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* Ukraine signals de facto war with Moscow | Ukraine president Petro Poroschenko accused Moscow of conducting “direct and undisguised aggression” in the latest in a series of military reversals

* Rosneft seeks China investor for oilfield | Deal unveiled by Russian president Vladimir Putin would be most significant Chinese equity participation in Russian onshore oil industry Continue reading »

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* Burgers, BMWs highlight N Korea change | From US-style fast food at a showpiece water park to foreign cars on once-empty streets, evidence of informal markets abounds during FT visit to Pyongyang

* Kiev accuses Russia of ‘direct aggression’ | President promises shake-up of Ukraine’s military leadership amid signs that the army has lost ground to Russian-backed separatist forces Continue reading »

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* Nato at odds over response to Russia | Alliance will hope to bridge member states’ divisions with the unveiling of its new ‘readiness action plan’, the result of weeks of detailed negotiation

* Putin seeks ‘statehood’ talks for SE Ukraine | Russia, which annexed Crimea in March, has been calling for the federalisation of Ukraine, since its pro-Moscow president was ousted in February Continue reading »

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* Nato to hold emergency Ukraine meeting | Rouble falls to a record low as tensions worsen and Russian-backed rebels have been advancing in a new front in the southeast of Ukraine

* Rouble hits record low against the dollar | Russia’s rouble hits a record low against the dollar as the conflict between Moscow and Ukraine intensifies Continue reading »

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* Obama damps speculation of Syria strikes | President has asked the military to prepare ‘range of options’ against Islamist radicals, with John Kerry soliciting allies in the Middle East

* ‘1,000’ Russia troops in Ukraine, says Nato | Images show Russian units ‘inside Ukraine’, as Poroshenko cancels Turkey visit and demands a UN Security Council meeting to discuss situation Continue reading »

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* Stocks slip as Ukraine tensions build | S&P 500 futures show dip below 2,000 as heightened concerns about Russia’s relationship with the west helps reduce risk appetite

* Erdogan’s shadow hangs over Turkey premier | Incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu will be overshadowed by a president-elect who demands his loyalty and an outgoing president who covets his job Continue reading »

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* Brazil national park draws private equity | US private equity group Advent International invests in national park service provider to capitalise on growing interest in leisure activities

* Ukraine rebels extend fight to south | The fighting around Novoazovsk creates a new front in the conflict on the Black Sea coast which Kiev has used as a logistical base Continue reading »

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* Evidence grows of Russian army in Ukraine | Kiev releases videos of four captured Russian soldiers who say they were sent by Moscow to eastern Ukraine for military operations

* Israel and Hamas agree open-ended truce | Both sides accept an Egyptian-brokered open-ended truce after a day in which Hamas fired some of the heaviest barrages of rockets since the war began Continue reading »

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* Ukraine president calls snap elections | Complete overhaul of government was one of the central demands of protesters who toppled the previous president, Moscow-friendly Viktor Yanukovich

* India declares coal mining licences illegal | Ruling plunges battered resources sector into fresh uncertainty with sharp falls in share prices of Tata Steel and Hindalco Continue reading »

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* Ukraine president calls snap elections | Complete overhaul of government was one of the central demands of protesters who toppled Moscow-friendly Viktor Yanukovich from the presidency

* Asian markets drift lower | Hopes of further easing from the European Central bank buoyed overnight equities but the rally fizzled out in Asia Continue reading »

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* Poroshenko warns of ‘constant threat’ | President flexes his might by holding a military parade that featured missile launchers as he allocates an additional $3bn in defence spending

* Stocks rally after dovish Draghi speech | ECB president steals limelight from Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen at the annual Jackson Hole gathering of central bank policy makers Continue reading »

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* US journalist freed by al-Qaeda-linked group | The freeing of Peter Theo Curtis – who was held by Jabhat al-Nusrah in Syria for nearly two years – follows the murder of James Foley last week

* Poroshenko warns of ‘constant threat’ | President flexes his might by holding a military parade that featured missile launchers as he allocates an additional $3bn in defence spending Continue reading »

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* US signals escalation in Isis fight | Chairman of joint chiefs says Isis must be addressed ‘on both sides of what is essentially at this point a non-existent border’ between Iraq and Syria

* Rosneft hit as $2bn Vitol deal scrapped | Russian state oil group’s projects may be in jeopardy without western financing and technology, even though China is set to continue advance payments Continue reading »

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* Germany agrees to arm Iraq | Obama said the US would be ‘vigilant’ and ‘relentless’ in protecting its citizens, a sign that the US will pursue Isis

* Brazil injects extra $4.5bn into economy | President Dilma Rousseff’s administration is struggling to boost growth in the face of high inflation and a looming, tightly fought election Continue reading »

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* Isis claims to behead captive US journalist | White House said the intelligence community was trying to determine the authenticity of a video showing James Foley

* Rockets prompt Israel to end Gaza talks | Israel blames Hamas for breaking the fragile truce and resumes its bombing campaign, temporarily ending the indirect talks sponsored by Egypt Continue reading »