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US, UK Thank Russia For Evacuation Of Their Citizens From Yemen – 14 April 2015

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The British Foreign Office, as well as the US Secretary of State, have thanked Moscow for the evacuation of their citizens from war-torn Yemen, as Russian planes and ships take hundreds of Russian and foreign nationals from the conflict zone.

In a phone conversation with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry “expressed gratitude for assistance in evacuation of American citizens” from Yemen, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday.

A spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office told RT on Monday that, “we can confirm that six British nationals left Yemen at the weekend on a Russian Navy vessel. We thank the Russian authorities for their assistance.”

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US, EU Warn Israel Of ‘Detrimental Impacts’ Of Building 450 New Settler Homes – 31 January 2015

RT logoThe US and EU have advised Israel to drop its plans to construct an additional 450 settlement homes in the West Bank, warning that failure to do so would further destabilize the situation in the region and diminish prospects for peace.

On Friday, Israel announced tenders to build new settlements on the Palestinian territories in a move that has been deemed illegal under international law.

In particular, the announced projects include 156 units in Elkana, 114 homes in Geva Binyamin, 102 in Kiryat Araba, and 78 in Alfei Menashe, according to Jerusalem Post. Some of those tenders are being reissued, however, since contractors refused to take many of the projects in the past.

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US, India Reach ‘Breakthrough Understanding’ On Stalled Civil Nuke Deal – 26 January 2015

RT logoThe first fruit of Barack Obama’s trip to India is the “understanding” which may finalize the civil nuclear cooperation agreement of 2008, which was supposed to clear the way for the sale of nuclear fuel and reactors to India.

The new understanding removes both the US demand for tracking its nuclear supplies, and US suppliers’ liability in case of a nuclear accident.

President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi both hailed the New Delhi negotiations as a breakthrough and a new step in US-Indian relations.

The US and India have been in a deadlock for six years, with Washington insisting on tracking any nuclear material it supplied to India. The US president used his executive powers to waive away the measure and agree that from now on, inspections of India’s use of fissile materials by the IAEA will suffice.

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UN’s First Ever Meeting On Anti-Semitism Sees France, US, Saudi Arabia Speak Out – 24 January 2015

RT logoThe UN has dedicated a separate meeting to anti-Semitism, citing a global rise in violence against Jews. About half of UN member states attended, with surprise speakers such as the Saudi ambassador, who equated anti-Semitic crimes with Islamophobia.

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“Faulting the Jews is once again becoming the rallying cry of a new order of assassins,” French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy said in a keynote address to UN states on Friday. He denounced what he called a “radical inhumanity” in a rising hatred towards Jews.

US Ambassador Samantha Power also spoke at the meeting, calling for nations to take a stand against “this monstrous global problem.”

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US, UK Want To Tackle ‘Technical Issues’ Of Accessing Encrypted Private Information – 17 January 2015

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Western intelligence agencies must be able to intercept any communications in order to thwart potential terror attacks being hatched by extremist groups, and this must be done without violating citizens’ rights, US and British leaders said.

British authorities don’t need “backdoors” into the websites and communication protocols used for online conversations, Cameron added. Instead, he said: “We believe in very clear front doors through legal processes that should help to keep our countries safe.”

US President Barack Obama and his UK counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron, held a joint press conference at the White House on Friday and answered questions about how far the governments could go in violating privacy as concerns surrounding recent terrorist activity grow.

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US, Iran ‘Tentatively Agree’ On Partial Expatriation Of Uranium Stockpile – Report – 3 January 2015

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Washington and Tehran have allegedly came a step closer to agreeing on shipping part of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile to Russia, AP reports citing diplomatic sources. However, US sanctions, some believe, are hampering any final settlement.

According to two diplomatic sources who spoke to the Associated Press, the December round of nuclear talks produced a “catalogue of areas of potential accord”, while outlining differing approaches to remaining stick points.

One of the breakthroughs, sources say, comes as Iran allegedly “tentatively agreed” to transport a large portion of its uranium stockpile to Russia for conversion into reactor fuel. The P5+1 group, namely United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany, is scheduled to meet the Iranian delegation in Geneva on January 15.

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US, European Markets Tumble Following Ruble, Oil – 16 December 2014

RT logoUS stock futures fell along with shares in European companies exposed to Russia, as the ruble and crude oil slid to new record lows on Tuesday.

The Russian ruble lost over 20 percent against hard currencies on Tuesday. At its worst the ruble plummeted to 75 against the US dollar, and traded at almost 100 to the euro on the Moscow Exchange.

Brent crude fell below $59 a barrel for the first time since May 2009, losing 4 percent as it hit a low of $58.50. US WTI crude was down 3 percent at $54.21 after plunging to $53.80.

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