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Caterham and Marussia to miss next races - Ecclestone

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LONDON - The struggling Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams will both miss next week's U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Saturday.

UPDATE 2-Motor racing-Caterham and Marussia to miss next races - Ecclestone

* Both teams struggling financially (Adds comment from Caterham administrator)

Russian government approves law to clamp down on offshore tax sheltering

MOSCOW - Russia's government has approved a new tax law to clamp down on Russian companies and individuals using offshore tax shelters.

Russian government approves law to clamp down on offshore tax sheltering

MOSCOW - Russia's government has approved a new tax law to clamp down on Russian companies and individuals using offshore tax shelters.

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Putin accuses United States of damaging world order

LAURA Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. | Video

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French court approves Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov's extradition to Russia

LYON France - A French appeals court approved on Friday the extradition from France to Russia or Ukraine of jailed Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov, accused of embezzling up to $6 billion (3.73 billion pound) from his former bank BTA.

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In eastern Ukraine, parliamentary election deepens divide

NOVOTROITSKE Ukraine - Standing at the village polling station where she will oversee Ukraine's parliamentary election on Sunday, Irina Sobko points across a field of wilted sunflowers to a town controlled by Russian-backed rebels where she says there won't be any voting. | Video

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U.S. diplomat criticises PM Orban's Russia policies

BUDAPEST - Hungary should back European Union sanctions against Russia and not talk about granting autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine at this time of instability, an American diplomat said in Budapest on Friday.

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U.S. diplomat criticizes PM Orban's Russia policies

BUDAPEST - Hungary should back European Union sanctions against Russia and not talk about granting autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine at this time of instability, an American diplomat said in Budapest on Friday.

U.N. authorises ship inspections near Somalia for arms, charcoal

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council authorised the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move.

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Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. | Video