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    Sony Cancels Plans To Release ‘The Interview’ On Christmas Day
    Dec18

    Sony Cancels Plans To Release ‘The Interview’ On Christmas Day

    Sony Pictures has canceled plans to release “The Interview” on Christmas Day. A full statement from the studio is below:In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our...

    Danielle Smith and the rise and fall of Alberta’s Wildrose party
    Dec18

    Danielle Smith and the rise and fall of Alberta’s Wildrose party

    EDMONTON –Danielle Smith appeared to be heading back to her political roots with Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives on Wednesday after spending the last five years fighting to oust them from power. Few would argue that the Wildrose party’s rise and fall has been inextricably linked to Smith, 43, a self-styled disciple of...

    Rise and fall of Alberta Wildrose party inextricably linked to Danielle Smith
    Dec18

    Rise and fall of Alberta Wildrose party inextricably linked to Danielle Smith

    EDMONTON – Danielle Smith appeared to be heading back to her political roots with Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives on Wednesday after spending the last five years fighting to oust them from power.Few would argue that the Wildrose party’s rise and fall has been inextricably linked to Smith, 43, a self-styled disciple of...

    Russians flock to stores to beat price rises due to ruble’s fall
    Dec18

    Russians flock to stores to beat price rises due to ruble’s fall

    MOSCOW — Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items before prices soar due to the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days. Alyona Korsuntseva, a shopper at IKEA in her 30s, said the current jitters surrounding the Russian economy reminded her of the 1998 Russian crisis when...

    Cuba coup for pope with the popular touch
    Dec17

    Cuba coup for pope with the popular touch

    Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis’s pivotal role in a landmark breakthrough in US-Cuba relations was the latest coup for a pontiff whose personality and popularity have made him an influential player on the global stage.As the world digested news of the historic rapprochement, it emerged that the Vatican had played a central role in...

    Nuland Warns Russia on Nukes in Crimea
    Dec17

    Nuland Warns Russia on Nukes in Crimea

    A top U.S. diplomat on Wednesday warned Russia against deploying nuclear weapons in Crimea and said the United States and its allies would respond if the Kremlin opts to do so. Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, said such a move by Russia would be “extremely dangerous,” though she did not specify what...

    Russia’s Economic Turmoil Could Push Putin to Close Deal on Ukraine
    Dec17

    Russia’s Economic Turmoil Could Push Putin to Close Deal on Ukraine

    Officials and analysts say that the ruble’s nose dive has put pressure on the Russian president to take a more flexible position on Ukraine. …read more Source: The New York...

    Opinion: Saudis benefit from keeping price of oil low – for now
    Dec17

    Opinion: Saudis benefit from keeping price of oil low – for now

    How does a manufacturer beat down his competitors? Flood the market with goods and sell them at a low price, hoping to drive competitors into the ground. That, in essence, is what Saudi Arabia is doing with its recent tactics with its oil. In the last few weeks, the Saudis refused to agree to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries...

    Poroshenko: Ukraine Is a New, Changing Country
    Dec17

    Poroshenko: Ukraine Is a New, Changing Country

    WARSAW, Poland—Ukraine’s president on Wednesday urged Poland’s politicians and business people to intensify ties with his country as it conducts reforms to follow European standards. At the start of a two-day visit to Poland, President Petro Poroshenko held talks with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Ewa...

    Ukraine’s President: Peace Talks Could Resume Dec. 21
    Dec17

    Ukraine’s President: Peace Talks Could Resume Dec. 21

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says his government could resume peace talks with Russian-backed separatists and Russia’s government Sunday in Minsk. Poroshenko told reporters in Warsaw members of the so-called “contact group,” made up of representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian governments, the separatists in...