BRUSSELS, March 12- Europe appeared far away from making good its crisis pledge to tackle weak banks as lawmakers and country representatives failed on Wednesday to bridge differences over how to close down troubled lenders.
BRUSSELS, March 12- European Union member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a draft document reviewed by Reuters.
*U.S.-EU hold fourth round of talks in Brussels this week. BRUSSELS, March 12- Europe's reluctance to buy hormone meat or genetically modified food from the United States has exposed an "enormous gulf" that threatens the world's biggest trade pact, industry and labour groups told EU and U.S. negotiators on Wednesday.
*Germany's Schaeuble points to differences. BRUSSELS, March 11- European ministers agreed on Tuesday to strengthen a scheme to tackle troubled banks, seeking to win the blessing of EU lawmakers for a reform to fortify the euro zone against crises. It could even fall to European Union leaders, who meet in Brussels on March 20-21, to decide.
FRANKFURT, March 11- The European Central Bank will press euro zone banks to revalue their assets and take a more realistic view on likely losses when it probes their balance sheets in the coming months, signalling a new, more aggressive era of banking supervision.
*Fidelity publicly criticises Barclays over bonus rise. *Barclays has said it needs to raise bonuses to keep staff in US. LONDON, March 11- Barclays faces a backlash from shareholders over its decision to raise bonuses despite a fall in profits, with investors increasingly demanding CEO Antony Jenkins give more money to them and less to his staff.
BRUSSELS, March 11- Russia's seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine is spurring the European Union to renew efforts to end decades of dependence on Russian gas by developing its own energy supplies and pushing for greater access to abundant U.S. resources.
FRANKFURT, March 11- The European Central Bank will press banks to revalue their assets and take a more realistic view on likely losses when it probes their balance sheets in coming months, signalling a new, more aggressive era of banking supervision in the bloc.
*Spain's de Guindos says more firepower needed, Germany opposed. BRUSSELS, March 11- European countries haggled on Tuesday over a scheme to insulate taxpayers from the costs of bank failures, redoubling efforts to avoid an embarrassing delay to the euro zone's centrepiece crisis reform.
*India declines to remove cap on FII investment in govt debt. NEW DELHI, March 11- India has put on ice plans to join major emerging market bond indexes that would require removal of restrictions on capital inflows, two sources said, taking a decision that knocked the rupee, but showed balance of payments concerns were easing.
*Spain's de Guindos hints at extra round of talks. BRUSSELS, March 11- European ministers haggled over how to build a safety net for failing banks on Tuesday, redoubling efforts to avoid an embarrassing delay to the euro zone's centrepiece crisis reform. "This is important for the signal it sends to markets," said Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos.
Speaking at a news conference after Monday's meeting of euro zone finance ministers, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said "further work is needed on several fronts" before the review of progress on reforms required under Greece's 237 billion euro bailout could be closed. Greece has shown signs of recovery from a six-year recession.
*India declines to remove cap on FII investment in govt debt. NEW DELHI, March 11- India has put on ice plans to join major emerging market bond indexes that would require it to remove restrictions on foreign capital inflows, two sources said, signalling easing concerns about the rupee and the balance of payments.
*Countries grapple for deal to prevent embarrassing delay. BRUSSELS, March 10- Euro zone governments edged closer on Monday towards a deal on how to wind down failing banks, but reached no conclusions and more negotiations will take place on Tuesday to address demands of the European Parliament.
BRUSSELS, March 10- In its effort to show Russia it means business over Ukraine, the European Union may have created extra problems for itself in committing to a quick political deal with Kiev while leaving closer economic ties for later.
FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, March 10- Brussels dealt a blow on Monday to two major Russian pipeline projects to supply natural gas to Europe, in the latest sign of strains in the energy links between Moscow and the European Union. Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has already shaken political relations between Russia and the European Union.
*Countries grapple for deal to prevent embarrassing delay. BRUSSELS, March 10- European governments and lawmakers will try to reach a deal this week on how to wind down failing banks, clearing the way for a landmark reform as time runs out to win European Parliament approval before May elections.
FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, March 10- Political talks between EU officials and Russia on its South Stream gas pipeline to bypass Ukraine are on hold, while Gazprom's access to another vital link has stalled for technical reasons, the European Commission said on Monday.
SERRANIA DE PERIJA, Colombia, March 10- After enduring eight hours of machine-gunfire and bombs between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries, Maura Leonor Vega and her husband fled their home of four decades in Colombia's Andes for the shelter of the nearest town.
*Copper and oil hit by China, U.S. jobs data knocks gold. LONDON, March 10- World stocks edged off a six-year peak and commodities from copper to crude oil tumbled on Monday as surprisingly weak Chinese trade data rattled investors already on edge over the crisis in Ukraine.