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    Dollar Grows Elusive as Russian Ruble Plunges
    Dec16

    Dollar Grows Elusive as Russian Ruble Plunges

    The official exchange rate was still in the 60s, and the sign on the currency exchange kiosk’s door said there were U.S. dollars on sale at 80 rubles. The woman at the window wanted 85. At the exchange points that are a fixture across the Russian capital, those seeking dollars to protect their savings from the ruble’s collapse were...

    Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine
    Dec16

    Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says “Russia has made constructive moves” on the Ukraine crisis that could open the path to resolving the conflict and easing or lifting international economic sanctions. While holding a series of meetings on world issues, Kerry said improvements in the eastern Ukraine cease-fire, progress on negotiating a line...

    Autopsy Ordered on German MP Who Criticized Russia
    Dec16

    Autopsy Ordered on German MP 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 towards the Kremlin, state prosecutors said. Andreas Schockenhoff, a deputy parliamentary floor leader for Chancellor Angela...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hails First Full Overnight Truce in Rebel East
    Dec16

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hails First Full Overnight Truce in Rebel East

    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 also stressed progress had been made on the implementation of the cease-fire, but said one...

    Ruble Plunges to New Lows Despite Rate Hike
    Dec16

    Ruble Plunges to New Lows Despite Rate Hike

    The ruble has tumbled to another historic low, despite an emergency attempt by Russia to prop up the rapidly declining currency. In a surprise move late Monday, Moscow’s Central Bank dramatically raised interest rates to 17 percent from 10.5 percent. The move came after the Russian currency experienced its largest one-day decline since...

    Ukraine PM: $10B Needed to Avoid Bankruptcy
    Dec16

    Ukraine PM: $10B Needed to Avoid Bankruptcy

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his country urgently needs $10 billion to avoid bankruptcy. After meeting with European Union ministers in Brussels Monday, reporters asked Yatsenyuk when he needs the money. He replied “yesterday.” Ukraine’s war with pro-Russian separatists has battered an already bad economy....

    Russian Ruble Falls to New Lows
    Dec15

    Russian Ruble Falls to New Lows

    The value of the Russian ruble plunged to new lows Monday against the dollar and euro, with Moscow’s central bank predicting higher inflation and the national economy tumbling into a recession. The ruble weakened by more than 5 percent, breaking through the level of 60 to the dollar and 75 to the euro for the first time. The Russian...

    Russian Arms Sales Soared in 2013, Bucking Global Slowdown
    Dec15

    Russian Arms Sales Soared in 2013, Bucking Global Slowdown

    Russian arms makers’ sales soared 20 percent in 2013, bucking a slowdown in other countries’ industries, largely thanks to a Kremlin push to modernize its military, the SIPRI think tank said on Monday. Russia’s figures were strong enough to slow a three-year decline in global arms sales caused mainly by Washington’s...

    UN: Around 1,300 Killed in Ukraine Since Cease-fire
    Dec15

    UN: Around 1,300 Killed in Ukraine Since Cease-fire

    Around 1,300 people have been killed in Ukraine’s separatist conflict since a September cease-fire, according to a U.N. report that said many living in the country’s rebel-held east were struggling to survive. As of Dec. 12, 4,707 combatants and civilians had been killed since pro-Russian rebels seized eastern regions near the border...

    Kerry, Lavrov Meeting Again on Ukraine Conflict
    Dec14

    Kerry, Lavrov Meeting Again on Ukraine Conflict

    The top U.S. and Russian diplomats are meeting in Rome in a new bid to ease tensions in Ukraine, but their latest talks are complicated by U.S. legislation calling for military aid to be sent to Kyiv forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were...

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