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    Russia Dismisses British Litvinenko Inquiry Findings
    Jan21

    Russia Dismisses British Litvinenko Inquiry Findings

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry is dismissing a British inquiry’s conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin “probably” approved a 2006 assassination operation in which the country’s spy agency poisoned its former agent Alexander Litvinenko in London. “We regret that the purely criminal case has been politicized and...

    Russian Space Agency Scales Back Plans as Crisis Shrinks Budget
    Jan21

    Russian Space Agency Scales Back Plans as Crisis Shrinks Budget

    Russia will spend 30 percent less on its space program in the next decade and scale back a slew of projects to save money in the face of tanking oil prices and a falling ruble, a plan presented by the country’s space agency showed on Wednesday, According to the blueprint, presented to Russian media by Igor Komarov, head of space agency...

    Oil Slump Sends Russian Ruble to All-time Low
    Jan21

    Oil Slump Sends Russian Ruble to All-time Low

    The Russian ruble struck a new record low on Wednesday as fresh falls in world oil prices deepened investor worries about Russia’s contracting, commodity-dependent economy. The ruble was trading down 4.6 percent at 82.16 to the dollar at 1715 GMT after earlier reaching a historic low of 82.29 earlier in the session. It was 4.6 percent lower...

    UN Foresees Slight Improvement in Global Growth
    Jan20

    UN Foresees Slight Improvement in Global Growth

    The United Nations foresees a slight improvement in world economic growth over the next two years, following last year’s less than stellar performance. According to the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 report — jointly published by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development and the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe — the...

    Avalanche in French Alps Kills 5 Military, Two Others Injured
    Jan18

    Avalanche in French Alps Kills 5 Military, Two Others Injured

    An avalanche killed at least five military personnel and seriously injured two other servicemen on Monday while they were skiing in the French Alps, local authorities said. The avalanche happened in early afternoon in Valfrejus in the department of Savoie and caught 51 military personnel by surprise as they were skiing off-piste, the police said...

    Russian Ruble Hits Year Low as Oil Prices Weaken
    Jan18

    Russian Ruble Hits Year Low as Oil Prices Weaken

    The Russian ruble, battered by weak oil prices, on Monday dropped to a new low and broke an all-time record against the euro. The national currency was down 1.8 percent at 79 rubles to the dollar by 5 p.m. Moscow time (1400GMT), its lowest mid-trading level since December 2014. The ruble fell to an all-time low against the euro as the Central...

    Kerry, Lavrov to Meet on Syria, Ukraine
    Jan15

    Kerry, Lavrov to Meet on Syria, Ukraine

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have agreed to meet for talks on Syria and Ukraine Wednesday in Zurich. The U.S. State Department said Thursday Lavrov and Kerry agreed to meet after speaking by telephone. The Russian foreign ministry said Kerry and Lavrov were talking “on the instructions of the...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko: Restoration of Sovereignty Top Priority for 2016
    Jan14

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko: Restoration of Sovereignty Top Priority for 2016

    Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, said on Thursday he expected territory in the east held by Russian-backed rebels to return to Ukrainian control before the end of the year. At the same time, he said he hopes to set into motion mechanisms that would lead to the “de-occupation” of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. Speaking in Kyiv...

    Obama, Putin Discuss World Crises
    Jan14

    Obama, Putin Discuss World Crises

    U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by telephone Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a number of issues, White House officials said. The two leaders discussed ongoing efforts to bring an end to the civil war in Syria and abiding by the terms of a cease-fire in Ukraine. “They spent a significant portion of their time discussing...

    Avalanche in French Alps Kills Three
    Jan13

    Avalanche in French Alps Kills Three

    An avalanche Wednesday in the French Alps killed two French high school students and a Ukrainian skier. Three other people were seriously injured. Officials said the avalanche struck at Les Deux Alpes ski resort, 50 kilometers from the Italian border, engulfing a group of 10 students and their teacher who were there on a school trip from Lyon....

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