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    Russian ruble down sharply despite rate hike
    Dec16

    Russian ruble down sharply despite rate hike

    MOSCOW — The Russian ruble has regained some ground after declining by a whopping 20 percent earlier Tuesday.The ruble extended Monday’s collapse — when it declined by 10 percent — despite the pre-dawn interest rate increase to 17 to 10.5 percent by the country’s central bank.It traded at 72 per dollar late Tuesday afternoon — more...

    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...

    Chevron suspends Ukrainian shale efforts
    Dec16

    Chevron suspends Ukrainian shale efforts

    Daniel J. GraeberKIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 16 (UPI) — U.S. energy company Chevron said it was still looking for opportunities in Ukraine, but opted to shelve a contract to tap the country’s shale gas potential. …read more Source: United Press...

    Reporters Without Borders: 66 journalists killed in 2014 as attacks grow more ‘barbaric’
    Dec16

    Reporters Without Borders: 66 journalists killed in 2014 as attacks grow more ‘barbaric’

    KIEV, Ukraine – Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday that at least 66 journalists were killed over the course of the year as the number of reporters’ kidnappings soared in 2014. While the number of journalists’ deaths dropped slightly from 71 in 2013, the high-profile beheadings of Western reporters at the hands of Islamic State...

    Ruble Slides Again Despite Central Bank Rate Hike
    Dec16

    Ruble Slides Again Despite Central Bank Rate Hike

    MOSCOW— A massive interest rate hike by Russia’s Central Bank on Tuesday failed to stem the selling pressure on the ruble, which slid another 14 percent Tuesday to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to prop up the...

    AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa
    Dec16

    AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

    LONDON (AP) — The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India drew widespread attention to their causes: protecting children from slavery, extremism and forced labor. Yousafzai, 17, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner, was shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago for speaking out for the...

    Russia’s Currency Keeps on Crashing
    Dec16

    Russia’s Currency Keeps on Crashing

    The rout in emerging markets continued Tuesday with Russia again to the fore, as an emergency interest rate hike by the central bank failed to stop panic selling of the local currency, stocks and bonds. Selling across emerging markets has intensified and spread out this week as fears about tighter U.S. monetary policy, slowing global growth and...

    FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: More than 100 dead in Taliban attack at Pakistan school; U.S. doubts Iraqi PM’s commitment to reconciliation; Obama says the Islamic State has lost momentum; and much more.
    Dec16

    FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: More than 100 dead in Taliban attack at Pakistan school; U.S. doubts Iraqi PM’s commitment to reconciliation; Obama says the Islamic State has lost momentum; and much more.

    By David Francis and Sabine Muscat More than 100 die in Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan. In one of the bloodiest attacks in years, Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing as many as 100 students and teachers and wounding at least 80, according to initial reports. The attack occurred around 10 a.m. this...

    Can Israel Solve Europe’s Energy Woes?
    Dec16

    Can Israel Solve Europe’s Energy Woes?

    Israel has grand plans to ride to Europe’s rescue by offering a ready supply of natural gas to help the continent shake off its reliance on Russian energy. On paper, getting gas from the eastern Mediterranean holds plenty of appeal for the world’s most energy-import-dependent region, which was on the prowl for alternative suppliers...

    Ruble slides again despite Central Bank rate hike
    Dec16

    Ruble slides again despite Central Bank rate hike

    The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to prop up the troubled currency, which has fallen sharply in recent weeks as a result of sliding oil prices as well as the pressure from Western sanctions over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. The...