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  • Ukraine asks for big EU loan during gas standoff Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Ukraine has asked the European Union for an additional loan of$ 2.5 billion as it struggles to cope with the implications of its standoff with Russia. His comments came as the energy chiefs of the EU, Ukraine and Russia meet Tuesday in Brussels to try to overcome the financial differences standing in the way of assuring Russian gas supplies to Kiev this...

  • Slovakia bans exports of drinking water Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia— The Slovak Parliament has voted to approve a constitutional amendment that bans exports of water from Slovakia. Slovakia has enough water resources but Prime Minister Rober Fico has called the ban a "sensible" step. Fico says it was necessary to impose it after attempts to build pipelines to transport water from Slovakia to neighboring...

  • 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...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- Ukraine's largest private metals and mining group Metinvest will lose several hundred million dollars of income in the second half of this year because of the separatist conflict in the country's industrial heartland, the company's chief financial officer said. The conflict has closed steel plants and coal mines and destroyed...

  • 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...

  • RUSSIAN TRANSPORTATION WATCHDOG SAYS TOTAL CEO'S PLANE CRASHED IN MOSCOW IN "BAD VISIBILITY".

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- Pressure on the rouble eased slightly on Tuesday as Russian firms sold foreign currency to pay taxes falling due in roubles, but stock market sentiment was soured by the death of French oil major Total's chief executive in a plane crash in Moscow. "There's a solid foreign currency offer on the market, while demand for dollars is less than in recent...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking off...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking...

  • Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Tatyana Morozova, an official with the Investigative Committee, Russia's main investigative agency,...

  • European shares dip early; Total falls after CEO dies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 21- European shares fell in early trading on Tuesday, adding to the previous session's losses as data showing a slowdown in Chinese economic growth kept investors on edge, offsetting better-than-expected quarterly sales from Apple. Shares in oil giant Total fell 1.2 percent after its chief executive Christophe de Margerie was killed when a...

  • *Total CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO...

  • PARIS, Oct 21- French oil major Total confirmed in a statement that Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie died in a plane collision with a snow plough at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport shortly after 2000 GMT on Monday.

  • Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 9:32 PM ET

    MOSCOW— The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said. Total "confirms with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a private plane crash at the Moscow airport, the company said in a press release dated...

  • *Defender of Moscow policies killed in plane-plow crash. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snow plow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. The collision occurred during takeoff of the Dassault Falcon business...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snowplow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. De Margerie, 63, a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce business school in Paris, became chief executive officer of Total...

  • NYMEX-US crude steadies near $83 ahead of China data Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:17 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 21- U.S. crude futures hovered near $83 a barrel on Tuesday after an uneventful session overnight and ahead of data from China that may point to cooling economic growth in the world's No. 2 oil consumer. *U.S. crude for November delivery was up 4 cents at $82.75 a barrel by 0008 GMT after ending nearly flat at $82.71 on Monday. *About a third of U.S. shale...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 20- Russia will suspend animal fat and meat byproduct imports from the European Union, the country's veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor said on Monday, extending an earlier sweeping ban on Western food. The veterinary service said the ban, coming into force on Oct. 21, was temporary and resulted from the detection of hazardous...

  • *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...