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    Seeing need, Yechiel Eckstein’s Jewish-Christian fellowship gets into aliyah game
    Dec22

    Seeing need, Yechiel Eckstein’s Jewish-Christian fellowship gets into aliyah game

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein arriving in Israel with the first group of immigrants brought by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Dec. 22, 2014. (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews) (JTA) — Citing failures by the organization traditionally responsible for bringing Jews to Israel, the founder of a Jerusalem-based interfaith...

    Russian Bill Seeks To Nullify Crimea’s Soviet-Era Transfer To Ukraine
    Dec22

    Russian Bill Seeks To Nullify Crimea’s Soviet-Era Transfer To Ukraine

    The chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council says the upper house of parliament is drafting legislation that would retroactively proclaim the Soviet Union’s 1954 transfer of Crimea to Ukraine as “legally void and nonbinding” since the moment of its enactment. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week
    Dec22

    Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week

    Previous rounds of talks in September involving representatives of Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe produced a ceasefire deal, which has often been violated. Recent peace efforts have helped sharply reduce hostilities, and the conflicting parties are now discussing...

    Ukraine, Kazakh Presidents Meet in Kyiv
    Dec22

    Ukraine, Kazakh Presidents Meet in Kyiv

    The presidents of Ukraine and Kazakhstan have discussed military cooperation and the situation in eastern Ukraine during a meeting in Kyiv. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the countries renewed their military and technical cooperation. He also said Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev agreed the principals outlined in the Minsk...

    Russia’s Rich Gets Richer—in Dollars—as Ruble Plunges
    Dec22

    Russia’s Rich Gets Richer—in Dollars—as Ruble Plunges

    It would seem to be a stressful holiday season for Russia’s ultra-wealthy elite, the gilded class of post-Communist billionaires with a taste for costly things and close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The secretive group, known popularly as the oligarchs, for their control over Russia’s oil, metals, banking, gas,...

    Fisher: No easy solution for Vladimir Putin and Russia
    Dec22

    Fisher: No easy solution for Vladimir Putin and Russia

    As economic gloom settles over Moscow, parts of the Russian capital have become Potemkin villages. The most splendid of these still prosperous looking facades is Moscow City, a shiny $14 billion forest of glass and steel skyscrapers that includes four of Europe’s five tallest buildings with the tallest building of all still under...

    Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
    Dec22

    Russia bails out bank following ruble slide

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system. The problems afflicting Trust Bank follow a tumultuous period for the ruble, which this year has shared the title of the...

    Russia’s deputy economy minister talks up ruble as central bank bails out a bank
    Dec22

    Russia’s deputy economy minister talks up ruble as central bank bails out a bank

    MOSCOW (AP) — The slide in the value of Russia’s ruble is straining that country’s banking system. Russia’s Central Bank says it has bailed out a mid-sized bank, at a cost of about $500 million, in order to save it from bankruptcy. It will also place Trust Bank under its supervision until it finds an investor. The bank’s...

    Turkey-based AFP photographer wins Time laurel
    Dec22

    Turkey-based AFP photographer wins Time laurel

    Washington (AFP) – Time magazine named AFP’s Bulent Kilic as its Best Wire Photographer for 2014 on Monday for his powerful images from the Syrian border, Ukraine and his native Turkey.He is the third Agence France-Presse photographer to win the Time laurel for excellence in news wire images, established in 2010.Kilic, 35,...

    ‘Ebola Fears’ And Other Things Economists Are Saying To Explain The Plunge In US Home Sales
    Dec22

    ‘Ebola Fears’ And Other Things Economists Are Saying To Explain The Plunge In US Home Sales

    Existing home sales plunged in November. According to the NAR, the pace of sales fell by 6.1%, to an annualized rate of 4.93 million units. Wall Street had been expecting sales to fall 1.1% to 5.20 million units. Today’s numbers showed the largest drop since July 2010. Economists had a mix of reactions to the data: Bank of...