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  • *Singapore generates 95 pct of power from natural gas. SINGAPORE, March 19- Singapore is taking steps to reduce its almost total reliance on fossil fuels in power generation by offering commercial customers the city-state's first dual solar and conventional electricity contract. The relatively high electricity price and falling solar costs have helped...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to March 31 Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane speaks at the BizClub lunch- 1350 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's Riksbank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley will participate in an open hearing at the Riksdag Committee on Finance on the future development of cash handling- 0800 GMT. FRANKFURT- Germany's Bundesbank board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele to speak on "...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 30 Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England to publish minutes of its March policy meeting- 0930 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Bank and Finans Outlook 2015. Sweden's Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves and Sweden's Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson will attend. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure speaks at the ILF conference on "What is the Goal of the Capital Markets...

  • Rising U.S. crude oil stocks, an increase in Libyan oil production and the chance of an agreement between Iran and the West that could ease sanctions on the oil producer and boost its exports all pulled prices lower. "OPEC members are still staunchly producing... and demand from Europe and China are really struggling to pick up," said Kash Kamal, senior research...

  • SYDNEY, March 17- Pacific Islands devastated by Cyclone Pam at the weekend will be using the disaster to drive home the need for a globally funded insurance pool to aid in the recovery from such events when they attend climate-change talks in Paris later this year. Ian Fry, the chief climate-change negotiator for the tiny island nation of Tuvalu, said the...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 27 Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    CERNOBBIO, Italy- European Central Bank board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger takes part in event on "The Outlook for Economy and Finance"- 0745 GMT. Speakers:- European Central Bank board members Sabine Lautenschlager and Peter Praet, Germany's Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret and Germany's Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch.

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

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester speaks before the National Association for Business Economics annual Economic Policy Conference- 1825 GMT. TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed" before the Founding Director's Lecture Series at Rice University's...

  • 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.