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Eurovision: Russian TV drops singing contest over Ukraine singer ban
Apr14

Eurovision: Russian TV drops singing contest over Ukraine singer ban

Kiev has slapped an entry ban on Russia's entrant Yulia Samoilova for performing a concert on the Crimea peninsula in 2015. Russia’s main state television channel said Thursday it was dropping the Eurovision Song Contest from its schedules after Ukraine banned its performer from entering the country to take part.”Channel One...

Russia reset redux? Trump tries where predecessors failed
Apr13

Russia reset redux? Trump tries where predecessors failed

It’s a familiar refrain: A new American president seeks improved relations with Russia. And like his predecessors, Donald Trump is running into a thicket of obstacles, new and old, to even maintaining a functioning relationship with Moscow. For Trump, the grievances inherited from Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been...

Politics: ‘A rhetorical device:’ State Department explains Rex Tillerson’s controversial Ukraine comments
Apr13

Politics: ‘A rhetorical device:’ State Department explains Rex Tillerson’s controversial Ukraine comments

The comment signaled to some, including Ayrault, that Tillerson did not think the US should concern itself with the ongoing war in Ukraine and Russian aggression there. Ayrault said he told Tillerson that “it is in the interests of the US taxpayers to have a Europe that is secure and is strong politically and economically. … You...

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low’
Apr13

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low’

Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low.” His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. “Right now...

Bloodied Ukraine marks three years of separatist war
Apr13

Bloodied Ukraine marks three years of separatist war

by Dmitry ZAKS A bloodied Ukraine marks three years Thursday since it launched a campaign against Russian-backed eastern separatists that now looks like an interminable conflict whose terms are dictated by the Kremlin. …read more Source: Daily...

US, Russia: Countries struggle to overcome rifts in Moscow
Apr13

US, Russia: Countries struggle to overcome rifts in Moscow

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson battled to overcome differences with his Russian opposite number Wednesday, but they remained split over an alleged chemical attack in Syria after talks in Moscow. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson battled to overcome differences with his Russian opposite number Wednesday, but they remained split over an...

Bill Would Permit Use of Livestock as Loan Security in Zimbabwe
Apr13

Bill Would Permit Use of Livestock as Loan Security in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean entrepreneurs could soon use movable assets, including livestock and vehicles, to secure loans from banks, according to a bill brought before the country’s Parliament this week. The southern African country’s economy is dominated by informal business following the formal sector’s contraction by as much as 50 percent...

US, Russia at ‘Low Point’ After No Breakthrough in Moscow
Apr13

US, Russia at ‘Low Point’ After No Breakthrough in Moscow

MOSCOW – The United States and Russia laid bare their deep and dangerous divides on Syria and other matters Wednesday, as America’s top diplomat left an almost two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin with the sense the countries have reached a “low point” in relations. That candid assessment by U.S. Secretary of...

Politics: A new report says Russia is intensifying its spy game in Eastern Europe
Apr12

Politics: A new report says Russia is intensifying its spy game in Eastern Europe

According to Estonia's intelligence service, Moscow has intensified intelligence operations abroad — a determination echoed by other countries in the region. From the northern tip of the Baltics to the southern edge of the Balkans, Russia is stepping up spying on its neighbors, according to numerous reports from the region. The most recent...

U.S. Secretary of State Arrives in Russia
Apr12

U.S. Secretary of State Arrives in Russia

Moscow.- U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will meet this Wednesday with his Russian peer, Serguei Lavrov to discuss among other issues the situation in Syria, Ukraine, security and anti-terrorism. During the work visit of Tillerson, the first as head of U.S. diplomacy will also analyze the differendum Palestinean-Israeli, the situation in...

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