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    Autopsy Ordered on German MP Who Criticized Russia
    Dec16

    Autopsy Ordered on German MP Who Criticized Russia

    A German court has ordered an autopsy on a conservative member of parliament, who was a prominent critic of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, in order to rule out any link between his death and his hardline stance towards the Kremlin, state prosecutors said. Andreas Schockenhoff, a deputy parliamentary floor leader for Chancellor Angela...

    BREMMER: Putin Now Needs Scapegoats
    Dec16

    BREMMER: Putin Now Needs Scapegoats

    The ruble is in crisis hours after a shocking central bank rate hike. and Russian President Vladimir Putin has to find a way to explain the mess. “Putin now needs scapegoats: external and internal,” Geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer told Business Insider over email. “Everything from the US and Europe for sanctions, Ukraine for the...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hails First Full Overnight Truce in Rebel East
    Dec16

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hails First Full Overnight Truce in Rebel East

    Ukraine’s separatist east passed the night into Tuesday without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the first such stretch of calm as a positive signal for the next steps in a peace plan. Army chief of staff Viktor Muzhenko also stressed progress had been made on the implementation of the cease-fire, but said one...

    Russian ruble slides again despite rate hike
    Dec16

    Russian ruble slides again despite rate hike

    MOSCOW — The Russian ruble faced intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one stage by a whopping 20 percent to historic lows despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from the country’s central bank.The surprise decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the middle of the night and represented a desperate...

    Ukraine’s President Hails First Full Overnight Truce In Rebel East
    Dec16

    Ukraine’s President Hails First Full Overnight Truce In Rebel East

    (Adds report of soldier killed, military comments on truce status) KIEV, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s separatist east passed the night into Tuesday without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the first such stretch of calm as a positive signal for the next steps in a peace plan. Army chief of staff Viktor Muzhenko...

    Court Orders Autopsy on German Lawmaker Who Criticized Russia
    Dec16

    Court Orders Autopsy on German Lawmaker Who Criticized Russia

    A German court has ordered an autopsy on a conservative member of parliament who was a prominent critic of Russia’s Vladimir Putin in order to rule out any link between his death and his hardline stance toward the Kremlin, state prosecutors said. Andreas Schockenhoff, a deputy parliamentary floor leader for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s...

    Putin Wins Russia’s ‘Man Of The Year’ For The 15th Time In A Row
    Dec16

    Putin Wins Russia’s ‘Man Of The Year’ For The 15th Time In A Row

    Vladimir Putin has been named Russia’s “Man Of The Year” for the 15th time in a row, Interfax news agency reports. The Russian president won by a landslide, claiming 68% of votes. The runner up got only 4% of votes. The poll was conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation and included 1,500 respondents in 43 regions of Russia,...

    PRESENTING: The Worst Performing Currencies of 2014
    Dec16

    PRESENTING: The Worst Performing Currencies of 2014

    2014 has been a terrible year for a few economies and currencies. Latin American currencies have suffered from rampant inflation while Eastern Europe currencies have been slammed by geopolitical turmoil-induced economic slowdown. Meanwhile, falling oil prices have been miserable for oil currencies like Russia’s ruble and Norway’s...

    Russia’s Ruble Slides To Historic Lows
    Dec16

    Russia’s Ruble Slides To Historic Lows

    MOSCOW (AP) — A massive interest rate hike by Russia’s Central Bank on Tuesday failed to stem the selling pressure on the ruble, which slid another 20 percent to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the middle of the night on Tuesday and represented a desperate...

    Robin Williams tops Google Canada’s searches of 2014 list
    Dec16

    Robin Williams tops Google Canada’s searches of 2014 list

    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...