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  • *Slovakia to continue supplying gas to Ukraine. BRATISLAVA, Oct 21- Approval of Russia's South Stream pipeline would send a message to Ukraine that the European Union is not ready to support its ambitions to lean toward the West and does not see it as a reliable gas transporter, the head of Slovakia's pipeline operator said. The roughly $40 billion South Stream...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- Ukraine has requested an extra 2 billion euros and EU authorities will consider the loan request together with the International Monetary Fund, a European Commission spokesman said on Tuesday. "The Commission remains very committed to supporting Ukraine in line with earlier commitments," spokesman Simon O'Connor said in an emailed...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies on Tuesday as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner. Citing unpaid bills worth more than $5 billion, Russia cut off gas flows to Kiev in mid-June, adding to tensions sparked by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's...

  • *Berlin, Paris to present joint paper Dec. 1. BERLIN, Oct 20- Germany and France sought to paper over deep differences about how to bolster a faltering European economy, promising on Monday to unveil joint proposals on strengthening investment and competitiveness by early December. They committed themselves to a Dec. 1 deadline but it was not clear the two...

  • *Ukraine struggles to secure funds for Russian gas payment. Movement on the gas row was the only sign of progress at talks between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko on Friday which failed to resolve differences over fighting in eastern Ukraine and a deep crisis in relations. After European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger met Ukrainian officials in...

  • *Ukraine struggles to secure funds for Russian gas payment. Movement on the gas row was the only sign of progress at talks between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko on Friday which failed to resolve differences over fighting in eastern Ukraine and a deep crisis in relations. European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, who will mediate Tuesday's...

  • *Russia agrees to supply Ukraine with 5 bcm gas to March 31. Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission moved towards an agreement in late September and made further progress at the weekend. Russia cut off gas supply to Ukraine in mid-June following more than two years of disagreement over the price and after relations between the two countries deteriorated...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 20- The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers. As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Brussels and Beijing sets out a...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 20- The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers. As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Brussels and Beijing sets out a...

  • EU seeks $1.27 billion in Ebola aid for W. Africa Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG— The European Union committed itself Monday to step up efforts toward getting 1 billion euros in aid to fight Ebola in West Africa and rejected the idea of halting direct flights coming from the region. So far, the overall anti-Ebola total for the EU, including EU national contributions, stands at 500 million euros, with Britain contributing 160...

  • BERLIN, Oct 19- Germany and France are secretly discussing a deal to enable the European Commission to approve Paris's draft 2015 budget even though it breaks past deficit-cutting commitments, German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday. In return, Germany would overlook France's repeated flouting of its pledge to bring its budget deficit inside the euro zone's...

  • BERLIN, Oct 19- Germany and France are secretly discussing a deal to enable the European Commission to approve Paris's draft 2015 budget even though it breaks past deficit-cutting commitments, German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday. In return, Germany would overlook France's repeated flouting of its pledge to bring its budget deficit inside the euro zone's...

  • Ukraine says Russia has agreed to supply gas Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    When Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June over unpaid bills, it raised the risk that Ukraine would be left without heating during the coldest months of the year. It also raised fears that Russia could cut off flows to Europe if Ukraine began siphoning off gas from the pipelines crossing its territory, as has happened during past gas disputes.

  • LONDON, Oct 19- Evaporating inflation and slowing growth have put financial markets into such a spin that they could inflict further damage on the world economy. With the Fed set to turn off its money taps at the end of this month, investors appear to have woken up to poor growth prospects in much of the world, something International Monetary Fund chief Christine...

  • Ukraine says it's agreed interim gas price with Russia Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    KIEV, Oct 18- Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday. Poroshenko met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Milan on Friday to discuss the conflict in Ukraine's eastern regions, where...

  • DAKAR/ NEW YORK, Oct 17- The first casualty of a possible U.S. ban on travel to and from Ebola-stricken West African nations could be Washington's ties with the region and, to a lesser degree, travel and resources businesses exposed to it. Such a move would make things worse for the nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea battling the outbreak, Liberia's...

  • *Further talks needed to bolster east Ukraine ceasefire. MILAN, Oct 17- Russia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The mooted deal aimed at re-opening Russian gas supplies to Ukraine ahead of the cold...

  • *Russia and Ukraine to carry on talking after tough meeting. MILAN, Oct 17- Russia, Ukraine and European governments failed to make any progress towards solving the crisis in Ukraine on Friday in talks that the Kremlin said were "full of misunderstandings and disagreements". Further discussions were scheduled later in the day, but there were few expectations of...

  • MILAN, Oct 17- Talks between Russia, Ukraine and European governments on Friday were "full of misunderstandings and disagreements", the Kremlin said, undercutting more upbeat messages from leaders hoping for a breakthrough in the Ukraine crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko at the start of a...

  • LONDON, Oct 16- European equities trimmed their losses late on Thursday after hitting a 13- month low on concern that global growth is slowing, and U.S. shares recovered following new releases of economic data and a Fed official's comments on bond purchases. In addition, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said the Fed may keep up its...