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  • *Ukraine turns its back on EU deal, looks to Russia. *Ukraine economy in trouble, investors on edge. BRUSSELS, Nov 22- In post-Soviet Europe, Russia looks to have won a decisive victory by convincing Ukraine to reject a trade deal with the European Union and deepen ties with Moscow instead.

  • KIEV, Nov 21- Ukraine's parliament on Thursday rejected draft laws that would allow jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment, clouding prospects for a landmark trade agreement with the European Union.

  • Ukraine parliament weighs Tymoshenko release Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 4:07 AM ET

    KIEV, Nov 21- Ukraine's parliament met on Thursday to try to pass a law that would allow jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment, clearing the way for a landmark trade deal with the European Union.

  • *Pipeline would let EU export more Russian gas back to Ukraine. BRUSSELS, Nov 19- Pipeline operators in Ukraine and Slovakia are on the verge of signing a deal that will allow the European Union to ship gas through Slovakia to Ukraine, reducing Kiev's dependence on Russia, the European Commission and Ukraine said on Tuesday.

  • *Russia accuses EU of "unforgivable pressure" on Ukraine. KIEV, Nov 19- Ukraine's parliament failed to break a deadlock on Tuesday over freeing jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, with deputies openly recognising that a landmark trade deal with the European Union may not be signed as scheduled next week.

  • EU studies options in tense countdown to Ukraine deal Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | 8:12 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Nov 19- European officials are considering a range of options to keep alive plans for Ukraine to sign an EU free-trade agreement at a summit in Vilnius on Nov. 29, despite President Viktor Yanukovich's failure to deliver on his commitments so far.

  • KIEV, Nov 19- Ukraine's parliament put off until Thursday a debate on plans to sign a trade agreement with the European Union as it remained in deadlock on the release of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, which could satisfy EU conditions for the deal.

  • *Lithuania, Germany say Tymoshenko question must be solved. KIEV, Nov 19- Ukraine's parliament met for a crunch session on Tuesday to try to pass a law that would allow jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment and clear the way for landmark deals with the European Union.

  • PARIS, Nov 11- When Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov was trying to warn former Soviet satellite Poland against joining the U.S.-led NATO military alliance in the 1990 s, he laced gallows humour with veiled menace.

  • Banks cut 5,500 branches across Europe in 2012 Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 | 5:34 AM ET

    Banks cut 5,500 branches across the European Union last year, 2.5 percent of the total, leaving the region with 20,000 fewer outlets than it had when the financial industry was plunged into crisis in 2008.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1000 GMT, Oct 30 Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH- Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 2200 GMT Oct 29 Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH- Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the densely populated East Coast on Monday, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential election campaign.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT Oct 29 Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it's all about the vital swing state of Ohio. MADRID/ ROME- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy kept financial markets guessing on Monday over whether he will seek a credit line from the euro zone's rescue fund but said he would do so ``when I think it is in the interests of Spain''.

  • Lithuanians deal blow to austerity, nuclear plans Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:50 AM ET

    "Promises that the new government will stop saving and start spending big-time are unrealistic," said Nerijus Maciulis, analyst at Swedbank. " Otherwise Lithuania will soon find itself in a situation similar to Greece. "

  • Germans face hefty bill to end nuclear power Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    BERLIN-- There were cheers around Germany when Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last year, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, a swift end to nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources like wind and solar.

  • Lithuanians reject euro-driven austerity drive Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:29 AM ET

    VILNIUS, Lithuania-- Lithuanians have dealt a blow to the conservative government's vision of a nation that would become a regional energy powerhouse and a member of the euro. Instead, they voted Sunday for politicians likely to dump austerity and rejected a plan to build a nuclear plant that could have made the country a net energy exporter.

  • Once star of EU newcomers, Slovenia falters Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:07 AM ET

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia-- Andrej Plut has always thought he was fortunate to live in Slovenia, at one time the most prosperous of the former republics of Yugoslavia and a star among the eastern European states that joined the EU after the fall of communism.

  • Lithuanians sway toward opposition parties Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 7:09 PM ET

    All three parties promised radical policy changes, including increased wages and lower taxes, while the Social Democrats said that Lithuania should postpone introducing the euro until Europe could straighten out its current financial mess.

  • Lithuanian voters swing to opposition parties Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 4:13 PM ET

    VILNIUS, Lithuania-- Opposition populists and leftists in crisis-worn Lithuania hinted they were prepared to form a government coalition after an exit poll late Sunday indicated their parties would take first and second place in the country's parliamentary elections.

  • Poll: Ruling coalition to win Lithuanian election Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 1:06 PM ET

    VILNIUS, Lithuania-- An exit poll shows that Lithuania's ruling conservative coalition is poised to muster 25 percent of the vote in Sunday's parliamentary election and a populist party will finish first with nearly 20 percent.

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