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  • Russia blocks Hollywood thriller day before its release Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 8:19 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia on Wednesday scrapped the release of a new Hollywood movie, just a day before it was to open, with the culture minister saying it insulted the nation by describing it as "a sort of Mordor." "Child 44," directed by Daniel Espinosa, is a mystery thriller featuring a Soviet policeman investigating a series of grisly child murders in 1953. Its stars include...

  • *EU sends Google antitrust charge sheet over shopping searches. *Google says its products foster competition, help consumers. "If the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe."

  • DALLAS— Delta Air Lines plans to reduce international flying later this year as travel demand in some places weakens due to lower oil prices and the strong U.S. dollar. The airline said Wednesday that it will make cuts of up to 20 percent on routes to Japan, India, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East. It will suspend winter flights to Moscow.

  • *EU sends Google antitrust charge sheet over shopping searches. *Google says its products foster competition, help consumers. "If the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe."

  • Euro zone surplus widens but trade with Russia plummets Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:04 AM ET

    *EU exports to Russia in Jan-Feb fall 34 pct. BRUSSELS, April 15- An increase in exports and stable imports helped the euro zone widen its trade surplus in February, although by slightly less than expected, as a weaker euro helped soften the continued fall in sales to Russia. The weaker euro, helped by a U.S.-style bond-buying programme by the European Central Bank,...

  • Russia says is in "unprecedented" consultations with OPEC Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:44 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 15- Russia's energy ministry has been holding active consultations with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Latin American oil producers which Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich described on Wednesday as "unprecedented". Russia has tried to forge closer ties with OPEC after oil prices plunged. Moscow is expected to...

  • In setback, Obama concedes Congress role on Iran deal Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:26 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    U.S. President Barack Obama conceded on Tuesday that Congress will have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran.

  • President Barack Obama conceded on Tuesday that Congress will have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran, reluctantly giving in to pressure from Republicans and some in his own party after they crafted a rare compromise demanding a say. The role for the Republican-controlled Congress injects a new element of uncertainty into the delicate final stages...

  • President Barack Obama dropped his opposition on Tuesday to a bill giving Congress a voice on a nuclear deal with Iran after members of his Democratic Party negotiated changes to the bill that had won strong support from both parties. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama, who had said he would veto the proposed bill because it could scuttle the...

  • revisions to a bipartisan bill that would allow Congress to vote on an international agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear program. The revisions would shorten the time in which Congress can review any final nuclear agreement and soften a requirement that Obama certify that Iran is not supporting acts of terrorism against the United States or its citizens...

  • UK scrambles jets as Russian bombers near airspace Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:55 AM ET
    A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jet

    Britain scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept two Russian long-range bombers near UK airspace, the Ministry of Defense said.

  • MOSCOW— Russia said Tuesday that it would be at least six months before it could deliver the S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, but the Kremlin confirmed that a barter deal to supply Russian goods in exchange for Iranian oil was already being implemented. On Tuesday, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed statements by a Russian diplomat that Russia...

  • Why Russia's missile deliveries to Iran is a concern

    Malcolm Jorgensen, lecturer at University of Sydney, says Russia's move to supply a missile defense system could disrupt the "fine balance" achieved two weeks ago over Iran's nuclear program.

  • *Iran urged the formation of a new Yemeni government on Monday and offered to assist in a political transition, comments likely to anger Saudi Arabia, which is backing Yemen's president against a rebel force allied with Iran. *Russia ended a self-imposed ban on supplying Iran with a defensive missile system on Monday, while launching an oil-for-goods barter...

  • LONDON— Russian officials say they have detained five hackers responsible for the theft of roughly $1 million from banks in Russia and Ukraine, breaking up a group dubbed "cyberfascists" for its predilection for Nazi imagery. Cybersecurity company Group-IB, which was involved in the investigation, says the Siberia- based attackers used a homebrewed program...

  • MOSCOW, April 13- Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran. The moves come after world powers, including Russia, reached an interim deal with Iran this month on curbing its nuclear...

  • *Lukoil involved in Empty Quarter gas search. KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia/ MOSCOW, April 13- Lukoil will likely pull out from Saudi Arabia where the economics of its search for gas have been crushed by the collapse of the oil price, three industry sources said. Lukoil was the last company left active in the consortia of international oil firms Saudi Arabia invited in...

  • *Russia eyes energy deals with Iran after sanctions lifted. MOSCOW, April 13- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday paved the way for long-overdue missile system deliveries to Iran and Moscow started an oil-for-goods swap with Tehran, showing the Kremlin's determination to boost economic ties with the Islamic Republic. The moves come after world powers,...

  • SABETTA, Russia, April 13- Russian gas producer Novatek hopes to secure $5 billion from global export credit agencies for its Arctic liquefied natural gas project Yamal LNG by mid-year, chief executive Leonid Mikhelson said. Speaking in a northern port where the facilities for Yamal LNG are being built, Mikhelson and the head of French partner Total were upbeat...

  • MOSCOW, April 13- Russia has started supplying grains, equipment and construction materials to Iran in exchange for crude oil under a barter deal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday. Russia has been an ally of Iran in international talks over Tehran's nuclear programme that have led to an interim deal under which Iran would curb the...