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    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...