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    Russia’s ruble under pressure despite rate rise
    Dec11

    Russia’s ruble under pressure despite rate rise

    The Central Bank raised its key interest rate by a percentage point to 10.5 percent, citing an increasing rise in consumer prices and “significant inflation risk.” The ruble has lost more than 40 percent of its value since January, battered by Western sanctions imposed over the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the drop in the price of...

    William Daniels Wins 2014 Tim Hetherington Grant
    Dec11

    William Daniels Wins 2014 Tim Hetherington Grant

    French photographer William Daniels, a frequent contributor to TIME, was named the 2014 recipient of the Tim Hetherington Grant by World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch on Thursday for his ongoing work in Central African Republic. His project, titled “Roots of Africa’s Unholy War,” was chosen from 198 applicants. The annual honor,...

    Ukraine Says Three More Soldiers Killed Despite Truce
    Dec11

    Ukraine Says Three More Soldiers Killed Despite Truce

    The Ukrainian military said on December 11 that three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight injured in attacks by pro-Russian separatists over the previous 24 hours — the first casualties since a fresh truce deal in eastern Ukraine went into effect on December 9. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    The world as we see it
    Dec11

    The world as we see it

    What, no reindeer? 250 Santas hit the slopes in Newry, Maine, for the 15th Annual Santa Sunday, raising money for local charitiesBrian Snyder/Reuters Friendly fire power With minimal fanfare, NATO-led troops in Afghanistan officially held a “colours casing ceremony” and closed their joint command in Kabul, putting the allied war effort on a path...

    In Response to Putin’s New Cold War, the West Must Be Warm to the Russian People
    Dec11

    In Response to Putin’s New Cold War, the West Must Be Warm to the Russian People

    Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 after criticizing President Vladimir Putin and spent 11 years in prison. In recent months, he has re-emerged in the public as a leader in a renewed opposition aimed at replacing Putin and bringing democracy to Russia. He delivered the following remarks (abridged by The WorldPost)...

    Russia-Turkey Pipeline Has Economic, Strategic Motives
    Dec11

    Russia-Turkey Pipeline Has Economic, Strategic Motives

    Russia’s decision to cancel a gas pipeline to Bulgaria in preference to Turkey is being heralded as an important victory for Ankara in its ambitions to become a regional energy hub. But there are growing doubts over how advantageous the pipeline will be for Turkey. The memorandum of understanding signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin...

    Russia Criticizes US for Using Torture
    Dec11

    Russia Criticizes US for Using Torture

    MOSCOW—Relishing an opportunity to turn the tables on the U.S., Russia says the Senate’s investigation into the CIA torture practices has highlighted rampant rights abuse. The Foreign Ministry’s rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov, said in Thursday’s statement that the evidence contained in the report “contradict the U.S....

    Letters From Donbas
    Dec11

    Letters From Donbas

    What is day-to-day life really like in Ukraine’s separatist-held territories? RFE/RL invited ordinary people behind rebel lines to share their impressions. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Few Oligarchs Can Beat Russia’s Weakening Economy
    Dec11

    Few Oligarchs Can Beat Russia’s Weakening Economy

    Russia’s oligarchs are no strangers to misfortune, asset grabs, forced investments and financial crises. Many of them may publicly shrug off a 40 percent plunge in the rouble and the difficulties caused by a sanctions-hit economy heading for recession. And at least on paper, there are some winners, with metal producers benefiting from...

    Russia criticizes US over CIA torture report
    Dec11

    Russia criticizes US over CIA torture report

    The Russian statement, which comes amid U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine, marked an attempt by Moscow to turn the tables on continuous Western criticism of Russia’s rights abuses. …read more Source: San Francisco...