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    Russian Space Agency Scales Back Plans as Crisis Shrinks Budget
    Jan21

    Russian Space Agency Scales Back Plans as Crisis Shrinks Budget

    Russia will spend 30 percent less on its space program in the next decade and scale back a slew of projects to save money in the face of tanking oil prices and a falling ruble, a plan presented by the country’s space agency showed on Wednesday, According to the blueprint, presented to Russian media by Igor Komarov, head of space agency...

    Oil Slump Sends Russian Ruble to All-time Low
    Jan21

    Oil Slump Sends Russian Ruble to All-time Low

    The Russian ruble struck a new record low on Wednesday as fresh falls in world oil prices deepened investor worries about Russia’s contracting, commodity-dependent economy. The ruble was trading down 4.6 percent at 82.16 to the dollar at 1715 GMT after earlier reaching a historic low of 82.29 earlier in the session. It was 4.6 percent lower...

    How the Last Surviving Nazis Could Be Brought to Justice
    Jan21

    How the Last Surviving Nazis Could Be Brought to Justice

    Hubert Zafke, a 95-year-old former member of the Nazi SS who served as a medic at the Auschwitz concentration camp, is the latest to be prosecuted in a push by German authorities to hold the last living Nazis accountable for the Holocaust. But so many years after the fact, the pursuit of justice in such cases is far more complicated than merely...

    How the West Misjudged Russia, Part 2: The Pragmatists
    Jan20

    How the West Misjudged Russia, Part 2: The Pragmatists

    Editor’s Note: How do Russia and the West see one another? What are the experts’ views on the confrontation between Russia and the West? How do the pundits explain the Russo-Ukrainian war and Russia’s Syrian gambit? What are the roots of the mythology about Russia in the West, and why has the West failed to predict and...

    Ukraine toughens position in negotiations to end conflict
    Jan20

    Ukraine toughens position in negotiations to end conflict

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine is hardening its position in negotiations to end the conflict in the country’s east, saying it must regain control of its entire border with Russia before elections can be held in the regions controlled by Russia-backed rebels. The agreement worked out last year by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and...

    Beijing could turn the South China Sea into a ‘Chinese lake’ by 2030
    Jan20

    Beijing could turn the South China Sea into a ‘Chinese lake’ by 2030

    REUTERSBy 2030, China will be such an unquestioned superpower that the South China Sea will be nothing more than a “Chinese lake,” the Center for Strategic and International Studies writes in a new report. China’s dominance in the region is due to Beijing’s projected continual development of aircraft carrier groups and the...

    Ukraine toughens position in negotiations to end conflict
    Jan20

    Ukraine toughens position in negotiations to end conflict

    […] after a meeting Wednesday with the so-called Contact Group trying to implement the pact, Ukraine’s representative — former president Leonid Kuchma — said elections were impossible without border control, his spokeswoman Darka Olifer said in a statement on Facebook. …read more Source: San Francisco...

    Ukraine toughens position in negotiations to end conflict
    Jan20

    Ukraine toughens position in negotiations to end conflict

    Ukraine is hardening its position in negotiations to end the conflict in the country’s east, saying it must regain control of its entire border with Russia before elections can be held in the regions controlled by Russia-backed rebels. …read more Source: FOX...

    Ukraine Toughens Position in Negotiations to End Conflict
    Jan20

    Ukraine Toughens Position in Negotiations to End Conflict

    Ukraine hardens its position in negotiations to end the conflict in the country’s east, saying it must regain control of its entire border with Russia before elections can be held in the regions controlled by Russia-backed rebels …read more Source: ABC...

    Gazprom’s Spinning Wheels
    Jan20

    Gazprom’s Spinning Wheels

    Russia’s state-owned natural gas company Gazprom has seen its market value drop by nearly 90 percent over the past six years, and it has itself to blame. As the FT reports, Gazprom’s decision (twice) to turn off gas to Ukraine in recent winters has pushed Europe into seeking ways to blunt Putin’s energy weapon: The cut-offs...