Russian stocks fall amid Brent price drop, sharp ruble volatility

December 31, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Russian stocks fall amid Brent price drop, sharp ruble volatility 

MOSCOW, Dec. 31 — Russian stocks decreased on Tuesday amid Brent price decrease, S&P’s decision to put several domestic banks and companies on negative credit watch, and sharp volatility of the ruble, analysts said.

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Russia's Finance Ministry may purchase hard currency first quarter of 2015

December 31, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Russia's Finance Ministry may purchase hard currency first quarter of 2015 

MOSCOW, Dec. 31 — Russia’s Finance Ministry may appear on the currency market in the capacity of a buyer in the first quarter of next year, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told the Rossiya-24 round-the-clock television news channel in an interview.

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Limit for use of Russia's Reserve Fund may be increased multifold in 2015 — minister

December 31, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Limit for use of Russia's Reserve Fund may be increased multifold in 2015 — minister 

MOSCOW, Dec. 31 — The established limit of 500 billion roubles (US$ 8.7 billion) for the use of the Russian Reserve Fund may be increased several times in 2015, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in an interview aired by the Rossiya 24 TV news channel on Tuesday.

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Chicago agricultural commodities close lower

December 31, 2014 10:23 am· Comments Off on Chicago agricultural commodities close lower 

CHICAGO, Dec. 31 — Chicago Board of Trade agricultural commodities closed lower on Tuesday with all three major commodities falling.

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UN Security Council fails to adopt Palestinian-drafted resolution

December 31, 2014 10:23 am· Comments Off on UN Security Council fails to adopt Palestinian-drafted resolution 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 31 — The UN Security Council on Tuesday failed to adopt a Palestinian-drafted resolution urging the end of Israeli occupation by the end of 2017.

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U.S.-led airstrikes hit IS forces in Syria, Iraq: Pentagon

December 31, 2014 10:23 am· Comments Off on U.S.-led airstrikes hit IS forces in Syria, Iraq: Pentagon 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 — The United States and its allies conducted a total of 15 airstrikes against Islamic State ( IS) targets in Syria and Iraq Tuesday, hitting several buildings and units, according to a statement released by U.S. Department of Defense.

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U.S. denies reports about proposed prisoner swap with Iran

December 31, 2014 10:23 am· Comments Off on U.S. denies reports about proposed prisoner swap with Iran 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 — The United States on Tuesday denied reports about its request for an exchange of prisoners with Iran in its efforts to secure the release of a former American Marine.

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UN Mission deplores terrorist attack in eastern Libya

December 31, 2014 10:23 am· Comments Off on UN Mission deplores terrorist attack in eastern Libya 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 31 — The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Tuesday strongly deplored a terrorist attack that targeted a hotel in Tobruk, a city in eastern Libya, where Libya's elected parliament was in session, stressing that "violence will not solve Libya's problems," a UN spokesman told reporters here.

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Gambian President to return home following foiled coup

December 31, 2014 10:23 am· Comments Off on Gambian President to return home following foiled coup 

BANJUL, Dec. 31 — Gambian President Yahya Jammeh will cut short his official trip to Dubai to return to Gambia after a foiled military coup was announced on Tuesday, a presidency source confirmed.

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Cold front to hit Romania in coming days

December 31, 2014 10:23 am· Comments Off on Cold front to hit Romania in coming days 

BUCHAREST, Dec. 31 — Romania's weather forecaster issued on Tuesday a nationwide bitter freeze alert, warning of a cold front expected to hit the country in the coming days.

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