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  • BRUSSELS, July 28- EU diplomats reached a preliminary agreement on Monday on a list of associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin and companies that will face sanctions as part of tougher measures over Moscow's actions in Ukraine, EU sources said.

  • LONDON, July 28- Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said on Monday that the airline was not particularly interested in acquiring troubled Cypriot carrier Cyprus Airways, which he said had huge legacy issues.

  • The EU has frozen assets and banned travel for some Russian officials, after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region and began supporting separatists fighting Kiev's forces in eastern Ukraine.

  • EU antitrust body clears Apple's $3bn Beats deal Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:42 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services. The takeover of Beats Electronics and Beats Music announced in May for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock is the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38- year history.

  • *Economic sanctions loom for Russia. FRANKFURT, July 27- With the prospect of stiffer sanctions against Russia rattling confidence in Europe, investors will be looking to the United States and China to underpin the global economy.

  • BERLIN, July 26- Germany is to reject a multi-billion free trade deal between the European Union and Canada which is widely seen as a template for a bigger agreement with the United States, a leading German paper reported on Saturday.

  • BRUSSELS— EU extends Ukraine sanctions to hit Russian intelligence officials, rebel leaders: documents.

  • HOUSTON, July 25- Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country's largest, the first major refining investment of the U.S. shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said.

  • BRUSSELS, July 25- When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia.

  • EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine- related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro- Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed. The new measures, designed to put pressure Moscow and its allies in Ukraine, were announced in the EU's Official Journal, and took effect immediately.

  • BRUSSELS, July 25- European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement on Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details remained to be worked out, diplomats said.

  • Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.

  • BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday.

  • EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions draft Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    *EU patience with Russia running out. BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks and their ability to finance Moscow's faltering economy in its most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday, diplomats said.

  • Europe lifts recommendation not to fly to Tel Aviv Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 AM ET

    BERLIN— Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. The European Aviation Safety Agency late Tuesday said it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.

  • UPDATE 1-Russian ties, trade lie behind EU sanctions rift Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    *Germany makes up third of EU exports to Russia, worth 36 bln euros. BRUSSELS, July 23- Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain's overseas territories are soaking up the lion's share of capital streaming out of Russia.

  • Russian ties, trade lie behind EU sanctions rift Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    *Germany makes up third of EU exports to Russia, worth 36 bln. BRUSSELS, July 23- Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain's overseas territories are soaking up the lion's share of capital streaming out of Russia.

  • EU seeks energy efficiency to ease Russia gas link Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.

  • European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    BERLIN— Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. The European Aviation Safety Agency late Tuesday said it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.

  • Lithuania to adopt euro currency in January Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union is giving Lithuania the green light to adopt the euro currency starting next year. Alluding to the tensions with Russia over Ukraine, he added deeper integration with western Europe "means greater security as well." Lithuania's Baltic neighbors, Estonia and Latvia, are already members of the euro.