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US vows to maintain pressure on China amid wide condemnation of protectionism at APEC summit

Washington will not change its pressure tactics against Beijing until it bows to US terms, Vice President Mike Pence said at an APEC summit, where members loudly denounced protectionism and sanctions as threats to global trade. Read Full Article at RT.com

US continues imports of Russian gas which it insists Europe should stop buying

Several cargo ships carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia’s Yamal LNG plant have arrived in the US, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova announced, highlighting the obvious weirdness of the situation. Read Full Article at RT.c

Power play: China wants to boost trade & energy cooperation with Russia

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said Beijing is ready to further develop economic ties with Russia, increasing bilateral trade and facilitating mutual access to each other’s markets. Read Full Article at RT.com

Conor McGregor's fighting career may be stalling but his whiskey business is booming

Fight game legend Conor McGregor apologized to his fans after Proper Twelve, his branded whiskey, sold out fast, frustrating the mixed martial arts star’s die-hard supporters. McGregor pledged to ramp up production. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia’s most powerful oilman: We're fine with any oil price

Rosneft is fine with any level of oil prices, chief executive Igor Sechin told Kommersant radio station as quoted by news agency TASS. Read Full Article at RT.com

Boycotting World Economic Forum in Davos no great loss for Russia – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the refusal by Russian businesses to participate in next year’s World Economic Forum in Davos is not going to have any negative impact on the country’s reputation. Read Full Article at RT.com

Natural gas skyrockets as China pledges huge supply boost

With an eye on last winter’s natural gas supply debacle, Chinese state-owned energy giant CNOOC has pledged a 20 percent rise in gas supply, the company said on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com

No volunteers: EU countries bow to US pressure over alternative payment channel for Iran

Plans by Brussels to create a special payment channel to continue doing business with Iran and bypass US economic sanctions against the country, are now in tatters, as no EU country has agreed to support the idea. Read Full Article at RT.com

Johnson & Johnson wins trial over cancer claims linked to baby powder

A California jury has cleared US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) of liability in a case involving a woman who alleged that the company’s talc-based products contain asbestos and caused her cancer. Read Full Article at RT.com

No voluteers: EU countries bow to US pressure over alternative payment channel for Iran

Plans by Brussels to create a special payment channel to continue doing business with Iran and bypass US economic sanctions against the country, are now in tatters, as no EU country has agreed to support the idea. Read Full Article at RT.com

Breaking bad: Bitcoin crashes to lowest level in over a year

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency has fallen to a more than a one-year low on Wednesday, breaking through the key support level of $6,000. The price dropped by almost 11 percent in a single day of trading. Read Full Article at RT.com

Energy-hungry Thailand eyeing Russian LNG imports

Russian companies are interested in supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Thai market, according to the Russian Energy Ministry. Moscow and Bangkok have a long track record of energy cooperation. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia and Singapore ink $1bn worth of investment deals at ASEAN Summit

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund has signed agreements with companies from Singapore on investment projects in Russia totaling more than $1 billion. The contracts were sealed at the Russia-ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Read Full Article at RT.com

Iraq wants to barter food for desperately needed Iranian gas supplies – report

Baghdad is looking for approval from Washington to import Iranian gas and energy supplies in exchange for food items, according to two Iraqi government officials as quoted by Reuters. Read Full Article at RT.com

Ultra-rare ‘Pink Legacy’ diamond fetches record $50 million

An exceptionally large pink diamond – nearly 19 carats – has set a price-per-carat record after being sold for $50 million to US luxury jewelry brand Harry Winston at the Christie’s auction in Geneva. Read Full Article at RT.com

Crude mood: Oil enters bear market, plunging most since 2015

The crude price slide accelerated this week with US futures suffering their steepest one-day loss in more than three years. Tuesday's seven-percent drop was due to ongoing worries about weakening global demand and oversupply. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Completely safe’: Monsanto owner Bayer hit by new wave of lawsuits over Roundup weed killer

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer disclosed that lawsuits from 9,300 plaintiffs were pending at the end of October. The lawsuits allege that the company’s recently acquired weed-killing product causes cancer. Read Full Article at RT.com

Stock market in serious downward spiral & for very good reason – investment guru Jim Cramer

The stock market is going through “a very serious correction,” which is underscored by several sound reasons for the market’s current downtrend, according to former hedge fund manager and financial author Jim Cramer. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia’s Rosatom to start construction of 7th power unit at Chinese nuclear power plant

The construction of a new power unit at the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in China will begin in 2021, according to Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom. It’s the biggest joint NPP project between the two nations. Read Full Article at RT.com

Saudis scramble to stop oil price slide

Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to halt the slide in oil prices, telegraphing a production cut intended to erase some of the re-emerging supply surplus. Read Full Article at RT.com

