London mayor invites sue-happy oligarchs to use UK courts
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:07
London mayor invites sue-happy oligarchs to use UK courts

Russian billionare Roman Abramovich (L) and russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky (Reuters/AFP Photo/Toby Melville/Andrew Cowie)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has urged the super-wealthy to use the city’s courts to sue – a wink and nod directed at recent high-profile cases involving Russian oligarchs – though the UK publicly discourages so-called "libel to...

 
St Petersburg's homely tributes to Russia's great artists
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:56

Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Chaliapin are among the Russian cultural icons whose St Petersburg dwellings have been preserved for posterity

An elderly woman, trudging slowly up and down the dilapidated stairwell of a once-magnificent mansion, is the only remaining obstacle to the creation of this city's newest literary museum. If the friends and...

 
IMF asks Greece to sack 22,000 people by mistake
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:52
IMF asks Greece to sack 22,000 people by mistake

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against new government austerity bill aimed at securing international aid needed to prevent the debt-crippled nation from defaulting, in Thessaloniki on November 6, 2012. (AFP Photo/Sakis Mitrolidis)

The IMF has apologized for a mistaken email demanding Greece dismisses thousands more civil servants than...

 
US corporations cut investment to recession level on fiscal fears
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:16
US corporations cut investment to recession level on fiscal fears

A Wall Street sign is seen in front of the exterior of the New York Stock Exchange (Reuters/Chip East)

US companies are slashing investment plans at the fastest pace since the 2008 global financial crisis, amid fears of the looming economic slowdown in case the ‘fiscal cliff’ becomes a reality.

­Half of the nation's 40 major publicly traded ...

 
Russia no longer NATO's enemy?
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:22

Today, NATO does not believe that Russia presents a threat to the alliance, said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a conference on cooperation. He expressed hope that Russia would adhere to the same policy and present no danger for NATO. Is this the case, and what would Russia be able to oppose to the West in the event of a military...

 
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