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Russia, Iran to Create Joint Bank for Transactions in National Currencies

The Iranian ambassador added that relations between Moscow and Tehran “are actively developing” and that 2014 was “a very fruitful year” for both countries. MOSCOW, January 27 (Sputnik) – Russia and Iran plan to create a joint account in for their national currencies for trade, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei told RIA Novosti in an interview Tuesday. “Both sides plan to create a joint bank, or joint account, so that payments may be made in rubles and rials and there is an agreement to create a working group [for this],” [...] Read more ...

via Sputniknews
27 Jan 2015

Statement of the Heads of State or Government

The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. It consists of the heads of state or government of the member states, together with its President and the President of the Commission. Also known informally as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU coun [...] Read more ...

via Europa
27 Jan 2015

No exit

Ukrainian prisoners of war marching towards an exchange in Donetsk IN CONFLICT, physical changes often happen quickly: a road is closed, an apartment block [...] Read more ...

via Economist
27 Jan 2015

Активисту из Петербурга, пообещавшему судье люстрацию, грозит уголовное дело

Следственный отдел СКР по Приморскому району Санкт-Петербурга проводит доследственную проверку в отношении политического активиста Льва Дмитриева, который в ходе рассмотрения дела об адми [...] Read more ...

via Zona
27 Jan 2015

Podcast: Russia voting rights, abortion, Islamist terror and the plight of Europe’s Christians – Julia Kronlid’s ‘newbie’ guide to the Assembly...

Vicky Claeys – “Europe’s review of abortion rights is part of a war against women” Tackling intolerance and discrimination in Europe with a special focus on Christians Podcast: In this podcast, new assembly member Julia Kronlid gives her views on the key themes and debates at this week’s session. The Sweden Democrats MP highlights the thr [...] Read more ...

via Humanrightseurope
27 Jan 2015

Market Reacts as Russia Cut to Junk

Russia’s rating downgrade by Standard & Poor’s into junk territory late Monday is only the latest blow to Russia’s monthslong financial crisis, but it's caused a fresh round of selling in the battered ruble. Read more ...

via Wsj
27 Jan 2015

Russia’s Preemptive Counter-Revolution

Russia's return to dictatorship does not represent any form of continuity with the country's imperial ambition, cultural traditions, or national character. As the Ukraine crisis shows, President Vladimir Putin's only interest is in protecting his regime and its elites. Read more ...

via Project-syndicate
27 Jan 2015

Islamic State attacks Libya hotel

Islamic State militants have carried out a deadly attack on a hotel popular with tourists and officials in Libya's capital, Tripoli. The gunmen also detonated a car bomb before storming the building. Read more ...

via Dw
27 Jan 2015

Russia Producer Prices Change

Producer Prices in Russia increased 5.90 percent in December of 2014 over the same month in the previous year. Producer Prices Change in Russia averaged 11.05 percent from 2005 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 33.70 percent in July of 2008 and a record low of -12.30 percent in July of 2009. Producer Prices Change in Russia is reported by th [...] Read more ...

via Tradingeconomics
27 Jan 2015