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  • **JOHANNESBURG- South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan take part in a debate on the economy- 1700 GMT. **PRETORIA- South African Reserve Bank Conference on Collaboration for Building Cyber Resilience. Bank of England's Executive Director for Resolution Andrew Gracie to speak- 0615 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON— The FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday. CNN first reported the FBI's investigation. New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy would not confirm the FBI's investigation, but said, "We have...

  • *Iraq not open to capping output, Abadi says. BAGHDAD, Aug 23- Iraq's prime minister said the country has not yet reached its full oil market share, suggesting his government would not restrain crude output as part of any possible OPEC agreement to lift prices. "And the capping, we are not open to that because Iraq is still below what it should produce," Haider al-Abadi...

  • BARYSHIVKA, Ukraine, Aug 23- The goal was to make Ukraine more friendly for investors by reducing red tape. The fraud outbreak shows how steps taken by Ukraine's pro-Western government to open the country up to investment can instead backfire, providing more opportunities for criminals. Something was wrong when an accountant for Ukrainian real estate...

  • MOSCOW, Aug 23- Russia is expected to increase grain exports to 3.5 million tonnes in August from 2.2 million tonnes in July, SovEcon agriculture consultancy said on Tuesday. Russia, a major global wheat exporter, exported record high volumes in the 2015/ 16 crop season which ended on June 30, and is likely to export even more in 2016/ 17 when it expects the largest crop...

  • BUDAPEST, Aug 23- Shares in Polish state-run insurer PZU fell to a record low on Tuesday on a report it would hold talks to buy Bank Pekao from UniCredit, a move investors worried could hurt future dividend payments. Warsaw's bluechip stock index has been one of Central Europe's worst performers with a 3.2 percent loss so far this year, compared with a 15.3 percent...

  • PARIS— France and Germany pushed Tuesday for Europe- wide rules requiring the makers of encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram to help governments monitor communications among suspected extremists. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said French authorities have detained three people this month with "clear attack plans," but police need better tools...

  • TBILISI, Georgia— Georgia's intelligence agency says it has detained seven people suspected of plotting an attack on a gas pipeline that carries Russian gas to Armenia. The State Security Service said in a statement on Monday that it detained five people on Saturday who were planning to bomb a section of the pipeline south of the capital, Tbilisi.

  • BUDAPEST/ WARSAW, Aug 22- The Polish zloty eased in early trade on Monday on concerns over a possible budget deficit overshoot, before regaining some ground helped by a rebound of Europe's main equities indices. In early trade the zloty fell to its weakest level in almost 3- weeks against the euro, after a source said Poland would set its budget deficit target at 2.9...

  • Italy has a lot to gain from a reinvigorated EU as it copes with flat GDP, the migrant crisis and political uncertainties over a constitutional referendum this fall on which Renzi has staked his government's survival. The island of Ventotene off Naples, filled with sun-worshipping tourists in the waning days of summer, was where detained anti-fascist Altiero...

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 ANKARA- Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey holds monetary policy meeting- 1100 GMT. BUDAPEST- Hungarian Central Bank holds rate-setting meeting- 1200 GMT. BELGRADE- National Bank of Serbia publishes its quarterly report on inflation/growth forecast- 0830 GMT.

  • GENEVA/ MOSCOW, Aug 19- A World Trade Organization panel on Friday backed the European Union in a two-year dispute over Russia's ban on pig and pork imports from the bloc. Russia imposed the ban after a handful of cases of African swine fever in some EU areas in 2014, invoking sanitary and phytosanitary measures allowed under WTO rules. The European Union...

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Gunmaker Kalashnikov, whose AK-47 assault rifle has armed Russian forces for 70 years and been the preferred weapon of insurgents across continents, has opened a store at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport selling souvenirs including plastic model guns, the company said. It was introduced in 1948, armed the whole of the Soviet Union and eastern...

  • *Banks push down Warsaw stocks to 2- week low. *Moody's unlikely to change Romania's sovereign rating. BUDAPEST/ WARSAW, Aug 19- Poland's zloty and stocks slid on Friday as expectations of monetary easing by the central bank resurged, while other assets in Central Europe were mixed.

  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 SINGAPORE- Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon to give a keynote speech at the 6th Annual SKBI conference on "Fintech and Financial Inclusion" at Singapore Management University- 0100 GMT JAKARTA- Indonesia central bank interest rate decision- 0000 GMT. BUDAPEST- Hungarian Central Bank holds rate-setting meeting-...

  • MOSCOW, Aug 18- A Russian court on Thursday extended the detention of Yevgeny Dod, a board member of power generator Quadra, until Dec. 22, according to a Reuters reporter in the courtroom. Until last year, Dod headed Rushydro, a state-owned generator of hydro-electric power. He was detained earlier this year on suspicion of fraudulently paying himself a bonus of...

  • *Reserve Fund may be depleted sooner than by end-2017. *GRAPHIC- Reserve Fund dwindles: http://tmsnrt.rs/2bAQTkL. MOSCOW, Aug 18- A surprise delay to Russia's privatisation of mid-sized oil producer Bashneft does not bode well for plans to sell a stake in energy giant Rosneft this year.

  • BUDAPEST/ WARSAW, Aug 18- Central European currencies partly erased gains on Thursday after disappointing retail and industrial output figures boosted bets on monetary easing in Poland. That appeared more likely in Poland after data showing industrial output fell by 3.4 percent in annual terms in July and retail sales growth slowed to 2 percent.

  • MOSCOW _ Mobile TeleSystems OAO on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $137.5 million. The Moscow- based company said it had profit of 14 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • LONDON, Aug 18- Britain's June 23 referendum decision to leave the European Union has had far-reaching consequences for the world's economy, businesses, investors and politics. AUGUST 18 It is becoming clear that the worst-case predictions of "Project Fear"- the Remain campaign's failed pitch that the sky would fall in after a vote to leave the EU- are not...