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  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, warning a downgrade may follow if more sanctions are imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. S&P also said another cut might come if Russia's monetary policy or exchange-rate flexibility weakens. Russian Finance Minister...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, warning that a downgrade may follow if more sanctions are imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. S&P also said another cut might come if Russia's monetary policy or exchange-rate flexibility weakens.

  • LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a plea to the European Union and United States on Friday, asking them to help cash-strapped Ukraine raise funds to pay for Russian gas purchases and warning about escalation of the gas crisis. He also said he hoped a deal would be reached next week with Ukraine to end a long-running dispute in which...

  • Poland strips Russian journalist of accreditation Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland— The Polish Foreign Ministry says it has stripped a Russian journalist of his right to work in Poland. The ministry gave no reason for the decision, but Polish media suggested that journalist Leonid Sviridov, who works for the Rossiya Segodnya news agency, could be suspected of spying. The announcement that Sviridov was stripped Friday of his...

  • *President denies Russia to blame in Ukraine crisis. LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. "We did not start this," Putin told an informal group of experts on Russia that...

  • *Paves the way for U.N. talks in Paris next year. The EU's 2030 goal should inject momentum ahead of a U.N. summit to be hosted by Paris in 2015 to seek a global pact on curbing climate change. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, tweeted the decision gave "valuable momentum for Paris 2015".

  • MOSCOW, Oct. 24- There are "very big risks" that Russia's economic growth could turn negative in 2015 if oil prices remain close to present levels, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Friday, news agency Interfax reported. The price of oil, Russia's major export, has plummeted in recent months, falling around almost $30 since June to around $85 per barrel.

  • LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of making the world a more dangerous place by imposing a "unilateral diktat" in international diplomacy and denied Russia wanted to build a new empire. "Statements that Russia is trying to reinstate some sort of empire, that it is encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbors, are...

  • *Paves the way for U.N. talks in Paris next year. The EU's 2030 goal should inject momentum ahead of a U.N. summit to be hosted by Paris in 2015 to seek a global pact on curbing climate change. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, tweeted the decision gave "valuable momentum for Paris 2015.".

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, Oct 24- The clanging of repairs to tanks and heavy armored vehicles rings out from a factory in eastern Ukraine that is owned by the country's richest man but was taken over by pro-Russian rebels. The steel and energy multi-billionaire is, as always, saying little but showing signs of positioning himself for all possible outcomes to the...

  • LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized on Friday what he called the United States' "unilateral diktat" in global affairs and said the "so-called" winners of the Cold War wanted a new world order that suited only them. In a speech fiercely critical of the United States, Putin told an informal group of political scholars known as the Valdai...

  • Iraq's oil exports rising in October despite unrest Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Iraq's oil exports from its southern terminals are holding close to a record high in October and Kurdish shipments are climbing, a further sign that fighting has not derailed an expansion of supplies from OPEC's second-largest producer. Four months after an advance by Islamic State into northern Iraq sent oil prices soaring to $115 a barrel, the...

  • LONDON, Oct 24- World stocks dipped on Friday, as European bank stress test results due at the weekend and New York City's first case of Ebola prompted investors to lock in profits after the best week for shares in well over a year. A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city,...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Russia's biggest food retailer Magnit posted a forecast-beating 40 percent jump in third-quarter earnings on Friday after nimbly navigating an import ban and sticking with low prices despite surging inflation. Magnit, a low cost retailer with a big presence in Russia's far-flung regions, moved quickly to find new supplies to fill gaps on the...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Russia's biggest oil producer Rosneft will continue drilling in the Arctic Kara Sea on its own after the departure of its partner, U.S. oil major ExxonMobil, due to sanctions, the company's head Igor Sechin said on Friday. "We will continue drilling in any case, on our own, always and everywhere. Exxon earlier suspended cooperation with Rosneft in the...

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Nov 4 Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Oct 24- For other related diaries, please. COLOMBO- Sri Lankan President and Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presents 2015 budget in the parliament. SEOUL- South Korea's Central Bank Governor Lee Ju- yeol and Finance Minister Choi Kyung- hwan will appear before lawmakers.

  • *Gas row between Ukraine and Russia testing relations. KIEV, Oct 23- Ukraine's prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatist rebels and an unresolved row over gas. Western governments supported the "Euromaidan" winter...

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by...

  • Lawmakers extend Ukraine's access to EU markets Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    STRASBOURG, France, Oct 23- EU lawmakers on Thursday took the latest step in efforts to bring Kiev closer to Europe, extending Ukrainian exporters' open access to the European Union until a trade deal takes effect at the end of next year. An EU-Ukraine trade deal signed in June is at the centre of tensions between Russia and Europe because Moscow is also seeking...

  • EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland— European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and some other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target. Poland is ready to veto the plan...