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    Facebook completes purchase of WhatsApp
    Oct08

    Facebook completes purchase of WhatsApp

    (JTA) — Facebook completed its purchase of the the mobile messaging service WhatsApp for nearly $22 billion in cash and stock. The transaction was completed on Monday, Facebook paid about $ 2 billion more than when the deal was announced in February due to a rise in the price of Facebook shares. Facebook named WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum...

    The Russian Ruble Is Collapsing
    Oct08

    The Russian Ruble Is Collapsing

    The Russian ruble has collapsed to a record low against the central bank’s basket of dollars and euros despite intervention by the central bank to prop it up. So far burning through more of the country’s reserves has done little to support the currency as grim economic forecasts, rising inflation and sanctions over the crisis in...

    Poland Warns Russia On Sanctions
    Oct08

    Poland Warns Russia On Sanctions

    Poland’s foreign minister has warned Russia could face even further sanctions unless Moscow’s policy in Ukraine changes. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukrainian Students to Take Russians’ Places in U.S. Exchange Program
    Oct08

    Ukrainian Students to Take Russians’ Places in U.S. Exchange Program

    Russia’s decision to cancel a longstanding high school exchange program with the United States has opened more slots for students from Ukraine. …read more Source: The New York...

    Crimea’s Tatars Say Russian Rule Repressive
    Oct08

    Crimea’s Tatars Say Russian Rule Repressive

    Concerns are rising about the future of Crimean Tatars, after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia earlier this year. Despite promises of inclusion, Tatar leaders say their minority community is facing persecution. Bill Rodgers narrates this report from VOA’s Danila Galperovich. …read more Source: Voice of...

    Peacemaker Putin?
    Oct08

    Peacemaker Putin?

    Walking down East 20th street in the Gramercy neighborhood of New York City, you may pass a tile shop or two, a delicious Thai restaurant, and starting today, a pop-up shop dedicated to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Julius Kacinskis, Emily Anne Epstein/The AtlanticThe “Peacemaker” store and brand is the brainchild of Julius...

    Let’s Take a Look at Vladimir Putin’s Birthday Gifts
    Oct08

    Let’s Take a Look at Vladimir Putin’s Birthday Gifts

    Today is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday. He chose to make it a low-key affair: Putin spent the day in remote Siberia, about 200 miles away from the nearest town. His spokesperson said the president was planning to “rest” and wouldn’t disclose who, if anyone, was invited to the quiet birthday party. Across...

    World War II, Through the Eyes of a Red Army Medic
    Oct08

    World War II, Through the Eyes of a Red Army Medic

    Yevdokia Ivanovna Syemchonok was small, somehow reminding me of an aging falcon, her sharp eyes fading as she blinked in the bright light. Ninety-four, she stood straight and resisted my attempt to take her arm. In the Moscow apartment we sat at her daughter’s table, her grandson Alexei on her right to translate. She had brought photographs...

    Ukraine Wants New IMF Bailout Deal As War Takes Economic Toll
    Oct07

    Ukraine Wants New IMF Bailout Deal As War Takes Economic Toll

    As the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank gets under way in Washington, Ukraine wants to adjust the terms of its $17 billion bailout. Kyiv says the country is now at war and needs to build new armed forces. But some analysts say the terms of the loans could backfire on Ukraine’s economy. Henry Ridgwell...

    Ralph Goldman, former JDC head and a builder of Israel, dies at 100
    Oct07

    Ralph Goldman, former JDC head and a builder of Israel, dies at 100

    Then-Israeli President Shimon Peres, standing, greets Ralph Goldman at a salute for the former American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee leader’s 100th birthday in 2014. (Courtesy JDC) JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ralph Goldman, who as a young man helped shepherd the State of Israel into existence and later devoted his professional life to bringing...