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  • SINGAPORE, March 4- As global shipping grapples with its worst downturn in 30 years, private equity firms are unwinding massive bets made on the sector in a move set to accelerate a restructuring of the shipping industry. The New York- based private equity firm had generated "great but not spectacular" gains in its investments in clean tankers, vessels that carry...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 9 Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gives a speech at an event to unveil the new 20 euro banknote- 1400 GMT. LONDON, United Kingdom- Bank of England monetary policy member Kristin Forbes speaks at the annual State of the Economy Conference on "Prospects for the UK Economy" organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs- 0910 GMT.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 5 Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    TOKYO- Bank of Japan will release the minutes of January policy meeting- 2350 GMT. LONDON- ECB Board member Yves Mersch takes part in a panel discussion on "The Benefits to Achieving a Capital Markets Union" at Dialogue on creating an EU Capital Markets Union organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science and Goldman Sachs- 1345 GMT.

  • OSLO/ FRANKFURT, Feb 19- Norwegian fertiliser maker Yara and German chemicals firm BASF will spend $600 million building an ammonia plant in Texas, taking advantage of cheap shale gas to expand their presence in the United States, the companies said. Yara will own 68 percent of the project, to be built on BASF's industrial complex in Freeport, while the German firm...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 4 Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- Andreas Dombre, a board member of Germany's Bundesbank, to speak at International Bankers Forum- 1500 GMT. ROME- OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria will present the Economic Survey of Italy at a news conference with Economy Minister and Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan. LONDON- ECB Board member Yves Mersch takes part in a panel discussion on "The...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 3 Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Open Market Committee will release the minutes from its January policy meeting- 1900 GMT. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell gives a lecture, Financial Institutions, Financial Markets and Financial Stability, before the New York University Stern School of Business, Center for Global Economy and Business Lecture event-...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 27 Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets participates in "A Conversation With Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets" on the global economy at the Peterson Institute in Washington- 1345 GMT. NORWICH, England- Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane at the University of East Anglia lecture series- 1830...

  • *Still searching for missing crew in Brazil. OSLO, Feb 16- Norway's BW Offshore, which provides ships that pump and store oil, cut its dividend on Monday, blaming lower spending by customers due to a fall in crude prices as well as a deadly accident in Brazil last week. On Feb 11, an explosion on one of BW's oil production vessels offshore Brazil killed five employees,...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 26 Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    SAN ANTONIO, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed" before a community luncheon sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio branch- 1830 GMT. LONDON- European Central Bank executive board member Peter Praet to speak at AFME Conference- 1550 GMT. COVENTRY, England-...

  • OSLO/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 12- Five people were killed and four are missing following an explosion a day earlier in a Brazilian offshore oil and natural gas field run by Petroleo Brasileiro SA, said Norway's BW Offshore Ltd, which owns the production ship on which the accident occurred. The death toll rose from three on Wednesday, according to Petrobras, as the oil...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 24 Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of Japan policy board member Takehiro Sato speaks at the Japan Securities Summit 2015 on the outlook for the Japanese economy- 1410 GMT. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Monetary Policy and a Reflection on 10 Years at the Fed" before the Economic Club of New York- 1300 GMT. PARIS- European Central Bank board...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 20 Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell gives lecture, "Audit the Fed and Other Proposals" before the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law: Brendan Brown Lecture event- 2100 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens at the RMB Clearing Bank launch ceremony- 0015 GMT. RALEIGH, United States- Federal Reserve...

  • *Saudi Arabian prices to Asia lowest in over a decade. LONDON, Feb 6- Brent crude oil was on track for the biggest weekly rise since 2011 as fighting in Libya and stronger economic signals from the United States helped futures rebound from near six-year lows. No sustained recovery is expected in the near term amid rising global inventories and steady OPEC supply.

  • *European Commission strategy due Feb 25. RIGA, Feb 6- Creation of a single European energy market is the focus as ministers meet on Friday in Latvia aiming to improve cross-border cooperation and reduce reliance on imported Russian supplies. Latvia and Baltic neighbors Estonia and Lithuania historically have been dependent on Russian natural gas and lacked...

  • Europe shares dip; Sunrise climbs in market debut Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 4:14 AM ET

    *Statoil rises after maintaining dividend. Shares in Tate& Lyle were the biggest losers across Europe, sinking 14 percent after the British ingredients company said annual profits would be below the range it forecast in September, hit by a weak performance in sweeteners in its third quarter. Shares in Norwegian oil firm Statoil rose 2.5 percent after it...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 18 Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NAPLES, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the Southwest Florida Business Leaders Luncheon- 1745 GMT. ROME- Conference on European financial architecture and the EU banking union with EU Parliament representative Roberto Gualtieri, ECB Supervisory Council...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 17 Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    CALIFORNIA- Andrew Gracie, Bank of England's executive director for resolution, speaks at the FIA-SIFMA asset management derivatives forum- 1200 GMT. COLUMBUS- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester speaks on the economy before the Ohio Bankers League annual economic summit- 1745 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds monetary policy...

  • OSLO, Feb 2- The West must be ready for a long standoff with Russia over Ukraine and not quickly resume normal ties as it did after the 2008 Georgian war, a top NATO official said on Monday. The war severely damaged relations between Moscow and the West, but drew no direct sanctions, and the European Union and NATO quickly went back to business as usual with Moscow.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft will not be able to resume drilling in the Kara Sea this year after Western sanctions halted its cooperation with ExxonMobil, two company sources told Reuters on Friday. Asked for comment, Rosneft said: "In 2015, Rosneft will ensure implementation of its licence obligations related to geological...

  • 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...