Sunday, October 19, 2014

No Consensus at Vatican as Synod Ends

Martin Rowson 20.10.14

No Consensus at Vatican as Synod Ends

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As quarantine nears end, Ebola victim's fiancee cites two brave nurses - Los Angeles Times

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As quarantine nears end, Ebola victim's fiancee cites two brave nurses
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Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan's friends and family were due to get out of quarantine on Monday, and his fiancee said none of them were ill. Louise Troh issued a statement Sunday through her pastor, saying the family is grateful for their health, but ...
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Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters 

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AARHUS, Denmark — The rush of morning shoppers parted to make way for Talha, a lanky 21-year-old in desert camouflage and a long, religious beard. He strode through the local mall with a fighter’s gait picked up on the battlefields of Syria. Streams of young Muslim men greeted him like a returning king.
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Soldiers' Rights Activist Jailed in Russia - ABC News

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Soldiers' Rights Activist Jailed in Russia
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A veteran activist who investigated the deaths and disappearances of Russian soldiers in Ukraine has been jailed, an advocacy group said Saturday. Ten Russian troops were captured in August in eastern Ukraine amid fighting between pro-Moscow ...
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Window on Eurasia: Three Serious Cases of Moscow’s Misuse of Law for Political Ends 

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 Paul Goble
 
            Staunton, October 18 -- Like many dictatorships, the Russian government of Vladimir Putin likes to use “legal” means to oppress its population, because that sleight of hand gives the patina of legality to what it is doing, thus confusing both its own people and even more those abroad who might otherwise condemn it.
 
            But three current cases of Moscow’s misuse of law in this regard are so glaring that it would seem that all people of good will would be able to see that what the Kremlin is doing has little to do with a “law-based state” and everything to do with protecting the power and privileges of the Kremlin.
 
            The first is the most horrific. Lawyers for Nadezha Savchenko, the Ukrainian flier who has been confined in Moscow’s notorious Serbsky Institute, is now being subjected to sleep deprivation measures, something that may not rise to the level of the punitive use of psychiatry but which recalls that practice of late Soviet times (rufabula.com/news/2014/10/17/savchenko).
 
Russian officials have insisted that they are only acting according to Russian law, but if that is true, then Russian law has been bent to the point that it is in violation not only of the Russian Constitution but of international human rights accords to which Moscow is a signatory and the violation of which by others Russian diplomats routinely complain.
 
            The second “law-like” but ultimately illegitimate case involves charges of fraud brought against Lyudmila Bogatenkova, the head of the Committee of Soldiers Mothers in two districts of Stavropol Kray.  The 73-year-old is now being held incommunicado until Monday when her lawyer is supposed to be allowed to see her (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=54420D5351A5C).
 
            Her colleagues in the human rights community say that Bogatenkova’s detention is a reprisal by the Russian authorities for her work in exposing inhumane treatment of soldiers in the Russian military and the losses Russian forces have suffered since their intervention in Ukraine earlier this year.
 
            And the third such case involves Yevgeny Vitishko, the environmental activist who is serving a three-year sentence for exposing ecological disasters and official malfeasance during the run up to the Sochi Olympiad. Not only does he remain behind bars, but the authorities have punished him and threatened to punish him further for speaking out to the media about the violation of prisoners’ rights (sobkorr.ru/news/5440D38ABC30D.html).
 
            Vitishko’s case has attracted international attention, but it is hardly unique: Russian authorities have been arresting other members of his Ecological Watch on the North Caucasus and they have used “law-like” means to declare numerous environmental protection groups “foreign agents.”  Indeed, so far, one in four of the organizations so labeled and thus threatened with closure are ecology-related (profile.ru/society/item/87382-ekolog-znachit-vrag).
 
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Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

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Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.

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Of Virtue and Vice, and a Vatican Priest 

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Accused of money laundering, Msgr. Nunzio Scarano said he was holding money for charity. But some see him as a symbol of a financial system gone awry.






Conflict Uncovers a Ukrainian Identity Crisis Over Deep Russian Roots 

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A mini-series based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel “The White Guard,” set in Kiev, exposes the identity crisis kindled among many older Ukrainians by the confrontation with Moscow.






