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“Nothing wrong giving Russian passports to East Ukraine residents”

Vladivostok - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday there was nothing wrong with easing rules for residents of Ukrainian rebel regions to receive Russian passports

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Germany and Poland halt Russian oil imports

Moscow - Poland and Germany have suspended imports of Russian oil via a major pipeline, citing poor quality and triggering a rare crisis over supply from the world’s second-largest crude exporter. Halting imports from the Druzhba pipeline could trigger legal claims by Western buyers

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Putin says U.S. guarantees unlikely to prompt N.Korea to de-nuclearise

Vladivostok - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he thought U.S. security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade Pyongyang to shut its nuclear programme

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Russian oil flow contamination roils Europe’s refiners

Moscow - The quality of Russian oil flowing to northern and central Europe has deteriorated significantly in recent days, traders and Russian officials said, roiling the continent’s refining industry

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Desmi gets US approval for its ballast water system

Alborg (Denmark) - Denmark’s DESMI has received US Coast Guard Type Approval for its Ocean Guard’s CompactClean Ballast Water Management System

BP signs $6 billion development offshore

BP signs $6 billion development offshore

Baku - BP and partners have signed the Azeri Central East project, the next stage of development of the giant Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oilfield complex in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. The $6 billion development includes a new offshore platform and facilities

China to show new warships

China to show new warships

Beijing - China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyersat a parade next week marking 70 years since its navy’s founding, a senior commander said on Saturday, as Beijing flexes its increasingly well-equipped military muscle

Five Algerian billionaires arrested

Five Algerian billionaires arrested

Algiers - Five Algerian billionaires,some of them close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who quit over mass protests, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft investigation, Algerian state TV said on Monday. The five are Issad Rebrab, considered the richest businessman in the energy-rich north African nation

Ukraine enters uncharted new era / FOCUS

Ukraine enters uncharted new era / FOCUS

Kiev - Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide

EU urges new Ukraine leader to push reforms

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