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Shell Russia, Total stay put in Russia

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The head of Shell Russia says the company's strategy in Russia remained unchanged, although the firm is evaluating the implications of sanctions imposed by the West.

Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House

2014-09-18 12:35

In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, President Barack Obama will host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office after the leader speaks to a joint session of Congress.

Russia's FM hails Mugabe as Africa's legend

2014-09-17 15:23
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Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as an “African legend and historic figure”.

Rubbish-vigilante's litterbug rampage

2014-09-17 13:20

Ever wanted to do something about drivers who toss rubbish out of their windows? Watch as a rider takes action against littering drivers...by tossing trash at them!

UN: Nearly 370 000 have fled Ukraine

2014-09-16 21:41

Fighting in Ukraine has driven nearly 370 000 people to flee to neighbouring countries, most of them to Russia, the UN has said.

Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges

2014-09-16 20:15

Russian authorities told people not to panic as the battered ruble plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West, new sanctions and falling oil prices.

No change in tight oil plans - Russia

2014-09-16 17:33

Russia is not changing its plans for developing hard-to-extract oil despite Western sanctions, the minister of energy says.

Ukraine should steer middle course - business

2014-09-16 10:45

Ukraine should seek special trade deals with Russia and the EU and consider military non-alignment to help stabilise its economy, say business leaders.

Alrosa prospecting for Zim diamonds

2014-09-15 19:45

Diamond mining company Alrosa is partnering a Zimbabwe-Russia joint venture company to prospect for diamonds, Russia's trade and industry minister says.

No takers for Ukraine president's sweet empire

2014-09-15 12:27

Despite the opportunity it offers in a fast-growing market, it's not easy finding a buyer for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's $1.2bn confectionery empire.

Ukraine truce under threat as heavy fighting erupts

2014-09-14 21:12

Heavy fighting has erupted around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, piling further pressure on a precarious nine-day-old truce.

Truce brings no peace for Donetsk residents

2014-09-13 22:30

For people living near the Donetsk airport - where Ukrainian forces claimed to have repelled an assault by pro-Russian separatist fighters - there is no peace.

Branson: Flight ban will hurt Russia

2014-09-12 20:04

Russia will be the biggest loser if it carried out a threat to ban Western airlines from flying over its territory, says Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson.

Poland resumes gas supplies to Ukraine

2014-09-12 15:00

Poland has resumed natural gas deliveries to Ukraine after receiving a pledge that Russia's Gazprom would deliver requested supplies to PGNiG.

Shooting down of MH17 'most likely' scenario

2014-09-12 13:00

The possibility that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down from the ground is the "most likely" scenario being probed by dozens of detectives, a prosecutor says.

EU imposes new economic sanctions on Russia

2014-09-12 09:03

The European Union has put a new round of sanctions into effect against Russia, including restrictions on financing for some Russian state-owned companies.

Iran: West must drop 'illogical' nuclear demands

2014-09-11 17:42

Iran says world powers should abandon their “illogical demands” over its nuclear programme, ahead of talks to try to bridge wide differences in positions and end the decade-old dispute.

New Russia, Ukraine, EU gas talks set

2014-09-11 15:30

Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission will hold a new round of talks on the Russia-Ukraine gas pricing dispute in Berlin, says the Commission.

Putin: Russia to get new weapons

2014-09-10 17:02

Putin says Russia will not engage in an arms race but it will respond to all security challenges.

EU must keep pressure on Russia

2014-09-10 11:30

The European Union must keep up pressure on Russia over its involvement in the Ukrainian war because sanctions are having an effect.

East Ukraine city hit by shells during cease-fire

2014-09-09 14:38

Shelling has continued in Ukraine despite a cease-fire, injuring one woman, the city council of Donetsk says.

EU delays enforcing new Russia sanctions

2014-09-09 07:56

The European Union has adopted new sanctions against Russia but delayed enforcing them to leave time to assess whether a ceasefire in Ukraine is holding.

Ukraine: 1 200 captives held by rebels now free

2014-09-08 21:24

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced on that 1 200 captives held by pro-Russian rebels have been freed.

EU delays new Russia sanctions

2014-09-08 18:45

European Union governments have delayed signing off on a new package of sanctions against Russia over its involvement in Ukraine.

Russia hits back with hints at flight ban

2014-09-08 16:30

Russia has signalled a ban on Western airlines flying over its territory as part of an "asymmetrical" response to new European Union sanctions.

