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  • KIEV, Nov 19- Ukraine's prime minister ruled out on Wednesday direct negotiations between the Kiev government and pro-Russian separatists to end six months of conflict in the east of the country. "We will not hold direct negotiations with Russian terrorists," Arseny Yatseniuk told a government meeting. He also called on Russia to abide by a peace formula drawn up...

  • YATSENIUK SAYS RUSSIA SHOULD ABIDE BY AGREEMENTS REACHED IN MINSK AND NOT INDULGE IN GAMES AIMED AT GIVING LEGAL STATUS TO SEPARATISTS.

  • LONDON, Nov 19- The rouble inched lower on Wednesday and Russian bond yields touched new five-year highs as Moscow prepared for its first debt auction since October, while a firmer dollar also took a toll on most other emerging currencies. Russian 10- year yields were around 10.4 percent, the highest since December 2009 ahead of an auction of 5 billion roubles'...

  • Sinkhole found near Uralkali mine in Russia, shares down Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    *Uralkali declines to say on how long the mine may be offline. YEKATERINBURG/ MOSCOW, Nov 19- A sinkhole has been found near Uralkali's Solikamsk-2 potash mine in Russia's Perm region, which suspended work a day ago after a water inflow, driving the company's shares down for a second day. A water inflow and resulting sinkhole in 2006 shut another Uralkali mine in the...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 19- Russia's second-largest bank VTB is expected to report an 84 percent drop in third-quarter year-on-year net profit, hurt by higher provisions for bad loans, losses linked to the Ukraine crisis and a weaker rouble, analysts said. VTB's third-quarter net profit, to be reported on Thursday, is expected to reach 3 billion roubles, according to the...

  • *Private briefings, long Naimi silence puzzle OPEC experts. LONDON, Nov 18- If Saudi Oil Minister Ali al Naimi wants to stop conspiracy theories spreading before a crucial OPEC meeting next week, it's too late. Naimi's intervention last week after a two-month silence failed to address a question energy markets want answered: is the OPEC leader no longer willing to...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 18- Ukraine aims to avoid using an interim gas deal signed last month for as long as it can and eventually end its reliance on Russian gas through better EU connections, Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolyev told Reuters on Tuesday. Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement, brokered by the European Commission, at the end of October to cover gas...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 18- Ukraine aims to avoid using an interim gas deal signed last month for as long as it can and eventually end its reliance on Russian gas through better EU connections, Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolyev told Reuters on Tuesday. Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement, brokered by the European Commission, at the end of October to cover gas...

  • Over 10,000 Hungarians in anti-corruption protest Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    BUDAPEST, Hungary— More than 10,000 people protested Monday in the Hungarian capital, demanding the ouster of the head of the tax authority and greater accountability from Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. The demonstration outside Parliament was spurred by anger over Orban's refusal to dismiss Ildiko Vida, who along with some of her colleagues has...

  • LONDON, Nov 18- The rouble jumped 0.8 percent on Tuesday and Russian shares rose after the European Union held off imposing new sanctions though broader emerging equities slipped for the fourth day, their mood soured by weak Chinese housing data. The rouble rose to a five-session high to the dollar as European Union governments sounded the alarm on an upsurge in...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 18- The rouble strengthened on Tuesday as Russian exporters converted part of their foreign-currency earnings to meet tax payments, but weak oil prices capped gains. But it was stable on Monday, propped up by the start of the end-of-month tax period and by the European Union's decision not to impose more sanctions against Russia for now over Moscow's...

  • *Venezuela, Russia discuss actions to defend oil prices. SINGAPORE, Nov 18- Brent crude slipped to $79 a barrel on Tuesday, dropping for a sixth day out of seven, as oil prices struggled to find a floor ahead of next week's critical OPEC meeting. A special global meeting was being planned "very soon", Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday, as Russia said the...

  • China's $350M bridge gets scant N. Korean welcome Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:23 AM ET

    TOKYO— The bridge was supposed to be a key link for trade and travel between China's underdeveloped northeast provinces and a much-touted special economic zone in North Korea— so key that Beijing sank more than $350 million into it. Beijing and Pyongyang have made no official comment. Foreign analysts have suggested the apparent lack of progress might...

  • *Russia top oil executive Sechin due at next week's OPEC meeting. SINGAPORE, Nov 18- Brent crude slipped below $79 a barrel on Tuesday, headed for its sixth daily fall in seven, as oil prices struggle to find a floor ahead of next week's critical OPEC meeting. A special global meeting was being planned "very soon", Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday, as...

  • *Russia top oil executive Sechin due at next week's OPEC meeting. SINGAPORE, Nov 18- Brent crude slipped below $79 a barrel on Tuesday, headed for its sixth daily fall in seven, as oil prices struggle to find a floor ahead of next week's critical OPEC meeting. A special global meeting was being planned "very soon," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday, as...

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Dec 1 Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:02 PM ET

    Nov 18- For other related diaries, please. MAKATI CITY- Asian Development Bank to launch the latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor- 0130 GMT. BRASILIA- Brazil Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini may speak at congressional commission about deterioration of the country's fiscal results.

  • *Brent down just a bit after Russia/ Venezuela price defense plan. NEW YORK, Nov 17- Oil pared early losses on Monday after Russia and Venezuela appeared to be coordinating on a price defense plan, but Brent and U.S. crude still ended lower on worries over Japan's recession. But the oil market has another and bigger problem: that the OPEC meeting will come and go without...

  • *Rosneft chief Vienna visit sparks OPEC coordination talk. The surprise announcement from the state-backed firm raised speculation that Sechin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, will discuss coordinating with OPEC to try stem the near 30 percent drop in oil prices since June. Previous overtures between the producer group and Russia, the largest oil...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 17- Top Russian oil producer Rosneft said Chief Executive Igor Sechin would fly to Vienna on Nov. 25 for an energy market conference, just two days before OPEC meets in the city to debate the plunge in oil prices. Russia is the biggest oil exporter outside OPEC. Sechin, as Russia's deputy prime minister, attended OPEC meetings in 2008 and 2009 when prices...

  • *Russia media back him, say summit was calm. MOSCOW, Nov 17- It may have looked in the West like Russian President Vladimir Putin fled this weekend's G20 summit early with his tail between his legs after being berated over Ukraine. But it was a different story in Russia, where pliant media praised Putin for being courageous enough to "enter the lion's den", stand up to his...