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  • Talking to Putin   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:43 AM ET
    Talking to Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian public, took questions, and had some testy exchanges with anchors in his yearly "Direct Line with Putin," which this year lasted four hours. CNBC's Dina Gusovsky breaks down the most important headlines.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week that India would buy 36 French Rafale jets for an estimated $4.3 billion, in effect ending talks on a larger deal for 126 planes that would have sucked up some $20 billion and locked rivals out of the market for a generation. Saab was proposing to establish "fully-fledged production" of the Gripen in India...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended to "contain" his country. In a confident performance during a televised call-in show, Putin sounded defiant and patriotic, assuring viewers that Russia will survive an economic crisis...

  • Pro-Russian journalist gunned down in Ukraine's capital Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    MOSCOW— A Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was gunned down Thursday in broad daylight in Kiev, local police said, a day after a pro-Russian lawmaker was found dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual televised call-in show, was informed by the moderator of reports of Buzyna's death and immediately said "this is not the first...

  • President Vladimir Putin says Russia expects France to return the advance payment if it fails to deliver a warship built for the Russian navy. He said France's failure to deliver the warship wouldn't damage the Russian navy capability, adding that Russia had placed the order in a bid to strengthen relations with France. President Vladimir Putin says the West...

  • Putin sees return to growth in Russia in under 2 years Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, even though he considers it unlikely that the West will lift economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soon. Sitting at a desk in a television studio in front of rows of telephone operators taking calls from viewers, Putin said the...

  • MOSCOW— Putin says killing of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov' tragic and shameful'.

  • Russian PM holds annual call-in   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Russian PM holds annual call-in

    The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is holding his annual phone-in, where ordinary Russians are invited to ask him questions.

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. Gunvor, one of the world's top five oil trading houses, has been looking to cut exposure to Russia by selling assets. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in Gunvor last year...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. The stake has been sold to Mokara Enterprises Limited, owned by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, Gunvor said in a statement. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in...

  • Wave of state-led M&A in Russia is over: CEO   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 3:15 AM ET
    Wave of state-led M&A in Russia is over: CEO

    SIBUR CEO, Dmitry Konov, tells CNBC that he believes the wave of state involvement in Russian M&A is over.

  • And Venezuela's oil minister Asdrubal Chavez met in Caracas with the local ambassadors of eight OPEC members plus Indonesia on Wednesday, the ministry said. Nearly four months of sub- $60 a barrel crude oil prices is weighing heavily on cash-strapped producers such as Venezuela and Russia, who failed to coax OPEC into cutting output last November.

  • Oil rally challenges Wall Street's bearish views Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:21 PM ET
    A worker prepares to lift drills by pulley to the main floor of Endeavor Energy Resources Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas.

    The idea that crude oil could crater in the next couple of weeks is being challenged as oil futures bounce off 2015 highs and are now up 17 percent this month.

  • MOSCOW, April 15- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday it does not yet consider it necessary to tame the rouble's recent strength by intervening in the foreign exchange market. Battered by falling oil prices in the second half of 2014 and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis, the currency fell briefly to an all-time low of 80...

  • COLUMN-Iran's tantalizing oil prize: Kemp Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:14 AM ET

    LONDON, April 15- Iran contains some of the largest and most attractive petroleum resources in the world, so any easing of sanctions could have a major impact on oil and gas markets in the second half of the decade. Iran's possible re-emergence as a major exporter would force a re-ordering of the world oil market both because of the country's location on the...

  • *Russian delegation to meet OPEC in Vienna in June. Russia has stepped up contacts with OPEC after oil prices plunged last year, however it has dismissed any suggestion it might cut output to prop up prices, saying it is technically impossible to idle production due to the harsh climate in Siberia, the heartland of Russian oil production. The fall in price of oil,...

  • Russia blocks Hollywood thriller day before its release Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 8:19 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia on Wednesday scrapped the release of a new Hollywood movie, just a day before it was to open, with the culture minister saying it insulted the nation by describing it as "a sort of Mordor." "Child 44," directed by Daniel Espinosa, is a mystery thriller featuring a Soviet policeman investigating a series of grisly child murders in 1953. Its stars include...

  • *EU sends Google antitrust charge sheet over shopping searches. *Google says its products foster competition, help consumers. "If the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe."

  • DALLAS— Delta Air Lines plans to reduce international flying later this year as travel demand in some places weakens due to lower oil prices and the strong U.S. dollar. The airline said Wednesday that it will make cuts of up to 20 percent on routes to Japan, India, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East. It will suspend winter flights to Moscow.

  • *EU sends Google antitrust charge sheet over shopping searches. *Google says its products foster competition, help consumers. "If the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe."