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  • *Stays on the good side of Russia's Putin. ASTANA/ ALMATY, July 4- Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-Soviet economy. "Tell me, does anyone here in Kazakhstan want...

  • MOSCOW— Russia will consider new selective retaliatory measures against some specific Western countries, the nation's security chief said Friday, pointing at Finland as a possible target. Russia may, for example, revise favorable conditions for Finnish timber traders in response to Helsinki's refusal to issue a visa to the Russian lower house speaker, the...

  • PRAGUE— An official says low radioactivity has been unexpectedly detected in two places outside one of the two reactors at a Czech nuclear power plant. Svitak said Friday the Czech nuclear authority and authorities in nearby Austria have been informed. Environmentalists in Austria have demanded that the plant be closed because of security concerns, but...

  • MOSCOW— Lawmakers in the Russian parliament on Friday voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request. Though similar to one recently adopted by the European Union, the Russian law is more sweeping, extending the right of removal to public figures and information that is considered in the...

  • Malaysia wants a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 8:23 PM ET

    UNITED NATIONS— Malaysia told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, the current council president, told reporters after Malaysia's...

  • Polish PM candidate vows no euro, more economic justice Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland— Beata Szydlo led a little-known politician to a surprise victory in Poland's recent presidential election. The 52- year-old who managed the election campaign of President-elect Andrzej Duda is traveling the country these days in hopes of becoming Poland's next prime minister in the fall parliamentary election. The rising prominence of...

  • MOSCOW— A draft Dutch report into last year's crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine fails to offer a comprehensive picture, a Russian aviation official said Thursday. The Dutch Safety Board has made the draft available to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the U.S., Russia, Britain, Australia and the Netherlands prior to the release of the...

  • LONDON, July 2- Alarmed by rising resistance to antibiotics, the main line of defence against bacterial infections, scientists and governments are taking a fresh look at bacteria-chomping viruses first isolated a century ago from the stools of patients recovering from dysentery. So-called bacteriophages, which attack bacteria but leave human cells...

  • KIEV, July 2- Ukraine expects to store enough natural gas for next winter despite cutting off imports from Russia and Russian flows crossing the country destined for Europe will not be disrupted, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said on Thursday. He said Ukraine had been pumping about 60 million cubic meters of gas a day into storage before it stopped...

  • Scripps buys controlling share in Polish broadcaster Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 8:19 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland— The U.S. media company Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. has finalized an agreement for a controlling stake in Poland's largest commercial broadcaster, a 584- million-euro deal that comes as the U.S. company expands into Europe. Scripps Networks Interactive, which is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Thursday announced the completion of the...

  • Russia warns against "color revolution" in Armenia Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW/ YEREVAN, July 2- In a veiled warning to the West, Russia cautioned on Thursday against any attempt to spark a new "color revolution" in Armenia by exploiting protests against electricity prices for political ends. Russia has been wary of unrest on its borders since governments fell in Georgia's 2003 Rose Revolution, Ukraine's 2003-04 Orange Revolution...

  • Russia warns against "colour revolution" in Armenia Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW/ YEREVAN, July 2- In a veiled warning to the West, Russia cautioned on Thursday against any attempt to spark a new "colour revolution" in Armenia by exploiting protests against electricity prices for political ends. Russia has been wary of unrest on its borders since governments fell in Georgia's 2003 Rose Revolution, Ukraine's 2003-04 Orange Revolution...

  • Alexis Tsipras told private Antenna TV station in an interview Thursday that he wants Greece to remain within the eurozone, but with a sustainable bailout agreement. He said a "yes" win would lead to a deal that puts additional burdens on Greece without growth. Greece's government says the International Monetary Fund's report on Greece "completely justifies"...

  • *Ukraine wants binding protocol until at least March next year. BRUSSELS, July 1- The biggest obstacle to a gas supply deal between Moscow and Kiev is not the price, but Russia's refusal to sign a legally binding agreement, the head of Ukraine's state gas firm Naftogaz said in an interview on Wednesday. Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolev was speaking in...

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. "Cuba is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Raul...

  • GM stops production at its single plant in Russia Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    ST.PETERSBURG, Russia— General Motors has halted production at its single assembly plant in Russia as sales have plummeted amid an economic downturn. Sergei Lepnukhov, GM's spokesman in Russia, said Wednesday the plant in St. Petersburg stopped work "in the framework of the company restructuring its business model in Russia." The plant, GM's only fully owned...

  • MOSCOW, July 1- Russian state lender Sberbank intends to begin bankruptcy proceedings against three subsidiaries of indebted miner Mechel, a bank official said on Wednesday. After months of discussions with lenders and government officials to restructure its $6.6 billion net debt, Mechel has reached agreements with all of its creditors except Sberbank,...

  • KIEV/ MOSCOW, July 1- Ukraine halted natural gas imports from Russia on Wednesday after a failure to agree on a price for the third quarter, state transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said, in talks loaded with the political tension between the two. Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine were unaffected,. "From today, Ukraine is not getting gas from Russia.

  • Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:26 AM ET

    MOSCOW— The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said— but an EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Russia stopped deliveries at 10 a.m. because Ukraine didn't make an advance payment for...

  • UPDATE 1-China parliament ratifies BRICS Bank agreement Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 4:25 AM ET

    The New Development Bank, also known as the BRICS Bank, is one of two international development banks that China is promoting as an alternative to western institutions such as the World Bank. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, approved the agreement between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to create the...