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By Alexei Anishchuk LAURA Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. In a 40-minute diatribe against the West that was reminiscent of the Cold War and underlined the depth of the rift between Moscow and the West, Putin also denied trying to rebuild the Soviet empire at the expense of Russia's neighbours. "We did not start this," Putin told an informal group of experts on Russia that includes many Western specialists critical of him, warning that Washington was trying to "remake the whole world" based on its own interests.
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A majority of Swiss voters are against proposals to place strict limits on immigration that will be put to a national vote next month, a closely-watched survey showed on Friday. Fifty-eight percent of Swiss voters are opposed to the initiative, according to a poll conducted by Berne-based research institute gfs.bern, while some 35 percent support it. The vote will be held on Nov. 30, almost 10 months after Switzerland narrowly backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas. It would also earmark 10 percent of Switzerland's overseas development aid budget for family planning.
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined 45,000 Australian dollars ($39,559) for sending an offensive text, but has escaped a ban after being cleared of sending a second "more offensive" photograph, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Friday. The 25-year-old, who has played 47 times for his country, was accused of sending "deeply offensive" text messages about team business manager Di Patston in June. Patston, who initially did not report the text, resigned because of stress and the affair also led to the resignation of coach Ewen McKenzie, who had brought her into the Wallabies set up from the Queensland Reds. The tribunal found that while a serious violation of the ARU's code of conduct had occurred, there was no evidence that a second "more offensive text and photograph" had been sent by Beale and mitigating factors were taken into account to determine an appropriate sanction.
By Francesco Guarascio and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France and Italy renewed their commitment to reform their economies on Friday in the hope of winning more time to bring their public finances in order but the ECB's president warned more needed to be done to avoid "a relapse into recession". After the bloc's revival came to a halt in the second quarter, France and Italy want to shift course away from the spending cuts that marked the bloc's response to the 2009-2012 crisis. Germany says debt discipline must continue. Seated around a large oval table in the EU summit's red marble building, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told euro zone leaders over lunch that more needed to be done.
By Thomas Grove NOVOTROITSKE Ukraine (Reuters) - Standing at the village polling station where she will oversee Ukraine's parliamentary election on Sunday, Irina Sobko points across a field of wilted sunflowers to a town controlled by Russian-backed rebels where she says there won't be any voting. "We're Ukraine's last polling station, the front line, so to speak," said Sobko, 53, who is on the election committee at one of three polling stations in the pro-Kiev village of Novotroitske in eastern Ukraine. "We want to be part of Europe, and I so hope the vote will be one small step closer," she said, speaking over the clear plastic ballot boxes decorated with blue and yellow tridents, one of Ukraine's national symbols, laid out for Sunday's voters. The vote will be the first parliamentary election in Ukraine since street protests ousted former Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich and replaced him with a pro-European government, plunging ties between Russia and the West to Cold War-era lows.
Sergio Aguero may have scored eight goals in his last five games for Manchester City but the Premier League champions are yet to see the best of the Argentina striker, said manager Manuel Pellegrini. Aguero scored all four goals in the home win against Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday to take his tally to 11 in the same number of appearances for City in all competitions this season. Despite that virtuoso performance Pellegrini, speaking ahead of the visit to in-form West Ham United this Saturday, thinks the diminutive forward can reach even dizzier heights. "I was always sure he would return to his normal performances (after being injured) and I think he can get even better." This prediction may sound ominous for their hosts this weekend but Pellegrini expects a tough test for his side, who will be without midfielders Frank Lampard and Samir Nasri.
(Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp's British newspaper division who was at the centre of a phone hacking scandal, is visiting New York this week, exploring possible jobs, a company spokesman said on Friday. A protege of Murdoch, Brooks has been in meetings at News Corp's headquarters, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal and New York Post, and elsewhere exploring job possibilities, according to the spokesman. Brooks soared through the ranks at News Corp from a junior newsroom position to become chief executive officer of News International, the British publisher of The Sun and The Times, before stepping down in 2011 in the wake of the phone hacking scandal Brooks stood trial in London this summer for illegal conspiracy to hack into phones and authorising illegal payments to public officials. The news of her trip to New York was first reported by Capital New York.
By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Clearing houses may need bigger capital cushions as more and more trading in financial derivatives comes their way, the Bank of England said in a paper on Friday. BoE Governor Mark Carney has said that regulators must make sure that clearing houses don't end up becoming the new breed of "too big to fail" financial firms. The BoE paper is likely to be studied closely by the industry for regulatory pointers as many of Europe's clearers, such as LCH.Clearnet , ICE Clear Europe and CME Clearing Europe operate from London under BoE supervision. Clearers are set to grow massively as new rules require far more off-exchange financial derivatives transactions to be cleared to improve safety and transparency.
China's State Council will expand the scope of private investment in key sectors, including telecoms and transport, it said on Friday, as part of measures to support the slowing economy. China's economy, the world's second largest, grew at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in the September quarter and risks missing its official target for the first time in 15 years, stoking worries about global growth as well as the risk of social discontent. Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the council, China's cabinet, which decided that China would "open the door" to more areas for social investment, particularly private capital, a statement on the government's website said. China will "support essential telecommunications enterprises in attracting private strategic investors", the statement added.