The channel confirmed Limanova’s removal on Thursday, Reuters reported.

It was the finger heard around the world, as video of the newscast went viral on the Internet, leading to specualtions that Limanova’s obscene gesture was meant to insult Obama, who met Russian presidentDmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the APEC summit.

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