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Russian central bank cuts key rate by 50 basis points, leaves options open

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MOSCOW - Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 11 percent on Friday, as expected, citing a cooling economy that it said outweighed inflation risks. | Video

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Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin ordered spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

LONDON - Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.

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Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin ordered spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

LONDON - Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday. | Video

UPDATE 1-Russian rouble falls on central bank rate cut, weak oil

MOSCOW, July 31 - The Russian rouble extended losses to reach a four-and-a-half-month low on Friday after the central bank cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points and oil prices fell.

UPDATE 2-Russian central bank cuts key rate by 50 bps, leaves options open

MOSCOW, July 31 - Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 11 percent on Friday, as expected, citing a cooling economy that it said outweighed inflation risks.

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Russian central bank cuts key rate by 50 bps, warns on cooling economy

MOSCOW - Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 11 percent on Friday as expected, saying risks of the economy cooling now outweighed inflation risks.

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Russian state 'involved' in ex-KGB agent's London murder, inquiry hears

LONDON - The Russian state must have been involved in the 2006 poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive isotope, which amounted to "a nuclear attack on the streets" of London, an inquiry into the death was told on Thursday. | Video

U.S. imposes more Russian and Ukrainian sanctions

WASHINGTON - The United States imposed further Russia and Ukraine-related sanctions on Thursday, adding associates of a billionaire Russian gas trader, Crimean port operators and former Ukrainian officials to its list of those it is penalizing in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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Russian state 'involved' in ex-KGB agent's London murder, inquiry hears

LONDON - The Russian state must have been involved in the 2006 poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive isotope, which amounted to "a nuclear attack on the streets" of London, an inquiry into the death was told on Thursday.

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After Russia U.N. veto, countries seek court for Flight MH17 prosecutions

AMSTERDAM - The five countries investigating the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine a year ago are considering setting up an independent international tribunal after Russia vetoed attempts to establish a U.N.-backed court to prosecute suspects.