Putin has Russia guessing before election: how long will he keep power?

Putin has Russia guessing before election: how long will he keep power?

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in central Moscow, Russia February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo March 13, 2018 By Christian Lowe and Olesya Astakhova MOSCOW (Reuters) – Soon after Vladimir Putin is re-elected on Sunday, his thoughts will turn to the question that is likely to dominate his next term…

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London overtakes New York as Norway’s wealth fund top unlisted real estate destination

London overtakes New York as Norway’s wealth fund top unlisted real estate destination

A man walks accross Primrose Hill as dawn breaks behind construction cranes in the City of London, Britain, December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay March 13, 2018 OSLO (Reuters) – London has overtaken New York as the top destination for the Norwegian wealth fund’s unlisted real estate investments, a fund report showed on Tuesday. The $1 trillion fund is focusing on investing in ten locations, which it considers to be global cities that are expected to…

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Finland takes stake in Nokia to boost national ownership

Finland takes stake in Nokia to boost national ownership

The Nokia logo is seen at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez March 13, 2018 HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s government investment arm Solidium has acquired a 3.3 percent stake in Nokia at a cost of about 844 million euros ($1.04 billion) to strengthen Finnish influence over the telecom network gear maker. “We believe that this will be a good investment. One must remember that Nokia is Finland’s largest company…

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Turkish parliament passes controversial voting law

Turkish parliament passes controversial voting law

FILE PHOTO: Children sit at the Republic monument in Antalya, Turkey March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer March 13, 2018 ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law revamping electoral regulations, legislation that the opposition had previously said could open the door to fraud and jeopardize the fairness of 2019 elections. The legislation formally allows the creation of electoral alliances, paving the way for a tie-up between President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party and…

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U.S. picking up Taliban interest in Afghan peace talks: Mattis

U.S. picking up Taliban interest in Afghan peace talks: Mattis

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis addresses a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir March 13, 2018 By Phil Stewart KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is picking up signs of interest from Taliban elements in exploring the possibility of talks with Kabul to end the more than 16-year-old war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday as…

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U.N. official in Syria expecting a Ghouta evacuation

U.N. official in Syria expecting a Ghouta evacuation

FILE PHOTO: Children stand near curtains in a shelter in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, March 11. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh March 13, 2018 BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.N. resident coordinator in Syria said an evacuation of civilians is expected on Tuesday out of the eastern Ghouta rebel enclave, where the military has waged a fierce offensive. “This day, we are expecting evacuation of civilians, including people with medical conditions,” Ali al-Za’tari told…

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Venus cuts Serena’s comeback short at Indian Wells

Venus cuts Serena’s comeback short at Indian Wells

Mar 12, 2018; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Serena Williams (USA) warms up for her third round match against Venus Williams (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Venus Williams won the match. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports March 13, 2018 (Reuters) – Venus Williams cut her sister Serena’s comeback to tennis short with a 6-3 6-4 win in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian…

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Flight data recorder retrieved from wreckage of Nepal plane crash

Flight data recorder retrieved from wreckage of Nepal plane crash

A cockpit of a crashed US-Bangla airplane lies on the crash site at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A Bangladeshi airliner with 71 people on board crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, killing at least 50 people, officials said. REUTERS/ Navesh Chitrakar March 13, 2018 By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Investigators have retrieved the flight data recorder from the wreckage of a US-Bangla Airlines…

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Golf – Players champion Kim eager to defend title

Golf – Players champion Kim eager to defend title

Jul 21, 2016; Oakville, Ontario, CAN; Si Woo Kim (KOR) plays his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters March 13, 2018 SEOUL (Reuters) – After becoming the youngest golfer to win The Players Championship in 2017, South Korea’s Kim Si-woo has now set his sights on being the first to successfully…

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China to merge regulators, create new ministries in biggest revamp in years

China to merge regulators, create new ministries in biggest revamp in years

FILE PHOTO – Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen on a counter of a branch of a commercial bank in Beijing, China, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo March 13, 2018 By Shu Zhang and Se Young Lee BEIJING (Reuters) – China said it will merge its banking and insurance regulators and create a new agricultural and rural village ministry, a parliament document released on Tuesday showed, among a number of proposed changes in the…

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