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  • *ECB president's speech, Greece in focus. SYDNEY, March 23- The dollar started trade in Asia on the defensive, after a volatile few days in the wake of the Federal Reserve's dovish steer, which cast doubts on bullish positions in the greenback. "Our technical analyst highlights a series of bearish weekly key reversals for USD against EUR, GBP and CAD, suggesting USD...

  • Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China's checkbook diplomacy came of age, giving the world's number two economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United States and the international financial institutions it has dominated since World War Two. Irked that London had stolen a march, Germany, France and...

  • *Greek PM Tsipras to meet Merkel in Berlin. ROME, March 22- Markets still digesting an unexpectedly cautious message from the Federal Reserve will get more food for thought this week with U.S. inflation data and potentially rising risks of a Greek exit from the euro zone. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda dismissed talk of competitive devaluations to spur...

  • BRUSSELS, March 21- Ukraine is confident Russia will have to sharply lower the price it charges Kiev for gas as increased imports from the European Union have greatly reduced Ukraine's reliance on supplies from Gazprom, Ukraine's energy minister said on Saturday. Volodymyr Demchyshyn was speaking after gas supply talks in Brussels on Friday with Russia and...

  • BUCHAREST, March 20- Romania's prime minister nominated himself to take over the finance ministry portfolio temporarily he said on Friday, after the previous minister became the most senior sitting politician to be investigated in a corruption crackdown. Victor Ponta would be taking over days before his government is set to approve sweeping tax cuts for...

  • WARSAW, March 20- European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday it was increasingly difficult to maintain a united European Union position on sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis. European Union leaders agreed on Thursday that economic sanctions imposed on Russia will stay in place until a Ukraine peace deal is...

  • BUCHAREST, March 20- Romania's prime minister will nominate himself to take over the finance ministry portfolio temporarily, three party sources said on Friday, after the previous minister became the most senior sitting politician to be investigated in a corruption crackdown. Victor Ponta would be taking over days before his government is set to approve...

  • *Greece running out cash and creditors frustrated by delays. However, she signalled some flexibility on what reforms Athens would have to make, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a sweetener by saying 2 billion euros from the European Union budget were available to ease the...

  • EU summit wraps up with talks on Libya, economy Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 10:21 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— European Union heads of state and government spent the final day of their spring summit focused on the situation in Libya and on ways to boost the bloc's economy:. —LIBYA: The leaders, fearful the unrest in Libya could splash over into Europe, tasked the EU's top diplomat with helping mediate talks between Libya's warring factions. —UKRAINE: Leaders agreed...

  • ROME— Italy's infrastructure minister resigned Friday, days after the arrest of a former top official in a corruption probe of some of the nation's major public works projects. Minister Maurizio Lupi told Parliament he was stepping down even though he is not under investigation. Prosecutors are investigating construction contracts involving some of...

  • *Europe equities enjoy $42 bln of inflows in past 10 weeks. Athens' benchmark ATG jumped 2.8 percent after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured European Union creditors at late-night crisis talks in Brussels that his coalition would soon present a full set of economic reforms in order to unlock cash to stave off bankruptcy. Bank of America-Merrill...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St stock futures rise after pullback Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 7:32 AM ET

    *Biogen Idec shares were up 3 percent at $447 in premarket trading after its experimental drug became the first Alzheimer's treatment to significantly slow cognitive decline and reduce brain plaque in patients with early and mild forms of the disease, according to a small study likely to reignite hopes of a treatment. *Tiffany& Co. shares were down 2.7 percent...

  • *Kuwait says OPEC must keep output steady. LONDON, March 20- Brent crude oil fell towards $54 a barrel on Friday and was on track for its third straight weekly loss, hurt by oversupply worries after Kuwait said OPEC had no choice but to maintain output levels. "Oil has been under pressure following remarks by Kuwait's oil minister and the very slim chance of an...

  • BRUSSELS— Top leaders of the European Union emerged from a meeting with the Greek prime minister early Friday telling him much what they have for weeks: Come up with a reform plan if you want more money to stay solvent. The EU leaders said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras committed to providing a list of specific reforms in the coming days that would improve his...

  • *Holcim and Lafarge rise after agreeing new merger terms. LONDON, March 20- Construction companies Holcim and Lafarge outperformed flat pan-European equity indexes on Friday after salvaging their merger. Holcim rose 1.3 percent and Lafarge added 3.5 percent after the companies agreed new terms on a planned multi-billion-euro deal that would create the...

  • LONDON, March 20- Euro zone government bond yields fell on Friday, with the European Central Bank's bond buying splurge reducing Greece's cash crunch to a sideshow for the moment. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured European Union creditors at late-night crisis talks in Brussels that his leftist-led coalition would soon present a full set of...

  • ATHENS, March 20- Greece will receive much needed funding once it has submitted a detailed list of proposed reforms to the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, its government spokesman said on Friday, as the country strives to avoid a cash crunch within weeks. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held late-night crisis talks in Brussels with senior...

  • *Greece running out cash and creditors frustrated by delays. The risk of a continued standoff, exactly a month after Greece secured a last-gasp four-month extension of an EU bailout loan, was underlined in different descriptions by Tsipras and Merkel about what reforms Athens would need to launch. "It is clear that Greece is not obliged to implement...

  • Greek PM Tsipras says more optimistic after talks Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 9:59 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, March 20- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday he was more optimistic after three hours of talks with leaders of Germany, France and European Union institutions on how Greece can secure further financing in exchange for reforms. I think that all the sides confirmed their intention to try to do their best to overcome the difficulties of...

  • BRUSSELS, March 20- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and leaders of the key EU institutions were drafting a joint statement on Greece's debt crisis at overnight talks in Brussels, EU and Greek diplomats said on Friday. One EU diplomat said the statement would stress that all sides were committed to implementing a Feb. 20 agreement to extend Greece's...