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    FP’s Situation Report: Iraq gives the U.S. a surprise of its own; Clapper wants guns for Ukraine; Russia brings its anti-gay agenda to the U.N.; and much more from around the world.
    Mar03

    FP’s Situation Report: Iraq gives the U.S. a surprise of its own; Clapper wants guns for Ukraine; Russia brings its anti-gay agenda to the U.N.; and much more from around the world.

    By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Iraq repays DoD’s Mosul leaks with a surprise of its own. Iraqi officials were angry after the Pentagon released details on plans without Baghdad’s approval to retake Mosul. They returned the favor Monday with an unexpected offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State. FP’s Kate Brannen...

    Ukraine central bank raises key rate to 30% from 19.5%: Interfax
    Mar03

    Ukraine central bank raises key rate to 30% from 19.5%: Interfax

    Kiev (AFP) – Ukraine’s central bank has raised its benchmark refinancing rate to 30 percent from 19.5 percent, the country’s Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.The rate change will take effect on Wednesday, the bank’s governor Valeriya Gontareva was quoted as saying. Join the conversation about this story » …read...

    Boris Nemtsov’s Murder is a Killing Stalin Would Appreciate
    Mar03

    Boris Nemtsov’s Murder is a Killing Stalin Would Appreciate

    Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition politician shot four times in the back and killed while walking across a Moscow bridge late on February 27, lived in a large apartment directly across the river from the iconic domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. The last time I saw Nemtsov was in that apartment, nearly five years ago. I was reporting a...

    EU Commission Ponders Neighborhood Policy, Closer Ties With Russia
    Mar03

    EU Commission Ponders Neighborhood Policy, Closer Ties With Russia

    The European Commission is questioning whether to drop its European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and appears open to the possibility of closer cooperation with Russia. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Kerry working on Iran nuke deal, Netanyahu to criticize it
    Mar03

    Kerry working on Iran nuke deal, Netanyahu to criticize it

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    Mourners line up to view body of slain Russian opposition leader
    Mar03

    Mourners line up to view body of slain Russian opposition leader

    MOSCOW – One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia’s beleaguered opposition. Nemtsov was shot to death late Friday while walking on a bridge near...

    Optimism roars back as Geneva Motor Show opens
    Mar03

    Optimism roars back as Geneva Motor Show opens

    Geneva (AFP) – Out with the gloom, in with the boom: Sleek luxury sports cars, high-end SUVs and nifty little city cars will be bumper-to-bumper when the Geneva Motor Show opens to the media Tuesday.The 85th edition of the show, one of the auto industry’s biggest and most diverse events, will feature about 900 shiny vehicles.And with...

    Mourners Attend Funeral of Murdered Kremlin Critic Nemtsov
    Mar03

    Mourners Attend Funeral of Murdered Kremlin Critic Nemtsov

    Several hundred Russians, many carrying red carnations, queued on Tuesday to pay their respects to Boris Nemtsov, the Kremlin critic whose murder last week showed the hazards of speaking out against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s aides deny any involvement in killing Nemtsov, who was shot in the back four times on Friday within...

    Mourners view body of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
    Mar03

    Mourners view body of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

    MOSCOW (AP) — One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia’s beleaguered opposition. Many opposition supporters suspect the killing was ordered by the...

    Izvestia: Probe Focusing On Ukraine Link To Nemtsov Killing
    Mar03

    Izvestia: Probe Focusing On Ukraine Link To Nemtsov Killing

    A pro-Kremlin newspaper has reported that investigators are “focusing on” on the possibility that Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s killing was connected to the conflict in Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...