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    4 Crucial International News Stories You May Have Completely Missed This Year
    Dec22

    4 Crucial International News Stories You May Have Completely Missed This Year

    From the war in Gaza to the crisis in Ukraine, the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East and the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, 2014 was a year of major political and economic developments across the globe. But the barrage of breaking news can make it hard to see the forest through the trees. Take a look at these four crucial...

    Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev Calls Ukraine Conflict ‘Nonsense’
    Dec22

    Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev Calls Ukraine Conflict ‘Nonsense’

    MOSCOW—Kazakhstan’s president says the conflict in eastern Ukraine is “nonsense” and is calling on Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resolve it. Nursultan Nazarbayev’s comments Monday, after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, could carry weight because Kazakhstan is part of a Russia-dominated trade bloc that Moscow...

    Germany Sees No Need to Ease Russia Sanctions
    Dec22

    Germany Sees No Need to Ease Russia Sanctions

    Germany sees no reason to think about changes to the European Union’s sanctions regime against Moscow at the moment, a government spokeswoman said, after the foreign minister expressed concern that Russia could be destabilized if sanctions were not eased. The spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz told a news conference that the expiration of...

    Kremlin: Putin to Talk by Phone With EU, Ukraine Leaders
    Dec22

    Kremlin: Putin to Talk by Phone With EU, Ukraine Leaders

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold phone talks later on Monday with the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine on a political resolution to the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin’s foreign policy adviser said. “Tonight, another telephone conversation with the presidents of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine will take place, in the...

    The New Canadian Militarism
    Dec22

    The New Canadian Militarism

    From the Conversion of Highway 401 entering Toronto into the “Highway of Heroes” as a macabre celebration of Canadian soldiers killed in combat, to the renaming of the Canadian armed forces to echo past imperialist campaigns, to the wrapping of Hockey night in Canada in nationalist celebration of the military, the themes of militarism now...

    Nazarbayev: Ukraine conflict is ‘nonsense’
    Dec22

    Nazarbayev: Ukraine conflict is ‘nonsense’

    MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan’s president says the conflict in eastern Ukraine is “nonsense” and is calling on Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resolve it. Nursultan Nazarbayev’s comments Monday, after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, could carry weight because Kazakhstan is part of a Russia-dominated trade bloc that...

    Rosneft scraps purchase of Morgan Stanley’s oil trading business
    Dec22

    Rosneft scraps purchase of Morgan Stanley’s oil trading business

    Moscow (AFP) – Russian oil major Rosneft, hit by US sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis, said Monday it had to abandon plans to purchase the oil trading business of US bank Morgan Stanley after failing to win regulatory approval.The December 2013 deal for an undisclosed amount covered Morgan Stanley’s Global Oil...

    Russian deputy PM talks up the ruble
    Dec22

    Russian deputy PM talks up the ruble

    MOSCOW — A senior Russian Cabinet minister said on Monday he’s expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and added that the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.The ruble has been the worst performing currency this year, along with the Ukrainian hryvnia, having lost half of its value. Its...

    Kazakh president says Russia and Ukraine should resolve ‘nonsense’ conflict
    Dec22

    Kazakh president says Russia and Ukraine should resolve ‘nonsense’ conflict

    Kazakhstan’s president says the conflict in eastern Ukraine is “nonsense” and is calling on Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resolve it. …read more Source: FOX...

    Russia Entering ‘Full-Fledged Economic Crisis,’ Former Finance Minister Says
    Dec22

    Russia Entering ‘Full-Fledged Economic Crisis,’ Former Finance Minister Says

    * Kudrin: Russia to be downgraded to ‘junk’ status next year * Says government slow to respond to economic difficulties * Sees 2015 inflation at 12-15 per cent By Darya Korsunskaya MOSCOW, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Russia’s government has pushed …read more Source: The Huffington...