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Turkey's Central Bank Defies Erdogan With Drastic Interest Rate Hike

These days it’s rare for Turkish officials to contradict President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has vowed not to raise rates. But that’s what happened Thursday, in an urgent bid to save a deflating lira. (Image credit: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

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‘We’re not agents’: UK’s suspects in Skripal case talk exclusively with RT’s editor-in-chief (VIDEO)

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT’s editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals’ poisoning and are now scared to go outside, after the UK pointed to them as Russian intelligence agents on a kill mission. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Czech PM backs Hungary after MEPs vote for sanctions against Budapest over ‘democracy flaws’

Hungary has received the backing of Czech PM Andrej Babis after the EU Parliament voted to support the ‘nuclear option’ Article 7 which could lead to sanctions on Hungary for allegedly flouting EU rules. Read Full Article at RT.com

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How Trump has sunk the hopes of foreigners seeking refuge in America

Numerous politicians, aid organizations and rights advocates warn that the Trump administration is unraveling the country’s resettlement system.

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PM Abe says Putin's comment shows desire for Japan-Russia peace treaty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday repeated Japan’s stance that a row over islands seized by Russian troops in the final days of World War Two must be settled before a peace treaty can be signed to formally end hostilities between their countries.

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Hopes rise as two Koreas open liaison office on North's side of border

North and South Korea opened a liaison office on the North’s side of their heavily militarized border on Friday, setting up a permanent channel of communication as part of a flurry of efforts to end their decades old rivalry.

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Taiwan courts security ties with bigger friends as Beijing snatches allies

As Beijing intensifies its effort to further isolate Taiwan diplomatically, Taipei is actively but discreetly broadening security ties with regional powers beyond its long-standing relationship with the United States.

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Russian agents tried to spy on Swiss chemicals lab: Tages Anzeiger

Two Russian agents suspected of trying to spy on a Swiss laboratory were arrested in the Netherlands and expelled early this year, Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

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Indie rockers Side Effect channel the resilient spirit of Myanmar's youth

For years, one of Myanmar’s most popular bands worked in fear of an authoritarian military government, using metaphor and symbolism to convey their subtly subversive message. Now they are pushing ever harder for freedom of expression The lead singer of one of Myanmar’s most popular bands has spent his life songwriting in code. Having formed […]

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