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Facebook, Twitter lawyers to testify in Congress on Russia meddling

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WASHINGTON Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc will send their general counsels to testify on Nov. 1 before two Congressional panels investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the companies said on Thursday.

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Putin says IOC under U.S. pressure to bar Russia from Pyeongchang Games

SOCHI, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was being pressured by the United States to prevent Russia from taking part in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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Washington 'trying to squeeze Russian gas out of Europe' - Putin

SOCHI, Russia President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of trying to squeeze Russia out of European energy markets, saying the latest round of U.S. sanctions was designed to force Europe to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas instead.

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Glencore gains approval to buy into Rusal's Ukrainian alumina plant

KIEV Ukraine's anti-monopoly committee has given commodities trader Glencore the green light to take a stake in Ukraine's Mykolaiv plant, the second-largest alumina asset of Russia's Rusal .

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Rosneft's Sechin says no watershed in oil market, U.S. shale oil a risk

VERONA, Italy A global deal to cut oil output has not led to a breakthrough on high inventory levels, while an expected rise in U.S. shale oil output may destabilize the market in 2018, the head of Russia's Rosneft, Igor Sechin, said on Thursday.

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France criticises Russian stance on Syria toxic gas probe

PARIS France criticised Russia on Thursday for calling into question an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

AS Monaco club owner under investigation in probe over art dispute

NICE, France, Oct 19 A Monaco judge is investigating AS Monaco soccer club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev over allegations of complicity in invasion of privacy as part of a dispute with an art dealer, a source close to the Russian billionaire said on Thursday.

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Sochi 2014 re-tests complete, hearings done by November

BERLIN Hearings for Russian athletes following the re-tests of their doping samples from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will be completed by the of November, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

Olympics-Sochi 2014 re-tests complete, hearings done by November

BERLIN, Oct 19 Hearings for Russian athletes following the re-tests of their doping samples from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will be completed by the of November, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

CORRECTED-Russia's X5, Magnit and Lenta eyeing Siberian chain Holiday-sources

MOSCOW, Oct 19 Russian food retailers X5 , Magnit, and Lenta are in talks with Siberian company Holiday on acquiring parts of its business, two market sources and a source close to Holiday said.

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Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in response to independence threat

MADRID/BARCELONA Spain's central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. | Video