Порошенко подтвердил договоренность с Россией о зимних поставках газа - РБК

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Порошенко подтвердил договоренность с Россией о зимних поставках газа
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Президент Украины Петр Порошенко подтвердил слова своего российского коллеги Владимира Путина о договоренности по поставкам газа в зимний период. Об этом он заявил во время общения с журналистами украинских телеканалов, сообщает пресс-служба президента Украины.
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No Consensus at Vatican as Synod Ends

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Bishops at a closely watched synod did not agree on what to say about gay people and whether to give communion to divorced and remarried Catholics.






Catholic Bishops Fail to Approve More Welcoming Approach to Gays 

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Just as it seemed the Roman Catholic Church might ease its stance on homosexuality, bishops from around the world removed language doing just that from a new Vatican document. The final version of the document was issued Saturday at the close of a two-week assembly, or synod, of 200 Catholic bishops. An initial version released earlier in the week had spoken of "accepting" gays' sexual orientation and acknowledging that same-sex couples can provide "precious support" to each other. It said gay people have "gifts and qualities" that can benefit the Church. Conservatives criticized the draft, calling for major revisions, in a sign of division with progressive members of the Church. In a blow to Pope Francis, the homosexuality paragraph did not even make it into the final document, failing to reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass. The bishops also failed to approve paragraphs on allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion. Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

Ukraine says it agrees on interim gas price with Russia - Reuters

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Ukraine says it agrees on interim gas price with Russia
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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday. Poroshenko met Russian... 
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Vatican synod fails to agree on gays

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Backlash from conservative Catholic wing highlights challenge facing Francis

Poroshenko Says Ukraine Will Have Gas This Winter

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the country will have natural gas from Russia this winter. 

Veliky Novgorod Journal: Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew on Trees 

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More than 1,000 birch-bark documents have been uncovered after being preserved for hundreds of years in the magical mud of Veliky Novgorod.






Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew on Trees - New York Times

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Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew on Trees
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VELIKY NOVGOROD, Russia — The note, from father to son, was the sort of routine shopping list that today would be dashed off on a smartphone. In 14th century Russia, it was etched into the bark of a birch tree and curled into a scroll. “Send me a ...

Ukraine and Russia make breakthrough on gas - Aljazeera.com

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Ukraine and Russia make breakthrough on gas
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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed that an agreement has been reached withRussia on a provisional price for gas deliveries during the coming winter months. Poroshenko on Saturday said the deal was agreed at talks with his Russian ...
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Порошенко подтвердил договоренность с Россией о зимних поставках газа - РБК

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Порошенко подтвердил договоренность с Россией о зимних поставках газа
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Президент Украины Петр Порошенко в интервью украинским телеканалам подвел итоги переговоров в Милане. Глава государства заверил, что зимой Украина будет с газом. Президент Украины Петр Порошенко. Фото: REUTERS 2014. В этом сюжете. Порошенко допустил изменение ...
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Петр Порошенко пообещал, что Украина будет получать газ из России - Первый канал

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Петр Порошенко пообещал, что Украина будет получать газ из России
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В Киеве обсуждают последние заявления Петра Порошенко. По возвращении из Милана, где он был гостем на саммите "Азия-Европа", украинский президент дал большое интервью: более 40 минут на самые разные темы. Одной из главных была, конечно, газовая: Порошенко ...
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Lavrov: West's 'colonial-style' sanctions on Russia have little to do with Ukraine - RT

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Lavrov: West's 'colonial-style' sanctions on Russia have little to do with Ukraine
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Making Russia change its stance by way of sanctions is outdated thinking in an age when diversity of opinion is supposed to be appreciated, Foreign Minister Lavrov believes. He saysRussia is already “doing more than anybody else” to help Ukraine. 
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Ukraine and Russia Reach Preliminary Agreement on Gas Price

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Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay.

Лавров: Украина для нас — самый близкий, братский народ - BFM.Ru

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Лавров: Украина для нас — самый близкий, братский народ
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«Мы не можем потерять Украину, поскольку это не группа лиц, совершивших переворот и захвативших власть, не те нацисты, которые продолжают маршировать в Киеве и других крупных городах, прибегают к актам вандализма, разрушают памятники и воспевают гитлеровских ...
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Ukraine Says Russia Has Agreed to Supply Gas - ABC News

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Ukraine Says Russia Has Agreed to Supply Gas
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The Ukrainian president has said his country has reached an agreement with Russia on supplies of natural gas for the winter. When Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June over unpaid bills, it raised the risk that Ukraine would be left without ...
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Window on Eurasia: Moscow Using Refugees from Ukraine to Further Undermine Non-Russian Languages

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Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, October 19 – Refugees from Ukraine apparently will not have to study non-Russian languages as required by the legislation of the non-Russian republics but instead will be exposed to more intensive Russian language instruction, yet another way in which Moscow is undermining the status of non-Russian tongues.

