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Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would inevitably rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy to a deepening financial crisis.

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Western sanctions may last for decades: Russian minister tells newspaper

MOSCOW - Western sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last "for a very long time", possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper.

Russia 5:22am EST

Australian police raid properties, not related to siege: authorities

SYDNEY - Australian police are conducting raids across Sydney, officials said on Thursday, though the operation is not related to a cafe siege this week that resulted in the death of two hostages.

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Pakistan court bails man accused of masterminding Mumbai attack

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani court granted bail on Thursday to a man accused of masterminding a deadly 2008 rampage through the Indian city of Mumbai, lawyers said.

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Nigeria sentences 54 troops to death for mutiny

ABUJA - Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny while fighting against insurgents in the northeast, their lawyer said on Thursday.

Africa 5:50am EST

Myanmar says workers innocent of murdering Britons in Thailand

YANGON - Myanmar investigators said on Thursday they believe two Myanmar men accused of murdering two British tourists in Thailand are innocent, but witnesses who might be able to prove their innocence will not testify as they fear the Thai police.

Thailand, Myanmar 6:01am EST

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