Putin fails to mention MH17 in phone-in but finds time for whales | World news

Vladimir Putin faced questioning on both domestic and international issues at his annual phone-in – but managed to avoid any mention of the MH17 plane disaster until journalists confronted him about it afterwards. “There is no evidence of Russia’s blame for the downing of MH17,” Putin said. “Russia has its own explanation of the crash […]

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Vladimir Putin to hold national phone-in after Russians charged over MH17 | World news

Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the nation in a live televised broadcast on Thursday, one day after a Dutch-led investigation accused four Russian-back separatists in the 2014 shooting down of a passenger jet over east Ukraine. During a lengthy Q&A session, Putin is expected to deny accusations that Russia supplied the separatists with surface-to-air […]

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US joins four rogue countries seen as likely forces for bad, poll finds | US news

The United States has joined Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iran in a rogue’s gallery of countries perceived as likely to use their influence for bad. All five countries are also seen as less likely to use their influence for good than they were 10 years ago. The findings showing that Canada, Germany and the […]

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MH17: the four Russian-backed separatists named as suspects | World news

Dutch-led investigators have named four Russian-backed separatists as their first suspects for the shooting down in 2014 of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over east Ukraine. The four men include former military officers who occupied senior positions in Russian-backed militias in east Ukraine that year, including Igor Girkin, who was named as minister of defence […]

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Hundreds of Roma ‘forcibly removed’ from Russian village | World news

Hundreds of Roma people have been forcibly evicted from a village in western Russia, the head of the village council has admitted, after one ethnic Russian was killed and another left in a coma. The regional government quickly tried to backtrack on the comments by Sergey Fadeev, who told the newspaper Novaya Gazeta: “Buses were […]

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MH17: prosecutors to identify suspects and file first charges | World news

Dutch prosecutors are to identify suspects and file the first criminal charges over the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over east Ukraine which killed 298 people in the worst atrocity in five years of war between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists. The charges are likely to target members of a Russia-backed separatist movement and may include […]

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African swine fever impact on pork prices, inflation in emerging markets

African swine fever impact on pork prices, inflation in emerging markets

A hired hand feeds a sow which recently gave birth to a new litter at the Grand Canal Pig Farm in Jiaxing, in China’s Zhejiang province. STR | AFP | Getty Images African swine fever, which has already ravaged pig herds in China and pushed up food prices there, could also drive up inflation in […]

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UK and Russia consider May-Putin meeting to thaw relations | World news

The UK and Russia are examining the scope for a thaw in relations, including the possibility of a meeting between the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and Theresa May at the G20 leaders’ summit in Japan at the end of this month. If a meeting were to go ahead it would be the first encounter at […]

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