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    Western sanctions may last for decades – Russian minister
    Dec18

    Western sanctions may last for decades – Russian minister

    Sanctions over Russia’s role in the Ukraine are likely to last “for a very long time”, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev says. ||| Moscow – 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. “When a US...

    Russia’s financial crisis poses a global threat
    Dec18

    Russia’s financial crisis poses a global threat

    RUSSIA’S escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. ||| Josh Boak WashingtonRUSSIA’S escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. With economies in Europe, Japan, China and Latin America already ailing, fresh...

    Panic mood hits Russian economy
    Dec17

    Panic mood hits Russian economy

    Russia has scrambled to halt a run on the ruble in the worst economic crisis of President Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in power. ||| Moscow – Russia scrambled on Wednesday to halt a run on the ruble, selling billions of reserves to prop up the currency in the worst economic crisis of President Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in power.At...

    Russian measures fail to halt rouble’s slide
    Dec15

    Russian measures fail to halt rouble’s slide

    The Russian rouble dropped to a new low of almost 58 (R11) to the dollar, continuing a slide that traders said led the central bank to intervene in the market on Friday after an interest rate hike failed to break the currency’s fall. ||| Reuters and Bloomberg MoscowTHE RUSSIAN rouble dropped to a new low of almost 58 (R11) to the dollar,...

    Moscow couple had sex in tunnel
    Dec12

    Moscow couple had sex in tunnel

    Moscow’s metro will carry out emergency checks of its system after a young couple had sex on the rails. ||| Moscow’s metro said on Friday it was carrying out emergency checks of its system after a young couple made their way into a tunnel and had sex on the rails.Moscow has a subculture of enthusiasts who explore its maze of tunnels...

    Putin tops AFP’s most influential people list
    Dec12

    Putin tops AFP’s most influential people list

    Russian President Vladimir Putin leads an AFP list of the most influential people of 2014, a year scarred by episodes of extreme brutality. ||| Paris, France – Russian President Vladimir Putin leads an AFP list of the most influential people of 2014, a year marked by seismic conflicts in Europe and the Middle East and scarred by episodes of...

    Poroshenko’s plea to Moscow
    Dec11

    Poroshenko’s plea to Moscow

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pleaded with Russia to withdraw its troops from his country and close the border. ||| Kiev – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday pleaded with Russia to withdraw its troops from his country and close the border, saying doing so would create peace in the war-torn region within...

    Kerry, Netanyahu to meet in Rome
    Dec10

    Kerry, Netanyahu to meet in Rome

    US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in Israel and the West Bank. ||| Washington – US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in Israel and the West Bank, the...

    UK calls on NATO help in sub hunt
    Dec10

    UK calls on NATO help in sub hunt

    NATO patrol planes helped Britain scour the waters off its western Scottish coast in a search reminiscent of the Cold War, report said. ||| London – NATO patrol planes helped Britain scour the waters off its western Scottish coast after a submarine’s periscope was spotted, in a search reminiscent of the Cold War, media reported....

    Suspected uranium smugglers held in Moldova
    Dec09

    Suspected uranium smugglers held in Moldova

    Moldovan police say they have detained seven people on suspicion they smuggled uranium and mercury to be used in a dirty bomb. ||| Chisinau, Moldova – Moldovan police say they have detained seven people on suspicion they smuggled uranium and mercury from Russia to be used in a dirty bomb.Police chief Ion Bodrug said house searches were...

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