Grand Croix of the Légion d&#039;honneur http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23154/all en UPDATE 3-Putin makes French film star Depardieu a Russian http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-3-putin-makes-french-film-star-depardieu-russian <p>* Actor is high-profile campaigner against tycoon tax * Depardieu applied for passport after Putin comments - Kremlin * Hollande redrafting tax law after ruled unconstitutional (Adds reaction from media, politicians, background) By Alexei Anishchuk and Megan Davies MOSCOW, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star whose decision to quit his homeland to avoid a tax hike prompted accusations of national betrayal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-3-putin-makes-french-film-star-depardieu-russian" target="_blank">read more</a></p> actor Belgium Beslan school hostage crisis Diplomatic Relations Dmitry Rogozin Entertainment Francois Hollande Gérard Depardieu Gerard Depardieu Government Government of Russia Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Human Interest Megan Davies Moscow theater hostage crisis Person Attributes Person Career Person Location Person Party Politics of Russia Quotation Russia Russian Orthodox Christians Social Issues Technology Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:15:26 +0000 5731096 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Odd News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/reuters-odd-news-summary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>Following is a summary of current odd news briefs.</p> <p>Cat caught sneaking saw, phone into Brazil prison</p> <p>RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A cat carrying a saw and a<br /> mobile phone was "detained" as it entered a prison gate in<br /> northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday. Prison<br /> guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the<br /> main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer<br /> look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a<br /> memory card, batteries and a phone charger.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/reuters-odd-news-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis CDATA Cricket Cricket in Sri Lanka Disaster Entertainment Gérard Depardieu Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Moscow theater hostage crisis Natural Disaster Passport Person Career Person Communication Person Location Person Party Quotation Rangana Herath Russian passport Social Issues Vaas Vladimir Putin Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:09:24 +0000 5731337 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters People News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/reuters-people-news-summary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>Following is a summary of current people news briefs.</p> <p>Schwarzenegger is back, and Hollywood hopes he's still a<br /> star</p> <p>LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As he famously droned on-screen in<br /> his signature "Terminator" movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger is<br /> back. A year after leaving the California governor's office and<br /> becoming tabloid fodder for fathering a boy with his family's<br /> housekeeper and splitting with his wife, Maria Shriver, the<br /> 65-year old former bodybuilder will star in no less than three<br /> Hollywood movies over the next 12 months.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/reuters-people-news-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arnold Schwarzenegger Beslan school hostage crisis CDATA Civil awards and decorations Entertainment Family Relation Gérard Depardieu Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Mandela Moscow theater hostage crisis Nationality Nelson Mandela Person Attributes Person Career Person Communication Person Location Person Party Person Relation Quotation Social Issues South Africa Vladimir Putin Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:09:34 +0000 5731341 at http://www.globalpost.com Kremlin says Russia-U.S. adoption deal still in effect http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/kremlin-says-russia-us-adoption-deal-still-effect <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Russian ban on adoptions by Americans took effect on Jan. 1</p> <p>* Putin's spokesman says despite ban, bilateral deal expires next year</p> <p>* Kremlin says unclear what it means for pending adoptions</p> <p>By Steve Gutterman</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 10 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Thursday that a bilateral agreement with United States regulating adoptions will remain in effect for another year despite a new Russian law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/kremlin-says-russia-us-adoption-deal-still-effect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis Family law Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:15:54 +0000 5732857 at http://www.globalpost.com Azerbaijan police break up protest against violence in army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/azerbaijan-police-break-protest-against-violence-army <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAKU, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Police in Azerbaijan detained several young opposition activists on Saturday who protested in Baku against violence in the military, the first such demonstration in the oil-rich country.</p> <p>Western governments and human rights groups accuse President Ilham Aliyev, who succeeded his father in 2003, of rigging elections and of clamping down on dissent. Protests are often swiftly broken up by security forces.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/azerbaijan-police-break-protest-against-violence-army" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Government Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:30:38 +0000 5733670 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia grants Bangladesh $1 bln loan for weapons - Putin http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/russia-grants-bangladesh-1-bln-loan-weapons-putin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Russia, the world's second-largest weapons exporter, has granted a $1 billion loan to Bangladesh for arms purchases, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday after talks with the country's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, in Moscow.</p> Beslan school hostage crisis Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Political geography Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:46:12 +0000 5734670 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Russian court rejects Pussy Riot protester's bid for release http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-2-russian-court-rejects-pussy-riot-protesters-bid-releas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Alyokhina wanted sentence deferred to care for son</p> <p>* Says experience reminiscent of Gogol, Kafka and Orwell</p> <p>* Court told of reprimands by prison authorities</p> <p>By Steve Gutterman</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Jailed Pussy Riot protester Maria Alyokhina lost an appeal on Wednesday to be freed and have her sentence deferred so she could care for her five-year-old son.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-2-russian-court-rejects-pussy-riot-protesters-bid-releas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Human Interest Maria Alyokhina Moscow theater hostage crisis Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:24:21 +0000 5735155 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian activist kills himself after being refused Dutch asylum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/russian-activist-kills-himself-after-being-refused-dutch-asylum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AMSTERDAM, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A Russian opposition activist has been found dead in the Netherlands after being refused political asylum, the Dutch justice ministry said on Thursday.