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Top 10 most pressing worldwide issues in 2015 Special

The predictions are not based on gazing into a crystal ball. Instead, research and insights from experts make the most urgent issues facing the world in 2015 crystal clear.

Putin says economy will rebound as sanctions stiffen

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would soon recover from the worst financial crisis of his rule and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Op-Ed: No ringtones for ruble in Russia

Moscow - The Russian economy is collapsing and more sanctions are ahead. Apple halted online sales in Russia and Moscow began selling off reserve foreign currency.

Op-Ed: Dismal New Year's for Putin

Moscow - Perhaps it’s a good thing that Russia’s government is calling off New Year’s Eve parties. They probably would fizzle. Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine adventures have led to the price of condoms and hookers rising.

Op-Ed: Ban Russians from international sport if doping allegations true

Moscow - Pressure is growing to find out if allegations that Russia provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes and then cover it up are true.

Putin says traditional values don't mean persecution of gays

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday said his support for traditional family values does not mean gays and lesbians will be persecuted, despite what many describe as a crackdown on homosexuals in Russia.

Op-Ed: Vladimir Putin — Russian man of mystery

Moscow - Sometimes Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be reading from the same script as Mike Myers when he playfully imitated James Bond as “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”

Putin says West seeks to undermine Russia, Crimea 'sacred'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the West of exploiting the Ukraine crisis to undermine an increasingly confident Russia, and said Crimea was "sacred" to Moscow.

Op-Ed: Moldova to Putin — In Vino Veritas

Chisinau - Once again a match made in Moscow appears to have failed. Russia may always be a bride’s maid, never a bride, unless the groom is wearing a balaclava and camouflage.

Op-Ed: Putin may be losing his Russian roulette game

Moscow - With prominent Russians falling from a Moscow skyscraper and drowning in an OPEC country it may or may not be just a coincidence, but it appeared to indicate that President Vladimir Putin’s economy is dangerously threatened by a growing glut of oil.

Putin mulling re-election bid in 2018

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering running for a fourth Kremlin term in 2018, which would see him stay in power until 2024, the TASS news agency reported Sunday."Yes, the possibility exists of my standing as a candidate again.

Op-Ed: Russian military commander brags of role in Ukraine

Moscow - A Russian mercenary soldier long suspected of involvement in the Ukrainian rebellion now boasts of his role in an interview.

Russia-West tensions soar as Putin quits G20 summit

Moscow - Vladimir Putin's early exit from a G20 summit in Australia after an icy reception from world leaders may further stoke Russia-West tensions and lead to renewed fighting in Ukraine, analysts said.

Putin to leave G20 summit early: Russian delegate 

Moscow - Vladimir Putin intends to cut short his attendance at the Group of 20 summit in Brisbane on Sunday, a Russian source said as the strongman faces intense pressure from the West over Ukraine.

G20 Summit turning into war of words as leaders attack Putin

The G20 Summit is underway in Australia and a meeting intended to focus on the economy is turning into a battleground as nations line up to take a shot at Russian President Vladimir Putin. The subject of the Ukraine is threatening to derail the meeting.

Op-Ed: Close encounters of the Cold War kind

Moscow - NATO has confirmed Russian tanks have crossed into the eastern Ukraine as Moscow declares it is sending its bombers to Western borders as it did during the Cold War.

Op-Ed: Good news, bad news for unemployed hacks

Stalingrad - A job market lean as buffalo burgers is expanding, if you don’t mind getting paid in Russian money. Foreign currency is in short supply. And also there is the propaganda thing.

Op-Ed: Saudis and U.S. crushing Putin’s energy-based economy

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin can send as many tanks as he wants into Ukraine but unless he pulls a Napoleon, and loads them up with papal gold, he will be watching his economy collapse because of an oil glut.

Putin spokesman tells press to 'shut trap' on cancer rumours

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Wednesday ridiculed US media reports that the Russian strongman may be suffering from cancer, saying he was fine and that journalists should "shut their trap".

Europe gas supply faces 'major transit risks': Putin

Belgrade - Europe faces "major transit risks" to gas supplies coming from Russia this winter unless Ukraine resolves a gas dispute with Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday.

Australia PM vows to 'shirtfront' Putin at G20 over MH17

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday vowed to "shirtfront", or confront, Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit next month over the loss of Australian lives in the MH17 crash over Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Malaysian air disaster more of nightmare than thought

Amsterdam - The destruction of the Malaysian Airliner Boeing 777 allegedly shot down by a Russian missile crew has become even more of a horror story than thought.

Praise and damnation as Putin marks 'Herculean' birthday

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin marked his 62nd birthday roaming the Siberian wilderness on Tuesday, as supporters compared his takeover of Crimea to a Herculean labour and 100,000 marched in Chechnya in his honour.

Op-Ed: Russia to join fight against ISIS

New York - Russia has decided to join the fight against terrorist ISIS in Iraq. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Iraqi officials and announced the offer.

Op-Ed: Putin replaces ISIS and Ebola as public enemy No. 1

Moscow - Even as there were growing signs of peace in the Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the war path as far afield as the Bering Straits and Sweden/Finland.

Op-Ed: NATO will not allow another Crimea stealth caper

Moscow - NATO is warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that his “hybrid war” strategy has become transparent, and will result in intervention if he seeks to pull off another Crimean caper.

Op-Ed: New sanctions against Russia going ahead despite cease-fire

Brussels - The European Union decided on Friday to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow, which could cripple development of new Russian energy sources, despite a shaky cease-fire in the Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Tide turns against Putin in Black Sea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to prevent Ukraine from edging too close to the West is having the opposite effect.

Op-Ed: Russian government threatens more self-inflicted wounds

Moscow - The Russian government has begun using the latest fashionable military terms to describe how it will react to more sanctions. Bottom line: it is threatening more self-inflicted damage.

Op-Ed: Reports Ukraine cease-fire near collapse

Moscow - Multiple report of fighting in the Ukraine suggested a cease-fire dictated under Moscow’s terms appeared near collapse. Shelling was reported by both sides.
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