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Putin Rejects Any Redo of Fraud-Tainted Vote

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected opposition calls for a rerun of the parliamentary election, accusing those who organized massive protests against vote fraud of working to weaken Russia at the West’s behest.

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Belgium’s Worst Peace-Time Massacre Leaves 4 Dead, 122 Wounded

Belgium’s most violent attack in peace time left four people dead, including a 17-month-old child, and five more in intensive care in the eastern city of Liege.

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Putin Ally Resigns as Speaker of Parliament

The chairman of Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, resigned from his post as speaker of the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday, an apparent attempt to quell some of the uproar over perceived fraud in recent parliamentary elections.

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Euro Hits 11-month Low versus Dollar

The euro slid to an 11-month low against the dollar on Wednesday, as investors speculated that more euro zone countries may be downgraded in the near term given that a quick solution to the region’s debt crisis remains elusive.

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Russia’s Prokhorov Announces Run for President

Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov on Monday announced his bid to run against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a presidential election next March.

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Russians Look Ahead to Mass Protest, Presidential Election

Is Russia’s middle class on the march? People are angry, and are speaking out for clean elections and democracy. An elderly demonstrator holds a poster showing an edited photo of an aging Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and signed ‘2050. No’.

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Attendance Light at Rally for Putin’s Party, and Not All Wanted to Be There

Increasingly assailed by charges of electoral fraud, Russia’s governing party, United Russia, held a rally in Moscow on Monday apparently meant as show of strength after a big anti-Kremlin protest over the weekend.

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Euro Pact Faces UK Hurdle, Ebbing Market Faith

Doubts resurfaced Monday over Europe’s ability to solve its debt crisis and rescue the imperiled euro, as investors worried plans for a new fiscal pact will bring little immediate relief and Britain warned it could face new political hurdles.

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Thousands Gather in Russia to Protest Legislative Elections

Tens of thousands of Russians gathered peacefully in central Moscow on Saturday to shout “Putin is a thief” and “Russia without Putin,” forcing the Kremlin to confront a level of public discontent that has not been seen here since Vladimir V. Putin first became president 12 years ago.

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Euro Crisis Pits Germany and US in Tactical Fight

Even as European leaders put together their latest response to the euro crisis last week, a German-American clash over how best to manage a vast financial crisis and put the world economy back on a sound footing was set in stark relief.

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Europe Debt-Crisis Deal Not a Cure-All

Most European leaders agreed on a new “comprehensive” set of measures meant to calm the debt crisis. The pact comprises fiscal rules meant to prevent countries from veering into dangerous waters and some advancements in the rescue apparatus meant to help them if they do.

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Medvedev Orders Russia Poll Inquiry, Gets Insults

President Dmitry Medvedev ordered an investigation on Sunday into allegations of fraud in Russia’s parliamentary election, one day after tens of thousands of protesters demanded it be annulled and rerun.

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