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The Globe and Mail

The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a statement, according to the Interfax news agency. Read more ...

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28 Feb 2015

Proposed Chinese security law could mean tough rules for tech companies

China apparently wants to one-up the U.S. and the U.K. when it comes to urging technology companies to install security backdoors and break their encrypted documents and user communications in the name of national security. Reuters reported on Friday that a newly proposed Chinese counterterrorism law calls for technology companies to turn over en [...] Read more ...

via Gigaom
28 Feb 2015

China Steps Up Easing With Second Rate Cut in Three Months

(Bloomberg) -- China’s central bank cut benchmark interestrates for the second time in three months as disinflation givesroom to step up support for the nation’s sluggish economy. The PBOC also increased the deposit rate ceiling to 1.3times from 1.2, meaning banks can pay a larger margin over thebenchmark. He said the 1.3times floating cap is [...] Read more ...

via Bloomberg
28 Feb 2015

China’s Dual-Track Challenge

With China's economic slowdown more apparent than ever, its prospects of avoiding a hard landing are weakening. Whether policymakers succeed will depend on whether they can navigate the challenges stemming from an increasingly divided economy. Read more ...

via Project-syndicate
28 Feb 2015

Divide and rue

Off the rails The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan. By Dilip Hiro. Nation Books; 528 pages; $35. NEARLY 70 years ago the Indian [...] Read more ...

via Economist
28 Feb 2015

They Have Miao

How my assistant got into trouble with Beijing’s security apparatus and I got to know the Chinese authorities [...] Read more ...

via Zeit
28 Feb 2015

What You Need to Know About China’s Rate Cut

For those keeping score at home, this is the third time in four months that China has dramatically changed monetary policy to juice growth. In November it cut interest rates for the first time in two years. Earlier in February it relaxed the amount it requires banks to hold in reserve, which essentially frees up more money to lend out, for the firs [...] Read more ...

via Wsj
28 Feb 2015

Currency peace

CHINESE officials tired of defending their exchange-rate policy can at least appreciate the irony in the latest charges levelled against them. For years foreigners [...] Read more ...

via Economist
28 Feb 2015

Search WikiLeaks

Deputy Energy Minister Vladimir Milov and former Deputy Prime Minister BorisNemtsov said in a February report. Yevgeny Yasin of the Supreme [...] Read more ...

via Wikileaks
28 Feb 2015

News from The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) -- Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is thoroughly investigated. Finland's prime minister, Alexander Stubb, said he hoped "the political leadership and the judicial system in Russia will do their utmost to investigate the murder [...] Read more ...

via Ap
28 Feb 2015

Russian opposition leader killed in Moscow - Xinhua

Russian opposition leader killed in Moscow---Photo taken on Feb. 28 (local time), 2015 shows the shooting site where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed in Moscow, Russia. Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed near the city center, Tass News Agency quoted government officials as saying. Read more ...

via Xinhuanet
28 Feb 2015