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  • *Party support protects Zuma from scandal fallout. JOHANNESBURG, May 4- As head of intelligence for the outlawed African National Congress during apartheid, Jacob Zuma neutralised perceived traitors and sidelined opponents to shore up his position, people who worked with him say. Decades later, as South Africa's President, he hasn't lost his touch.

  • A look at some May Day events:. Fearing France's worker protections are under threat, hundreds of angry youths on the sidelines of a May Day labor rally hurled stones and wood at police in Paris, receiving repeated bursts of tear gas in response. The traditional May Day rallies took on greater weight this year as parliament is debating a bill that would allow longer...

  • MOSCOW, April 29- Russia's Yamal liquefied natural gas project has signed loan agreements with Chinese banks worth over $12 billion, it said on Friday, circumventing Western sanctions in a major boost for the project led by gas producer Novatek. Talks with European and Chinese lenders had dragged on for months, complicated by Western sanctions against Novatek...

  • MOSCOW, April 28- The Russian government plans to end in July its amnesty on people returning capital to Russia without facing tax or other penalties, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday. The deadline for returning capital to Russia was originally Dec. 31, 2015, but has been extended until July 1. Siluanov also said on Thursday that Russia would...

  • MOSCOW— Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before. The Soyuz 2.1 a booster blasted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far Easter in the early hours Moscow time on Thursday. President Vladimir Putin flew to Vostochny for the launch and had to extend his stay in...

  • MOSCOW, April 28- Russia launched its inaugural rocket from a new cosmodrome on Thursday, a day after a technical glitch thwarted the much-publicised event in a sign of continued crisis in the nation's space industry. An unmanned Soyuz rocket carrying three satellites roared off from the launch pad at Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur Region near China's...

  • MOSCOW— The launch of the first rocket from Russia's new space facility has been delayed after a last-minute problem. The facility is aimed at reducing Russia's dependence on the Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan for its major launches. President Vladimir Putin was in attendance for the launch and plans to extend his stay in case the rocket takes off on Thursday...

  • TOGLIATTI, Russia, April 27- In the heartland of Russia's struggling car-making industry, people blame foreigners for their economic hardship, not their country's rulers. The Volga river city of Togliatti is the nearest there is to a Russian version of Detroit, and it was hit hard when Russia's economy slowed down, aggravated by a fall in global oil prices and...

  • *Russia, Iran work together in Syria conflict. *Iran's Khamenei close to Russia, Rouhani less so. Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin's decision a year ago to press ahead with the stalled sale of the S-300 system was the first clear evidence of a growing partnership between Russia and Iran that has since turned the tide in Syria's civil war and is testing U.S....

  • KIEV, Ukraine— As Ukraine and Belarus on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident with solemn words and an angry protest, some of the men who were sent to the site in the first chaotic and frightening days were gripped by painful memories. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko led a ceremony in Chernobyl, where work is underway to...

  • "We have secured a large amount of evidence found in the location," said organized crime investigator Javier Caraballo. Leaks from the Panama- based law firm, dubbed the "Panama Papers," have embarrassed several world leaders and shone a spotlight on the shadowy world of offshore companies. The papers have revealed financial arrangements of prominent figures,...

  • PANAMA CITY, April 22- Panamanian investigators on Friday raided a property used by Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of a massive leak of offshore financial data, an official from the local prosecutor's office said. Leaks from the Panama- based law firm, dubbed the "Panama Papers," have embarrassed several world leaders and shone a spotlight on the shadowy...

  • MOSCOW, April 22- Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil producer, said on Friday its board had recommended paying a dividend of 11.75 roubles per share on its profits last year, up from the 8.21 roubles paid for 2014.. The payout is less than the dividend rate of 50 percent of net profits that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered state-owned companies to pay...

  • MOSCOW, April 22- Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil producer, said on Friday its board had recommended paying a dividend of 11.73 roubles per share on its profits last year, up from the 8.21 roubles paid for 2014.. The payout is less than the dividend rate of 50 percent of net profits that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered state-owned companies to pay...

  • President Barack Obama said on Friday the Syrian crisis cannot be solved without political negotiations and that required dealing with people he deeply disagrees with. "We are not going to solve the overall problem unless we can get this political track moving," Obama told a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

  • *Obama says EU membership makes Britain great. President Barack Obama made an impassioned appeal on Friday for Britain to remain in the European Union, saying membership had magnified Britain's place in the world and made the bloc stronger and more outward looking. The remarks of Obama, who opinion polls show is popular in Britain, undercut one of the most...

  • President Barack Obama made an impassioned appeal on Friday for Britain to remain in the European Union, saying membership had magnified Britain's place in the world and made the bloc stronger and more outward looking. Fearful that a British exit could weaken the West, Obama arrived in London to applaud Britain's EU membership which he said had helped make the...

  • *Obama arrives in London for short visit. President Barack Obama made an impassioned appeal on Friday for Britain to remain in the European Union, saying membership had magnified Britain's place in the world and made the bloc stronger and more outward looking. Fearful that a British exit could weaken the West, Obama arrived in London to tell Britons that issues...

  • AMSTERDAM, April 20- In a victory for Moscow, a Dutch court on Wednesday overturned an order that Russia pay $50 billion to shareholders in defunct oil company Yukos, saying that the Hague- based Permanent Court of Arbitration had no jurisdiction. In July 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that the four plaintiffs- not including...

  • MOSCOW, April 19- Russian meat producer Miratorg plans to launch new business lines, boost exports and triple sales within five years as the weaker rouble makes it more competitive locally and abroad, its co-owner and President Viktor Linnik told Reuters. Russia's biggest producer of pork and beef, Miratorg is among the winners from Russia's restrictions on...