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New US sanctions on Moscow would ‘make Cold War look like child’s play’ – top Russian banker

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 21:37 A further tightening of anti-Russia sanctions, reportedly being considered by Washington, would have such a devastating effect that the Cold War rivalry would pale in comparison, Sberbank CEO Herman Gref has warned. New, potentially far-reaching US sanctions against Moscow would “make the Cold War look like child’s play,” the CEO of Russia’s largest commercial ...

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Russian man stabbed for wearing smelly socks on plane

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 20:26 A quarrel over smelly socks between two plane passengers escalated into a fight on arrival, which saw one of them ending up in hospital with a serious stab wound, police in Russia’s Kaliningrad Region has said. The case dates back to last week, but details only came to light recently. It emerged that a ...

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Indonesian bakery refuses to make ‘Merry Christmas’ cake on religious grounds

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 17:53 A pastry shop in Indonesia has refused to write a Christmas greeting on a cake as it goes against their “religious principles.” The owners later apologized for the incident, allowing customers to make their own inscriptions. Chocolicous Indonesia, from the city of Makassar, declined the request of a customer who wanted to wish his ...

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Iranian MPs back bill recognizing Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 18:29 Iranian MPs have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bill that would see Jerusalem recognized as the capital of the Palestinian State during a parliamentary session Sunday. The motion was backed by 187 of the 233 deputies, with 15 voting against and 9 abstaining, Iranian media reported. The measure will become Article 1 of ...

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It’s a trap! Guardian’s Luke Harding goes on Russia collusion book promo, grilled for actual facts

When you go promoting your latest book about evil Russia forcing Trump on America, it might be wise to check who is lining you up for interviews. Otherwise, you could be asked uncomfortable questions about things like evidence. This is what the Guardian’s former Moscow correspondent, Luke Harding, might tell fellow authors after a rather awkward interview with Aaron Maté ...

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Saudi Arabia bars Israel from taking part in chess championship

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 16:53 Edited time: 24 Dec, 2017 16:53 Riyadh has refused to issue visas for Israeli players who were expected to take part in a Saudi-hosted chess tournament, the World Chess Federation said. Israel says it is considering a response. The speed chess tournament, named after King Salman, will see “the world’s highest IQs and greatest ...

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Brains over bucks: Putin hints AI may be key to Russia beating US in defense despite budget gap

Advanced weapon systems and lack of necessity for bases in foreign nations are key factors that will allow the Russian military to defend the nation, despite receiving far less funding than their US counterparts, Putin said. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of top defense ministry officials at the new Strategic Missile Academy east of Moscow. The ...

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Child killed, 70,000 left without power as Poland hit by strong winds on Christmas Eve

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 14:55 A seven-year-old child was killed and over 70,000 people were left without electricity on Christmas Eve in Poland, which was hit by winds of up to 95kph early on Sunday. A tree fell on a moving car in Koscierzyna County on Poland’s Baltic Sea coast. A seven-year-old boy was killed in the accident. His ...

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Neutron star merger left behind a black hole, study says

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 09:36 A collapse of two neutron stars, which made headlines this year as the first-ever observation of gravitational waves confirmed by other signals, left behind a black hole, further study has revealed. The GW170817 event reported by scientists of LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) earlier this year is considered one of this year’s most significant ...

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‘Our country, not Netanyahu’s’: Thousands join anti-PM rallies across Israel (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Thousands of people across Israel have joined marches against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the fourth consecutive week, demanding his resignation following several corruption allegations. Protesters gathered on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard on Saturday, carrying signs reading “big business, politicians, and the underworld” and “go home, corrupt ones!”  “I came to be like everybody, against the corruption, and against the ...

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