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Catherine Ashton

Putin Embraces Conservatism With Cursing Ban in Movies, Theater

President Vladimir Putin, cast in Russia as a defender of conservative values, is imposing a ban on swearing in Russian movies, music and books, seeking to suppress a form of profanity-laden slang known as “mat.” Putin yesterday signed a law introducing fines of up to 2,500 rubles ($70) for individuals and $1,400 for organizations for

Ukraine Separatists Ignore Geneva Deal on Easing Tensions

 Pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine refused to give up buildings and disarm as demanded in a four-nation deal agreed in Geneva yesterday, while the U.S. and its European allies pushed Russia to help calm the crisis. A leader of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, dismissed the accord’s call to disarm, leave seized

Iran: Homemade air defense system ready in 2 yrs, ‘better than S-300’

 Iran’s top air defense commander has announced that the country will launch its Bavar-373 (‘Belief-373’) missile defense system, Iran’s version of Russia’s S-300 long-range system, in the next two years. Technical problems hampering construction of Bavar-373 have been resolved, and development and construction of the sophisticated anti-missile defense system would be completed by the end