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  • A file photo dated September 29, 2019 shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a rally in support of political prisoners in Prospekt Sakharova Street in Moscow, Russia. Alexei Navalny is unconscious in hospital after allegedly being poisoned according to his press secretary.

    In the wake of Navalny's poisoning last year, Biden vowed "to work with our allies and partners to hold the Putin regime accountable for its crimes."

  • Healthcare workers wearing protective suits take a swab sample from a resident of the Hospital Sant Miquel care home in Barcelona.

    Europe is seeing a second wave of coronavirus infections. The U.K., France and Spain have seen a sharp rise in cases since late August and early September. Italy and Germany are now seeing numbers starting to pick up dramatically, and have around 449,000 and 398,000 confirmed infections, respectively.

  • Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talks during a Russian-Belarusian talks on February 15, 2019 in Sochi, Russia.

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has refused to implement a lockdown in the country of roughly 9.5 million people.

  • Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to supporters at a rally after filing his declaration of candidacy papers to appear on the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary election ballot at the State House in Concord, New Hampshire, November 8, 2019.

    Joe Biden took in more than $15 million for his White House run over the past two months, a sum that shows the former vice president's fundraising operation has rebounded slightly after a lackluster summer in which he trailed his leading rivals.

  • President Donald Trump said on Sunday that if he could have one "do-over," it would be "personnel" decisions, including naming former Senator Jeff Sessions as his first U.S. attorney general. Sessions, formerly a Republican senator from Alabama, was one of the earliest Trump administration casualties of the Russian election meddling scandal, which continues to be...

  • *MSCI EM FX index set for biggest wkly rise since July 2017. June 21- Emerging market currencies consolidated gains against the dollar on Friday, on track for their biggest weekly rise in close to two years but stocks snapped a three-day winning streak on concerns over U.S.- Iran tensions. "It's been a massive week for obvious reasons, in terms of the Fed being even...

  • *MSCI EM FX index set for biggest wkly rise since July 2017. June 21- Emerging market currencies consolidated gains against the dollar on Friday, on track for their biggest weekly rise in close to two years but stocks snapped a three-day winning streak on concerns over U.S.- Iran tensions. "It's been a massive week for obvious reasons, in terms of the Fed being even...

  • BRUSSELS, June 20- A push by most European Union nations for the world's biggest economic bloc to go carbon-neutral by 2050 was dropped to a footnote at a summit on Thursday after fierce resistance from Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. EU leaders called on the European Investment Bank to increase climate funding and acknowledged vast differences in the...

  • BRUSSELS, June 20- European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to prolong until the end of January 2020 economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine, a spokesman for the bloc said. The EU first slapped sanctions on Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and supported rebels fighting Kiev troops in the east of the country.

  • *Tensions still raw over 2008 war with Moscow. Russian influence in Georgia remains a politically sensitive subject after the small country, a U.S. ally, fought and lost a short war against Moscow in 2008.. Georgia, which is crisscrossed by energy pipelines, hopes to one day join the European Union and NATO, an ambition that has not got down well in Moscow, the...

  • BUDAPEST, June 20- Hungary has no evidence that equipment from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei poses a security threat, a government minister said on Thursday, adding that Budapest was mulling incentives to accelerate the rollout of a high-speed 5 G network. Washington is concerned in particular about the expansion of Huawei, the world's biggest maker of...

  • BRUSSELS, June 20- EU leaders hoping for the bloc to lead the fight against global warming by agreeing on Thursday to go carbon neutral by 2050 engaged in last-ditch diplomacy to ease fears among central and eastern states that doing so could cost jobs. Chancellor Angela Merkel who, mindful of Germany's powerful automotive sector, had long been hesitant to join...

  • By Vladimir Soldatkin and Andrew Osborn. MOSCOW, June 20- President Vladimir Putin told Russians on Thursday that there were signs that years of falling real wages, which have dented his popularity, were drawing to an end and that a government programme would deliver higher living standards. One caller from the Samara region complained about the difficulty of...

  • BRUSSELS, June 20- EU nations hoping to help lead the fight against global warming by agreeing to go carbon neutral by 2050 at a summit on Thursday engaged in last-ditch diplomacy to ease fears among central and eastern states that such a commitment could cost jobs. Chancellor Angela Merkel who, mindful of Germany's powerful automotive sector, had long been...

  • MOSCOW, June 20- President Vladimir Putin told Russians on Thursday there were signs that years of falling real wages, which have dented his popularity, were drawing to an end and that a government programme would deliver higher living standards. One caller from the Samara region complained about the difficulty of raising a family on just 10,000 roubles a month.

  • BRUSSELS, June 20- European Union leaders will decide on Thursday to prolong until the end of January 2020 economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine and call on Moscow to help bring to justice those guilty of shooting down a passenger plane there in 2014.. The EU slapped sanctions on Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March...

  • MOSCOW, June 20- Russian oil producer Lukoil's chief executive said on Thursday that the oil output deal between OPEC and its allies should stay in place permanently and that volumes of oil outlined within it could be changed.

  • BUCHAREST, June 19- Central European currencies eased marginally on Wednesday in cautious trade ahead of the outcome of a U.S. Traders say a lower path for U.S. interest rates and a weaker dollar would be generally positive for currencies in the European Union's emerging east. ECB policymakers were divided on Tuesday after Draghi hinted at new stimulus...

  • *Asian stocks broadly rise; China stocks up 1%, Taiwan 2%. *Donald Trump-Xi Jinping talks at G20 aid sentiment. Following European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's dovish comments on Tuesday which dented the euro and boosted emerging market carry trades' allure, developing world investors are now keen to see how dovish the Fed will be.

  • WARSAW, June 19- Cleaning the Polish pipeline and storage system from tainted Russian oil will take five to six months, Poland's minister responsible for energy infrastructure said on Wednesday. Piotr Naimski also said the Russian tainted oil problem was solved on technical level but issues of responsibility and compensations remain to be solved.