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Duma gives first nod to bill ordering life sentences for sex crimes against minors

The Russian Lower House has passed, in the first reading, a motion to tighten laws on sex crimes against children – with punishments of up to life in prison and the removal of the statute of limitations in all such cases. Currently sex with minors is punished with up to four years behind bars, but the term can be increased ...

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Rallies are held across Russia against proposals to raise official retirement age

Demonstrations against a draft bill that envisages raising the retirement age were held across Russia on Sunday. The vast majority of the gatherings were sanctioned by the authorities and took place without any incident. The rallies attracted quite a low turnout and many cities saw only few dozen people showing up, according to opposition estimates. Russia’s law enforcement has not ...

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‘Planned’ carnage: Annapolis shooter ‘made threats against paper for years’ but no charges pressed

Jarrod Ramos, the suspect in a deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, allegedly made threats against the newspaper for years after it wrote about him in 2011. The newspaper refused to press criminal charges. Ramos blasted through the glass entrance to the newsroom with a pump-action shotgun on Thursday, opening fire as staff crawled under desks to ...

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Sanctions against Iran to push oil prices to $90 a barrel – analysts

Disruption to crude oil supplies from Iran as a result of US sanctions may push oil prices to $ 90 a barrel, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Washington’s tough stance against the Islamic Republic, along with reported declines in US stockpiles, has already driven American crude prices to the highest level since 2014. US crude oil ...

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Russia files WTO claim against US metals tariffs & targets American goods in response

Russia has joined the list of countries challenging US steel and aluminum tariffs, appealing to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to resolve the dispute. Read more “The appeal challenges the numerous violations of WTO rules by the United States in introducing this measure. In addition to Russia, similar claims were earlier sent by China, India, the European Union, Canada, Mexico ...

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European Union extends economic sanctions against Russia

EU leaders have extended economic penalties against Russia for six months until the end of January. The decision prolongs the ban on doing business with Russian banking and financial institutions and new energy projects. “We had a very short discussion on Russia, Ukraine and the Minsk Agreements that led to a political decision to extend the sanctions for another six ...

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French court drops money-laundering charges against Russian Senator Kerimov

A court in France’s Aix-en-Provence has cleared Russian senator and key shareholder in the country’s largest gold producer, Suleiman Kerimov, of money-laundering charges and changed his status to ‘witness.’ However, Nice Public Prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre has indicated that his agency will analyze the decision and is likely to appeal it, Russian news agency RBC reported on Friday. The prosecutor also ...

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US interests first: Pompeo pits EU against Russia as Bolton arranges Trump-Putin summit

Washington will continue to pressure its European allies to sever economic ties with Moscow, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, even as John Bolton was arranging the Trump-Putin summit “in pursuit of US national interests.” “We are actively engaged in an all-of-US-government approach in convincing European governments and European businesses alike that increased energy dependence on Russia is inconsistent with ...

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Russian senator warns Council of Europe against issuing ‘payment ultimatums’ to Moscow

The head of the Upper House commission for information policies has said that it was wrong on CE’s part to set ultimatums and deadlines to Russia because Moscow was not the real initiator of the current standoff. “Council of Europe should not give Russia deadlines or issue any ultimatums. The authors of the most acute crisis in Russia-Europe relations are ...

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Retaliatory trade tariffs targeting US are against the rules – Trump's trade rep

America has the right to impose trade tariffs to protect its national interests. But when countries retaliate, they break the rules, says US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “President [Donald] Trump has taken actions on trade in steel and aluminum to protect our national security interests. These actions are wholly legitimate and fully justified, both as a matter of US law ...

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