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Russia cuts off gas supply to Ukraine as deadline passes

Ukraine gas facility in Striy -A gas worker in western Ukraine: Gazprom said Ukraine was obliged to ensure gas reached its European customers. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters Russia has cut off gas supplies to Ukraine after a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal with Russia on gas prices and unpaid bills. Gazprom’s spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said that since Ukraine had not paid for the gas by Monday Moscow, had no legal grounds to carry on supplying it to Ukraine. However, Kupriyanov added that the supply to Europe was continuing as planned and Ukraine was obliged to make sure gas reached its European customers. Russian wanted payment…

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Microsoft refuse de se plier à une demande de données


Agence France-Presse Washington Microsoft s’oppose à une décision de la justice américaine qui lui demande de remettre des données stockées sur un de ses serveurs basé à l’étranger. Cette manoeuvre du géant de l’informatique va permettre de voir jusqu’où peut s’étendre la loi américaine en la matière. Dans une demande en justice pour bloquer la décision à son encontre, Microsoft regrette que le gouvernement américain puisse se servir d’un mandat concernant n’importe quelle messagerie électronique basée aux États-Unis «pour obtenir les correspondances privées de n’importe quel abonné, peu importe où les données sont stockées dans le monde et ce sans…

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Investors cheer for Brazil World Cup rout

Brazil's President Rousseff speaks during a ceremony where she signs into law, the bill that allocates the country's oil royalties to education and health care, in Brasilia

By Rob Cox The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. At the opening of the Confederations Cup in Brasilia a year ago, President Dilma Rousseff was booed by thousands of soccer fans for all of Brazil to see. It’s easy to understand then why she isn’t planning to speak at Thursday’s opening ceremony of the World Cup. An embarrassing turn as host of Earth’s biggest sporting event – or crushing repeat of the 1950 Maracanaço – may be the greatest obstacle to her clinching a second term. With each dip in Rousseff’s poll numbers,…

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‘Walmart moms’ walk off the job in protest at pay and conditions

Karen Gariel takes part in a protest for better wages outside Walmart in Los Angeles

A Walmart protest in LA in November. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Corbis Working mothers at Walmart staged a series of strikes on Wednesday in protest over wages and conditions at the world’s largest retailer, as a new report claims the company’s top executives received $104m in taxpayer subsidies over a six-year period. The majority of mothers working at Walmart, which drew a $16bn profit last year, earn less than $25,000 a year. This week, a study by thinktank Demos detailed how 1.3 million women working in retail live on or near the poverty line. It said that if the major retailers in the…

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Russian tycoon to fight $4.5 billion divorce for “10 more years”

AS Monaco's President Dmitri Rybolovlev and  his daughter Ekaterina Rybolovleva attend the French Ligue 1 soccer match  between AS Monaco and Lorient at Louis II stadium in Monaco

(Reuters) – A Russian tycoon whose estranged wife won a $4.5 billion divorce ruling this week, one of the costliest in history, will appeal against the judgment and the case will take another decade at least, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Dmitry Rybolovlev, who made much of his fortune with the 2010 sale of his stake in fertilizer company Uralkali, spent six years in legal wrangling with wife Elena but the case is long from over, according to lawyer Tetiana Bersheda. She said the judgment in Geneva was subject to two appeals, first to the court of justice and then…

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In a symbolic blow to U.S. global financial hegemony, Russia and China took a small step toward undercutting the domination of the U.S. dollar as the international reserve currency on Tuesday when Russia’s second biggest financial institution, VTB, signed a deal with the Bank of China to bypass the dollar and pay each other in domestic currencies. The so-called Agreement on Cooperation — signed in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is on a visit to Shanghai — could be followed by a long-awaited announcement this week of a massive natural gas deal…

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Gazprom head soothes Europe over gas supply via Ukraine

(Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom assured European customers it would continue to supply their gas, after its threat to halts supplies to transit nation Ukraine next month over non-payment. Any shortfall would be the fault of Ukraine, chief executive Alexei Miller told Russian television. Moscow blamed theft by Ukraine for a disruption to exports in a previous dispute. Russia has warned that it will not supply Ukraine with gas in June unless Kiev pays in advance $1.66 billion by June 2, raising fears that gas piped to Europe through Ukraine could be affected. “Gazprom will simply supply Ukraine as much as…

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China to help Russia build transport corridor to Crimea


Chinese companies will soon take part in the construction of a transport corridor to the Crimea through the Kerch Strait. According to Kommersant newspaper, state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) may take part in the project, the cost of which reaches $3 billion. Private investment fund China International Fund Ltd (CIF) may participate in the project as well. The latter may participate in the funding. Currently, the Russian Transport Ministry is preparing to sign a memorandum on construction. Preliminary documentation for the construction should be elaborated by May 30; the financial scheme and construction model will be developed in July….

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Spring stunner: Jobs report blows past forecasts

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The labor market roared ahead in April as milder weather helped employers add 288,000 jobs — the most in more than two years. The unemployment rate fell to 6.3% from 6.7% — the lowest since September 2008, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by Action Economics estimated that 210,000 jobs were added last month. Businesses added 273,000 jobs, led by strong gains in professional and business services, retail and restaurants, and construction. Federal, state and local governments added 15,000. Job gains for February and March were revised up by a total 36,000. February’s increase was revised to 222,000 from…

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IMF likely to cut Russia outlook, eyes risks to central, eastern, south-eastern Europe

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen at the IMF headquarters building during the 2013 Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington

(Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that central, eastern and south-eastern Europe faced “an unusual constellation of risks” as the fund prepared to cut its forecasts for Russian growth for the second time in less than a month. In a new report, the IMF said the region was expected to benefit as the euro zone recovers from its debt crisis, but the tension over Ukraine and market concern as the U.S. reduces monetary stimulus were creating high uncertainty. “An unusual constellation of risks clouds the outlook,” the Fund said in its spring Regional Economic Issues report. “Geopolitical tensions surrounding Russia and Ukraine, more challenging…

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