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  • MOSCOW, Oct 20- Russia will suspend animal fat and meat byproduct imports from the European Union, the country's veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor said on Monday, extending an earlier sweeping ban on Western food. The veterinary service said the ban, coming into force on Oct. 21, was temporary and resulted from the detection of hazardous...

  • *Ukraine struggles to secure funds for Russian gas payment. Movement on the gas row was the only sign of progress at talks between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko on Friday which failed to resolve differences over fighting in eastern Ukraine and a deep crisis in relations. After European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger met Ukrainian officials in...

  • *Ukraine struggles to secure funds for Russian gas payment. Movement on the gas row was the only sign of progress at talks between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko on Friday which failed to resolve differences over fighting in eastern Ukraine and a deep crisis in relations. European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, who will mediate Tuesday's...

  • Oct 20- Platform Specialty Products Corp said it would buy Arysta LifeScience Ltd for about $3.51 billion, Platform's third acquisition this year as the company looks to strengthen its agrichemicals business. More than 65 percent of Arysta's sales are in high-growth regions such as Latin America, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, China and South Asia.

  • *Russia agrees to supply Ukraine with 5 bcm gas to March 31. Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission moved towards an agreement in late September and made further progress at the weekend. Russia cut off gas supply to Ukraine in mid-June following more than two years of disagreement over the price and after relations between the two countries deteriorated...

  • Ukraine says Russia has agreed to supply gas Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    When Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June over unpaid bills, it raised the risk that Ukraine would be left without heating during the coldest months of the year. It also raised fears that Russia could cut off flows to Europe if Ukraine began siphoning off gas from the pipelines crossing its territory, as has happened during past gas disputes.

  • Ukraine says it's agreed interim gas price with Russia Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    KIEV, Oct 18- Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday. Poroshenko met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Milan on Friday to discuss the conflict in Ukraine's eastern regions, where...

  • Rules vary about travel to countries hit by Ebola Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    Demands are rising in Washington for the U.S. to ban travelers from countries in West Africa, but the Obama administration is resisting and says the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective. There are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to the U.S. No direct flights from the three affected countries to London's...

  • Man sentenced for part in global cybercrime ring Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— A Massachusetts man who was part of an international cybercrime ring that the government says hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison. Lamar Taylor, 38, of Salem, Massachusetts, was also ordered to pay restitution of $338,649.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 17- As the head of Russia's biggest state bank and a favourite of President Vladimir Putin, German Gref has long been a loyal supporter of state economic policy. The outburst brought a stinging rebuke from a state television presenter, who portrayed him as a fifth columnist whose remarks could help an alleged U.S. plan to encourage conflicts in Russia.

  • *Further talks needed to bolster east Ukraine ceasefire. MILAN, Oct 17- Russia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The mooted deal aimed at re-opening Russian gas supplies to Ukraine ahead of the cold...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 17- A slight recovery in oil prices and the start of the end-of-month tax period dragged the rouble off record lows on Friday, providing some much-needed relief for Russia's ailing currency. The rouble has been pummelled by risk aversion to Russian assets because of the Ukraine crisis, a dramatic slump in oil prices to multi-year lows and Western...

  • 2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South Carolina professor Randy Covington, were detained for several hours by immigration...

  • *Russia and Ukraine to carry on talking after tough meeting. MILAN, Oct 17- Russia, Ukraine and European governments failed to make any progress towards solving the crisis in Ukraine on Friday in talks that the Kremlin said were "full of misunderstandings and disagreements". Further discussions were scheduled later in the day, but there were few expectations of...

  • UPDATE 2-Russia's top oil firms play down price drop Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    *Gazprom Neft sees oil price returning to $95- 110 per barrel. *Russia's 2015-2017 budget sees average oil price at $100 per barrel. Rosneft, the world's top listed oil company by output, and Gazprom Neft, Russia's fourth largest producer by output, said on Friday there was no need to panic.

  • MILAN, Oct 17- Talks between Russia, Ukraine and European governments on Friday were "full of misunderstandings and disagreements", the Kremlin said, undercutting more upbeat messages from leaders hoping for a breakthrough in the Ukraine crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko at the start of a...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 17- The rouble slipped against both the dollar and the euro on Friday, extending heavy losses since the start of the month which have forced Russia's central bank to spend over $11 billion defending the currency. The rouble has been pummelled by risk aversion to Russian assets because of the Ukraine crisis, a dramatic slump in oil prices to multi-year...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 17- Russia's Rosneft, the world's biggest listed oil producer by output, said on Friday the fall in oil prices was not critical for the company and it saw "no reason for concern." Rosneft, which accounts for around 40 percent of Russia's total oil output, was earlier put on the Western sanctions list over Moscow's role in Ukraine crisis.

  • Ukrainian, Russian leaders sound optimistic note Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    MILAN— Russian and Ukrainian leaders sounded optimistic after marathon, Europe- brokered talks Friday, signaling progress on both a definitive peace settlement in Ukraine and a gas dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe this winter. Putin also voiced confidence that the issue of Russians who have joined the insurgency in eastern Ukraine could...

  • DIARY - Government Debt Auctions to Nov 28 Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:03 PM ET

    Oct 17- For other related diaries, please see;. DIARY- Central& Eastern Europe debt. *=All times in GMT unless stated otherwise, For Australia time is updated as Local time.