Britain says Brexit will open door to tougher Russia sanctions

Ministers consider harder US-style regime, with City commercial interests at stake The UK government has said a potential battery of tougher sanctions against Russia could be introduced once Britain has left the EU next March, raising the prospect that it will join the US in preventing Russian sovereign debt from…

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Putin Aide Proposes $7.5 Billion Tax Hike for Mining, Chemicals Sectors

The top economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed raising taxes on mining companies, including MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC and Alrosa PJSC, among the largest producers of nickel and diamonds. Additional budget revenues are needed to help pay for Putin’s promises to boost spending after his re-election this spring,…

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‘Gay conversion therapy’ to be banned

It includes plans to introduce a national LGBT health adviser, tackle discrimination, improve the response to hate crime and to improve diversity in education institutions. Theresa May has also launched a 16-week public consultation in England and Wales about the process of gender reassignment after research showed that trans people…

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Erdogan Election Triumph Takes Turkey Into Era of One-Man Rule

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, modern Turkey’s longest-serving ruler, won a mandate to govern with sweeping new powers after a double victory in presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan had 53 percent of the presidential vote to 31 percent for his closest challenger, Muharrem Ince of the secular Republican People’s Party or CHP,…

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