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In Pentagon deal with Russians, big profit for tiny Florida firm

For months, a powerful U.S. senator has been pushing for details of a murky deal under which a Russian manufacturer supplies the rocket engines used to launch America’s spy satellites into space.

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Sigmar Gabriel

German economy minister rejects tougher sanctions on Russia

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday he does not believe tighter sanctions against Russia will help resolve the Ukraine crisis even though Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the European Union is considering further sanctions.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko

Putin says Russia won't demand early repayment of $3 billion lent to Ukraine

Russia does not intend to demand early repayment of $3 billion which it lent to Ukraine last year, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with German TV channel ARD, a transcript of which was released by the Kremlin on Saturday.

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G20 leaders summit

Ukraine takes center stage as leaders gather for G20 summit

The G20 leaders summit in Australia starting on Saturday is setting up as a showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin, following fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine.

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Russian rouble banknotes and kopeck coins

Russians buy dollars, hoard cash on rouble fears

Many Russians are buying dollars and hoarding cash, increasingly concerned by a slide in the rouble and wary of possible restrictions on bank withdrawals as President Vladimir Putin blames currency woes on speculators and the West.

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Mario Draghi

Ruble sinks, markets await U.S. jobs numbers

A deepening crisis of confidence in the ruble dominated financial markets action in Europe on Friday, with another 3 percent fall meaning the Russian currency has lost more than a tenth of its value in less than a week.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic (R)

Serbian PM discusses models of gas debt repayment with Putin

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday he had discussed models of debt repayment to Russian state gas giant Gazprom with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone.

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Gennady Timchenko

U.S. money-laundering probe draws in Putin's inner circle: WSJ

U.S. prosecutors have launched a money-laundering investigation into a member of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Big Ben in London, UK

Global shares cool after best week of the year

Global stock markets were heading for their best week of the year on Friday following reassuring company results, encouraging data from the world's biggest economies and signs the ECB is upping its efforts to lift Europe.

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Europe-Asia summit (ASEM) in Milan

Hope and obstacles as Russia and Ukraine seek gas deal

A tentative agreement between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents has raised hopes of ending a dispute in which Moscow has halted natural gas supplies to Kiev, but several obstacles still have be overcome.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine says it agrees on interim gas price with Russia

Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday.

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Europe-Asia summit

Russia and Ukraine reach tentative gas deal in tough Milan talks

Russia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a dispute over gas supplies in time for winter, but European leaders said Moscow still had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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Viktor Yanukovich and Vladimir Putin

As Ukraine's debt tangle unwinds, Russia holds key thread

A selloff on Ukraine's dollar debt is focusing attention on a controversial $3 billion bond held by Russia, raising investor concerns that President Vladimir Putin could use the issue to trigger a cascade of defaults across Kiev's sovereign Eurobonds.

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G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting

As G20 chases growth goal, members differ on how to get there

Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth, but were divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for more immediate stimulus.

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German Flag

One-third of German firms see sanctions hitting Russian business

One in three German companies expect business with Russia to decline sharply this year as a result of economic sanctions imposed due to the Ukraine crisis, a German business lobby group said on Tuesday.

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