Linas Linkevicius, minister of foreign affairs of Lithuania, says the Ukrainian government will "burn all its bridges" with the European Union if it uses violence against protestors.» Read More
NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Dec 13- India's Micromax, which has become the country's No. 2 smartphone brand just five years after selling its first handset- a $30 made-in- China model- is looking to go upmarket and overseas. Among all types of phones, Micromax ranks third in India after Nokia and Samsung Electronics.
LONDON, Dec 12- The bet paid off in Ireland and it paid off in Hungary but star bond investor Michael Hasenstab's faith in distressed countries honouring their sovereign debts faces an even bigger test in Ukraine. For the moment at least the fate of a $5 billion- plus punt on Ukraine government debt by the Franklin Templeton manager does not look promising.
*Carrier orders 60 jets from Embraer, 30 from Bombardier. *Embraer sees 2014 as "good year" for commercial jet sales. Dec 12- American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it ordered 90 regional jets from Embraer SA and Bombardier Inc in deals worth about $4 billion at list prices as it upgrades to a more efficient fleet to lower operating costs.
*Major developed world stocks set to slow- analysts. *Emerging stocks to have better year in 2014. LONDON, Dec 12- This year's rocketing gains for major developed world stock indexes will taper off in 2014, according to a Reuters poll that showed better days ahead for struggling emerging markets.
SAO PAULO, Dec 12- Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer expects a "good year" in 2014 for commercial jet sales, with Eastern Europe and Russia among the most promising regions for new business, a senior executive told Reuters on Thursday.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip-- Gaza's Hamas government said its prime minister held a rare phone conversation with Russia's foreign minister Wednesday. According to the Russian statement, Haniyeh told Lavrov about the social and economic situation in Gaza and discussed overcoming differences between Hamas and its rival government in the West Bank.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Ukraine assured the United States on Wednesday that it had a policy against using the armed forces against demonstrators, the Pentagon said, after Washington expressed alarm at Kiev's deployment of riot police against anti-government protests.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Moscow might be willing to give Ukraine relief on the price of natural gas it imports from Russia if Kiev granted better terms for the Russian naval fleet in Ukraine's Crimea, a senior Russian official said on Wednesday.
KIEV, Dec 11- Ukrainian protesters stood their ground on Wednesday after an overnight sweep by riot police and their leaders dismissed an offer of talks from a president they say must quit for favouring ties with Russia over the European Union.
TBILISI, Dec 11- The Georgian government said on Wednesday it expected the economy to grow by 5 percent next year, rebounding from an economic slowdown in 2013..
*Russian TV reporter handed fake "Oscar" in Kiev. MOSCOW, Dec 11- Ukraine is descending into anarchy and civil war. Russian state media, the dominant force under Vladimir Putin's presidency, has broadcast a consistent message of caution to the domestic audience and to millions across Ukraine who understand Russian and can receive Russian television.
*International lenders and EU discussing Ukraine aid. BRUSSELS, Dec 11- European officials are in discussion with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other major financial institutions on ways to help Ukraine if it decides to sign a free-trade agreement with the European Union.
MOSCOW, Dec 11- The Russian public have picked a first official symbol for the rouble, choosing a sign the central bank said would enhance the appeal of the once-tarnished currency on global markets. "I believe that the approved symbol will worthily represent our currency on the world markets," Governor Elvira Nabiullina said at its presentation.
WASHINGTON-- The United States and Russia are marking the end of a 20- year program to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into fuel for U.S. power plants. The final shipment arrived in Baltimore this week.
*Ukraine wants 20 billion euros in aid from EU. KIEV, Dec 11- Ukraine wants 20 billion euros in aid from the European Union in return for signing an agreement on trade and cooperation, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Wednesday.
KIEV, Dec 11- Scores of Ukrainian riot police withdrew on Wednesday morning from a protest camp after moving against protesters overnight in the authorities' biggest attempt yet to disburse weeks of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich.
KIEV, Dec 11- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Wednesday that the issue of joining a customs union with Russia would be not raised in talks later this month in Moscow. Speaking to his cabinet, Azarov said: "We are preparing a lot of documents for the meeting of the Russian/Ukrainian state commission, which will take place on Dec. 17.
Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's military to increase its focus on the Arctic and finish plans to upgrade military bases there.
MOSCOW, Dec 10- President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's military to increase its focus on the Arctic and finish plans by the end of the year to upgrade military bases in the resource-rich region where world powers jostle for control.
*Yanukovich says Ukraine needs close trade ties with Moscow. *U.S.' s Nuland, EU's Ashton in Kiev for talks. KIEV, Dec 10- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich gave no ground on Tuesday to protesters who want Kiev to move closer to the European Union, insisting his government needs to deepen trade ties with Russia instead.