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Feb 17, 2014

Bet Scots will say No, but hedge the referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – If Scots vote now on independence, their 307-year-old union with England will continue – nine polls since December show the No vote winning their referendum by anywhere from 8 to 28 percentage points.

The trouble for investors in Britain, and anyone taking a view on whether the United Kingdom survives, is they don’t vote for another seven months and many Scots say they may change their mind by September 18. That has drawn significant betting on a Yes vote and may well upset so far sanguine financial markets.

Feb 17, 2014

Insight – Bet Scots will say No, but hedge the referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – If Scots vote now on independence, their 307-year-old union with England will continue – nine polls since December show the No vote winning their referendum by anywhere from 8 to 28 percentage points.

The trouble for investors in Britain, and anyone taking a view on whether the United Kingdom survives, is they don’t vote for another seven months and many Scots say they may change their mind by September 18. That has drawn significant betting on a Yes vote and may well upset so far sanguine financial markets.

Feb 7, 2014
Feb 7, 2014

Leaks, barbs, dirty tricks as Russia, West feud over Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) – An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of U.S. diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared to open the Winter Olympics at Sochi, the first Games in Russia since the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 summer edition, the showdown over Ukraine produced frosty Cold War rhetoric, with a Kremlin aide warning Moscow might act to block U.S. “interference” in Kiev.

Feb 7, 2014

Moscow accuses U.S. of fomenting Ukraine coup; recordings leaked

KIEV (Reuters) – An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of U.S. diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared to open the Winter Olympics at Sochi, the first Games in Russia since the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 summer edition, the showdown over Ukraine produced chilly Cold War rhetoric, with a Kremlin aide warning Moscow might act to block U.S. “interference” in Kiev.

Feb 6, 2014

Ukraine leader to Sochi as Kremlin warns may act against “coup”

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s embattled president flew to Russia on Thursday as a senior Kremlin aide urged him to stamp out a standoff on the streets, calling it an attempted coup financed and armed by the United States.

Caught in a rip-tide of competing enticements and threats from Russia and the West, President Viktor Yanukovich flew to Sochi where he was expected to meet Vladimir Putin before the Russian leader opens the Winter Olympics on Friday evening.

Feb 6, 2014

Putin aide warns U.S. on Ukraine, says Russia could act

KIEV (Reuters) – A senior Kremlin aide accused the United States on Thursday of arming Ukrainian “rebels” and, urging the Kiev government to put down what it called an attempted coup, warned it could intervene to maintain the security of its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Sergei Glazyev, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin with responsibility for relations with Ukraine, told a newspaper that U.S. “interference” breached the 1994 treaty under which Washington and Moscow jointly guaranteed Ukraine’s security and sovereignty after Kiev gave up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal.

Feb 5, 2014

Ukraine’s currency pays price for confrontation

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s acting prime minister blamed confrontation on the streets for a 10-percent slide in the currency since November that drove the hryvnia below 9 to the dollar on Wednesday for the first time in five years.

For many analysts, it suggested the central bank would no longer prop up the currency amid a fight over Ukraine’s future.

Feb 4, 2014
Feb 4, 2014
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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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