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    FP’s Situation Report, presented by the UAE Embassy: Obama is caught in the middle of the torture report fallout; CIA tortured even though it knew torture didn’t work; Torture report could benefit 9/11 suspects held by the U.S.; and much more.
    Dec11

    FP’s Situation Report, presented by the UAE Embassy: Obama is caught in the middle of the torture report fallout; CIA tortured even though it knew torture didn’t work; Torture report could benefit 9/11 suspects held by the U.S.; and much more.

    By David Francis and Sabine Muscat President Barack Obama refuses to take sides as the fallout from the torture report continues. The CIA maintained Wednesday that its post-9/11 enhanced interrogation program yielded intelligence that saved American lives and prevented attacks. The Senate report categorically denies these claims. Obama, who has...

    Three Ukraine soldiers dead in first casualties since ceasefire
    Dec11

    Three Ukraine soldiers dead in first casualties since ceasefire

    Kiev (AFP) – Three soldiers were killed and eight injured in the past 24 hours, a Ukraine military spokesman said on Thursday, marking the first casualties since a ceasefire was introduced earlier this week. “We lost three soldiers and another eight were wounded in the past 24 hours,” said spokesman Andriy Lyssenko. Previous...

    Fund Ukraine Only After It Reforms
    Dec11

    Fund Ukraine Only After It Reforms

    The Ukrainian government has drafted a reasonable austerity plan, but it may just be a ploy to get more international funding. …read more Source:...

    The Corrupt Cops Of East Ukraine
    Dec11

    The Corrupt Cops Of East Ukraine

    There’s no due process, and there are no civil liberties, but cops on the beat are obeying the laws—of the USSR. …read more Source: The Daily...

    Putin and Modi Push to Revive Jaded Russia-India Relationship
    Dec11

    Putin and Modi Push to Revive Jaded Russia-India Relationship

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin got straight down to talks on Thursday on boosting nuclear and defense cooperation at a summit aimed at reviving an old friendship that has faded over the years. Putin’s one-day visit to India comes at a time when Russia is at odds with the West over Ukraine, and its...

    Russian Central Bank Hikes Rates
    Dec11

    Russian Central Bank Hikes Rates

    The Russian central bank has raised rates to 10.5% from 9.5% in its latest attempt to halt the collapse of the rouble. The currency has been hit by a combination of collapsing oil prices, which the country’s economy is heavily dependent on, and Western sanctions over Russia’s role in supporting anti-government rebels in Ukraine. The...

    Putin Handed Over $8 Billion Of Contracts To His Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Friends
    Dec11

    Putin Handed Over $8 Billion Of Contracts To His Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Friends

    Companies linked to Russian billionaire Arkady Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko, both close allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, were given contracts worth 309 billion roubles (£3.6 billion, $8.1 billion) since western sanctions were imposed on the men in March, according to a Bloomberg report. The deals included a 228-billion- rouble...

    Putin Turns to India With Energy, Defense Offers
    Dec11

    Putin Turns to India With Energy, Defense Offers

    (NEW DELHI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin was holding talks with Indian leaders Thursday to strengthen trade and energy cooperation with Asia’s third-largest economy as Western sanctions threaten to push his country’s economy to the brink of a recession. Putin’s discussions with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

    Russia, Turkey Finish Initial Pipeline Talks
    Dec11

    Russia, Turkey Finish Initial Pipeline Talks

    Turkey and Russia have held the first round of talks to build a new pipeline between the two Black Sea neighbors as Moscow seeks an alternative to the natural-gas link to the EU it scrapped earlier this month amid political tensions over Ukraine. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Crimean Leader in New Delhi During Putin Visit
    Dec11

    Crimean Leader in New Delhi During Putin Visit

    The leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, arrived for unofficial talks in New Delhi on Thursday as President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a summit. Sergey Aksyonov met a Mumbai businessman to discuss boosting trade with the Black Sea region. India does not support Western sanctions against...