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  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday his government was working on mechanisms that would legalise offshore capital returning to Russia.

  • PUTIN SAYS NO ONE IS BULLYING THOSE IN RUSSIA WHO OPPOSE.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Emerging shares rose for a second straight day on Thursday while most currencies strengthened, lifted by the Federal Reserve's show of confidence in the U.S. economy, though Russia's rouble eased after two days of gains. Bourses in oil exporters Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bounced back strongly after dramatic falls earlier in the...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the Ukraine crisis should be resolved as quickly as possible and that Moscow's aim was to restore political unity to Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW— Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.

  • PUTIN SAYS MOSCOW'S AIM IS TO RESTORE POLITICAL UNITY IN.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would rebound after the rouble's collapse against the dollar but warned that it could take two years for the country to emerge from crisis. Under pressure to show he has a plan to pull Russia out of crisis at his end-of-year news conference, Putin supported the actions of the central bank...

  • PUTIN SAYS MOSCOW READY TO MEDIATE UKRAINE CRISIS, TO RESOLVE SITUATION VIA POLITICAL MEANS.

  • PUTIN SAYS ECONOMIC BLOCKADE OF EASTERN UKRAINE REGIONS BY.

  • PUTIN SAYS SITUATION IN EASTERN UKRAINE IS A PUNITIVE OPERATION LED BY KIEV.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday as its central bank slapped a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and the likely pressure from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble ahead of an end-of-year address...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia's current economic difficulties could last for the next two years but the situation could improve faster.

  • MOSCOW— Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's rouble lost more ground against the dollar on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference, expected to be dominated by what a government minister called a "perfect storm" hitting the economy. Putin has been silent as the currency collapsed this week before recovering some ground and is under pressure to show...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- The rouble and Moscow shares rose on Thursday, buoyed by state action and indications Russia's top oil producer can meet a debt repayment, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. "We are expecting verbal interventions today during Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin's speech," Gleb Zadoya, head analyst at Profit Group in Moscow,...

  • Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    MOSCOW— President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying away from its heavy reliance on oil and gas and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover. Speaking with strong emotion during a live news conference that lasted more than three hours, Putin displayed his traditional defiant...

  • METALS-LME copper eases in step with oil Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 AM ET

    *Shanghai copper gets lift via upbeat China economic survey. SYDNEY, Dec 18- London copper was lower on Thursday, shedding modest overnight gains in step with weaker oil, while Shanghai copper futures ended flat, stabilised by a positive economic survey of Chinese companies. Sales, profits, and employment in China improved "a bit" during the second half of the year,...

  • Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    MOSCOW— From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Thursday found that about 80...

  • *Regulator criticizes some margin trading- Shanghai paper. BEIJING, Dec 18- China stocks slipped on Thursday as hot brokerage shares cooled on questions about margin trading and investors shifted interest to coming listings while the Hong Kong market rebounded after five days of losses. The CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen listings fell 0.4...

  • *Teck Resources restarts US zinc mine idled in 2009. SYDNEY, Dec 17- Copper futures firmed on Thursday, nudged higher by stronger oil prices and positive signs from a survey of Chinese companies. Meanwhile, Canadian miner Teck Resources Ltd shipped its first zinc concentrate from the Pend Oreille mine in the U.S. state of Washington, following the restart of the...