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  • MOSCOW, Aug 3- Russian gas sales to Europe jumped to an all-time high in July, gas export monopoly Gazprom said on Monday, as European customers capitalised on a steep fall in prices. Gazprom's gas prices are pegged to oil with a six-month lag, which means its customers are currently paying the equivalent of $45- $50 per barrel seen in January 2015 when oil prices...

  • BAGHDAD, Aug 3- Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government said on Monday it would pay a portion of its revenue from direct crude oil sales to producers, in an apparent attempt to reassure foreign oil companies operating in the northern region. The move sets up semi-autonomous Kurdistan to continue independent oil sales, which it has increased since mid-June while...

  • KIEV, July 31- Ukraine on Friday hailed the issue of $1.7 billion of new aid from the International Monetary Fund, saying it would encourage growth in the economy and reassure financial markets abroad and at home. In a statement, Kiev's Finance Ministry said the disbursement of the second tranche of aid under a four-year Extended Fund Facility program would be...

  • PARIS, July 31- French President Francois Hollande said on Friday no agreement had been reached yet on the cancellation of a Mistral helicopter carriers deal with Russia and that he would take a decision in the coming weeks. Russian media had reported earlier on Friday that Paris and Moscow had reached a compensation deal for the cancellation of the delivery of...

  • Roche drug maker probed in Romanian graft case Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    Roche Romania told The Associated Press it was "fully cooperating" with anti-graft prosecutors and would provide the requested information. Some 61 homes and offices were searched in Bucharest and in the northwest of the country on Tuesday in a probe centered on a number of medical institutes and the way certain cancer medicines were purchased and...

  • Georgia's economy slows in H1 from last year Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    TBILISI, July 31- Georgia's economic growth slowed to 2.6 percent in the first half of this year compared with 6 percent in the same period last year, the National Statistics service said on Friday. Gross domestic product grew 4.7 percent last year, missing the government's initial forecast of 6 percent. Georgia, which is traversed by pipelines carrying Caspian...

  • WARSAW, Poland— A Polish court is looking into the management of a popular credit union after an audit revealed it is in the red. The Constitutional Tribunal is analyzing whether regulations running the SKOK credit union ensure the security of deposits made by some 2 million of its members. Last week Finance Minister Mateusz Szczurek said that the entire SKOK is...

  • *OPEC output up more than 1.7 mln bpd since policy shift. LONDON, July 31- OPEC oil output reached the highest monthly level in recent history in July, a Reuters survey found on Friday, as Saudi Arabia and other key members show no sign of wavering in their focus on defending market share instead of prices. OPEC supply has risen in July to 32.01 million barrels per day...

  • French PM sees decision on Russia Mistral deal soon Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    PARIS, July 31- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said "important decisions" on the cancellation of a Mistral helicopter carriers deal with Russia would be taken soon. Russian media had reported earlier on Friday that Paris and Moscow had reached a compensation deal for the cancellation of the delivery of two French-made Mistral helicopter carriers,.

  • LONDON, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday as concern over global oversupply intensified after oil producers' cartel OPEC indicated there would be no cuts in production despite a huge global oversupply. "All commodities are down," said Abhishek Deshpande, oil analyst at Natixis. Benchmark North Sea Brent crude headed for its fifth consecutive weekly fall after...

  • Russia's central bank cuts key interest rate Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 7:09 AM ET

    MOSCOW— The Russian central bank cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 11 percent on Friday, bowing to the pressure of businesses to make lending more accessible. Moscow- based investment bank Sberbank CIB said in a note to investors that Friday's 0.5 percentage cut is not as big as anticipated, indicating that the central bank wants to "play it safe"...

  • WARSAW, Poland— Poland's government has postponed plans to bestow a top honor on the Portuguese businessman who runs popular discount supermarket chain Biedronka after a public outcry over the company's alleged exploitation of workers. The incident exposes growing tensions between Poland's pro-market government, which in this case wanted to reward a...

  • LONDON, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday as concern over global oversupply intensified after the head of oil producers' cartel OPEC indicated there would be no cuts in production despite a huge global oversupply. Badri said rising demand would prevent a further fall in oil prices and suggested cuts in OPEC output would not have much impact on the market.

  • MOSCOW— A Kremlin official says that Russia is working to upgrade air defense missiles intended for Iran. Russia in 2010 froze a deal to supply S-300 missile systems to Iran, linking the decision to U.N. sanctions. President Vladimir Putin lifted the suspension in April after a framework Iran nuclear agreement, which earlier this month was followed by the final...

  • MOSCOW— A Kremlin aide says Russia and France have agreed on a refund amount for an undelivered French warship. French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged that France will have to give Russia a refund if it doesn't deliver the warship, whose handover to Russia was suspended last year over the Ukrainian crisis. The 1.2 billion euro deal was supposed to...

  • *Russia, OPEC did not discuss coordination. *OPEC received no request for extraordinary meeting. Oil has dropped about 15 percent this month and halved in value in the past year but neither OPEC nor Russia, the world's top producer, have cut output to support prices, hoping cheaper oil will hit U.S. shale and other rival sources.

  • OPEC chief expects oil prices to stabilize Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    MOSCOW— OPEC and Russia say they expect the global oil market to become more balanced and stable next year after the recent sharp drops. OPEC decided in June not to cut production, in a bid to retain its share of the global market in the face of a boom in shale oil production in the U.S. Russia, which is not part of OPEC but is the world's top crude producer and depends...

  • Lufthansa's Austrian ready to expand services to Iran Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    VIENNA, July 30- Lufthansa unit Austrian Airlines is ready to expand its services to Iran to include flights to Isfahan and Shiraz, as soon as a good opportunity presents itself, the Chief Financial Officer of the Austrian group said on Thursday. Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa's Vienna- based platform into Eastern Europe, already offers daily flights to Iran's...

  • MOSCOW— The Russian ruble is falling under the pressure of cheaper oil, reviving concerns over the country's economic outlook, particularly the perniciously high inflation rate. The ruble was down 0.9 percent in Moscow trading on Thursday, at 59.2 rubles against the dollar. An "excessive" drop in the ruble would not be politically palatable, analysts from the...

  • *Serbia says fears "humanitarian catastrophe". SUBOTICA, Serbia, July 30- Swifts darted in and out of nesting holes in the scrubland around an old brick factory in northern Serbia. A month from now Hungary says it will seal its border with Serbia with a 4- metre high, 175- km barrier to keep out migrants streaming through the Balkans, fleeing war, poverty and upheaval in...