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Russia backs switching to national currencies in settlements between SCO countries

Transitioning to mutual settlements in national currencies could open prospects for countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), according to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Talking at the SCO council meeting in Tajikistan, the PM said there’s need in such a step and the Russian government supports the idea. He, however, noted that “it is […]

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Russian govt backs bill allowing use of geolocation data to search for missing kids

The Russian government has supported a bill that would allow police and rescuers to quickly access geolocation data on the phones of missing children in emergency situations. News of the government’s support for the bill was announced on Friday by the main sponsor of the legislation, MP Irina Yarovaya (United Russia). Read more The motion, […]

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Putin backs plan to de-dollarize Russian economy

Russian President Vladimir Putin supports weaning the country’s financial sector off the US dollar, VTB bank head Andrey Kostin told Ria Novosti. He added the move doesn’t mean the complete phasing-out of the American currency. The idea of de-dollarizing the Russian economy has been actively discussed in the country lately due to the tightening of […]

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Duma committee backs Putin’s amendments to pension reform bill

The Russian Lower House Committee for Labor and Social Policy has backed amendments from President Putin to offer additional protection for older citizens on the bill to increase the national retirement age. The news was announced on Monday afternoon by the chairman of the committee, MP Oleg Nilov (Fair Russia). Nilov also told reporters that […]

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WTA backs Serena Williams’ sexism claims amid US Open controversy

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has backed Serena Williams’ claims that she was the victim of sexist treatment from the umpire in her defeat in the US Open final on Saturday. The match, which Williams lost to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, was largely overshadowed by a bitter row between the US star and umpire Carlos Ramos. […]

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Putin press secretary backs police action against ‘provocative hooligans’

Russia’s presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov says police detentions during Sunday’s protests were perfectly legal and denounced the provocative actions of opposition leaders who attracted underage citizens to their events. “You know that police act in strict accordance with the law,” Peskov told reporters, referring to the rallies in Moscow. “You know that we are […]

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Ex-Iran President Ahmadinejad backs NFL outcast Kaepernick

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be making a habit of backing US sports stars caught up in controversy. After his support for Serena Williams last week, he’s now praised NFL outcast Colin Kaepernick. The former Iranian leader made headlines last week when he questioned why bosses at the French Open were “disrespecting” US […]

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IMF backs South Africa’s plan to confiscate land from white farmers

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approves of South Africa’s controversial land reform as long as the highly contentious process is “rules-based” and transparent, according to the fund’s representative in the country. Montfort Mlachila, the IMF’s senior resident representative in South Africa, said that the regulation must not damage agricultural output and put at risk food […]

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'Unstable Iran good for peace': Former Bush press secretary backs 'regime change'

Ari Fleischer, who promoted the Iraq War while serving as press secretary under President George W. Bush, is back with more sweeping ideas on how to reach peace. This time in Iran. His suggestion: to destabilize the nation. “Fascinating changes underway inside of Iran, no one can predict where they’re going to go,” Fleischer told […]

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