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  • WASHINGTON, July 12- Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday to pursue talks that could lead to a ceasefire with rebels and said Washington continued to pursue efforts to raise pressure on Russia, the White House said.

  • UPDATE 1-Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on the second stop of a tour to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia's influence in Latin America.

  • LONDON, July 12- Britain has delivered a calculated diplomatic snub to Russia by failing to invite any of its government officials to next week's Farnborough Airshow in protest over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine accuses Russia of involvement in border fighting. KIEV, July 12- Ukrainian war planes bombarded separatists along a broad front on Saturday, inflicting huge losses, Kiev said, after President Petro Poroshenko said "scores and hundreds" would be made to pay for a deadly missile attack on Ukrainian forces.

  • *Kiev says air attacks kill around 1,000 rebels. KIEV, July 12- Ukrainian war planes bombarded separatists along a broad front on Saturday, inflicting huge losses, Kiev said, after President Petro Poroshenko said "scores and hundreds" would be made to pay for a deadly missile attack on Ukrainian forces.

  • EU names Ukraine rebel leaders hit with sanctions Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 6:33 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, July 12- The European Union targeted Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksandr Borodai and 10 other rebels with travel bans and asset freezes on Saturday, avoiding fresh sanctions on Russian business to avoid antagonizing its main energy supplier.

  • HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1830 GMT / 2.30 PM ET Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW- The European Union seeks to reassure Russia that a free-trade pact with Ukraine is not aimed at hurting Moscow, but rejects calls to postpone implementation, offering more talks instead.

  • BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, July 11- The European Union sought to reassure Russia on Friday that a free-trade pact with Ukraine was not aimed at hurting Moscow but rejected calls to postpone its implementation, offering more talks instead.

  • MOSCOW, July 11- Russia urged the European Union on Friday to refrain from implementing a free-trade pact with Ukraine until Moscow's concerns over the agreement are addressed.

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- U.S. steel producers on Thursday accused Russia of flooding the market with cheap flat-rolled steel, challenging a 15- year trade deal and potentially reigniting a decades-old dispute over imports amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow.

  • Under the agreement, CNOOC's Offshore Oil Engineering Co will build "core modules" for the liquefication process on the project in Yamal in the Russian Arctic, according to a statement posted on CNOOC's website.

  • EU to sanction 11 more people over Ukraine Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 5:12 PM ET

    BRUSSELS— Ambassadors of the European Union's countries have agreed to add 11 new names to the list of people sanctioned for participating in the pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine's east, an EU source said Wednesday.

  • *Russia faces threat of more sanctions. MOSCOW, July 9- Russia's economy is stagnating as data showed on Wednesday that capital worth $75 billion has left the country so far this year following sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.

  • By Maria Tsvetkova and Richard Balmforth. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, July 9- Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but defiant rebels reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

  • KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, July 9- Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but rebels defiantly reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

  • MOSCOW, July 9- Russia saw nearly $75 billion in capital flight in the first half of the year as investors and ordinary Russians ditched the rouble en masse following sanctions imposed by the West on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW/ LONDON, July 9- With President Vladimir Putin watching from afar, the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, launched the world's biggest oil drilling platform in the Okhotsk Sea to warm handshakes with his colleagues from ExxonMobil.

  • MOSCOW, July 9- Wall Street bank JPMorgan Chase& Co is reducing equity market staff in Russia as business falls off in areas such as initial public offerings due to the Ukraine crisis, two financial sources said.

  • Ukrainian charged with Russian journalists' deaths Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    MOSCOW— A Ukrainian air force pilot who was captured by separatist rebels last month has been arrested in Russia and charged with abetting the killing of two Russian journalists, Russian officials said on Wednesday. Ukraine has been rocked by fighting between pro- Russia rebels and government forces for over three months.