Funding lags for sex-trafficking victims in U.S.

Dec 30, 2014

Funding lags for sex-trafficking victims in U.S.

State after state in America is passing new laws to combat sex-trafficking, reflecting a growing awareness of the domestic industry after years in which Americans considered it a foreign problem — something relegated to Eastern Europe or Asia. But while the get-tough laws are ...

Dec 27, 2014

Falling oil prices pushing Russia toward recession

Slumping oil prices have put Russia’s economy on course for a sharp recession next year, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Friday, as authorities scaled up their bailout for the first bank to succumb to the recent ruble crisis. The economy is slowing sharply as ...

Dec 23, 2014

Crisis-hit Russia's main allies moving closer to Ukraine

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev followed his Belarusian counterpart to Ukraine on Monday as Moscow’s old allies reassessed their reliance on Russia in the heat of its financial malaise. Both visits were ostensibly made to kickstart stalled peace talks between Kiev and the two Russian-speaking ...

Dec 23, 2014

Russia in grips of 'full-fledged economic crisis,' ex-minister says

Russia’s government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, as evidence mounted of trouble spreading through the economy. The central bank bailed out its first victim of ...

Saudi minister denies kingdom conspired to force oil prices down

Dec 22, 2014

Saudi minister denies kingdom conspired to force oil prices down

Saudi Arabia’s oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he is confident the market will stabilize. The kingdom, which is dependent ...

Young Cubans re-evaluate futures

Dec 21, 2014

Young Cubans re-evaluate futures

Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only ...