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- COSTA RICA: Currency Intervention Predicted As Colon Surges Vs USD.
- PHILIPPINES /USA : Stranded US Naval Warship Finally Dismantled.
- ITALY: 12 Dec UPDATE: Is Silvio's 'Friend'...Key Sex Trial Witness Ruby The Heart Stealer...On The Run? Ruby Finally Surfaces...In Mexico!
- BRASIL : Dilma Wins Port Privatization Approval From Congress.
- PERU: Sand Fly Bite...Morphs Into Horror Story For American.
- MUSIC FOR MONDAY: From SWEDEN / AZERBAIJAN : Eurovision Winner Loreen Sings "Euphoria."
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- VENEZUELA :6 March UPDATE: Shooting At Caracas Opposition Rally Wounds Capriles Supporter.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
29 September 2012
RUSSIA : Mother Russia's Richest Man Alisher Usmanov...Profiled.
Billionaires in Russia seem to have sprouted-up like mushrooms after a rain.
There are a lot of them.
But the richest is little known in the West.
He is Alisher Usmanov...and he claims he does not belong among Putin's privileged oligarchs.
'With Facebook, people say I took money from the Kremlin," he declares. "But I invested my own money."
The Uzbek born lawyer is worth $18 billion...and controls Russia's #2 mobile phone company MegaFon.
But after a rich start in iron ore...has moved on to make billions investing in technology...and telecoms.