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KOMMERSANT, RT (Russia)

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MOSCOW - Mitt Romney turned heads in both Moscow and Washington diplomatic circles last month when he called Russia the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the United States. Despite ongoing tensions between the two countries, the assertion surprised many in light of other, more hostile standoffs around the world.

But now, the Republican presidential candidate's statement risks looking even more dubious with revelations in his family’s tax returns that he and his wife Ann held stocks in two of the largest companies in Russia.

Top Russia business daily Kommersant reports that in 2011 Mitt and Ann Romney acquired, through the trust that manages their money, more than one thousand shares in the Russian energy mega-company, Gasprom, and in the largest Russian internet-search firm Yandex.

The Gasprom shares were purchased in March, 2011 and sold in August, 2011. Interestingly, shares in neither company brought the couple any dividends - both were sold at a loss, Kommersant reports.

Regardless, it would seem that the campaign of President Barack Obama will have extra ammunition to attack both Romney’s foreign policy credentials, and his general character, RT reports.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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