Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (C) stands in front of the huge photo of a fixed offshore ice-resistant platform of the oil giant Lukoil during a signing ceremony between Russia's Rosneft oil company and Sweden's Lundin Petroleum in the Russian Caspian Sea port of Astrakhan, on October 2, 2013
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Anti-Putin protesters in Kiev demand action against Russia over alleged actions in Ukraine.
President Putin with Fifa officials. The 2018 World Cup could mean enormous profits for international contractors.
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Angus Dundee distillers are among the western companies that remain committed to trade with Russia.
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The Captur urban crossover, manufactured by Renault in collaboration with Iran's automaker Iran Khodro, during the International Car Exhibition in the northern city of Tabriz on October 14, 2014
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U.S President Barak Obama speaks to students during a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Town Hall meeting on November 14, 2014 in Yangon, Burma
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The U.S. embargo on Cuba is being eased, allowing for improved relations with the island. Cuba is now developing business infrastructure, such as this industrial zone in Mariel.