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  • BRUSSELS, Oct 30- Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday on the resumption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine for winter after several months of delay during the conflict in Ukraine. EU officials said both Russia and Ukraine had bargained hard for commitments from the Western bloc, with Moscow looking for EU cash to help Ukraine...

  • *Talks to unblock Russia gas supply to Kiev resume Thursday. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Oct 30- Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are likely to conclude an accord on Thursday that would see Moscow resume gas supplies to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter, EU and Ukrainian officials said. EU officials said both Russia and Ukraine had bargained hard for commitments...

  • UKRAINE'S NAFTOGAZ CHIEF SAYS ON FACEBOOK THAT THERE IS A "HIGH PROBABILITY" OF GAS DEAL BEING SIGNED WITH RUSSIA IN BRUSSELS ON THURSDAY.

  • *Talks to unblock Russia gas supply to Kiev resume Thursday. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Oct 30- Ukraine and the European Union have agreed that the EU's executive arm will serve as guarantor in any agreement for Russia to supply Ukraine with gas, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday. EU-hosted talks to unblock deliveries of Russian gas to Ukraine will...

  • Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 5:21 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the talks for months, said...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Ukraine and Russia have failed to reach a gas agreement at their overnight talks with the European Union, with more negotiations to take place Thursday evening, the news agency RIA Novosti cited Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying. "The negotiations are not yet over, we've just finished a long discussion on documents that must be...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 29- Ukraine and Russia bargained late into the night on Wednesday but European Union officials trying to broker a deal to resume gas supplies to Kiev as winter sets in said there was still no accord to announce. With Kiev and Moscow locked in conflict over pro-Russian rebellions in Ukraine and over the former Soviet state's move to bind itself...

  • *Cites as example UK repealing stamp duty on growth stocks. LONDON, Oct 29- European countries should change their tax rules to encourage investment in small businesses, the head of the London Stock Exchange said, as a sector crucial to the region's revival is starved of cash by banks. To counter this, London Stock Exchange Group Chief Executive Xavier Rolet said...

  • Russia, Ukraine looking for gas deliveries deal Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Talks between Ukraine and Russia to guarantee that Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and parts of the EU this winter dragged on into the night Wednesday, the European Union said. After inconclusive talks last week, the negotiations between the energy chiefs of the two nations were seen as a last-ditch attempt to stave off another crisis that...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 29- Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said on Wednesday it had failed to reach a deal at talks with the European Commission on the Opal gas pipeline and wants new negotiations. The European Union executive had delayed until at least the end of this month a decision on whether to allow Russia greater access to the pipeline in northeastern Germany.

  • *Investors hope for soothing Fed message. LONDON, Oct 29- World stocks rose on Wednesday, lifted by corporate earnings and expectations that the U.S. Euro zone banking stocks were down almost 2 percent, dragged lower by Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank which announced a third-quarter net loss on heavy legal costs.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 29- Ukraine and Russia begin new gas crisis talks on Wednesday, but wrangling over Ukraine's upfront cash payments threatens to push a deal out of reach, even as temperatures have fallen below zero in Kiev. Russian state utility Gazprom halted supplies to Kiev in June because of Ukraine's unpaid gas bill, which Moscow says is around $4.5 billion.

  • Europe's main indices followed the overnight lead from Wall Street and Asia, although the third-quarter earnings reports out of Europe weren't quite as solid as those from the United States. Germany's DAX was up almost 1 percent in early trade, Britain's FTSE was up half a percent, and France's CAC 40 up a third of one percent. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • Food trucks arrive in food-crazy Belgium Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 4:26 AM ET

    Belgium takes its food seriously— and adventurously— so when the American-style food trucks rolled in, there was little doubt the result would be a bit different. At a recent food truck festival in the port city of Antwerp, young entrepreneurs cooked up a multi-ethnic storm. The wafting aroma of everything from Indonesian satays to BBQ pork and stone-oven pizza...

  • INSIGHT-Sanctions bind Russia's energy elite to Putin Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 29- An offer by Gazprom to help rival Rosneft salvage an Arctic oil project shows how tightly sanctions have bound Russia's political and business elite together in the Ukraine crisis- an unintended consequence of the West's punitive measures. Some Gazprom executives now say this month's little noticed proposal to loan Rosneft a drilling rig was "...

  • Thousands in Hungary march against Internet tax Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    After conflicts from 2010 with the European Union and criticism from the United States and others on new laws regulating everything from the media to churches, lately the Orban government has been reproached for intimidating independent civic groups, including corruption watchdogs and minority advocates, and for its efforts to deepen ties with Russia.

  • EU clears French, Italian budgets after changes Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's head office said Tuesday it is giving the 2015 French and Italian budgets a provisional green light, saying last-minute commitments to keep deficits down kept them within limits. France and Italy were accused of being too profligate in their budgetary spending plans at a time when the EU and the euro zone have been advocating...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 28- The European Commission provisionally accepted the budgets of France and Italy, saying on Tuesday that no euro zone states had submitted deficit plans for next year that seriously breached EU rules for fiscal stability. A day after Paris and Rome amended their 2015 budgets in the hope of avoiding censure from the European Union executive, the...

  • EU clears French, Italian budgets after tweaks Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 28- The European Commission has cleared France and Italy's modified 2015 budgets after both countries agreed to trim their deficits further, ending a stand-off between Brussels and the two centre-left governments. A statement from Vice President Jyrki Katainen said he had not been able to identify any cases of "particularly serious...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 28- The European Commission called tweaks to France and Italy's 2015 budgets "useful and constructive" on Tuesday as it prepared to decide whether the countries' efforts to curb their deficits have been enough to meet EU rules. "We are still analyzing the information that was sent to us by Italy and France in particular," a Commission spokesman said on...