Putin wants quick Ukraine solution, says Russian economy will recover

Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:47

At his annual end-of-year news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow aimed to restore political unity to Ukraine, but Kiev must respect all regions if it wanted peace.
He insisted that the more than 20 percent plunge in the rouble would stabilize, blaming “outside factors” for the currency’s fall. "Our economy will get out of this crisis. How long? Maybe two years, but after that, growth is inevitable," Putin said. He estimated that Western sanctions accounted for roughly 25-30 percent of the rouble’s decline, but also admitted that the central bank could have acted sooner. He accepted that Russia had failed to diversify its economy and relied too heavily on its oil and gas exports.

 

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Palestinian UN motion sets 2017 for Israel’s withdrawal to 1967 lines

Thursday, 18 December 2014 02:48

Jordan on behalf of the Palestinians Wednesday night filed a motion with the UN Security Council demanding an end to Israel’s “occupation” and the creation of a Palestinian state by 2017. Negotiations were to wind up within a year. Arab spokesmen agreed that the text was still a work in progress with no date for a vote. DEBKAfile: Thus far, the Palestinians have not raised the 9 out of 15 members required for a vote on their motion. The US has warned they face a veto.
They were emboldened in their move by a European Union parliament vote this week to recognize a Palestinian state “in principle,” hours after removing the Hamas extremists from the union’s terrorist blacklist.
 

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Lehava Chairman: This is Israel Not the KGB

Thursday, 18 December 2014 01:46

Bentzi Gopshtain made clear Thursday that Lehava will continue the fight against assimilation and will not be silenced.

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Israelis Want Netanyahu Out But See No Better Option

Thursday, 18 December 2014 01:05

53 percent of Israelis do not want Netanyahu to win fourth term, but 34 percent say he is most credible candidate.

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Meridor: I Won't Be the Detergent for Right-Wing Likud

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:46

Dan Meridor has chosen not to run for the Knesset, and will thus not participate in the Likud primaries at the end of this month.

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Putin: Economic Crisis Will Conclude Within Two Years

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:45

At his annual end-of year conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin insists ruble will stabilize blames 'outside factors' for crisis.

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World Leaders Hail US-Cuba Announcement

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

Leaders around the world congratulate Obama and Castro on 'historic' deal, while US Republicans criticize at home.

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Pakistani Court Grants Bail to Mumbai Attacks Mastermind

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:41

Pakistani court grants bail to man accused of masterminding 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which struck luxury hotels, cafe, and more.

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Man Arrested for Threatening Eli Yishai

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:31

A man, 25, arrested Monday for threatening MK Eli Yishai was brought to court Thursday, where police requested further detention.

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Five Shekel Coffee Vendors Get 'Down and Dirty' in Court

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:10

It's a business version of “mud wrestling.” The two Israeli chains that dispense discounted coffee don't like each other much.

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Hamas Holds Largest Military Exercise Since Op. Protective Edge

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:01

al-Qassam Brigades hold largest military training exercise since Op. Protective Edge Israelis report hearing explosions all night.

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MK Horowitz: Look Where Extremism Brings Us

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 22:25

MK Horowitz (Meretz) condemns the possibility Orit Struk may be left off the National Union list if the party were to join Yachad.

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