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  • SHANGHAI, Dec 18- In Blagoveshchensk on Russia's side of the Chinese border, Mou Jiani has turned her home into a warehouse, stocking up on Apple Inc iPhones, handbags and milk powder to sell back home as Chinese shoppers take advantage of the rouble's slide. Chinese workers and overseas students in Russia have been snapping up goods at low prices caused by the...

  • DUBAI, Dec 18- Saudi Arabia's powerful oil minister said on Thursday that OPEC could not cut output without the support of other big producers and attempts to get them on board had not worked. Ali al-Naimi said it was impossible for OPEC to cut alone to reverse the oil price slump-- which he called temporary-- when others were pumping more, saying that could lead to...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, said flooding at Solikamsk-2 would not affect its overall 2014 output and that it was doing its best to save the damaged mine. With increased capacity utilisation at other mines, Uralkali said it plans to produce 12 million tonnes of potash- a crop nutrient- this year. Uralkali may also consider...

  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    The Vladivostok helicopter carrier is part of a strange and divisive arms deal now on hold— and perhaps on the verge of collapse— because of the conflict in Ukraine. France built it for Russia's navy but is now having second thoughts, notably amid heavy U.S. criticism of the deal. His change of heart reflects Europe's evolving relationship with Russia, a powerful...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent weeks calmed a touch as oil rose for a second day, although the pressure was still on Russia's rouble...

  • Santa Claus rally on, but it could depend on this Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:38 AM ET
    A trader works the floor of the NYSE.

    The Fed may have helped prime the stock market for a Santa rally, if oil remains calm and there are no new flare-ups in overseas markets.

  • *Aim to keep pressure on Russia over Ukraine. BRUSSELS, Dec 18- The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports. EU leaders, who meet in Brussels later on Thursday, will pledge to keep up pressure on Russia over its role in...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Igor Sechin, CEO at the country's top oil producer Rosneft, was an "effective" manager, adding he had no plans to fire him. Rosneft was put under Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. Rosneft became the world's top listed oil company by output after buying its peer TNK-BP for $55...

  • *Putin breaks silence on rouble problems this week. MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would inevitably rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy to a deepening financial crisis. The economy is heading into recession in what one minister called a "perfect storm" of low oil prices, Western...

  • Stock rally could depend on oil pressure Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:59 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 17, 2014.

    The Fed may have helped prime the stock market for a Santa rally, if oil remains calm and there are no new flare-ups in overseas markets.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday his government was working on mechanisms that would legalise offshore capital returning to Russia.

  • PUTIN SAYS NO ONE IS BULLYING THOSE IN RUSSIA WHO OPPOSE.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Emerging shares rose for a second straight day on Thursday while most currencies strengthened, lifted by the Federal Reserve's show of confidence in the U.S. economy, though Russia's rouble eased after two days of gains. Bourses in oil exporters Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bounced back strongly after dramatic falls earlier in the...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the Ukraine crisis should be resolved as quickly as possible and that Moscow's aim was to restore political unity to Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW— Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would rebound after the rouble's collapse against the dollar but warned that it could take two years for the country to emerge from crisis. Under pressure to show he has a plan to pull Russia out of crisis at his end-of-year news conference, Putin supported the actions of the central bank...

  • PUTIN SAYS MOSCOW'S AIM IS TO RESTORE POLITICAL UNITY IN.

  • Putin: Russia must be 'protected'  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    Russia's Vladimir Putin responds to Ukraine Crisis and Russia's stature compared to the rest of the world. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports the President's remarks.

  • Is Russia's bear just a 'stuffed animal'?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says that other countries perceive Russia as a country which should just "sit quietly", rather than try and maintain its sovereignty and independence.

  • PUTIN SAYS MOSCOW READY TO MEDIATE UKRAINE CRISIS, TO RESOLVE SITUATION VIA POLITICAL MEANS.