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Russia jails Estonian agent for 15 years

©AFP Estonian policeman Eston Kohver A Russian court has sentenced Estonian security agent Eston Kohver to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of spying, having been seized from just inside his own…


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Row over Rachmaninoff reburial bid

Russia: Rachmaninoff reburial bid riles composer’s family By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Sergei Rachmaninoff, pictured in 1938, stipulated in his will that he wanted to be buried alongside his family A…


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Carlsberg cuts profit forecast

Shares of Danish brewer Carlsberg are falling sharply, after the company lowered its annual profit forecast. The company blamed the “market decline in Eastern Europe” for offsetting strength in Asian markets. Carlsberg shares are down…


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Tata to invest $100m in Uber

©AFP India’s Tata conglomerate has struck a “strategic partnership” with Uber, investing close to $100m in the US taxi-hailing app while planning a range of future tie-ups. Uber’s deal with India’s largest business house follows…


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SoftBank president makes $483m ‘personal bet’

©Bloomberg Nikesh Arora, president of SoftBank, has said he will buy Y60bn ($483m) worth of shares in the Japanese telecoms and internet group, in a sign of his commitment to the company as the handpicked…


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Norway oil fund in first loss for 3 years

©Bloomberg Norway’s $870bn oil fund suffered its first negative return in three years as weak equity and bond markets weighed on the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. The fund had a negative return of 0.9…


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Russia jails Estonian border 'spy'

This photo from 2010 shows Eston Kohver, right, receiving honours from the Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves A court in Russia has sentenced Estonian security official Eston Kohver to 15 years in prison for espionage…


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Adultery website investigates data leak

©Reuters Avid Life, the owner of website Ashley Madison that specialises in matchmaking married people who wish to be unfaithful, is investigating reports that stolen customer data has been posted online. The Toronto-based company on…


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Schäuble appeals for Greek rescue

©AFP German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble opened the crucial Bundestag debate on the Greece rescue plan on Wednesday saying it would be “irresponsible” not to give Athens the chance to take the road to economic…


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‘Female Viagra’ approval raises concerns

Addyi has a chequered history but was championed by a high-profile campaign on social media ©AP It has been dubbed the “female Viagra” and on Tuesday it became the first drug to treat a lack…