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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • LONDON/ BUDAPEST, Jan 23- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has long irritated European Union partners with economic policies that have burned foreign banks operating in Hungary. Such policies were contributing factors in the banks, including Austria's Raiffeisen and Erste and a unit of Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo, taking write-downs on their Hungarian...

  • ZAGREB, Jan 23- Damir Hajduk likens paying off his mortgage to the tale of Sisyphus in Greek mythology, condemned forever to push a boulder uphill, only for it to roll back down again and again. Hajduk is one of 60,000 borrowers in Croatia, and many hundreds of thousands across ex-Communist Central and Eastern Europe, who took out home loans denominated in Swiss...

  • Top official: Russians will 'eat less' for Putin Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:51 AM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland— Russian Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin's support. Russia has for the past year been sliding into recession amid a slump in its energy export prices as...

  • The European Commission has sought to boost EU capacity to switch pipelines to allow deliveries to Ukraine especially from Slovakia as part of efforts to create a stronger energy union in the region. Ukraine has increasingly looked to the EU to help shore up its gas supplies after years of pricing spats with main supplier Russia, which last year cut off flows to...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Emerging equities were headed on Friday for their biggest weekly gain in 10 months, while bonds and currencies rallied across the board, thanks to the European Central Bank's trillion-euro stimulus pledge. MSCI's emerging equities index was more than 1 percent higher after the ECB on Thursday announced details of its planned bond-buying...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 23- EU finance ministers will discuss on Tuesday offering additional money to help save Ukraine from bankruptcy, potentially increasing its original plan to as much as 2.5 billion euros, diplomats told Reuters. Ukraine, fighting a costly war against pro-Russian separatists, is relying on a lifeline from the International Monetary Fund...

  • The European Central Bank said on Thursday it would buy 60 billion euros of bonds a month starting in March, boosting Russian assets. Russia's key interest rate is at 17 percent, more than 10 percent higher than in most Western countries. The rouble was also supported on Friday by higher prices for oil, Russia's chief export.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— The European Central Bank on Thursday launched its most aggressive effort to date to revive the region's ailing economy— a program to buy 1.1 trillion euros in government and private bonds starting in March. The ECB said it would combine purchases of government bonds with an existing smaller program of private bond purchases, to total 60...

  • Russian retailer O'Key hit hard by downturn, food ban Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Jan 22- Russian food retailer O'Key said on Thursday its fourth quarter like-for-like sales fell 5 percent because of a sharp drop in customer traffic. Russia banned some food imports from the West in August for one year in retaliation to Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. Unlike Magnit and X5, which operate large discount chains,...

  • Sanctions sap allure of Russia's Arctic shipping route Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:58 AM ET

    OSLO/ STOCKHOLM, Jan 22- Western sanctions on Russia are restricting the Arctic shipping route along its north coast to domestic cargoes and energy exports with many foreign firms staying away after test voyages on a fabled short-cut between Europe and Asia. Now it seems that reality is kicking in, "said Bjorn Gunnarsson, managing director of the Centre for High...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 22- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday a government programme to recapitalise Russia's banking system using OFZ treasury bonds should be completed by the end of the month, TASS news agency reported.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 5 Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    EDINBURGH, Scotland- Bank of England monetary policy committee member David Miles gives a speech at University of Edinburgh on "What can monetary policy do?" LONDON- Bank of England regulator Paul Fisher speaks at the Westminster Business Forum Insurance event- 0925 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England regulator Andrew Gracie gives speech at cyber-security conference...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Wednesday of sending 9,000 troops to back separatist rebels in the east of his country, and the IMF chief said she backed extra financial help for Kiev as the conflict inflicts severe economic damage. However, he won support from NATO, which said the amount of heavy military...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland— The head of the International Monetary Fund says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked for a new program of financial rescue loans. Christine Lagarde met Poroshenko on Wednesday on the sidelines of an economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, and said in a statement that the Ukrainian leader had sought to replace the country's...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- The International Monetary Fund will support a bigger, longer-term funding plan for Ukraine than its current programme in return for agreed structural economic and fiscal reforms, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday. Speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who made the request,...

  • WARSAW/ ZAGREB, Jan 21- Croatia could convert mortgages denominated in Swiss francs into the local kuna currency, it said on Wednesday, scrambling to cope with a surge in the franc's value that has hit hundreds of thousands of homeowners across central and eastern Europe. In Poland- the country worst affected by the Swiss National Bank's surprise decision last...

  • *Romania follows Hungary, Poland in proposing help for borrowers. BUCHAREST, Jan 21- Romania's government plans to expand a scheme to ease the debt burden of its lowest earners as holders of Swiss franc-denominated loans are being hit by the currency's surge, its finance minister said on Wednesday. Romania is the latest country in the region to float measures to...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- Russia may see a natural decline in oil output by around 1 million barrels per day at most but has no plans to cut production in coordination with OPEC, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Wednesday. Russia is the world's biggest oil producer and output hit a post-Soviet high at an average 10.58 million bpd last year, but...