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  • ABUJA, April 21- Nigeria will hold talks with Saudi Arabia, Iran and other oil producers by May, hoping to reach a deal on an output freeze at the next OPEC meeting in June, the West African country's oil minister told Reuters. A deal to stabilise oil output by OPEC and non- OPEC producers fell apart on Sunday after Saudi Arabia demanded that Iran join in despite calls on...

  • TOKYO, April 21- Asian shares held near 5-1/ 2- month highs on Thursday as oil prices rallied over 4 percent overnight thanks to a smaller than expected increase in U.S. crude inventories and abiding hopes that producers may eventually agree ways to ease a global glut. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6 percent while Japan's...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent while Japan's Nikkei gained 2.0 percent. Oil bulls also bet that major crude producers would meet again to try to curtail output even as Moscow denied media reports that Russia planned to host such a meeting. Just on Sunday, Russia and OPEC nations failed to reach an agreement on...

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 21 PRAGUE- Joint European Central Bank and Czech National Bank conference on "Productivity and external rebalancing". PRAGUE- Czech Republic Finance Minister Andrej Babis and General Tax Directorate Director Martin Janecek hold a news conference on the fight against aggressive tax planning- 0900 GMT. PRAGUE- Czech National Bank board member...

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 21 NEW YORK- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to deliver remarks at the United Nations' How the financial system can support delivery of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, including for employment and growth, investment, and climate action'- 1400 GMT. Speakers: Czech National Bank Governor Miroslav Singer, European Central...

  • CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— A Massachusetts girl who wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to put a woman on U.S. paper currency has gotten her wish. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday that African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of the $20 bill. WHDH-TV reports Lew called Sofia to wish her a happy birthday and...

  • NEW YORK, April 20- Oil prices jumped on Wednesday as government data showed U.S. crude stocks rose slightly less than expected last week, while the U.S. dollar advanced against the euro ahead of Thursday's European Central Bank meeting. Moscow, however, denied media reports that Russia planned to host such a meeting. Last weekend, Russia and OPEC nations failed to...

  • LONDON, April 20- Investors holding Mozambique's recently restructured' tuna bond' are demanding answers from the government and its bankers over what the International Monetary Fund says are previously undisclosed loans that could exceed $1 billion. The revelations have rocked the relationship between one of the world's poorest countries and the...

  • *Moscow denies reports OPEC, other producers meeting in Russia. Moscow, however, denied media reports that Russia planned to host such a meeting. Just on Sunday, Russia and OPEC nations failed to reach an agreement on freezing production at a meeting in Doha, Qatar.

  • *Moscow denies reports OPEC, other producers meeting in Russia. NEW YORK, April 20- Oil prices rose more than 3 percent on Wednesday after a smaller-than-expected U.S. crude build offset glut worries stirred by the end of a Kuwaiti strike and on speculation that major oil producers were meeting in Russia in May for another attempt at curtailing output.

  • MOSCOW, April 20- Russia said on Wednesday it was prepared to push oil production to new historic highs, just days after a global deal to freeze output levels collapsed and Saudi Arabia threatened to flood markets with more crude. Venezuela and top non- OPEC producer Russia had been the main proponents of the output freeze deal, in the making since February, until it...

  • MOSCOW— The Ukrainian government has appointed two Western-educated executives to lead the country's two key state-owned companies. Wojciech Balczun, former chief executive of Poland's largest railway freight carrier, will head Ukrainian Railways while Ihor Smilyansky, who has worked for global consulting companies, will lead the Ukrposhta postal...

  • BUCHAREST, Romania— Romania's former president says he is being investigated on suspicion of money laundering related to a real estate deal reached when he was mayor of Bucharest. Traian Basescu says he's been told by prosecutors at Romania's top court that he is suspected of wrongdoing in the purchase and sale of a house and land in 2000 and 2002..

  • BUDAPEST, Hungary— Thousands of teachers in Hungary held a one-day strike on Wednesday against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's centralization of the education system. Union leader Piroska Gallo said nearly 25,000 teachers in 1,185 schools had taken part, or around 20 percent of all teachers and schools. "This is a way to put pressure" on the authorities, said Eva...

  • LONDON, April 20- Emerging stocks retreated from 5-1/ 2 month highs on Wednesday, after a fresh oil price tumble and a slide in mainland Chinese shares. Analysts noted that while China posted firm growth data recently, there are concerns about the amount of credit that was used to generate this. "Macro data is starting to improve but this is the resurgence of the old...

  • MOSCOW, April 20- Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio Del Pino warned on Wednesday that global oil stocks were nearly full and the oil price could collapse if producers did not resume talks about freezing output levels. Del Pino was speaking at an oil conference in Moscow, just days after leading oil producers failed to reach an agreement on freezing their output...

  • AMSTERDAM, April 20- In a victory for Moscow, a Dutch court on Wednesday overturned an order that Russia pay $50 billion to shareholders in defunct oil company Yukos, saying that the Hague- based Permanent Court of Arbitration had no jurisdiction. In July 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that the four plaintiffs- not including...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— A Dutch court on Wednesday quashed a $50 billion award Russia had been ordered to pay the former majority shareholders of Yukos, a major win for Moscow in the high-stakes dispute over the dismantling of what was once Russia's largest oil producer. The Hague District Court's written ruling overturned a July 2014 decision by the Permanent...

  • MOSCOW/ DOHA, April 19- As far as Venezuelan oil minister Eulogio Del Pino is concerned, his counterpart Ali al-Naimi, the world's most influential oil official for the past two decades, is no longer the voice of authority for Saudi Arabia. As prospects for the first deal between OPEC and non- OPEC in 15 years faded on Sunday due to last-minute demands from Saudi...

  • MOSCOW, April 19- Russian meat producer Miratorg plans to launch new business lines, boost exports and triple sales within five years as the weaker rouble makes it more competitive locally and abroad, its co-owner and President Viktor Linnik told Reuters. Russia's biggest producer of pork and beef, Miratorg is among the winners from Russia's restrictions on...