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BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5- Argentina's recent Cabinet shuffle has smoothed trade friction between South America's two largest economies and clears the way for a united proposal for free trade with the European Union, Brazilian Trade Minister Fernando Pimentel said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Dec 5- The United States urged Europe and Asia to match its efforts to make the financial industry safer, saying on Thursday it likely had done enough to ensure taxpayers will not have to bail out banks again in future crises.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov defended his government's handling of the crisis since Kiev walked away from a trade deal with the European Union, and clashed with Germany's foreign minister over charges that police had used excessive force against the protesters.
KIEV, Dec 4- Ukraine's prime minister warned protesters trying to blockade government buildings on Wednesday they would be punished for any "illegal acts", as officials went to Moscow seeking aid to avoid a financial meltdown.
BEIJING-- Ukraine's embattled president arrived in China for an official visit on Wednesday while his opponents conduct massive protests at home demanding his resignation. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said President Viktor Yanukovych arrived in the western city of Xi'an early in the morning for a previously planned three-day visit.
KIEV, Dec 4- Ukraine's government faced a tightening blockade of key buildings by protesters in the capital Kiev on Wednesday amid a crisis over its rejection of closer ties with the European Union that has piled pressure on the creaking economy.
KIEV, Dec 3- Ukraine's embattled government held onto power in parliament on Tuesday but President Viktor Yanukovich left on a trip to China with much of the centre of the capital in the hands of furious protesters who say they will not leave until he quits.
*Wednesday meeting to keep OPEC output cap at 30 mln bpd. VIENNA, Dec 3- Iran and Iraq on Tuesday put OPEC on notice of substantial oil output increases to come, saying others in the producer cartel will need to give way to make room for them. More oil from Iran and Iraq, a recovery in output from fellow OPEC member Libya and fast-rising U.S. shale oil could tip the balance.
VIENNA, Dec 3- Iran and Iraq on Tuesday gave notice to OPEC of intended big oil output increases to come, saying others in the cartel will need to give way to make room for them.
BEIJING, Dec 2- British Prime Minister David Cameron promised China's leaders on Monday he would advocate a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, riling the EU executive which rejected the move as premature.
BRUSSELS, Nov 29- Europe's energy prices will stay up to three times higher than in the United States for the next 20 years, unless the region can develop domestic supplies and increase efficiency, the International Energy Agency's chief economist said.
*Bloc's unemployment falls for first time in almost three years. *Consumer prices rise by 0.9 percent in November. BRUSSELS, Nov 29- A pick-up in inflation this month eases pressure on the European Central Bank to act next week, and the first fall in unemployment in almost three years shows a tentative euro zone recovery is gaining traction.
*Ukraine scorns EU but may not join Russia- led bloc. The Russian president sees his " Eurasian Union", in which Ukraine would play a central role, as a future rival to China, the United States and the European Union. Without Ukraine, he will lose all enthusiasm for it, "said Gleb Pavlovsky, a former Kremlin spin doctor who has also worked in Ukraine.
BRUSSELS, Nov 28- The European Union banned most imports of South African citrus fruit on Thursday for the rest of this year over fears that a fungal disease found in dozens of shipments could spread to the 28- nation bloc.
BERLIN, Nov 27- Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a coalition deal with the Social Democrats on Wednesday that rolls back decade-old reforms of the German welfare state but preserves Berlin's strict approach towards struggling European partners.
BRUSSELS, Nov 27- The European Union backed down on Wednesday from threats to suspend agreements granting the United States access to European data, rejecting calls for a tougher stance over alleged U.S. spying.
FRANKFURT, Nov 27- The woman set to police Europe's banks has spent much of her 40- year career rising through the ranks of French financial supervision, once a bastion of male domination.
LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Nov 26- A weak deal at U.N. climate talks in Warsaw underlines how hard it will be for EU leaders to forge an agreement on 2030 environment and energy goals early next year as some governments and businesses seek to place economics first.
Lamy, 66, was chief-of-staff to Jacques Delors, the Commission president who pulled Europe out of the doldrums in the 1980 s by tearing down internal barriers to create a single market and paving the way for the euro single currency.
BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Nov 25- The European Union expressed strong disapproval on Monday of Russian pressure on Ukraine to reject an EU trade deal, while police fired tear gas at pro- Europe protesters in the former Soviet republic, torn once more between East and West. Moscow has accused the European Union of putting the squeeze on Kiev, too.