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  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- Iraq's oil minister said on Wednesday his country's oil exports should hit a record of about 3.1 million barrels per day in April as output from the country's southern fields stays strong and weather conditions improve. Mehdi was in Washington with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on his first visit to Washington as leader.

  • *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,...

  • *One targeted company is owned by Ukraine's richest man. KIEV, April 7- Ukraine's judicial authorities moved to curb the influence of the super-rich on Tuesday by challenging tenders that gave leading businessmen control over key power companies under ousted president Viktor Yanukovich. The move against Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man, and other oligarchs...

  • Ukraine challenges oligarchs' grip on energy companies Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 12:23 PM ET

    *One of targeted companies is owned by Ukraine's richest man. KIEV, April 7- Ukraine's judicial authorities launched actions on Tuesday challenging tenders that gave big businessmen control over key power companies under ousted president Viktor Yanukovich in a new move by the government to curb the influence of the so-called oligarchs.

  • *Oil imports from Iran at 220,000 bpd in year to March 31. *U.S. pressured India not to raise annual Iran oil imports. NEW DELHI, March 31- India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction limits during the last month of negotiations on a preliminary...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 9 Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on "Monetary Policy" before the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Conference: The New Normal for Monetary Policy- 1945 GMT. PRISHTINA- European Central Bank's Deputy Director General International& European Relations, Gilles Noblet, speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 8 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    ROME- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses the Italian parliament's finance and EU policy committees- 1200 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England to publish Financial Policy Committee statement- 0930 GMT. FRANKFURT- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives OMFIF Public Lecture on the economy and monetary policy- 0835 GMT.

  • JERUSALEM, March 25- Israeli biopharmaceutical company BioLineRX Ltd said on Wednesday an early stage trial for a drug that uses stem cells to treat leukaemia and other blood cancers met all safety and efficacy goals. Current stem cell treatments require four or five days of injections of material from a donor to get into the bloodstream, but BioLineRX said its...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 7 Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    HELSINKI- European Central Bank policy board member and Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen will brief the press on monetary policy and global economy- 0900 GMT. LONDON- European Central Bank policymaker Peter Praet takes part in panel discussion on "Global Economic Recovery- a Tale of Many Parts" at the International Financial Services Forum- 1025 GMT.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 3 Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    MONDAY, MARCH 23 BRUSSELS- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at the quarterly hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament- 1400 GMT. PODGORICA, Montenegro- European Central Bank policymaker Benoit Coeure speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a cooperation program organized by the...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 1 Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    MIAMI, United States- U.S Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will participate in a moderated conversation hosted by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Miami Dade College. ATHENS, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the Georgia Law Review Symposium- 1420 GMT.

  • *Mooted March meeting of OPEC, non- OPEC shelved- Russia. LONDON, March 18- OPEC efforts to bring non-member countries such as Russia on aboard in cutting output have made little progress, officials say, and even the chance of more Iranian exports hitting prices if sanctions end is unlikely to boost cooperation. Since the oil price collapse, top OPEC exporter Saudi...

  • BERLIN, March 13- The European Union's financial affairs chief Pierre Moscovici warned in a magazine against underestimating the risks associated with Greece leaving the euro zone, saying such a step could be the beginning of the end for the common currency. "After all, all of us in Europe probably agree that a Grexit would be a catastrophe- for the Greek economy,...

  • INTERVIEW-Shale oil to dominate Russia-OPEC talks in June Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 11- Russia said on Wednesday it would meet OPEC in June to discuss the impact of shale oil on global markets, just days before the producers' group decides whether its policy of high production is sufficient to stifle the U.S. energy boom. The comment, from Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, comes as Saudi Arabia has said in recent weeks it wanted...

  • Novak told Reuters that Russia, one of the world's biggest oil producers, will maintain its crude oil output at over 10 million barrels per day, despite some expectations of a plunge in production due to lower prices. He said Russia will continue consultations with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Russia will meet OPEC officials in June in...

  • RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTER SAYS AT NEXT MEETING WITH OPEC MEMBERS PLANNED FOR JUNE IN VIENNA, SHALE OIL OUTPUT IMPACT TO BE DISCUSSED.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 24 Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England's Martin Weale speaks at the City and Islington Sixth Form College- 1500 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Martin Stewart speaks at the Mortgage Finance Gazette conference- 1625 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gives keynote speech at opening of conference focused on the effectiveness of the central bank's...

  • *OPEC meeting may coincide with Iran nuclear deal. DOHA, March 10- OPEC is likely to maintain its production policy at a meeting in June, Kuwait's OPEC governor said on Tuesday in the first public comment on what would be a crucial decision to determine the direction of global oil prices in the second half of the year. On Tuesday, Kuwait's OPEC governor Nawal...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 20 Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester speaks before the National Association for Business Economics annual Economic Policy Conference- 1825 GMT. TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed" before the Founding Director's Lecture Series at Rice University's...