Netanyahu Orders Military to Ready Wider Gaza Incursion

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img Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he ordered the military to prepare to widen a ground operation against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip which began after days of aerial bombardment.

Israeli soldiers, backed by tanks, heavy artillery, aircraft and warships, moved into the Hamas-controlled enclave late yesterday after 2,100 air strikes over 10 days failed to quash barrages

Russian Billionaires in ‘Horror’ as Putin Risks Isolation

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img Russia’s richest businessmen are increasingly frantic that President Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine will lead to crippling sanctions and are too scared of reprisal to say so publicly, billionaires and analysts said.

If Putin doesn’t move to end the war in Ukraine in the wake of last week’s downing of a Malaysia Air jet in rebel-held territory, he risks becoming an international outcast l

Obama Contraceptive Insurance Rule Narrowed by Supreme Court

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img The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s health-care law, ruling that closely held companies can refuse on religious grounds to offer birth-control coverage to their workers.

Voting 5-4, the justices today said family-run businesses including the craft-store chain Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. can claim a religious exemption from the requirement that they include contraceptive

EU signs trade pact with Ukraine, threatens sanctions on Russia

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img The European Union signed an historic free-trade pact with Ukraine on Friday and warned it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Brussels to sign a far-reaching trade and political cooperation agreement with the EU that has been at the heart of months of dead

Obama Seeks $500 Million to Arm Moderate Syrian Forces

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img President Barack Obama asked Congress to approve $500 million to arm and train “moderate” Syrian rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as the administration seeks to rein in Sunni extremists whose fight has spilled across the Syrian border into Iraq.

“Appropriately vetted elements of the moderate Syrian armed opposition,” would receive the aid through the U.S. Defense Department, National

Putin Pals Dealing With U.S. Firms Make Sanctions Useless

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img To see why U.S. economic sanctions against Russia are likely to have limited impact, follow the spending of a small Delaware-incorporated, Nasdaq-traded television company named CTC Media Inc. (CTCM)

While CTC Media has a market capitalization of just $1.7 billion, it’s a good example of the way Russia’s economy has become so closely intertwined with U.S. business that it’s difficult to separa

Putin Asks Lawmakers to Revoke Right to Use Force in Ukraine

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img Russian President Vladimir Putin asked lawmakers to rescind the approval they granted him to use force in Ukraine in a conciliatory gesture before his trip to Europe that sent shares and the ruble higher.

The request was made ahead of Putin’s visit to Vienna today to help stabilize the situation in Ukraine after peace talks began, Dmitry Peskov, his spokesman, said by telephone. The upper hous

Putin Meets Obama, Poroshenko Amid Talk of Cease-Fire

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img Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. President Barack Obama and held his first talks with Ukraine’s new leader, Petro Poroshenko, as France used D-Day commemorations to seek a breakthrough in the Ukraine crisis.

President Francois Hollande brokered a meeting between Putin and Poroshenko in northern France today that lasted about 15 minutes, according to the French government. Obama a

Russia Gives Ukraine Leeway on Gas as Five Rebels Killed

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img Russia gave Ukraine an extra week to pay in advance for gas supplies or risk a cutoff, as the Ukrainian government said its forces killed five pro-Russian rebels in an upsurge in fighting in the eastern city of Luhansk.

Russian gas export monopoly OAO Gazprom (OGZD) eased tensions by moving back the deadline for Ukraine to start prepaying to June 9 from tomorrow. Gazprom Chief Executive Office

Obama Proposes Deep Cuts to Power-Plant Emissions

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img President Barack Obama is proposing cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions from the nation’s power plants by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels, a key part of his plan to fight climate change that also carries political risks.

The proposal, issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, represents the boldest steps the U.S. has taken to fight global warming, with the administration

Ukraine to push on with army offensive, row grows over Russian fighters reports

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img Ukraine's government vowed on Friday to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter, amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.

President-elect Petro Poroshenko, who scored an overwhelming first-round victory in a poll on May 25, swore to punish those responsible for the shoot

Rebels Kill 14 Downing Ukraine Chopper as Russia Sees War

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img Pro-Russian rebels downed a military helicopter in eastern Ukraine, killing 13 troops and a general, as an adviser to President Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. of pushing the world toward war through proxies in Kiev.

Insurgents shot down an Mi-8 transport chopper with a shoulder-fired missile amid heavy fighting in Slovyansk, 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the Russian border, Speaker Oleksand

Ukrainian Forces Inflict Rebel Losses After Poroshenko Win

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img Ukraine’s government said it inflicted “significant” losses on pro-Russian rebels in the east and retook Donetsk airport a day after President-elect Petro Poroshenko vowed to wipe out the separatists.

Troops killed “dozens” of rebels without suffering any losses, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said, while the mayor’s office in Donetsk said 40 people died and 31 were wounded. Gunmen also broke

Billion-dollar medical project helped fund “Putin’s palace” on the Black Sea

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img Two associates of President Vladimir Putin profited from a state scheme to buy expensive medical equipment - and sent money to Swiss bank accounts linked to a property known as “Putin’s palace”

MOSCOW - In 2005, President Vladimir Putin personally ordered up a vast programme to improve Russia’s poor healthcare facilities. Five years later, authorities found that suppliers were charging some ho

Russia, China sign important gas deal

Posted by Forexsq 62 days ago (
img Russia has agreed to supply China with natural gas for 30 years from 2018 under a long-awaited agreement struck Wednesday.

The two sides had been working on a deal for a decade, but the agreement has gained significance with Europe looking to reduce its dependence on Russian gas as relations with Moscow sour over the crisis in Ukraine.

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