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  • Hungary planning onerous tax on Internet use Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    BUDAPEST, Hungary— Hungarian Internet users, activist groups and opposition parties are rejecting a government plan to impose a heavy tax on Internet use from next year. Opposition parties on Wednesday called on the government to scrap the plan, while Hungary's Information and Communication Technology Association said the tax would lead to a fall in...

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW— The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark. The driver is the only person to have been detained in the deaths of Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie and three French crew members, who...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 22- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday he hoped the suspension of work by U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil in the Kara Sea because of Western sanctions would not affect wider offshore exploration in the Russian Arctic.

  • Heineken reports lower third quarter earnings Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower, though sales in developing markets grew strongly. The Dutch brewer Wednesday reported net profit of 460 million euros, from 483 million euros in the same quarter last year. In Eastern Europe revenues fell 8.5 percent, while in the Americas they grew 2...

  • Fears over gas supply as Russia-Ukraine talks fail Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in talks on Tuesday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay. After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a news...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner. Citing unpaid bills worth more than $5 billion, Russia cut off gas flows to Kiev in mid-June, adding to tensions sparked by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea...

  • * "Russia has lost a true friend," Putin. Known as "The Big Moustache" for his bushy, grey moustache, de Margerie, 63, was the most charismatic and outspoken oil executive of his generation who cultivated relationships with leaders across Africa, the Middle East and Europe. An opponent of Western economic sanctions against Russia, the Frenchman was close to President...

  • Ukraine, Russia end gas talks without breakthrough Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday failed to get a decisive breakthrough in their standoff over gas supplies to Kiev and will resume European Union- sponsored talks next week. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukraine counterpart Petro Poroshenko had agreed on a broad thrust of a deal on Friday, but the issues on how, when and how much Ukraine should...

  • Slovakia bans exports of drinking water Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia— The Slovak Parliament has voted to approve a constitutional amendment that bans exports of water from Slovakia. Slovakia has enough water resources but Prime Minister Rober Fico has called the ban a "sensible" step. Fico says it was necessary to impose it after attempts to build pipelines to transport water from Slovakia to neighboring...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- Ukraine has requested an extra 2 billion euros and EU authorities will consider the loan request together with the International Monetary Fund, a European Commission spokesman said on Tuesday. "The Commission remains very committed to supporting Ukraine in line with earlier commitments," spokesman Simon O'Connor said in an emailed...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- Ukraine's largest private metals and mining group Metinvest will lose several hundred million dollars of income in the second half of this year because of the separatist conflict in the country's industrial heartland, the company's chief financial officer said. The conflict has closed steel plants and coal mines and destroyed...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies on Tuesday as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner. Citing unpaid bills worth more than $5 billion, Russia cut off gas flows to Kiev in mid-June, adding to tensions sparked by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's...

  • RUSSIAN TRANSPORTATION WATCHDOG SAYS TOTAL CEO'S PLANE CRASHED IN MOSCOW IN "BAD VISIBILITY".

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- Pressure on the rouble eased slightly on Tuesday as Russian firms sold foreign currency to pay taxes falling due in roubles, but stock market sentiment was soured by the death of French oil major Total's chief executive in a plane crash in Moscow. "There's a solid foreign currency offer on the market, while demand for dollars is less than in recent...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking off...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking...

  • Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was reportedly drunk. The crash occurred at 11.57 p.m. Monday local time when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into...

  • European shares dip early; Total falls after CEO dies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 21- European shares fell in early trading on Tuesday, adding to the previous session's losses as data showing a slowdown in Chinese economic growth kept investors on edge, offsetting better-than-expected quarterly sales from Apple. Shares in oil giant Total fell 1.2 percent after its chief executive Christophe de Margerie was killed when a...

  • *Total CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO...