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  • Hundreds of local protesters blocked a main entrance of Iraq's giant southern West Qurna-2 oilfield on Tuesday, operated by Russia's LUKOIL, demanding jobs in a sign of the growing challenges facing foreign firms operating in the south.

     

  • Egypt may struggle on for the rest of the year without an IMF loan, enduring a summer of fuel shortages and power cuts rather than risk an explosion of unrest by implementing subsidy cuts and tax increases before parliamentary elections.

     

  • Eight Russian weightlifters have been banned for breaking anti-doping regulations, the country's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) said on Tuesday.

     

  • Too many laboratories still have samples of the devastating cattle disease rinderpest two years after it was eradicated, only the second disease after smallpox to be wiped out, the World Organisation for Animal Health said.

     

  • Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny is so sure President Vladimir Putin wants him convicted in a trial starting on Wednesday that he has already packed a jail bag with sneakers, jogging pants and slippers.

     

  • Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant was not damaged by the major earthquake that struck on Tuesday, an official at the Russian company that built the plant said.

     

  • Russian authorities have promised tougher security measures at August's world athletics championships after explosions near the finish line of the Boston marathon killed three people and wounded more than 100.

     

  • Russian authorities have promised tougher security measures at August's world athletics championships after explosions near the finish line of the Boston marathon killed three people and wounded more than 100.

     

  • Deadly bomb blasts that hit the Boston marathon on Monday will not affect the future of city sports events even though full security can never be guaranteed for the thousands of fans, experts said on Tuesday.

     

  • Russian authorities have promised tougher security measures at August's world athletics championships after explosions near the finish line of the Boston marathon killed three people and wounded more than 100.

     

  • North Korea issued new threats against South Korea on Tuesday, vowing "sledge-hammer blows" of retaliation if South Korea did not apologise for anti-North Korean protests the previous day when the North was celebrating the birth of its founding leader.

     

  • China has shown an interest in buying the stake of U.S. oil major ConocoPhillips in a multinational consortium developing Kazakhstan's giant Kashagan oilfield, Kazakh Oil & Gas Minister Sauat Mynbayev said on Tuesday.

     

  • The bereavement of millions of Venezuelans at Hugo Chavez's funeral last month appeared to signal that the political movement he led would remain strong long beyond the passing of its inspirational founder.

     

  • President Barack Obama will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on May 7 at the White House to discuss economic and security issues, including "countering the North Korean threat," the White House said on Monday.

     

  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday set up two rounds of talks in coming months in a bid to move past a fight over human rights and seek common ground on issues such as Iran, Syria and North Korea.

     

  • The Pentagon still believes North Korea may be poised for a missile test launch in the coming days even after celebration of its founder's birthday took place Monday without incident, a senior U.S. defense official told Reuters.

     

  • A new stretch of China's G12 expressway arcs toward the northernmost tip of North Korea, connecting one of the world's most vibrant economies to probably its most stagnant. It is a symbol of China's long-term goal of building economic ties with its unpredictable neighbour.

     

  • Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny accused Vladimir Putin on Monday of orchestrating a trial against him on theft charges, and said he was sure he would be found guilty in a campaign to crush the opposition.

     

  • A mass brawl caused a brief stoppage of the Russian Premier League relegation clash between Alania Vladikavkaz and Mordovya Saransk on Monday.

     

  • North Korea made new threats of military action on Monday as the reclusive nation celebrated the anniversary of its founder's birth, stoking tension on the peninsula with a new "ultimatum" to South Korea in the stand-off over its nuclear program.

     

  • Russian clubs FK Krasnodar and Krylya Sovietov Samara have threatened legal action against several media outlets after being accused of fixing a league match between the two sides at the weekend.

     

  • The White House said on Monday it was necessary and prudent to audit Venezuela's close election after a narrow victory by Nicholas Maduro, the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's chosen successor.

     

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