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After Russia targets McDonald's, businesses wonder who's next

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MOSCOW Russia - Russia said on Thursday it was investigating dozens of McDonald's restaurants, in what many businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism. | Video

Gazprom says Ukraine's unpaid gas bill tops $5 billion

MOSCOW - Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom said on Thursday that Ukraine's outstanding debt for gas supplies stood at $5.3 billion as of Aug. 1 and called on Kiev to ensure that gas continues to transit without disruption to Europe.

World, 7:21am EDT

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of Georgia judge

ATLANTA - A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

U.S., Environment, 20 Aug 2014

Russia shuts four McDonald's restaurants amid Ukraine tensions

MOSCOW - Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

20 Aug 2014

ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy

GENEVA - Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

World, 20 Aug 2014

Poland says sees signs Russia trying to extend food import ban to goods in transit

WARSAW - Poland believes Russia may be seeking to extend its ban on imports of food products from the European Union to goods in transit through Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Wednesday.

World, 20 Aug 2014

Russian watchdog shuts four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow

MOSCOW - Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

20 Aug 2014

Four protesters fly Ukrainian flag from Stalin-era Moscow landmark

MOSCOW - Four people who climbed a Moscow skyscraper on Wednesday and attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire have been charged with vandalism by Russian police and may face three years in jail.

World, 20 Aug 2014

Ukraine bans Russian TV channels for airing war 'propaganda'

KIEV - Ukraine has blocked 14 Russian television channels from its cable networks to stop them spreading war propaganda, an Interior Ministry official said on Tuesday.

World, 19 Aug 2014

Ukraine's Poroshenko to attend crisis talks with Putin, EU's Ashton

KIEV - Russia and Ukraine said on Tuesday their presidents would meet together with top European Union officials in Belarus's capital of Minsk on August 26 to discuss their confrontation over Ukraine which has plunged relations to an all-time low.

World, 19 Aug 2014
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Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a clear sign of its intention to hit the group's armed leadership days after a ceasefire failed. | Video