 

            Because of the sensitivity of language issues in many republics, the authorities are not advertising this plan. In fact, officials in Cheboksary, the capital of Chuvashia, confirmed it only after an anonymous visitor posed the question on that city’s website (irekle.org/news/i1955.htmlcitinggov.cap.ru/Questions.aspx?gov_id=81#QuestionId55786).

 

            City officials said that the 199 school-age refugees from Ukraine would not be required to take courses in Chuvash and be tested as to their proficiency in that language. Instead, “great attention will be devoted to additional training in Russian,” given that the knowledge of Russian among these children “leaves much to be desired.”

 

            As Irekle.org notes, Chuvash activists have been pushing for more Chuvash instruction while officials have been taking a variety of steps to reduce the amount of instruction and the use of the national language there, including taking down signs in Chuvash before Vladimir Putin’s visit and proposing to replace classroom instruction in Chuvash with distance learning.

 

            More than a million Chuvash say they speak that Turkic language, but international organizations have identified it as a language at risk because of the expansion of Russian language use there and because it is not mutually intelligible with other Turkic languages and thus Chuvash cannot save their language by getting training in other Turkic republics.
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Window on Eurasia: Russia’s ‘Era of Freedom’ has Come to an End, Academician Says 

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Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, October 19 – Russia’s 25-year-long era of freedom, which began in 1989 with the Congress of Peoples Deputies, has come to an end and the prospects for the future are extremely bleak, according to Academician Yury Pivovarov. If Russians do not transform themselves, their country risks becoming part of the third world.

 

            In an interview in “Russkaya planeta” today, Pivovarov, the head of the Moscow Institute of Scholarly Information on the Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, talks about his new book, “The Russian Present and the Soviet Past,” which is in the form of a diary he kept from 2008 to 2014 (rusplt.ru/policy/epoha-svobodyi-v-rossii-zakonchilas-13690.html).

 

            The academician notes that as Nabokov put it, “Russia has two histories, the history of the secret police and the history of secret freedom.” Unfortunately, he says, at present, the former “has become stronger than the latter,” not so much in the form of Vladimir Putin and his Chekist allies but in “the unfree and authoritarian tendencies” of Russian society inherited from the past.

 

            The events of this year, Pivovarov says, show just how few of the members of Russian elites have escaped from this inheritance. “This is the madness from Crimea to ‘Novorossiya,’” a term he puts in quotes “because I do not know what this is.  We have entered on a very dangerous path.”

 

            The scholar says that for him, “events in Ukraine are not only events there,” given that his wife is Ukrainian and his son is thus half Ukrainian. “In this conflict, we are talking above all about Russia.  Lenin once wrote that we will convert an imperialist war into a civil war. And he was able to do this at least in Russia.”

 

            “Putin, whether he wants it or not,” is at risk of doing the same at least to some degree. The Russian president has destroyed at least for a time “the perfectly normal opposition of the authorities and the opposition” by engaging in what can only be described as an “’imperialist’” war in Ukraine.

 

            The Moscow media’s focus on Ukraine to the exclusion of all Russia’s internal problems, poverty, income differentiation, and social tensions of various kinds is extremely dangerous, and in many ways it recalls the Soviet past when the Soviet media talked about the persecution of blacks in the United States but ignored what was wrong in the USSR.

 

            Pivovarov says that he decided to shift from his scholarly pursuits to write a book of this kind because “Putin himself has put a period in my ‘novel,’ because an era has ended” and it is necessary to find a way to declare “’the Fatherland is in danger!’”

 

            The INION scholar, who long specialized on the late imperial period, praises Nicholas II in his new book for the relatively peaceful development of Russia and the last tsar’s willingness to compromise on many issues including on a constitution after the first Russian revolution, a willingness that he expresses regret Putin does not share.

 

            “If Putin had reacted to the Bolotnoye demonstrations by seeking to meet the opposition part way, everything for us would be better. If he were to look at the history of Russian power, he would see that it has been successfully only when it has minimized its own possibilities and delegated them to society.”  But that has not happened.

