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Giant protests in Russia after popular governor's arrest

Giant protests in Russia after popular governor's arrestAt least 10,000 protesters marched through the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk Saturday in support of a popular local governor arrested this week for allegedly ordering several murders. A court in Moscow on Friday ruled to hold 50-year-old Sergei Furgal for two months pending trial for the murders of several businessmen 15 years ago. Furgal’s nationalist Liberal-Democratic Party has thrown its weight behind the governor, and on Saturday said “35,000 people came out to the streets” in Khabarovsk to protest his arrest.



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Exclusive: U.S. warns Russia, China of U.N. isolation if Iran arms ban extension blocked

Exclusive: U.S. warns Russia, China of U.N. isolation if Iran arms ban extension blockedRussia and China will be isolated at the United Nations if they continue down the “road to dystopia” by blocking a U.S. bid to extend a weapons ban on Iran, U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook told Reuters ahead of his formal pitch of the embargo to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. The 13-year-old arms restrictions on Iran are due to expire in October under the terms of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.



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Angela Merkel says Germany has 'hard evidence' Russia hacked her emails

Angela Merkel says Germany has 'hard evidence' Russia hacked her emailsAngela Merkel threatened Russia with consequences yesterday on Wednesday as she accused Vladimir Putin’s intelligence services of hacking her emails. “We always reserve the right to take measures, including against Russia,” Mrs Merkel told the German parliament. Germany has “hard evidence” Russian intelligence was behind a 2015 hacking attack in which her emails were compromised, she said. It was the first official confirmation of claims that have been extensively reported by the German press in recent days. “I can honestly say that it pains me,” Mrs Merkel said, voicing her frustration at what she called Russia’s “outrageous” behaviour. “Every day I try to build a better relationship with Russia, and on the other hand there is hard evidence that Russian forces are doing this.” The allegations centre on a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament’s internal computer system in which several MPs’ email accounts were compromised. It emerged last week in a report in Spiegel magazine that one of Mrs Merkel’s email accounts was among those affected.



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Coronavirus upends Putin’s political agenda in Russia

Coronavirus upends Putin’s political agenda in RussiaSpring is not turning out the way Russian President Vladimir Putin might have planned it. A nationwide vote on April 22 was supposed to finalize sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, if he wished. The holiday has become the most important on Russia’s calendar, and this year is the 75th anniversary, with world leaders invited to a celebration highlighting the country’s exceptional role in history.



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OPEC, Russia approve biggest ever oil cut

OPEC, Russia approve biggest ever oil cut

OPEC, Russia and other oil producing nations agreed on Sunday to cut oil output by a record amount, representing around 10% of global supply, to support oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The group, known as OPEC+, agreed to reduce output by 9.7 million barrels per day for May-June, after four days of marathon talks and following pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to stop the price decline as measures to fight the virus have weakened demand.

Trump had threatened OPEC leader Saudi Arabia with oil tariffs and other measures if it did not fix the market’s oversupply problem as low prices have put the U.S. oil industry, the world’s largest, in severe distress.

OPEC+ has said it wanted producers outside the group, such as the United States, Canada, Brazil and Norway, to cut a further 5% or 5 million barrels per day.

Global oil demand is estimated to have fallen by a third as more than 3 billion people are locked down in their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak.



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Saudi, Russia outline record oil cut under U.S. pressure as demand crashes

Saudi, Russia outline record oil cut under U.S. pressure as demand crashesOPEC, Russia and other allies outlined plans on Thursday to cut their oil output by more than a fifth and said they expected the United States and other producers to join in their effort to prop up prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis. The planned output curbs by OPEC+ amount to 10 million barrels per day (bpd) or 10% of global supplies, with another 5 million bpd expected to come from other nations to help deal with the deepest oil crisis in decades. Global fuel demand has plunged by around 30 million bpd, or 30% of global supplies, as steps to fight the virus have grounded planes, cut vehicle usage and curbed economic activity.



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Cases of novel coronavirus in Russia surge past 10,000 after record daily rise

Cases of novel coronavirus in Russia surge past 10,000 after record daily riseRussia on Thursday reported a record one-day rise in cases of novel coronavirus, pushing the official tally to more than 10,000, a day after President Vladimir Putin said the coming weeks would prove decisive in the fight against the virus. The number of cases jumped by 1,459 and 13 more people died, the national coronavirus crisis response centre said on its website. Moscow, the worst-affected region, and many other regions are in their second week of a partial lockdown.



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