</p> <p>Alexander Dolmatov fled Russia in June after police raided his parents' apartment last year. He was under investigation for alleged involvement in violence at a protest against Vladimir Putin on the eve of his inauguration as president.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/russian-activist-kills-himself-after-being-refused-dutch-asylum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Moscow theater hostage crisis Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:00:27 +0000 5735797 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-Anti-Putin jibe wins applause at Russian awards ceremony http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/anti-putin-jibe-wins-applause-at-russian-awards-ceremony <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds Magnitsky's first name)</p> <p>* Cartoonist criticises Putin over Magnitsky's death</p> <p>* Lawyer's death prompted sanctions row with Washington</p> <p>* Ceremony expected to be aired on state television</p> <p>By Gabriela Baczynska</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A prominent Russian cartoonist won loud applause at a usually politics-free awards ceremony when he suggested President Vladimir Putin shared responsibility for the death of an anti-corruption campaigner in a Moscow jail.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/anti-putin-jibe-wins-applause-at-russian-awards-ceremony" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis Corruption in Russia Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Moscow theater hostage crisis Technology Vladimir Putin Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:15:24 +0000 5737253 at http://www.globalpost.com Rioters burn cars in Azerbaijan, several people hurt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/rioters-burn-cars-azerbaijan-several-people-hurt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAKU, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters surrounded a regional governor's residence in northwest Azerbaijan on Thursday to demand his resignation after a night of rioting in which cars and buildings were set ablaze.</p> <p>Police said several protesters and several police officers had been injured in the town of Ismaili, about 200 km (125 miles) northwest of the capital Baku, after the rioting began following an incident involving a car.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/rioters-burn-cars-azerbaijan-several-people-hurt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Government Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Labor Politics Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:00:24 +0000 5738752 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian pollster says approval for Putin at 12-year low http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/russian-pollster-says-approval-putin-at-12-year-low <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Independent pollster says Putin's approval rating at 62 percent</p> <p>* Figure is lowest since June 2000, early in first presidential term</p> <p>* Concerns about living standards a key factor in decline</p> <p>By Alissa de Carbonnel</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Concerns over Russian President Vladimir Putin's ability to improve living standards have pushed his public approval rating to its lowest in more than 12 years, an independent polling agency said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/russian-pollster-says-approval-putin-at-12-year-low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis Business Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Health Labor Russian Orthodox Christians Social Issues Vladimir Putin Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:45:23 +0000 5738774 at http://www.globalpost.com Resentment runs deep in Azeri town hit by rioting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/resentment-runs-deep-azeri-town-hit-rioting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Rioting broke out after car accident</p> <p>* Protests halted by police using tear gas, water cannon</p> <p>* Anger at wealth gap, jobs, overbearing government</p> <p>By Lada Evgrashina</p> <p>ISMAILLI, Azerbaijan, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The charred remains of a hotel are the only overt sign of rioting that swept this small Azeri town this week, but the resentment that fuelled the violence is hard to miss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/resentment-runs-deep-azeri-town-hit-rioting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Politics War Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:15:32 +0000 5739570 at http://www.globalpost.com Azerbaijan police arrest youths at anti-government protest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/azerbaijan-police-arrest-youths-at-anti-government-protest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAKU, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Police arrested about 40 activists demonstrating in Azerbaijan's capital on Saturday against President Ilham Aliyev's government and voicing support for residents of a northern town where protests were crushed this week.</p> <p>More than 100 protesters gathered in central Baku, some chanting "Freedom!" and calling for the resignation of Aliyev, who succeeded his father in 2003 and has tolerated little dissent in the oil-producing former Soviet republic.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/azerbaijan-police-arrest-youths-at-anti-government-protest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Politics Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:45:26 +0000 5739859 at http://www.globalpost.com Azerbaijan activists pay $8,000 fine in 400 kg of coins http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/azerbaijan-activists-pay-8000-fine-400-kg-coins <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pro-democracy activists in Azerbaijan Thursday paid an $8,000 fine owed to the authorities in 400 kilogrammes of small change collected by supporters, in an ironic protest against the regime of President Ilham Aliyev.</p> <p>The activists handed over 85,000 coins to the state treasury to pay the authorities for a fine imposed by the courts for their attendance at an unsanctioned rally earlier this month.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/azerbaijan-activists-pay-8000-fine-400-kg-coins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Earth Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur USD AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:30:56 +0000 5741854 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia welcomes Kerry's confirmation as U.S. secretary of state http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/russia-welcomes-kerrys-confirmation-us-secretary-state <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Moscow praises Kerry's experience, says good for ties</p> <p>* Russia says ready for closer cooperation, with conditions</p> <p>* Relations strained over Syria, rights and democracy</p> <p>By Steve Gutterman</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday welcomed the U.S. Senate's confirmation of John Kerry as the next secretary of state and suggested his appointment could improve ties that have been badly strained over the past year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/russia-welcomes-kerrys-confirmation-us-secretary-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beslan school hostage crisis Government of Russia Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:46:04 +0000 5742155 at http://www.globalpost.com