226,000 mortgage to buy a small apartment on the outskirts of Moscow in 2008, she could never have imagined that the ruble would lose more than half its value in a few short years.But Savelyeva’s $2,090 monthly instalments have skyrocketed in ruble terms due to the Russian currency’s dive against the...

    Kiev and rebels begin mass prisoner exchange
    Dec26

    Kiev and rebels begin mass prisoner exchange

    Pro-Russian rebels (L) hand Ukrainian prisoners of war to their mothers in Luhansk, Ukraine, 26 December 2014. (EPA/Yuriy Streltsov) Kiev, Reuters—Kiev and pro-Russian separatists began an exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a state security service source said, part of a 12-point peace plan. The agreement to swap 125 Ukrainian...

    Kiev and rebels in mass prisoner exchange
    Dec26

    Kiev and rebels in mass prisoner exchange

    Ukraine begins exchanging 225 separatists for 150 soldiers hours after peace talks fail to achieve main objectives. …read more Source: AL...

    Ukraine peace talks break down
    Dec26

    Ukraine peace talks break down

    No end in sight to eight-month separatist war as negotiations aiming to reinforce truce deals gets scrapped. …read more Source: AL...

    Kyiv and rebels to exchange hundreds of prisoners soon: security service
    Dec26

    Kyiv and rebels to exchange hundreds of prisoners soon: security service

    Kyiv and pro-Russian separatists will exchange hundreds of prisoners soon, an aide to the head of Ukraine’s SBU state security service said …read more Source: Hurriyet Daily...

    Ukraine Peace Talks Break Down
    Dec26

    Ukraine Peace Talks Break Down

    Ukrainian officials and pro-Russian rebels will not be meeting in Belarus’ capital Minsk for another round of peace talks. Belarussian officials on Friday announced the breakdown of the negotiations but did not give a reason. Talks between Ukrainian government negotiators and their pro-Russian separatist counterparts have failed to produce...

    Witness points finger at Ukraine for MH17 crash
    Dec26

    Witness points finger at Ukraine for MH17 crash

    Polygraph test showed no evidence of the witness lying …read more Source: Gulf...

    Opinion: Obama’s second term surprises
    Dec26

    Opinion: Obama’s second term surprises

    Just before his second election win, President Barack Obama was caught by a surreptitiously live microphone whispering confidences in the ears of the then Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. The gist of the whisper, later broadcast by eavesdroppers in the US media, was an Obama promise to be “more flexible” in his second term in office. We may...

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