 

Rubbish-vigilante's litterbug rampage

2014-09-18 19:00

Do you hate litterers? Ever wanted to do something about drivers who toss rubbish out their windows? A rider takes action against littering drivers...by tossing trash at them. Watch the awesome clip.

Russian tycoon's arrest hits business climate

2014-09-18 10:28

Arresting a billionaire over vague accusations will further hurt Russia's economy, already brought low by Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

EU food producers to help with Russian ban

2014-09-17 13:30

EU officials have agreed new measures to help food producers hit by a Russian ban on agricultural imports.

Rubbish-vigilante's litterbug rampage

2014-09-17 11:39

Do you hate litterers? Ever wanted to do something about drivers who toss rubbish out their windows? A rider takes action against littering drivers...by tossing trash at them. Watch the awesome clip.

Zimbabwe, Russia sign $3bn platinum deal

2014-09-16 20:19

Zimbabwe has signed a $3bn deal with Russia that will see production of nearly 600 000 ounces of platinum a year.

Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016

2014-09-16 19:29

Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.

Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?

2014-09-16 12:36

From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight 'terrorism'. What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.

Russia plans pension raid to cushion sanctions

2014-09-15 20:05

The Russian government plans to raid the state’s pension fund to support big firms against Western sanctions as stricter EU measures are set to take their toll.

Russia to seal platinum deal with Zimbabwe

2014-09-15 18:53

Russia's Trade Minister Denis Manturov says his country is set to sign a major platinum mining deal with Zimbabwe as the two nations kicked off bilateral talks.

Russia to create anti-crisis fund

2014-09-15 10:15

Russia will create a multi-billion dollar anti-crisis fund in 2015 of money destined for the Pension Fund and some to help companies hit by sanctions.

Sanctions will freeze big foreign oil projects

2014-09-14 18:30

Fresh US and EU sanctions imposed on Moscow will bring an abrupt halt to exploration of Russia's huge Arctic and shale oil reserves.

Ukraine PM warns Russia wants all of Ukraine

2014-09-13 12:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal is to destroy Ukraine as an independent country and to restore the Soviet Union, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has said.

Russian Central Bank leaves rates on hold

2014-09-12 15:15

The Russian central bank has left its key interest rate on hold, arguing that inflation is still on track to hit its medium-term target.

Russia fears sanctions on refineries

2014-09-12 14:45

Any further Western sanctions which may aim at technology for Russia's modernising oil refineries could lead to gasoline shortages, a government official says.

West hits Russia with new sanctions

2014-09-12 09:10

The West has hit Russia with new sanctions over its role in the Ukraine conflict after Kiev admitted losing more ground to the rebels.

EU proposes new Ukraine, Russian gas talks

2014-09-11 18:25

Brussels says it has invited Russia and Ukraine to hold new EU-brokered talks in Berlin in a bid to end their dispute over gas deliveries.

Putin may delay Japan visit over sanctions

2014-09-11 16:15

President Vladimir Putin may delay his visit to Japan, because of sanctions Tokyo has imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

China, Russia to build seaport: report

2014-09-11 13:40

China and Russia will build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia's Sea of Japan coast, in a further sign of the powerhouses' growing alliance.

New Russia sanctions to be implemented: Merkel

2014-09-10 16:30

The European Union should go ahead with the announcement of new economic sanctions against Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged.

MH17 likely downed by outside impacts

2014-09-09 14:38

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," a preliminary report into the deadly aviation disaster concluded.

Rosneft struggles to grow, sanctions hit Russia

2014-09-09 11:15

The Kremlin's prized oil firm Rosneft is cutting staff and production and selling stakes in Siberian fields in the strongest evidence to date.

EU approves Russian sanctions 'within days'

2014-09-09 05:00

The European Union has agreed to a new wave of sanctions against Russia, but said their entry into force would take a few days.

Putin, Poroshenko to continue dialogue

2014-09-08 21:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed in a phone conversation to continue dialogue aimed at ending the conflict in east Ukraine.

Ukraine death toll tops 3 000 if MH17 crash included

2014-09-08 17:25

The UN has said the number of people confirmed killed in the Ukraine conflict has risen above 3 000 if the victims of the MH17 plane crash are included.

Top Russian oil companies on EU sanctions list

2014-09-08 14:45

The EU has put Russia's top oil producers on a list of Russian state-owned firms that will not be allowed to raise capital on European markets, says a diplomat.

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