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​China passes India as world’s leading gold consumer
Friday, 24 January 2014 17:35
Published time: January 24, 2014 16:35

Reuters / Bobby Yip

China has outpaced India in terms of gold consumption in 2013, with people there increasingly investing in the precious metal, according to the Thomson Reuters GFMS Gold Survey.

The influential report says...

Pussy Riot: Behind the balaclavas
Friday, 24 January 2014 16:00

Last month, Nadya and Maria of Pussy Riot were released. Masha Gessen, who corresponded with the women in prison, examines how their trial became the first battle in Putin's 'war on modernity' – and a dark moment in Russian history

"I threw a fit," Nadya said. "I screamed until they gave me the book." This was one of the nicest things anyone...

US federal court dents Shell Arctic oil ambition
Friday, 24 January 2014 12:54
Published time: January 24, 2014 11:54

The conical drilling unit Kulluk sits (Reuters / U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Painter / Handout / Files)

​The ambition of Shell to start extracting oil in the Alaska shelf in Arctic waters this summer has f...

Bitcoin is a bubble - Nobel Laureate in Economics
Friday, 24 January 2014 11:45
Published time: January 24, 2014 10:45

Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University attends a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 24, 2014. (Reuters / Denis Balibouse)

Robert Shiller, 2013 Nobel Prize...

Philanthropy in Russia, or light at the end of the tunnel
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:17
A recent sad story with a famous Russian pop singer Janna Friske, who was diagnosed with an inoperable form of brain cancer, made ​​one think again about the traditions of philanthropy in Russia. In the 1990s, philanthropy in Russia was virtually non-existent as these were the years of primary accumulation of capital...
Ukraine: protesters in Kiev urged to keep truce after talks end in stalemate
Friday, 24 January 2014 02:26

Government's failure to grant key concessions met with anger in the capital, with protests spreading to other parts of country
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Opposition leaders begged protesters in Kiev to keep observing a truce with riot police late on Thursday night, after long talks with President Viktor Yanukovych ended...

US hints at Edward Snowden plea bargain to allow return from Russia
Thursday, 23 January 2014 23:31

Attorney general prepared to 'engage in conversation' with NSA whistleblower but says full clemency is 'going too far'

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Spencer Ackerman
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Russia breaks into Bloomberg top 50 countries for business
Thursday, 23 January 2014 19:15
Published time: January 23, 2014 18:15
Edited time: January 24, 2014 09:55

Hong Kong.(Reuters / Bobby Yip)

​For the first time Russia has entered the top 50 in Bloomberg’s Best Countries for Business 2014 ran...

Is there a need for US warships near Sochi?
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:24
Two US warships whose task is to provide assistance to Russia in case of emergency during the Winter Olympics in Sochi have arrived in the Black Sea region, the Pentagon reported. The security situation around the Games is much discussed in the West, and a new rally on the Maidan is planned for the opening day. Why the US destroyers?...
USA outraged with Russia's unwillingness to ask for help
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 13:05
U.S. lawmakers - at least some of them - have questioned the competence of Russian special services. It goes about security at the Olympic Games. At the same time, they say that U.S. intelligence agencies are satisfied with cooperation with Russian colleagues. Meanwhile, Russia had warned America of Boston attacks staged by Tsarnaev brothers....
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