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  • LJUBLJANA, July 13- Centre-left political novice Miro Cerar led his party to victory in Slovenia's election on Sunday, indicating he would rewrite a reform package agreed with the European Union to fix the euro zone member's depleted finances.

  • *Ukraine denies firing over border, suggests rebels did so. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, July 13- Russia threatened Ukraine on Sunday with "irreversible consequences" after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while Kiev said Ukrainian warplanes struck again at separatist positions in the east of the country, inflicting big losses.

  • LJUBLJANA, July 13- Center-left political novice Miro Cerar led his party to victory in Slovenia's national election on Sunday, pledging to rewrite a package of reforms agreed with the European Union to fix the euro zone member's depleted finances.

  • LONDON/ HONG KONG, July 13- Financiers may grumble that the United States is acting like an imperial power in punishing foreign banks for dealings far beyond U.S. territory, but in the end they are more likely to bow to Washington than kick against its dollar muscle.

  • WASHINGTON, July 12- Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday to pursue talks that could lead to a ceasefire with rebels and said Washington continued to pursue efforts to raise pressure on Russia, the White House said.

  • UPDATE 1-Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on the second stop of a tour to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia's influence in Latin America.

  • LONDON, July 12- Britain has delivered a calculated diplomatic snub to Russia by failing to invite any of its government officials to next week's Farnborough Airshow in protest over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine accuses Russia of involvement in border fighting. KIEV, July 12- Ukrainian war planes bombarded separatists along a broad front on Saturday, inflicting huge losses, Kiev said, after President Petro Poroshenko said "scores and hundreds" would be made to pay for a deadly missile attack on Ukrainian forces.

  • *Kiev says air attacks kill around 1,000 rebels. KIEV, July 12- Ukrainian war planes bombarded separatists along a broad front on Saturday, inflicting huge losses, Kiev said, after President Petro Poroshenko said "scores and hundreds" would be made to pay for a deadly missile attack on Ukrainian forces.

  • EU names Ukraine rebel leaders hit with sanctions Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 6:33 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, July 12- The European Union targeted Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksandr Borodai and 10 other rebels with travel bans and asset freezes on Saturday, avoiding fresh sanctions on Russian business to avoid antagonizing its main energy supplier.

  • KIEV, July 12- Ukraine scrambled jet fighters to strike at rebel positions early on Saturday, after separatists resumed missile attacks on government forces near the frontier with Russia, the border guard service said.

  • HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1830 GMT / 2.30 PM ET Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW- The European Union seeks to reassure Russia that a free-trade pact with Ukraine is not aimed at hurting Moscow, but rejects calls to postpone implementation, offering more talks instead.

  • BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, July 11- The European Union sought to reassure Russia on Friday that a free-trade pact with Ukraine was not aimed at hurting Moscow but rejected calls to postpone its implementation, offering more talks instead.

  • MOSCOW, July 11- Russia urged the European Union on Friday to refrain from implementing a free-trade pact with Ukraine until Moscow's concerns over the agreement are addressed.

  • SOFIA, July 11- Bulgaria is to allow its fourth-biggest lender to collapse and will hive off its healthy activities into a separate bank as it moves to clear up the mess from the country's worst financial scandal since the 1990 s.

  • Bulgaria to strip Corpbank of license Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    SOFIA, Bulgaria— Bulgaria's central bank says it will strip the country's fourth-largest lender, Corpbank, of its license following an audit— the results of which will be submitted to prosecutors.

  • SOFIA, July 11- Bulgaria will strip Corporate Commercial Bank of its license and alert prosecutors to possible malpractice at the lender, the central bank said.

  • Oil price sheds gains as supply worries ease Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery fell $2.10 cents to close at $100.83 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refiners, fell $2.01 to close at $106.66 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- U.S. steel producers on Thursday accused Russia of flooding the market with cheap flat-rolled steel, challenging a 15- year trade deal and potentially reigniting a decades-old dispute over imports amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow.