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Putin, EU Presidents Meet in Rapid-Fire Summit – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalBRUSSELS—Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rapid-fire summit in Brussels with the European Union’s leadership duo Tuesday with both sides acknowledging serious differences but seeking to steer ties onto a more constructive path. With bilateral …Putin Is Given Cool Reception at EU HeadquartersNew York TimesPutin criticizes EU’s diplomacy in UkraineHouston ChronicleUPDATE 1-Russia says […]

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Congressman Keating: Americans in Sochi should be safe, cautious – USA TODAY

USA TODAYImmediately upon returning from a trip to Sochi in advance of the Winter Olympics, Congressman William R. Keating (D-Mass.) told reporters Wednesday night that the Russian security effort is impressive and that Americans should be safe. But he advised …Germany to send 152 athletes to Sochi OlympicsWashington PostWild Stars Advise Family to Stay Home […]

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Syria hands Aleppo ceasefire plan to Russia, wants prisoner swap – Reuters

ReutersMOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Friday he had handed Russia plans for a ceasefire with rebel forces in Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, and was ready to exchange lists on a possible prisoner swap. Washington and …Syria conflict: Government offers prisoner exchangeBBC NewsSyria ready for prisoner swap, Aleppo ceasefireThe HinduDamascus Says […]

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Report: 18 die as second bomb attack in 2 months strikes Russian city – CNN

CNNMoscow (CNN) — An explosion at a train station in Volgograd, Russia, killed at least 18 people on Sunday, Russian media reported. The RIA Novosti news agency also said dozens were injured, citing police. The ITAR-TASS news agency reported a lower …Suicide bomber kills 14 in Russia’s southHouston ChronicleFemale Suicide Bomber Kills Over a Dozen […]

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Icebreakers Rush To Free Russian Ship – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyThree icebreaking vessels are on their way to reach a Russian ship that is trapped in ice off the coast of Antarctica. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said on December 26 it had received a distress message the previous day from the “Akademik …Time of celebration and worshipThe AustralianAntarctic rescue of ship trapped in […]

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Freed Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky reunited with son – BBC News

BBC NewsRussian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been reunited with his son after being freed from jail. A spokesman for Khodorkovsky confirmed the reunion as he spent his first night of freedom in a decade, at a hotel in the German capital Berlin.Mikhail Khodorkovsky reunited with son in BerlinTelegraph.co.ukMikhail Khodorkovsky, former Russian billionaire pardoned […]

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Putin-Ukraine Rapprochement Seen Frustrating Russian Steelmakers – Businessweek

BusinessweekRussian steelmakers may be frustrated by an agreement between President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych to strengthen ties, according to BCS Financial Group and Deutsche Bank AG. “Domestic producers may face a little …Russia’s Gazprom may gain despite cheaper gas to UkraineReutersAnalysts Weigh In on Ukraine’s Russian LifelineWall Street JournalUkraine’s Prime Minister […]

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Russia state news agency gets controversial chief – Businessweek

BusinessweekMOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed a controversial news anchor to head a restructured state news agency, a move signaling the Kremlin’s intention to tighten control over the media and use it increasingly for propaganda of …Putin stokes controversy with news agency shake-upAFPREFILE-Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on Russia mediaReutersRIA […]