Putin tells Merkel, Cameron Crimea secession within international law

KIEV, Ukraine, March 10 (UPI) -- Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said Monday preparations for the southern Ukrainian region to become part of Russia have begun.

Putin's gamble

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin may think he's won the current battle of Ukraine but he's likely to lose the war.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Japan's January trade deficit hits record $27.3 billion

TOKYO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Japan's trade deficit in January soared to a record 2.79 trillion yen ($27.3 billion) as import costs surged due to a weaker yen, the government said Thursday.

Merkel 'pushes for $1.9B patrol boat deal with Saudi Arabia'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's new coalition government is reported to be pushing hard to nail down a $1.9 billion contract with Saudi Arabia for 100 patrol boats expected to be built by the Lurssen shipyard of Bremen.

Lebanon pols battle over energy ministry to control gasfields

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- As deeply divided Lebanon struggles to form a new government after 10 months of political paralysis, one of the key issues is which faction will control the Energy Ministry and the development of potentially rich offshore gas fields.

Japan December trade deficit soars to $12.7 billion

TOKYO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Japan's December trade deficit hit 1.3 trillion yen ($12.7 billion), up 101.6 percent year-on-year, pushing the deficits for all of 2013 to record highs.

Official: Sale of share of Italian post office could raise $6.6B

ROME, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Selling a 40 percent share of Italy's postal service should raise about $6.6 billion, Italian Finance Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni said.

McDonald's allegedly dodges French taxes

PARIS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- McDonald's Corp. in France allegedly uses out-of-the-country subsidiaries to cut its tax bill on profits to under 2 percent, a French magazine reported.

Japan's current account deficit hits record $5.4B in November

TOKYO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Japan's November current account deficit, driven by higher import costs, hit a record $5.74 billion, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

Thai army increases security but denies coup rumors

BANGKOK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Thai army units have taken up positions around Bangkok ahead of Monday's planned anti-government rally and after the weekend's shooting of seven people.

Japan trade deficit hits record in November

TOKYO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Japan's trade deficit hit a record 1.293 trillion yen, or $12.9 billion, in November, up 35.1 percent year-on-year, on rising energy imports, data showed.

Russia likely to give Ukraine financial aid, official says

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Russia will likely give Ukraine vital financial aid when President Viktor Yanukovych meets with President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin Tuesday, officials said.

Germany's Merkel makes coalition government deal

BERLIN, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Germany's two largest political parties will enter into a grand bargain coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel still at the helm, officials said.

Israel wants missile boats to protect offshore gas fields

HAIFA, Israel, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Israel's Defense Ministry is seeking more money to purchase four German missile boats to protect the country's offshore gas fields, officials said.

Bangkok braces for pro- and anti-government rallies

BANGKOK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Protest leaders in Thailand, both opposing and supporting the government, said massive rallies will be held next week to mobilize supporters.
Thai protestors storm Army headquarters

Thai protestors storm Army headquarters

Nov. 29 (UPI)-- Anti-government demonstrators seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stormed Army headquarters today, the latest in a series of public actions by protestors who earlier this week {link:took over the Finance Ministry: "http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/11/25/Anti-government-demonstrations-in-Thailand-climax-as-protestors-take-over-Finance-Ministry/9041385396026/"} and breached the Foreign Ministry compound.
JC Finley

Protesters disrupt work at 10 ministries in Thailand

BANGKOK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Protesters in Thailand marched on 10 ministries Wednesday, escalating their demonstrations against the government and blocking workers' entry to the facilities.

Internal security act imposed in Bangkok as Thai protests widen

BANGKOK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Bangkok and nearby areas were put under Thailand's Internal Security Act Tuesday as anti-government protesters showed no sign of ending their agitation.
Anti-government demonstrations in Thailand climax as protestors take over Finance Ministry

Anti-government demonstrations in Thailand climax as protestors take over Finance Ministry

Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Demonstrations against the Thai government continued on Monday as protestors overtook the Finance Ministry and entered the grounds of the Foreign Ministry.
JC Finley

Bangkok hit by another day of anti-government protests

BANGKOK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Thousands of demonstrators forced their way into the Finance Ministry Monday in a second day of anti-government protests in Bangkok, police said.

Large demonstrations consume Bangkok

Nov. 23 (UPI) --Protesters opposed to the current Thai government occupied the Finance Ministry Monday, as they continue to try and topple the government of Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
Justin Salhani

Japan trade deficit soars to $10.88B in October

TOKYO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Japan's October trade deficit soared 96.1 percent year-on-year to 1,090.7 billion yen ($10.88 billion) as a weaker yen pushed up import costs, data showed.

Arab world: U.S. defense industry peers into the abyss

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense contractors are looking at a potentially sharp downturn in arms sales to key Arab states like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for decades their best foreign customers, because of the Obama administration's effort to forge a new relationship with Iran and to punish the Egyptian military for usurping their country's first Islamist president.

$5.7 million stolen from Afghanistan Ministry of Finance

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of Finance said two men were arrested after $5.7 million was stolen from the ministry's bank accounts.

Ukraine minister: Naftogaz debt to Gazprom to be resolved Monday

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A dispute over late payment of $882 million owed by Ukraine's Naftogaz to Russia's Gazprom will be resolved Monday, a Ukrainian minister said over the weekend.
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