Putin plans to revitalize Russian economy - Nestlé nabs marketing rights to Starbucks products
Passports that bestow special privileges — immunity from prosecution and diplomatic pouches — are increasingly being bought by dubious business people. African, Asian and small island nations have been caught in the act.
The chancellor told her Russian counterpart that measures needed to be taken to ensure "smooth passage" through the Kerch Strait. But stopping conflict in the Sea of Azov wasn't the only thing the two leaders discussed.
The new year is shaping up to be a turbulent one. The euro, the Ukraine-Russia standoff and the Syria crisis are key unresolved foreign policy issues that the German government will have to deal with.
Critics have sounded the alarm ahead of a pivotal vote on the new president of Interpol on Wednesday. Russia's candidate is favorite to take the reins of the global policing organization.
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