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    Germany’s Merkel calls Putin to discuss situation in Ukraine, amid ruble plunge
    Dec17

    Germany’s Merkel calls Putin to discuss situation in Ukraine, amid ruble plunge

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss possible steps to secure a comprehensive cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: FOX...

    Russian ruble on the way down
    Dec17

    Russian ruble on the way down

    MOSCOW — Russia’s embattled currency, the ruble, is down 3.5 percent at the opening of trading in Moscow.The ruble lost over 15 percent of its value this week despite Tuesday’s massive interest rate hike by the Russian central bank.The ruble has fallen sharply in recent weeks and is down more than 50 percent since January, due to...

    Russian ruble on the way down
    Dec17

    Russian ruble on the way down

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s embattled currency, the ruble, is down 3.5 percent at the opening of trading in Moscow. The ruble lost over 15 percent of its value this week despite Tuesday’s massive interest rate hike by the Russian central bank. The ruble has fallen sharply in recent weeks and is down more than 50 percent since January, due...

    Russian ruble on the way down
    Dec17

    Russian ruble on the way down

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s embattled currency, the ruble, is down 3.5 percent at the opening of trading in Moscow. The ruble lost over 15 percent of its value this week despite Tuesday’s massive interest rate hike by the Russian central bank. The ruble has fallen sharply in recent weeks and is down more than 50 percent since January, due...

    Rouble Crisis Could Shake Putin’s Grip on Power
    Dec17

    Rouble Crisis Could Shake Putin’s Grip on Power

    Russia failed to halt the collapse of the rouble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power. A 6.5 percentage point interest rate rise to 17 percent overnight failed to prevent the currency hitting record lows in a “perfect storm” of low oil prices, looming recession...

    putins next throw of the dice – prepare for the unexpected
    Dec17

    putins next throw of the dice – prepare for the unexpected

    Singapore 17. December 2014. Putin’s next throw of the dice – prepare for the unexpected. By: Joergen Oerstroem Moeller The falling the oil price combined with sanctions push Russia’s President Putin into a corner. Do not expect him willingly to accept that. Judged by watching his actions over recent years it is likely almost...

    2014: By the numbers
    Dec17

    2014: By the numbers

    TRIPS ABROAD Countries visited by Foreign Minister John Baird: 49 Trade missions led by Trade Minister Ed Fast: 13 (20 countries) HOUSE OF COMMONS REFERENCES* “Ukraine” 521 Conservative 269 read more …read more Source:...

    Russia Hints at U.S. Effort to Avoid a U.N. Showdown Over a Palestinian State
    Dec17

    Russia Hints at U.S. Effort to Avoid a U.N. Showdown Over a Palestinian State

    A top Russian diplomat said on Tuesday that the United States is preparing a resolution at the United Nations Security Council that it hopes will avert an immediate diplomatic showdown over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and restart the peace process. “We have the U.S. text at our disposal,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov,...

    Court Rejects Russia’s Appeal Over Oil Company Compensation
    Dec17

    Court Rejects Russia’s Appeal Over Oil Company Compensation

    Europe’s top human rights court said Tuesday that it had rejected an appeal from Russia over a ruling that it must pay 1.9 billion euros in damages to shareholders of defunct oil giant Yukos. Yukos, once worth $40 billion, was broken up and nationalized a decade ago, with most of its assets eventually handed to Rosneft, an energy giant run...

    Top 10 U.S. Conflict Prevention Priorities Going Into 2015: Survey
    Dec17

    Top 10 U.S. Conflict Prevention Priorities Going Into 2015: Survey

    The intensification of the crisis in Iraq due to advances by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the top conflict prevention priority for U.S. policymakers in 2015, according to leading experts who took part in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) seventh annual Preventive Priorities Survey. This fall, CFR’s...