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  • *China new home prices fall to one-year low in April. Asian and European equities fell after data released late on Sunday showed growth in average new home prices in China slowed to a near one-year low in April.

  • *Form of payment by China to Russia also sticking point. SHANGHAI, May 20- Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to sign a multi-billion dollar gas agreement with China during a two-day visit that kicks off on Tuesday, ending more than a decade of false starts and wrangling over a deal seen as vital to both sides.

  • *Separatists have tight grip on east Ukraine ahead of May 25 poll. DONETSK, Ukraine, May 19- From a cramped office in residential Donetsk, election officials were frantically working on Sunday to prepare for Ukraine's May 25 presidential poll, despite what they described as intimidation and threats from pro-Russian separatists.

  • *China new home prices falls to 1- year low in April. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. oil prices rose on Monday as a weak U.S. dollar prompted buying, while Brent prices fell as concerns about China's slowing economy dragged global equities down and outweighed low Libyan output.

  • *Russia courts cautious Asia, banks with franchises. LONDON, May 19- Most Western banks are shunning Russia's syndicated loan market as a result of the Ukraine crisis and could stay away for a year or more, despite the potential loss of more than $45 billion in business.

  • COLUMN-Russia and China ready for deal on energy: Kemp Monday, 19 May 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- " China is our reliable friend," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday in an interview ahead of a conference in Shanghai. "To expand cooperation with China is undoubtedly Russia's diplomatic priority."

  • *Abolition of language law handed Moscow ammunition. *Moscow long tried to get strong foothold in Ukraine. While Putin has presented separatist violence in eastern Ukraine as spontaneous, interviews with Ukrainian politicians and security sources with knowledge of Russian thinking suggest months of detailed planning by Moscow.

  • Russia-China gas deal "one digit" away - Gazprom Saturday, 17 May 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    MOSCOW, May 17- Russian state-run Gazprom said it was still "one digit" away from finalising a 30- year gas supply deal with Beijing which is expected to crown Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to China next week.

  • *Russia offers Ukraine natgas discount. *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. Protesters again shut Libya's El Feel oilfield and the El Sharara field remained closed, an official at the National Oil Corporation said on Friday.

  • *Russia offers Ukraine natgas discount. *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. Libya's El Feel oilfield was shut again by protesters and the El Sharara field remained closed, an official at the National Oil Corporation said on Friday.

  • *Industry lobby still hopes to sway Merkel on Russia stance. BERLIN, May 16- German industry is ramping up efforts to dissuade Chancellor Angela Merkel from imposing tough new economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, warning of lasting damage to domestic firms and the broader economy if Moscow is hit hard.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil prices rise as Libyan output squeezed Friday, 16 May 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    *Russia offers Ukraine natgas discount. *Washington warns Russia of further sanctions over Ukraine. NEW YORK, May 16- Global oil prices rose on Friday as investors worried about Libya after a recovery in the OPEC country's oil supply proved short-lived and government forces clashed with Islamist militias.

  • MOSCOW, May 16- Russia is ready to discuss a gas price discount for Ukraine if Kiev pays off more than the $2.2 billion it owed as of April 1, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, as both sides seemed to edge toward a potential compromise.

  • BERLIN, May 16- Europe's showdown with Moscow over Ukraine is already having a major impact on German business in Russia and imposing economic sanctions would cause lasting damage to industry, a confidential paper sent to the German government by a business lobby warns.

  • Military dream come true: One system, many drones Friday, 16 May 2014 | 7:20 AM ET
    Maintenence personel check a Predator drone operated by U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM), before its surveillance flight near the Mexican border on March 7, 2013 from Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

    The Defense Department has approved the international sale of drones with an operating system that works on other drones.

  • BEIJING/ MOSCOW, May 16- Increasingly isolated by the West over Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will hope for a sympathetic ear on a visit next week to China, which is also being more assertive in its territorial disputes with smaller neighbours.

  • Dmitry Osipov, CEO of Uralkali, says the negativity surrounding Russian companies in the heat of the Ukraine crisis has not impacted Uralkali.

  • MARIUPOL/ KIEV, Ukraine, May 16- In their overalls and hard hats, the latest additions to the heady mix of security forces in Ukraine are the first tangible sign the rebel east's richest son is entering the fray.

  • SINGAPORE, May 16- U.S. crude futures rose towards $102 a barrel on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly gain in five weeks on the back of a resurgence of tensions in Ukraine and upbeat U.S. economic data. *U.S. crude for June delivery rose 29 cents to $101.79 a barrel by 0056 GMT after falling 87 cents to settle at $101.50 a barrel.

  • Is Russia meddling in Ukrainian elections?     Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 6:47 PM ET

    Thomas R. Pickering, Former U.S. Ambassador to India and Russia, discusses if Russia is interfering in Ukrainian elections.