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  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 11 Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 2:32 PM ET

    SINGAPORE- Monetary Authority of Singapore releases its macroeconomic review- 0400 GMT. SEOUL- Bank of Korea will release minutes from its April policy rate meeting- 0700 GMT. BUCHAREST- National bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu to attend financial seminar.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 27- Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom, has no plans to ask for money from the National Wealth Fund, the company's head said on Monday. Alexander Dyukov told reporters in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg that Gazprom Neft had not and did not plan to ask for support from the National Wealth Fund.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 27- President Vladimir Putin accused some of Russia's "quasi-partners" on Monday of counting on the country's collapse by cutting its banks off from the global financial system at a time when oil prices had plunged. Speaking in Russia's second city of St Petersburg, Putin said they had been proved wrong and the economy had easily...

  • Vostochny, under construction in a remote area in the Far East, is a priority project that will give Russia its own facility for manned space launches and ease its reliance on a launch pad in Kazakhstan. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday that 58 million rubles in wages is to be paid by April 30. On Monday, the regional prosecutor's office said...

  • Russia tightens ban on European food imports Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia is set to tighten its ban on food imports from Europe by restricting re-exports of fruit and vegetables through European countries. The deputy head of Russia's agricultural regulator, Yulia Shvabauskene, says Russia has already stopped re-exports through Bulgaria because it suspects companies there of using false documents to get around...

  • LONDON, April 27- Stimulus hopes fuelled a 3 percent Chinese equity surge on Monday, boosting Asian currencies and pushing emerging stocks to 7-1/ 2- month highs, though Russian markets tumbled, with the rouble down 1.8 percent to the dollar. Taiwan, the third biggest component of MSCI index after China and South Korea, touched new 15- year highs.

  • World Bank sees Belarus's 2015 GDP falling 3.5 pct Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:39 AM ET

    MINSK, April 27- The World Bank said on Monday it saw Belarus's gross domestic product contracting 3.5 percent this year, sharply revising it down from an earlier forecast of 1.8 percent growth. Next year the contraction will continue, with GDP expected to decline 1 percent, Ruslan Penkevsky, the bank's senior economist for Belarus, said at a press conference.

  • MOSCOW, April 27- The Russian rouble weakened on Monday after opening stronger against the dollar and the euro, and analysts said there was little to drive it higher amid broad expectations of a key rate cut later in the week. "Most likely... the national currency will move towards weakening at the start of the week," Pavel Shchipanov, head analyst at Romanov Capital...

  • ASTANA, Kazakhstan— Preliminary results of weekend nationwide polls in Kazakhstan show the long-ruling president confirming his incumbency with 97.7 percent of the vote amid a record turnout, election officials said Monday. Kazakhstan is facing a slowdown in economic growth amid falling oil prices and recession in neighboring Russia.

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 7 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SINGAPORE- Monetary Authority of Singapore releases its macroeconomic review- 0400 GMT. SEOUL- Bank of Korea will release minutes from its April policy rate meeting- 0700 GMT. BUCHAREST- National bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu to attend financial seminar.

  • Russia, France close to deal on Mistrals - source Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    YEREVAN, April 24- Russia and France are close to reaching an agreement for Paris to cancel a frozen contract on the sale of Mistral helicopter carriers and reimburse Moscow, a Russian source close to talks indicated on Friday. France suspended the delivery of the warships last year after the European Union decided to impose sanctions on Russia over the...

  • MOSCOW, April 24- Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom, plans to more than double oil output this year at the Prirazlomnoye field, Russia's sole Arctic offshore oil project, the company said on Friday. Development of Russia's offshore Arctic riches has been hampered by Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukrainian...

  • WARSAW, Poland— The Polish government has demanded that toy producer Mattel recalls a party game and corrects a card that refers to "Nazi Poland," officials said Friday. Poles find such language offensive because Poland was never allied with Germany and was in fact subjected to a brutal occupation by Nazi Germany throughout World War II. In recent days Polish...

  • That measure was prompted by the ongoing war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, where Ukraine's most productive coal mines are located. The concern among supporters of Ukraine's coal industry is that cheaper foreign fuel could undermine the viability of domestic production. Akhmetov's DTEK holding company controls the bulk of Ukraine's...

  • BUCHAREST, Romania— Prosecutors detained 14 people Friday who are suspected of belonging to a network of well-dressed robbers who were trained to rob luxury items in Romania and the European Union. They wore designer suits for the heists, and allegedly committed 10 million euros of theft since 2013 in Romania, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Andorra, Croatia and...

  • *Offer starts on April 24 and expires on May 22. MOSCOW, April 24- Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, will buy back up to $1.5 billion of its shares until May 22, it said on Friday, after its board changed policy and proposed no dividend payment for 2014.. "Taking into account Uralkali's current cash reserves, its expected future cash requirements,...

  • MOSCOW, April 24- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday that the rouble had strengthened even more than needed, Interfax reported. "The rouble was first stable and now has started to strengthen. It has strengthened, we think, excessively, too much, "Siluanov said at a lecture in St Petersburg.

  • UPDATE 2-Russia deepens energy cooperation with Argentina Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed documents deepening energy cooperation on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to develop ties with South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with Argentinian state oil company YPF, while Russia's...

  • Ukraine coal workers hold pickets in capital Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    KIEV, Ukraine— Hundreds of coal workers are marching through Ukraine's capital in a call for authorities to stop buying fuel from abroad and to guarantee a moratorium on mine closures. War against Russian-backed separatists in the east, where Ukraine's most productive coal mines are located, forced the government over the winter to seek supplies from...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed several cooperation documents in the energy sector on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to deepen ties with countries in South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with state oil company YPF, while...