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Kim Jong-Il in Russia for economic talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il makes a rare foreign visit today to Russia. Other countries like South Korea see it as a positive step towards opening the country up to economic cooperation.
Posted In: Russia
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Russians demand a better debt rating

With more than $500 billion in currency reserves and a budget surplus, Russia is upset with its BBB rating, which puts the country just behind Ireland, Cyprus and the Bahamas
Posted In: Russia
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After debt drama, Putin calls U.S. a "parasite"

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is "living beyond its means" and world should move away from U.S. dollar as reserve currency.
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New Russian law classifies beer as alcohol

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as an alcohol -- not food. It's a move that could upset the international brewing industry.
Posted In: Food
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Russia hopes to fill the gap in space travel

As NASA ends space shuttle flights, Russia seeks to fill the gap left by the 30-year-old American program. But Russia has a long way to go.
Posted In: Science
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Financial flight in Russia fueled by election fears

Nine months before Russia's presidential election, much of Russia's investor capital is flowing out of the country because of investor uncertainty and anxiety.
Posted In: Russia
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Annual economic gathering kicks off in Russia

Business and political leaders from across the world gather today in St. Petersburg, Russia, to attend the city's big annual economic forum.
Posted In: Russia
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Russia works to strike gas deal with China

This week, Russia is hosting the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. China's President Hu Jintao is attending this year's forum in hopes of announcing a new gas deal between China and Russia.
Posted In: China, Russia
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'The spy who loved VC'

Anna Chapman -- the red-headed cover girl of the Russian spy ring uncovered by the FBI last year -- is no longer a woman of international mystery, and instead is promoting technology investment in Russia.
Posted In: Investing
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U.S. and Russia to supply Afghans with helicopters

U.S. troops in Afghanistan will get 21 helicopters from Russia, who was happy to strike the deal.

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