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Russia Is Returning to Growth. (Just in Time for an Election.)

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:07:12 GMT

Oil tanks in the town of Nakhodka, Russia. Higher oil prices have helped the country’s economy.Russia’s economy is finally emerging from a difficult recession, just as President Vladimir V. Putin gears up for a presidential election.


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Italy, Bracing for Electoral Season of Fake News, Demands Facebook’s Help

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:24:36 GMT

Supporters of the Five Star Movement at a rally in Catania, Italy, last month. The Five Star Movement has hosted on its associated websites anti-Renzi propaganda originating on Russian outlets.As a crucial election nears, leaders like Matteo Renzi are on high alert for fake news and foreign meddling.


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The Saturday Profile: Can Keir Starmer Save Britain From Brexit?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:28:28 GMT

Keir Starmer, the Labour Party’s point man on Brexit, speaking at the party conference in September. Some say he is trying to draw out the process, hoping the public will turn decisively against it.Labour’s point man on Brexit policy has subtly shifted the party’s strategy on leaving the E.U. Can he go further and change the country’s course, too?


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Oxford Circus Station in London Reopens After Panicked Evacuation

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:43:38 GMT

An armed police officer running down Oxford Street, a busy shopping street in central London, on Friday.The police said they received reports of gunfire, and responded as if to a terrorist incident, but found no sign of shooting. The station has reopened.


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Crimean Tatar Activist Dies After Search by Russian Agents

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:34:32 GMT

President Petro Poroshenko, left, of Ukraine met with the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, in Brussels on Thursday. Mr. Poroshenko said the death of Vedzhie Kashka showed that “the only form of protection for the Crimean Tatar people is the liberation of Crimea from occupation” by Russia.Vedzhie Kashka, 83, “a legendary woman of the Crimean Tatar national movement” who once worked with Andrei Sakharov, was buried on Friday.


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Ireland Edges Toward Snap Election as Government Teeters

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:54:24 GMT

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaking at his party’s conference in Ballyconnell, Ireland, this month.A motion of no-confidence in the deputy prime minister, filed by the main opposition party, could end a fragile coalition just as Dublin wrestles with Brexit talks.


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Consensus? No, Thanks. German Politics Suddenly Get Messy.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:40:59 GMT

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany departing after a day of coalition talks in Berlin this month. The Sept. 24 election returned a difficult result, reflecting the country’s increasing polarization.The breakdown of coalition talks may signal the end of the country’s postwar tradition of compromise. Not everyone thinks that’s a bad thing.


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Where It’s Made: Parmesan Cheese

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Visit a parmesan dairy in northern Italy, where Parmigiano-Reggiano originates and learn how the cheese is made.






Why Putin’s Foes Deplore U.S. Fixation on Election Meddling

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:39:26 GMT

President Vladimir Putin, left, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Critics says the American focus on Moscow’s election meddling has helped reinforce Mr. Putin’s portrayal as a geopolitical genius in the Russian state news media.“Enough already!” one critic of President Vladimir V. Putin said, worried that the accusations were helping the Kremlin polish the president’s image as a master strategist.


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