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4 Killed in Plane Crash in Moscow

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian passenger plane slid off a runway and and crashed onto a highway outside a Moscow airport Saturday, killing four of the eight crew members on board. The Russian-made TU-204 aircraft was flying back from the Czech Republic as it tried to land at Vnukovo Airport. After sliding off the runway, the plane broke […]

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2 Killed in Plane Crash in Moscow

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say two people have been killed in a plane crash at an airport in Moscow. The passenger plane broke apart Saturday after sliding off a runway and into a highway outside Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. The Emergency Ministry says 12 people, including crew, were on board the plane at the time of the crash. […]

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Top French Court Overturns 75 Percent Tax Rate for Rich

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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France’s highest court has overturned the Socialist government’s 75-percent income tax rate for the wealthy. The Constitutional Council ruled Saturday that the upper tax rate on incomes above $1.32 million, set to go into effect next year, is unconstitutional because it represents a “breech of equality of taxes.”+ The decision is a huge blow to […]

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Russia Acquits Prison Official in Magnitsky Death

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has acquitted a top prison official charged in the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. The Tverskoy court Friday found Dmitry Kratov not guilty of negligence in causing Magnitsky’s death. Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer died in prison after exposing an official corruption ring involved in the embezzlement of $250 million […]

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Russia Acquits Prison Official in Magnitsky Death

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has acquitted a top prison official charged in the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. The Tverskoy court Friday found Dmitry Kratov not guilty of negligence in causing Magnitsky’s death. Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer died in prison after exposing an official corruption ring involved in the embezzlement of $250 million […]

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Russian Parliament Approves Ban on US Adoptions

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The upper house of Russia’s parliament has unanimously approved a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. All 143 members of the Federation Council present voted Wednesday to support the bill, which now goes to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. The legislation bans adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, ends bilateral adoption agreements […]

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Russian Parliament Approves Ban on US Adoptions

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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The upper house of Russia’s parliament has unanimously approved a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. All 143 members of the Federation Council present voted Wednesday to support the bill, which now goes to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. The legislation essentially bans adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, ends bilateral adoption […]

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Delivers Christmas Greeting

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has delivered her first ever Christmas Day message in 3D. In her annual pre-recorded message, the queen paid tribute to the athletes and the “army of volunteers” that participated in the London Olympics and the Paralympics. “As London hosted a splendid summer of sport, all those who saw the achievement and courage […]

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Plane with Kazakh Border Service Chief Crashes

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Kazakhstan says its acting border security chief is dead after his plane crashed near the Uzbekistan border. A statement from Kazakhstan’s security agency said the Russian-made plane disappeared from radar as it prepared to land in the southern city of Shymkent. It said Colonel Turganbek Stambekov was killed along seven crew members and 19 other […]

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Russian Opposition Leader Faces New Charges

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities have opened a third criminal investigation into prominent opposition and anti-Kremlin blogger Alexei Navalny. The government’s Investigative Committee said Monday that Navalny is suspected of defrauding a a liberal political party of $3.4 million. The new charges come less than a week after Navalny and his brother were charged with defrauding a mail […]

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