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Merkel hits out at predecessor in Russia row before election

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BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, on Monday for taking a new job at Russian oil producer Rosneft and said she did not intend to take any posts in industry once she leaves politics.

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U.S. scales back visa services in Russia after Putin cuts its staff

MOSCOW The United States said on Monday it was scaling back its visa services in Russia after Moscow ordered it to sharply cut its diplomatic staff in retaliation over new U.S. sanctions.

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Rosneft, Trafigura close $12.9 billion purchase of India's Essar Oil refinery

MUMBAI Russian oil major Rosneft, oil trader Trafigura and Russian fund UCP closed their $12.9 billion purchase of Indian refiner Essar Oil on Monday, giving the companies a foothold in a country that is among the world's fastest growing oil users.

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India's Essar closes sale of refining arm to Rosneft led consortium

MUMBAI India's Essar Group on Monday announced closure of $12.9 billion (10 billion pounds) deal to sell its refining arm Essar Oil to a consortium led by Russian oil major Rosneft, boosting ties between the world's top oil producer and the fastest growing fuel consumer.

UPDATE 1-Russian court rejects Siemens' plea to seize its turbines in Crimea

MOSCOW, Aug 20 A Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary hearings next month, the court's ruling showed on Sunday.

Rosneft, partners to announce acquisition of India's Essar Oil completed

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI A consortium led by Russian oil major Rosneft will announce on Monday completion of a $12.9 billion deal to acquire Indian private refiner Essar Oil, strengthening ties between the world's largest oil producer and the fastest growing fuel consumer.

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Rosneft, partners to announce acquisition of India's Essar Oil completed

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI A consortium led by Russian oil major Rosneft will announce on Monday completion of a $12.9 billion deal to acquire Indian private refiner Essar Oil, strengthening ties between the world's largest oil producer and the fastest growing fuel consumer.

Russian court rejects Siemens' plea to seize its turbines in Crimea

MOSCOW, Aug 20 A Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary hearings next month, the court's ruling showed on Sunday.

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Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truce

AMMAN Syrian jets and artillery struck rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs on Saturday a day after a Russian sponsored ceasefire with a rebel group agreed a halt of fighting in the last opposition enclave in the capital, rebels and witnesses said.

Ruthless Dortmund maul Wolves in Bundesliga start

BERLIN Borussia Dortmund overcame hosts VfL Wolfsburg 3-0 on Saturday to make a flawless start to their Bundesliga season as last season's runners-up RB Leipzig suffered a shock loss at Schalke 04.

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Ten sailors missing after U.S. warship, tanker collide near Singapore

SINGAPORE Ten sailors are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn on Monday, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said. | Video