 

            If Russia is to move forward, Pivovarov says, “we must cease to be Soviet people and overcome the Soviet in us.”  The Soviet man was and is “cut off from world culture and from its religious component. He may go to church, but he is not influenced by this culture, for him it is not a source of good and morality.”

 

            Stalininism, Leninism, Bolshevism and Communism represent “a rejection of the Christian understanding of the personality, a rejection of the idea of original sin which is in each man and therefore each must begin with himself” in order to cope and improve the situation.

 

            “But Stalinism says that it is the class enemy, the masons, NATO, the United States, and the Banderites who are guilty. Anyone you like except for [Russians themselves].” As things stand now, changing that is going to be very, very difficult. Solzhenitsyn said it might take 200 years, the INION director says.

 

            At the same time, he says that he is not without hope. Yes, 84 percent of the population support Putin, but there is the other “16 percent who do not want live according to these arrangements and in a new isolation.  They form civil society, but alas they do in large measure continue to remain soviet as well.” As a result, they are part of what they are also fighting.

 

            “The Soviet man,” Pivovarov says, “is someone for whom self-organization is completely alien. Given an order, he can achieve heroic deeds, but he cannot organize himself.” Many forms of self-organization were destroyed by the Soviet system, a few have been restored, but this is “not sufficient.”

 

            And he concludes: “Today, Russian people are more ready to be organized for evil than for good.” That is disturbing because “either Russia will find in itself the strength to transform itself and become European, democratic, law-based, Christian and patriotic, or it will decline and become a third world country.”

 

           

 
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Russia Says It Won't Bow Over Sanctions, Denies Navy Craft In Trouble Off Sweden 

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will not do the West's bidding in order to have sanctions removed.

Air Strikes Hit Kobani Amid Clashes Between Kurds, IS Militants

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A monitoring group said the U.S.-led alliance against the Islamic State (IS) militant group carried out six air strikes on October 19 on the embattled Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria.

Эпоха перемен: Крым от 1954 до 2014 

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Ukraine Liveblog Day 244: German Intelligence Claims Russian-Backed Militants Downed MH17 

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Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.
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Луганские ополченцы окружили 200 украинских солдат - Коммерсантъ

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Луганские ополченцы окружили 200 украинских солдат
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Силы ополчения самопровозглашенной Луганской народной республики окружили отряд из 200 украинских солдат, сообщает 19 октября «Интерфакс» со ссылкой на данные агентства «Новороссия». «В районе Бахмутка Новоайдарского района (ЛНР) в окружение армии Новороссии ...
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Russia can withstand lower oil prices but not for very long - Financial Times

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Russia can withstand lower oil prices but not for very long
Financial Times
While the economy is heavily dependent on oil, the country's accumulated reserves and the floating rouble will mitigate the shock, and Russia should be able to withstand levels of $80 to $90 a barrel for about two years. But in the longer term ...

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Украинские войска освободили от террористов Крымское, - Москаль - Ура-Информ

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Украинские войска освободили от террористов Крымское, - Москаль
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В субботу, 18 октября, украинские войска освободили от боевиков так называемой "Луганской народной республики" населенный пункт Крымское. Украинские войска освободили от террористов Крымское, - Москаль. Это последний поселок Новоайдарского района Луганской области из ...
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Sweden hunts for suspected Russian submarine in Cold War-style drama 

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Over 200 people from Sweden's navy, army and air force are searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm








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Swedish Navy Hunts for Source of Underwater Signals

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A Swedish newspaper said the military intercepted a radio transmission from a Russian submarine that was perhaps stranded near Stockholm.






US Health Official Comments on Evolving Ebola Procedures

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A top U.S. health official says it is unrealistic to expect every hospital in America to be able to care for an Ebola patient, but that health care facilities must be vigilant for possible cases and be ready to isolate anyone infected with the virus for transport to specialized treatment centers. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, spoke one day after President Barack Obama warned against mass-panic over the disease.

West's 'Smart Sanctions' on Russia Can Still Cause Collateral Damage - Wall Street Journal

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West's 'Smart Sanctions' on Russia Can Still Cause Collateral Damage
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For Sberbank itself, the damage was mitigated because the bank can fall back on financing from its majority shareholder—Russia's central bank, analysts say. But Denizbank raises money overseas and relies on its relationships with Western financial ...

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Ebola in Europe: Spanish nurse who caught disease is no longer infected, tests show

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A Spanish nursing assistant who became the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa appears to have survived the disease, officials have said.