Putin comes out with a ‘Russia First’ strategy | Asia Times

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Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia’s new president at a grand ceremony in the Kremlin on Monday. As his fourth term begins – which may also be his last term – speculation is rife about the composition of the new Russian government.

Donald Trump’s oil gamble comes at just the wrong time for the world economy | Financial Post

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There is no longer an ample safety buffer against supply shocks. The geopolitical “premium” on prices has returned.

Kim Jong Un says North Korea will give up nukes if U.S. promises not to attack – National | Globalnews.ca

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that he would be willing to give up his nuclear weapons if the U.S. commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North, Seoul officials said Sunday.

IEA accused of undermining global shift from fossil fuels | Environment | The Guardian

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The global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is being undermined by the very organisation that ought to be leading the charge, according to a scathing new critique of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The IPCC leak: What do Chinese experts think? | China Dialogue

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Expert reviewers nominated by governments and organisations gain access to IPCC drafts under confidentiality rules. It is not a public process. However, the leaked document, and its stark warnings, was leaked last month , prompting a deluge of comment.

Canada sending 6 helicopters to help UN mission in Mali – Politics – CBC News

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The Liberal government has confirmed it’s sending a detachment of helicopters and support troops to the troubled West African nation of Mali, as it ticks off a number of its peacekeeping commitments.
CBC News first reported the news on Friday.

Vladimir Putin wins fourth term, taking over 70 per cent of votes in tainted Russian election | Ottawa Citizen

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‘We are dying’: Venezuela’s oil workers have become so hungry they are too weak to do their jobs | Financial Post

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“I haven’t eaten meat for two months,” he said. “The last time I did, I spent my whole week’s salary on a chicken meal.”

Running from Putin after helping him cheat – CBS News

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Grigory Rodchenkov, the mastermind of the Russian doping scandal that got the country’s Olympic team barred from this year’s Winter Games, now fears for his life for talking about cheating the Russians continue to deny. Rodchenkov is in disguise when tells Scott Pelley his story on 60 Minutes Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Bitcoin and its rivals offer no shelter from the storm – Crypto-correction

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THE “biggest bubble in human history comes down crashing,” tweeted Nouriel Roubini, an economist, gleefully. After an exhilarating ride skywards in 2017, investors in crypto-currencies have been rudely reminded that prices can plunge earthwards, too. In mid-December the price of bitcoin was just shy of $20,000; by February 6th, it had fallen to $6,000, before recovering a little (see chart).

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