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Clashes resume ahead of Ukraine peace talks

2014-12-19 21:49

Ukrainian forces lost five soldiers in a sudden resurgence of clashes ahead of peace talks aimed at ending the separatist conflict and mending East-West ties.

Putin: Russia will overcome 'perfect storm'

2014-12-19 07:52

President Vladimir Putin has assured Russians the economy will rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide, but offers no remedy for a deepening financial crisis.

Firms scramble to ease rouble pain

2014-12-18 16:19

Russian firms are scrambling to restructure the terms of foreign currency loans as the rouble's decline pushes up the cost of debt servicing.

Merkel: Russian sanctions remain unavoidable

2014-12-18 13:53

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that sanctions against Russia over Ukraine remain unavoidable as long as Moscow does not respect Ukrainian sovereignty.

Western sanctions on Russia may last for decades

2014-12-18 11:05

Western sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last 'for a very long time', Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev says.

Putin and the rouble rout

2014-12-18 07:39

Russia is not the West and Putin may well survive unscathed, says Leopold Scholtz.

Putin holds late-night Ukraine talks with EU

2014-12-17 13:16

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts have agreed in a phone call that talks surrounding eastern Ukraine are to resume as soon as possible.

Merkel calls Putin over Ukraine, amid ruble plunge

2014-12-17 10:30

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

Russia sees no price floor for oil

2014-12-17 06:00

Russia says it will not cut oil output to help prop up prices despite its economy showing signs of severe stress and its currency collapsing.

FIFA rejects appeal over corruption report

2014-12-16 14:48

FIFA rejected an appeal by a former US prosecutor against the handling of his inquiry into alleged corruption around the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Study: How humans tamed wild horses

2014-12-16 10:32

Humans tamed horses some 5 500 years ago, and an international study of ancient and modern horse genes has shed light on the traits people saw as valuable, including speed, vigor and learning ability.

US Congress passes fresh sanctions on Russia

2014-12-14 11:15

The US Congress has unanimously approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia and lethal weapons for Kiev, defying President Obama.

Sex romp in Moscow metro

2014-12-12 19:31

Moscow's ageing Soviet metro system became the unlikely scene for sexual antics this week as a thrill-seeking young couple crept into a tunnel and made love on the tracks.

Russia central bank lifts key lending rate

2014-12-11 19:39

Russia's central bank has raised its main lending rate by 100 basis points to 10.5% to prop up the rouble.

Ukraine army, rebels to pull back heavy weapons

2014-12-10 14:53

The Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels are due to start pulling back heavy weapons from the frontline, after an agreed ceasefire.

Moldova dirty bomb 'smugglers' arrested

2014-12-09 16:01

Moldovan police say they have detained seven people on suspicion of smuggling uranium and mercury from Russia to be used in a dirty bomb.

Budget will reveal Russia trip costs

2014-12-09 06:12

President Jacob Zuma will answer questions on the cost of his trips to Russia between 2011 and 2014 in the Presidency's budgets, he said.

Hungary PM reeling from pipeline set-back

2014-12-07 15:18

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused Brussels of sabotaging the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project.

France's Hollande meets Putin

2014-12-06 20:10

French President Francois Hollande has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Ukraine crisis during a brief stopover at a Moscow airport.

Soldiers dying as Ukraine creeps towards truce

2014-12-05 19:21

Ukraine has lost another six soldiers in the past day amid fresh reports of intense fighting for control of a flashpoint eastern airport despite tentative steps towards a comprehensive truce.

West wants to undermine Russia - Putin

2014-12-04 20:29

President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of exploiting the Ukraine crisis to undermine an increasingly confident Russia, and said Crimea was "sacred" to Moscow.

Putin pressured to cure ailing economy

2014-12-04 12:11

President Vladimir Putin is under pressure to show he has a prescription to cure Russia's rapidly growing economic ills.

Why Russia loves Putin

2014-12-04 07:29

Putin is restoring deeply wounded pride and self-respect, says Leopold Scholtz.

Kalashnikov fight Russia sanctions with fashion

2014-12-02 22:27

The makers of Russia's iconic AK-47 assault rifle are moving into fashion to get around Western sanctions on its weapons.

Ukraine government, rebels agree on new cease-fire

2014-12-02 16:10

Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces in the Luhansk region have agreed on a new cease-fire, international monitors say.

 

Defending rouble costs Russia $400bn

2014-12-19 15:15

Defending the rouble has cost Russia $80bn this year and while the slide has only been slowed, it looks all right by any yardstick of whether reserves are adequate.

