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  • DeVry condemns Russia's anti-gay law     Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    DeVry University has joined AT&T to condemn Russia's anti-gay law, reports Mandy Drury.

  • Countdown to Sochi: Cybersecurity worries     Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    NBC News Richard Engel reports from Sochi, saying many facilities are being built last minute. Also, Engel provides insight into the surveillance at the Olympics.

  • Welcome to Sochi: You’re hacked! Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    NBC’s Richard Engel experimented with two brand-new computers to see how soon after connecting them to the Internet he would get hacked.

  • Reporters vent on Twitter about Sochi hotels Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 10:20 AM ET
    Construction work continues apace outside the Gorki Plaza East hotel in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

    Reporters are turning to Twitter to vent about substandard hotel rooms in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, The Washington Post reported.

  • AT&T protests Russia's antigay law     Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    AT&T has become the first major advertiser to protest Russia's antigay law, reports the "Squawk Box" crew.

  • "Time is on our side", says EU in showdown over Ukraine Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 6:28 AM ET

    *EU sets out its case for drawing in Ukraine, says offer remains. *Message underlines Europe's battle of ideals with Russia. BRUSSELS, Feb 5- If there is a consistent message the European Union has tried to send since Ukraine rejected a trade deal last November in favour of stronger ties with Moscow, it is that it does not want to end up in a tug-of-war with Russia.

  • *Revenue growth seen 3-5 pct in 2014-2016 vs 5 pct in 2013. MOSCOW, Feb 4- MTS, Russia's biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, warned sales growth would likely slow during the next three years as a weakening economy curtails consumer demand.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 4- Russia's finance ministry cancelled its weekly domestic bond auctions for the second week in a row on Tuesday, saying in a statement the decision was "based on an analysis of current market conditions". Emerging markets such as Russia have been hit hard this year by outflows from investors following the U.S.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 4- Russia's finance ministry cancelled its weekly domestic bond auctions for the second week in a row on Tuesday, saying in a statement the decision was "based on an analysis of current market conditions". Emerging markets such as Russia have been hit hard this year by outflows from investors following the U.S.

  • Why Sochi Olympics is worth the $50 billion Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 9:09 AM ET
    Construction under way at Gorki Village Krasnaya Polyana to get ready for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

    The Sochi Winter Olympics will be the most expensive in history, but every penny is worth it, says YPO member Christopher Van Riet.

  • Hungary and Russia in crosshairs for rate hikes Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A woman walks past the boards listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble as she leaves an exchange office in central Moscow, on January 31, 2014.

    Investors bet Hungary and Russia will be the next emerging economies forced to defend their currencies after India, Turkey and South Africa.

  • *Hungary, Russia under pressure to raise rates next. LONDON, Feb 3- After abrupt interest rate rises in India, Turkey and South Africa, investors are now betting that Hungary and Russia will be the next emerging economies forced to defend their currencies, even though their finances look very different.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 3- Russian hypermarkets retailer Lenta is to list its shares in London, the company said on Monday, potentially raising at least $1 billion and tapping the demand from investors for consumer-focused businesses buoyed by Russia's rising middle class.

  • ZAPORIZHZHYA, Ukraine, Jan 31- A city in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine built on industry and blue collar workers, Zaporizhzhya is not normally a place of revolution. In a 2010 election, 71 percent of voters there backed President Viktor Yanukovich, and it has long been a bastion of support for his Party of Regions.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia's Lenta says to float in London Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 2:32 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 3- Russian hypermarket chain Lenta, part-owned by U.S. private equity firm TPG,, said on Monday it would float in London, tapping demand from investors for consumer-focused stocks buoyed by a rising middle class.

  • Joseph Dayan, U.K. managing director at BCS Financial Group, said the Russians saw a 4 percent budget overrun for the games.

  • *Move comes week before Winter Olympics in Russia. MOSCOW/ CHICAGO, Jan 31- Russia plans to end a ban on imports of some U.S. meat starting with turkey in mid-February and pork by March, the Interfax news agency reported, citing its veterinary regulator.

  • RIGA, Jan 31- Latvia's new prime minister said on Friday she will stick with the tight fiscal policies that helped the country join the euro zone in January rather than loosen the purse strings ahead of elections this year.

  • Complicating matters further, the United States and Russia clashed over the pace of Syria's handover of chemical arms for destruction with Washington accusing Damascus of foot-dragging, putting the plan 6-8 weeks behind schedule- and Moscow- President Bashar al-Assad's big power ally- rejecting this.

  • *Government not committed to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.