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    Ruble Plunges to New Lows Despite Rate Hike
    Dec16

    Ruble Plunges to New Lows Despite Rate Hike

    The ruble has tumbled to another historic low, despite an emergency attempt by Russia to prop up the rapidly declining currency. In a surprise move late Monday, Moscow’s Central Bank dramatically raised interest rates to 17 percent from 10.5 percent. The move came after the Russian currency experienced its largest one-day decline since...

    Robin Williams, World Cup, iPhone 6 top Google searches of 2014
    Dec16

    Robin Williams, World Cup, iPhone 6 top Google searches of 2014

    TORONTO – The death of a beloved actor, quadrennial sporting events, a new smartphone, and a deadly outbreak topped Google Canada’s annual list of the most popular trending search queries. After excluding routine searches that are entered by users every day of every year – most commonly for Facebook, Google itself, and YouTube – Robin...

    As Ukraine Truce Holds, Russia Vows Economic Pain
    Dec16

    As Ukraine Truce Holds, Russia Vows Economic Pain

    (KIEV, UKRAINE) — Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. That should be good news for Ukraine, but Russia looks intent to pile on the economic misery. In a detailed op-ed piece Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev painted a grim forecast of Russian economic...

    Exclusive: 29 Instagrams That Defined the World in 2014
    Dec16

    Exclusive: 29 Instagrams That Defined the World in 2014

    As Instagram hit a milestone this month, with its number of monthly active users ballooning to 300 million, TIME, in association with the photo-sharing app, takes a look back at the key moments of 2014. The selection of images, shared by some of Instagram’s most popular and respected photographers, offers an intimate view of some of the...

    Dems, GOP press Obama to back Russian sanctions
    Dec16

    Dems, GOP press Obama to back Russian sanctions

    Republicans and Democrats spoke with one voice on Monday in pressing President Barack Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine. …read more Source: WAVE 3...

    Congress Urges Obama To Sign Bill That Slaps New Sanctions On Russia, Gives Assistance To Ukraine
    Dec16

    Congress Urges Obama To Sign Bill That Slaps New Sanctions On Russia, Gives Assistance To Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats spoke with one voice on Monday in pressing President Barack Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine. The widely popular legislation cleared Congress late Saturday, but the White House has remained non-committal about...

    Ukraine PM: $10B Needed to Avoid Bankruptcy
    Dec16

    Ukraine PM: $10B Needed to Avoid Bankruptcy

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his country urgently needs $10 billion to avoid bankruptcy. After meeting with European Union ministers in Brussels Monday, reporters asked Yatsenyuk when he needs the money. He replied “yesterday.” Ukraine’s war with pro-Russian separatists has battered an already bad economy....

    Russia Raises Key Interest Rate to 17 Percent Overnight
    Dec16

    Russia Raises Key Interest Rate to 17 Percent Overnight

    (Reuters) – Russia’s central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent in the early hours of Tuesday morning in an emergency move to halt a collapse in the ruble as oil prices decline and the country’s sanctions-hit economy slides towards recession. The ruble RUB= RUB=EBS strengthened sharply after the decision, recouping...

    News of the day from across the globe, Dec. 16
    Dec16

    News of the day from across the globe, Dec. 16

    The Vatican on Monday asked the U.S. to find an “adequate humanitarian solution” for prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a reflection of Pope Francis’ vocal concern that prisoners be treated with dignity and not be subject to inhumane treatment. Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian rebels...

    UN: Human Rights Abuses Rampant in Embattled Eastern Ukraine
    Dec16

    UN: Human Rights Abuses Rampant in Embattled Eastern Ukraine

    The coming winter is set to make life harder for the more than 5 million people living in eastern Ukraine’s conflict areas, many of whom are already struggling to survive, the office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights wrote in a new report released Monday. “The conflict is in its ninth month, and the situation is...