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Nov 10, 2011

In Greek crisis, HIV gains ground

ATHENS (Reuters) – ‘Contagion’ is the label financial markets use for the economic spread of the Greek crisis. For hundreds of people in an increasingly chaotic society, the word has a deadlier meaning.

Take the mother of four introduced to Reuters by her social worker at the bright offices of an Athens non-governmental organization called Kentro Zois, or The Center for Life. A Ukrainian, she said she immigrated to Greece 12 years ago and married a Greek man.

Nov 10, 2011

Insight: In Greek crisis, HIV gains ground

ATHENS (Reuters) – ‘Contagion’ is the label financial markets use for the economic spread of the Greek crisis. For hundreds of people in an increasingly chaotic society, the word has a deadlier meaning.

Take the mother of four introduced to Reuters by her social worker at the bright offices of an Athens non-governmental organization called Kentro Zois, or The Center for Life. A Ukrainian, she said she immigrated to Greece 12 years ago and married a Greek man.

Nov 3, 2011

Russia set to end 18-year wait to join WTO

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is on the verge of ending its 18-year wait to join the World Trade Organization after accepting a trade deal with Georgia, the last big obstacle to membership of a club that will seal its integration into the global economy.

Russia’s accession will be the biggest step in world trade liberalization since China joined a decade ago, making its $1.9 trillion economy more attractive to investors 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Nov 1, 2011

Puppets, naked ladies run wild in revamped Bolshoi

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Nudity, video, puppets and an ultra-modern twist on Mikhail Glinka’s folkloric romantic opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila” will be the first full production to grace the stage of Russia’s newly renovated Bolshoi theatre.

One of Russia’s most revered cultural symbols may confound its legions of traditional fans at home with director and Bolshoi darling Dmitry Chernyakov’s adaptation of a classic opera based on a poem by Alexander Pushkin.

Nov 1, 2011

Cash flows, but can Afghan training legacy last?

KABUL (Reuters) – As over a thousand Afghan army graduates raise both palms to their faces in prayer standing under blazing sunshine, one of the country’s most experienced generals surveys them with a mixture of pride and trepidation.

Lined up on a stretch of cement next to rows of green duffel bags, the graduates are the latest addition to a force expected to secure most of the country by the end of 2014, when foreign combat forces are due to leave.

Oct 26, 2011

Nazi jokes, wrath at Germans highlight Greek despair

ATHENS (Reuters) – The dark shadow of German-driven austerity measures squeezing Greece has revived historical enmities and evoked comparisons to the massive destruction of the Mediterranean country at the hands of Nazi Germany over 65 years ago.

Cartoons have sprung up depicting the European Union’s “troika” as ferocious soldiers in World War Two German uniforms, and some Greeks are beginning to resent the German tourists flocking their ancient sites.

Oct 13, 2011

Putin’s Kremlin return spooks rebuilt Chechnya

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin stares from a dozen pictures on rooftops and facades along Putin Avenue in a Chechen capital sparkingly rebuilt from ruins left by the troops he sent to quell rebellion a decade ago.

While an opulent facelift has removed the physical scars of war, Chechens fear Putin’s return to Russia’s presidency next year could mean a turn for the worse for the Muslim republic.

Sep 29, 2011

Al Qaeda plays big role in Russia’s insurgency – report

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is providing Russia’s Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus with increasing amounts of money and vocal support, according to a lengthy report by a prominent Washington think tank.

The mainly Muslim regions along Russia’s southern frontier are beset by near-daily shootings and bombings, carried out by rebels fighting for a separate Islamic state in an insurgency underpinned by two post-Soviet wars in Chechnya.

Sep 26, 2011

New media big focus at Moscow’s Fourth Biennale

MOSCOW (Reuters) – New media and depictions of financial turmoil were on display at Moscow’s fourth Biennale, which kicked off on the weekend across the capital giving a much-needed boost to Russia’s modern art scene.

Called “Rewriting Worlds,” many of the 64 featured artists, from 33 countries, are exhibiting for the first time at Russia’s largest art show, in a plush department store and trendy galleries dotted across Moscow.

Sep 24, 2011

Tom Ford opens women’s store in luxury-loving Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Fashion designer Tom Ford has opened his first women’s clothes store in Moscow, giving a confidence boost to Russia’s reviving luxury goods market.

With his black hair slicked back, the 50-year-old Texan said on Thursday night he was not phased by the prospects of another economic recession in Russia, which previously ranked as the fourth-largest buyer of luxury goods.

    • About Amie

      "Based in Kabul, Amie reports on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. She was previously based in Moscow, where she reported across the former Soviet Union for almost five years, covering energy, politics and lifestyle stories. For over two years there, she focused on the Islamist insurgency in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus. She has also reported in Greece and Britain."
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