80% back Putin even as ruble falls

2014-12-18 18:30
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The ruble has lost more than half its value and Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into a pariah, yet most Russians see him not as the cause, but as the solution.

Cees Bruggemans: As Russia disappears down a sinkhole, what’s Putin’s next move?

2014-12-18 15:24

It has been known for some time that Russian banks and corporates will not be able to refinance in Western debts markets any time soon their outstanding foreign currency debts of some $600bn.

Putin: Rouble will rise again

2014-12-18 12:33

President Vladimir Putin says Russia's economy will rebound after the rouble's collapse against the dollar, but warned that it could take two years.

Mark Mobius: Emerging Markets poised to outperform in 2015

2014-12-18 07:52

OK, so Mark Mobius could be accused of talking his book. But the world’s foremost expert on Emerging Markets, a title won through years of being mostly right, is as bullish on developing world investments as he’s ever been.

Oil falls below $59, but production continues

2014-12-17 16:09

Brent crude oil has fallen below $59 a barrel, near 5-1/2-year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they will maintain output despite a supply glut.

Russia selling reserves to support rouble

2014-12-17 12:05

Russia's finance ministry is selling its foreign currency to support the rouble, a spokesperson told AFP.

Rouble crisis could shake Putin's grip

2014-12-17 09:28

Russia's failure to halt the collapse of the rouble has left President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power.

Rouble collapses as oil prices decline

2014-12-16 15:53

Russia's central bank has raised its key interest rate in an emergency move to halt a collapse in the rouble as oil prices decline.

Lawmakers press Obama to back Russian sanctions

2014-12-16 14:35

Republicans and Democrats have spoken with one voice in pressing President Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine.

Russia denies near miss in Baltic skies

2014-12-14 17:58

Russia's defence ministry has denied Swedish claims that for the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft nearly collided with a passenger jet over Sweden.

Russia threatens response if US sets new sanctions

2014-12-13 16:34
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Russia has responded angrily to news that US senators had passed a bill calling for fresh sanctions against Moscow and the supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.

Ukraine: Truce results in first casualty-free day

2014-12-12 08:33

Ukraine's president says a fragile truce between his government’s troops and Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine has resulted in the first day free of deaths or injuries for his soldiers.

Truce holds in Ukraine, but next steps uncertain

2014-12-10 21:58

A day-old ceasefire has largely held along the bloodied frontline in eastern Ukraine, but hopes of peace talks and pulling back heavy weaponry still hung in the balance.

Nato intercepts more Russian bombers

2014-12-09 18:19

Nato aircraft have intercepted a significant force of six Russian nuclear-capable bombers over the Baltic Sea.

France: Cargo plane detained in Nigeria has no weapons

2014-12-09 13:26

A Russian cargo plane that Nigerian authorities detained over the weekend had no weapons on it but was carrying two French army helicopters out of CAR, the French ambassador says.

Concerns about emerging market company debt

2014-12-08 06:00

Cross-border debt issued by emerging market companies may be less stable than it appears due to the increasing role of overseas subsidiaries, a report shows.

Nigeria detains Russian cargo plane

2014-12-06 20:20

Nigeria has detained a Russian cargo plane and its French-speaking crew on after it made an unauthorised landing in the northern city of Kano.

Russia expanding power in Ossetia

2014-12-06 07:05

The Georgian president says Russia is planning to expand its authority over South Ossetia.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree truce

2014-12-04 21:28

Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels have agreed to a ceasefire across the eastern war zone.

Turkey frets after Putin picks it for gas role

2014-12-04 15:45

Russia's offer of a centre stage role in its revised gas export plans to Turkey has been greeted with more muted applause in Ankara than Moscow.

Gun battle breaks out in Chechen capital

2014-12-04 10:19

A gun battle has broken out in the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, puncturing the patina of stability ensured by years of heavy-handed rule by a Kremlin-appointed leader.

Rouble hits record low

2014-12-03 12:23

The rouble has turned back down, reaching new record lows against the dollar and the euro as trading began, before recovering slightly.

US to discuss new Russia sanctions with Europe

2014-12-02 17:46

US Secretary of State John Kerry will talk to European allies this week about imposing further sanctions on Russia if pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine do not halt violence.

Russia's pipeline falls victim to Ukraine crisis

2014-12-02 09:30

Russia's $40bn South Stream gas pipeline project has fallen victim to plunging energy prices and the political standoff between the European Union and Moscow.

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