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Russians despair at food destruction as Moscow says it is having desired effect

Tonnes of pork tossed into incinerators, truckloads of cheese bulldozed into the ground, and an orchard’s worth of apples buried in a shallow grave. The visuals of Russia’s stepped-up fight against sanctioned foodstuffs have been dramatic, and left many Russians wondering why so much is being …

Russia

Dozens killed and 40 prisoners escape in Iraqi jailbreak

The spokesman said the break on Friday started when an inmate took a weapon from a warden at the prison on the main police compound in Khalis, a town around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Baghdad.<p>The prison was holding 300 people charged with acts of terrorism.<p>"The inmates started fighting among …

Latin America

US oil inventories surge to another 80-year high

Oil inventories rose more than expected last week.<p>Commercial crude oil inventories rose by 5.3 million barrels from the previous period, according to the Energy Information Administration's weekly data release.<p>The consensus forecast was for a build of 3.2 million barrels.<p>This brings the total to …