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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.

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Xi's visit to Macau deals cold deck to VIP gamblers

HONG KONG - As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling center cannot remain a one-industry town.

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Russian sailors leave French port, Mistral deal still uncertain

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France - A ship carrying the Russian sailors who have been training for months on a French-built Mistral helicopter carrier left the French port of Saint-Nazaire on Thursday, with it still unclear whether Paris will finally deliver the ship to Moscow.

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EU adopts tighter investment sanctions on Crimea

BRUSSELS - European Union governments adopted tighter restrictions on European investment in Crimea on Thursday, targeting Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism, an EU official said.

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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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