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  • BRUSSELS, Oct 30- Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday on the resumption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine for winter after several months of delay during the conflict in Ukraine. EU officials said both Russia and Ukraine had bargained hard for commitments from the Western bloc, with Moscow looking for EU cash to help Ukraine...

  • Democrats face hurdles ousting House Republicans Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— Two politically experienced Democrats are hoping to oust Idaho's U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday, but both face an uphill battle. Shirley Ringo of Moscow is up against two-term Congressman Raul Labrador in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. Meanwhile, Congressman Mike Simpson is seeking a ninth term in Idaho's 2nd Congressional District...

  • LONDON, Oct 30- The new head of French energy major Total challenged Europe to fight Washington over the U.S. oil export ban, in his first public appearance since his predecessor Christophe de Margerie was killed in a Moscow plane crash last week. "I hope the European Commission raises this issue... the refiners in Europe and Asia are suffering from one rule.

  • *Talks to unblock Russia gas supply to Kiev resume Thursday. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Oct 30- Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are likely to conclude an accord on Thursday that would see Moscow resume gas supplies to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter, EU and Ukrainian officials said. EU officials said both Russia and Ukraine had bargained hard for commitments...

  • Weaker rouble brings Russian wheat back to export markets Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    *Russia sells wheat to Egypt after export lull. Russia's international grain revenue is modest compared with its top foreign earner, energy, and the exportable surplus of wheat is running low. GASC, the state buyer of Egypt, the world's top wheat importer, said last week that it had bought Russian wheat at $256.43 per tonne on a cost and freight basis for shipment...

  • MOSCOW/ ASTANA, Oct 30- Moscow may limit food shipments from Belarus and Ukraine to Kazakhstan across Russian territory because of attempts to sell banned imports in Russia, the head of Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service was quoted as saying on Thursday. Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have a free-trade zone as part of their customs union, and Minsk...

  • By Alexander Winning and Yelena Orekhova. MOSCOW, Oct 30- The rouble jumped over 3 percent on Thursday, bouncing off an all-time low against the dollar amid market talk of possible heavy central bank intervention ahead of a monetary policy meeting and rumors of a deal with Ukraine over Crimea. Traders in Moscow and London said the rouble's recovery was driven by a...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russia won court approval on Thursday to seize shares held by a billionaire businessman's company in oil producer Bashneft over its "improper privatisation", marking a success for the latest state move to reclaim prized corporate assets. Moscow's Arbitration Court ruled in favour of prosecutors who said Bashneft was unlawfully sold to local...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russia's second-biggest mobile phone operator Megafon said on Thursday it is confident that consumers will not cut spending on telecoms services despite the economic downturn because it accounts for a tiny portion of their expenses. "Already today the dollar costs more than 43 roubles-- that cannot fail to drive our expenses," Ivan Tavrin,...

  • *Talks to unblock Russia gas supply to Kiev resume Thursday. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Oct 30- Ukraine and the European Union have agreed that the EU's executive arm will serve as guarantor in any agreement for Russia to supply Ukraine with gas, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday. EU-hosted talks to unblock deliveries of Russian gas to Ukraine will...

  • *Rouble moves sharply higher in nervy trade. MOSCOW, Oct 30- The rouble jumped on Thursday, bouncing off an all-time low against the dollar amid market talk of possible central bank intervention ahead of a monetary policy meeting and rumours of a deal with Ukraine over Crimea. Traders in Moscow and London said the rouble's recovery was driven by a report by...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russia moved to seize shares in Bashneft from a billionaire businessman on Thursday over what a court said was the oil producer's "improper privatisation", deepening investors' fears that the Kremlin wants to reclaim prized assets. Moscow's Arbitration Court ruled in favour of prosecutors, who argued that Bashneft was unlawfully privatised in...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Ukraine will have to pay Russia $378 per 1,000 cubic metres in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $365 in the first quarter of next year, an official at Russia's Energy Ministry was quoted as saying on Thursday by RIA news agency. Russia and Ukraine are trying to settle a gas dispute after Moscow stopped supplies in June because of unpaid bills by Kiev.

  • Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. The 53- year-old successor to Steve Jobs made the announcement in an essay published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook, who led Out magazine's top 50 most powerful people for three years, said in the essay...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russia's rouble strengthened sharply against both dollar and euro early on Thursday afternoon, with traders citing a Ukrainian news agency report of an unofficial deal between Russia and Ukraine on the future status of Crimea. Several traders in Moscow and London cited an article citing the UNIAN agency that President Vladimir Putin and...

  • Brutal winter set to hit war-torn eastern Ukraine Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    DONETSK, Ukraine— Dark tunnels in the basement of a bombed-out hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk lead to a makeshift shelter. They are either too poor or old to flee the brutal separatist war that has ravaged Ukraine's east. In eastern Ukraine, where temperatures typically stay below freezing all winter, damage to critical infrastructure and lack of...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 30- EU-hosted talks between Russia and Ukraine on unblocking deliveries of Russian gas to Ukraine will resume on Thursday after a marathon session the previous day, a European Commission spokesperson said. "Jointly prepared documents laying down a common understanding have been prepared and are now with the respective governments in Moscow...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow and Kiev could sign a gas deal later on Thursday if all the necessary documents were finalised. He added that Moscow would insist on prepayment for future gas deliveries to Ukraine, which it stopped supplying with gas in June, citing unpaid gas debts. Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of...

  • BERLIN, Oct 30- German joblessness unexpectedly fell in October and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent, underlining the strength of the job market in Europe's largest economy and coming as a welcome bright spot after a slew of weak data. "The German labour market remains solid as a rock, defying all woes from a weakening industry," said Carsten Brzeski,...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russia may limit food transit from Belarus and Ukraine to Kazakhstan because of attempts by the countries to supply banned food to Russia, the head of Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service was quoted as saying on Thursday. Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have a free trade zone as part of their customs union and Minsk has promised to prevent...