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    EU Adopts Tighter Investment Sanctions on Crimea
    Dec18

    EU Adopts Tighter Investment Sanctions on Crimea

    European Union governments adopted tighter restrictions on European investment in Crimea onThursday, targeting Russian Black Sea oil and gas explorationand tourism, an EU official said. According to the official, the new restrictions, approved by the EU’s 28 governments just before the bloc’s leaders discuss the Ukraine crisis and...

    Putin’s Annual Address Accuses West Of Trying To Sideline Russia
    Dec18

    Putin’s Annual Address Accuses West Of Trying To Sideline Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia’s gas-dependent economy. Speaking with strong emotion and looking confident, Putin also displayed a defiant stance toward the West,...

    EU bans investment in Crimea, targets oil sector
    Dec18

    EU bans investment in Crimea, targets oil sector

    The EU banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration. …read more Source:...

    Putin promises economic recovery, digs in on Ukraine
    Dec18

    Putin promises economic recovery, digs in on Ukraine

    Moscow (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin on Thursday tried to quell fears of economic collapse and vowed rapid recovery from the worst financial crisis of his rule but stressed that his position on Ukraine has not shifted.Speaking at an annual news conference, the Russian leader said that the economic downturn will last two years at most and...

    EU bans investment in Crimean, targets tourism
    Dec18

    EU bans investment in Crimean, targets tourism

    BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union has imposed a ban on investment in Crimea, and other economic sanctions including measures aimed at keeping tourists away. The new measures on investment, services and trade, announced Thursday, beef up the EU’s previous sanctions taken in response to Russia’s annexation of … …read...

    Putin: ‘We’re not attacking anyone’
    Dec18

    Putin: ‘We’re not attacking anyone’

    President Putin says his nation is ready to mediate in the Ukraine crisis and denies Russians killed there were military. …read more Source:...

    Father Raymond J. de Souza: Russia’s economic collapse offers the West a chance to rein the country in
    Dec18

    Father Raymond J. de Souza: Russia’s economic collapse offers the West a chance to rein the country in

    How will editors in the Russian press craft their year-end stories? Will they lead with a burst of nationalism, celebrating the extravagant Sochi Olympics and the violent annexation of Crimea from Ukraine? Or are they still reeling from Monday’s collapse of the ruble, which has lost 50% of its value this year against the U.S. dollar?...

    Swiss central bank imposes negative interest rates
    Dec18

    Swiss central bank imposes negative interest rates

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits. The move forces commercial banks to pay to deposit their francs with the Swiss National...

    FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: Cold War-era deadlock between U.S. and Cuba is over; Russia searches for a Ukraine deal as its economy tumbles; Pakistan turns to Afghanistan for help after school attack; and much more.
    Dec18

    FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: Cold War-era deadlock between U.S. and Cuba is over; Russia searches for a Ukraine deal as its economy tumbles; Pakistan turns to Afghanistan for help after school attack; and much more.

    By David Francis and Sabine Muscat The Cold War-era deadlock between the United States and Cuba is over, marking a new age for U.S.-Cuban relations. The standoff began in 1962 with Soviet missiles pointed at the United States from Cuba. It ended yesterday when U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro made simultaneous TV...

    Putin Blames West for Russia’s Economic Crisis
    Dec18

    Putin Blames West for Russia’s Economic Crisis

    MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia’s gas-dependent economy. Speaking with strong emotion and looking confident, Putin also displayed a defiant stance toward the West, which he...