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  • Russia extends scrutiny of McDonald's restaurants
    Russia ramped up its scrutiny of McDonald's restaurants on Thursday, as the state food safety watchdog began unscheduled checks in several Russian regions
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:53:00 +0200.
  • Business growth slows in China and Europe, Russia sanctions still to bite
    LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed on Thursday, providing more evidence that the world economy is stuttering and may need more monetary stimulus to keep it going. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:50:08 GMT.
  • Russia widens McDonald's food probe
    Russia's main consumer watchdog announces unscheduled checks on a number of McDonald's restaurants as part of an investigation into food standards.
    BBC News.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:40:49 GMT.
  • DealBook: European Banks Expect Only ‘Limited’ Impact From Sanctions on Russia
    The Austrian lender Raiffeisen Bank International and Rabobank of the Netherlands have said they foresee a “low” or “limited” impact on their results from sanctions imposed on Moscow.
    By Chad Bray.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:35:35 GMT.
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  • Moscow's McDonald's Fans Not Lovin' Closure
    Many Muscovites are scratching their heads -- and gritting their teeth -- over a decision by Russia's consumer watchdog to temporarily close four McDonald's restaurants in the capital. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:06:36 +0000.
  • Russian aid convoy gets instructions
    The Red Cross instructs Russian lorry drivers at Ukraine's border so that they can deliver much-needed aid to civilians.
    BBC News.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:49:35 GMT.
  • Raiffeisen Plays Down Russia Woes as Quarterly Profit Rises
    The Austrian bank said it expected “no significant impact” from western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, underscoring its commitment to its most profitable market.
    By Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:29:45 GMT.
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  • 5 Ukrainian troops killed; fierce battles reported
    A Ukrainian official says five troops were killed and 21 injured while fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours.
    Miami Herald.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:42 EDT.
  • Russian Official Says U.S. Meat Cos 'Not Coming Back' After Sanctions Lift
    Russian food safety official takes jab at American meat exporters. But U.S. firms shouldn't take his words to heart.
    By Kenneth Rapoza.  Forbes.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:14:00 GMT.
  • Ukraine, Russian Presidents to Meet in Belarus
    The Ukrainian and Russian presidents will meet with European Union representatives in Belarus next week, in an effort to reach a deal that would end fighting in eastern Ukraine. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:17:00 -0400.
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The Russian Federation is a republic which occupies much of eastern Europe and northern Asia.  Russia is governed by a President, a Premier, and a bicameral Federal Assembly.  Its capital city is Moscow, and its national currency is the Rouble.  Russian is the primary language used by Russians, and in 2007, Russia's estimated population was 141,378,000.

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