Iran’s armed forces vow to protect oil tankers against US threat

The Iranian Army has vowed to defend the country’s commercial shipping vessels from any potential threats after the US warned countries against allowing Iranian tankers into their territorial waters and ports. Read Full Article at RT.com

SWIFT’s Iran ban will ‘expedite global de-dollarization’ – Max Keiser

The blacklisting of Iran from international financial messaging system SWIFT serves as a warning to Washington’s enemies, but will hasten the demise of the dollar, stockbroker-turned broadcaster Max Keiser told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com

E-commerce behemoth Alibaba smashes ‘Singles Day’ records with $1bn in sales in just 85 seconds

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has smashed records for its Singles Day, the world’s biggest 24-hour shopping event, despite an ongoing trade war with the US and waning domestic interest in the event. Read Full Article at RT.com

Iranian central bank disconnected from SWIFT messaging – US treasury

The Iranian Central Bank has been cut off the SWIFT financial messaging system, the US Treasury Department has said. Disconnection makes it more difficult for the Islamic Republic to settle import and export bills. Read Full Article at RT.com

US kleptocrats & multinationals rip off taxpayers by parking billions offshore – economist to RT

Tax havens are used as an instrument to increase the profitability of US multinationals at the expense of the public, according to investigative economist and lawyer James Henry. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia excels in ditching dollar ahead of pending US sanctions against country’s financial system

The list of the countries currently taking active steps towards eliminating their economic reliance on the US dollar is growing. Russia has joined a league of nations is making a lot of headway with the task, the WSJ reports. Read Full Article at RT.com

Libyan govt claims it doesn’t know who benefitted from Gaddafi's billions

Libya has received the interest on Gaddafi’s frozen funds in Belgian banks, but doesn’t know who benefitted, hinting that the money was either misused or embezzled, reports Al Arabia, quoting the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA). Read Full Article at RT.

SWIFT kick: Iranian banks about to be cut off from global financial network

Banks in Iran have started sending letters to their branches, informing them that they will be cut off from the international financial messaging system SWIFT starting Monday. Read Full Article at RT.com

No plans to break up OPEC oil cartel, says Saudi energy minister - state media

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih has denied rumors that Riyadh plans to disband the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), reports Al Arabiya. Saudi Arabia is the most influential member of the oil cartel. Read Full Article at RT.com

No plans to break up OPEC cartel, says Saudi energy minister - state media

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih has denied rumors that Riyadh plans to disband the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), reports Al Arabiya. Saudi Arabia is the most influential member of the oil cartel. Read Full Article at RT.com

China’s oil imports surge to record high

China’s crude oil imports averaged 9.61 million barrels a day last month, customs data cited by Reuters has revealed, with the agency noting the amount is the highest on record. Read Full Article at RT.com

Floating 5-star hotel: Russia’s 1st cruise liner to be ready for tests in 2019

An ocean cruise liner under construction at the Russian Lotus Shipyard in Astrakhan will be ready for water trials next year. Russia hasn’t built vessels of such class for more than 60 years. Read Full Article at RT.com

Au revoir, France: China to become world’s top travel destination by 2030

This year will see a total of 1.4 billion trips made around the world, according to a report by research group Euromonitor International which expects that number to rise by another billion within the next 12 years. Read Full Article at RT.com

In wake of Fukushima disaster nuclear energy stages comeback in Japan

Nuclear energy in Japan may be making a significant comeback, it is just not going to be able to meet the government’s lofty production goals for 2030, according to a recent Reuters report. Read Full Article at RT.com

Tax evasion helps US corporations steal $180bn from the rest of the world every year

A new study by top economists and experts found that tax avoidance and evasion translate into hundreds of billions of dollars in unpaid taxes every year, with the money ending up in the pockets of the world’s wealthiest people. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia’s grain exports surge more than 54% this year

Exports of Russia’s wheat and meslin flour expanded by 54.3 percent from January through September of 2018 against the same period a year ago, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Customs Service. Read Full Article at RT.com

New US sanctions target Russian hotel in Crimea acknowledged as world’s best

The latest US sanctions against Russia have hit four Crimean hotels, including Mriya Resort & Spa that is ranked as the world’s best holiday hotel and resort by the prestigious World Travel Awards. Read Full Article at RT.com

US sues UBS over alleged crisis-era mortgage security fraud

Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, has been accused by US authorities of defrauding investors in its sale of residential mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. Read Full Article at RT.com

Bank of England refuses to hand over Venezuela's gold – report

The Bank of England (BoE) is refusing to release around $550 million in gold owned by Venezuela back to the country over the UK regulator's claim of growing uncertainty about Caracas’s intentions for the 14 tons of gold bars. Read Full Article at RT.com
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