Senate passes spending bill, ends government shutdown threat

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (2nd R) smiles as he departs the Senate floor after it passed at $1.1 trillion spending bill following a long series of votes, many on procedural matters or to confirm members of the Obama administration, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 13, 2014. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst

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Russia says will react if U.S. imposes new sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on at the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva October 15, 2013.   Credit: Reuters/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool

 

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President Putin urges Russian resilience for hard times

President Putin: “The times we are facing are hard and difficult”

 

President Vladimir Putin has warned Russians of hard times ahead and urged self-reliance, in his annual state-of-the nation address to parliament

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Japan’s economy makes surprise fall into recession

Tokyo store

Japan’s economy contracts for a second quarter in a row.

Japan’s economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter, leaving the world’s third largest economy in technical recession

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