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    Russian Ruble Continues Its Slide in Value
    Dec11

    Russian Ruble Continues Its Slide in Value

    The value of the Russian ruble has sunk to new lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro, even as Moscow’s central bank raised its key interest rate again in an effort to bolster the country’s faltering economy. The Russian currency moved above 55 rubles to the dollar for the first time Thursday, and also to new depths against the...

    Looking for Christmas books: Governor General winners and nominees offer their picks
    Dec11

    Looking for Christmas books: Governor General winners and nominees offer their picks

    Michael Crummey, finalist in Fiction for Sweetland (Doubleday Canada) Pick: Lila, Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) I read Robinson’s National Book Award winner Gilead a few years back and was completely floored by it. Narrated by a bookish geriatric preacher in the American midwest who unexpectedly falls in love with an...

    Exclusive: Gorbachev Blames the U.S. for Provoking ‘New Cold War’
    Dec11

    Exclusive: Gorbachev Blames the U.S. for Provoking ‘New Cold War’

    In the offices of Mikhail Gorbachev, still sharp at 83 and plainspoken as ever, the walls are lined with photos from his travels as the leader of the Soviet Union and, in the years after its demise, as a living icon of the Cold War. One picture shows him with his late wife Raisa standing arm-in-arm with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. In another...

    Money Troubles: Russia’s Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors’ Currencies
    Dec11

    Money Troubles: Russia’s Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors’ Currencies

    As the value of Russia’s ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Obama Cautious on More Russia Sanctions Unless Europe Agrees
    Dec11

    Obama Cautious on More Russia Sanctions Unless Europe Agrees

    President Barack Obama expressed caution on Thursday about the possibility of the United States adding more sanctions against Russia for its incursion into Ukraine because it could cause divide Washington and Europe. With some lawmakers on Capitol Hill considering more sanctions, Obama told the President’s Export Council that the current...

    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...

    Yatseniuk Urges International Donor Conference
    Dec11

    Yatseniuk Urges International Donor Conference

    Ukraine risks defaulting on its debt unless Western donors come up with more funds on top of the financial aid already promised, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday. A year of revolution and war with pro-Russian separatists has pushed Ukraine’s hryvnia currency to record lows and crippled the economy, which was already near...

    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...