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  • KIEV, Sept 23- The European Commission will propose that Russia and Ukraine sign an interim gas agreement in Berlin as a step towards resolving their long-standing row over gas prices, Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Tuesday.

  • *138,000 Syrian Kurds crossed into Turkey in past week. GENEVA, Sept 23- The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

  • Deutsche Bank co-CEO, 4 others face charges Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Prosecutors in Germany have brought charges against Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen and two former CEOs in connection with what prosecutors say were false statements in a court case. Kirch died in 2011. Deutsche Bank settled with Kirch's estate in February by agreeing to pay 775 million euros.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 23- South Africa's nuclear cooperation deal signed this week with Russia is part of a tender process that will involve other competing countries and is not a contract to build power plants, government officials said on Tuesday.

  • TOBRUK/ LONDON, Sept 23- Food prices have risen in Libya as payments problems, fighting and a breakdown in authority disrupt the usual import routes as the country spins out of control three years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

  • *Restructuring charges of 50 million euros through 2016. AMSTERDAM, Sept 23- Philips, the Dutch conglomerate that started life making light bulbs 123 years ago, is splitting off its lighting business in a bold step to expand its higher-margin healthcare and consumer divisions.

  • KIEV, Sept 23- The European Commission will suggest that Russia and Ukraine sign an interim gas agreement in Berlin later this week, a way to start resolving a standoff over gas prices, Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Tuesday.

  • Poll: German anti-euro party support at 10 percent Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 6:29 AM ET

    BERLIN— A poll shows support hitting 10 percent for a new German party, which combines an anti-euro stance with a wider appeal to protest voters, following state election successes.

  • GENEVA, Sept 23- The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans for all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani to flee into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

  • Germany pushes for solution to Ukraine gas spat Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a solution to the long-running gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine ahead of a meeting of the two countries' energy ministers this week. Though Merkel noted "small successes" in the overall effort to calm the crisis in Ukraine, she said a long-lasting solution remained far off.

  • GENEVA, Sept 23- The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday that it was making contingency plans for all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani to flee into Turkey to escape an advance of Islamist militants.

  • LONDON, Sept 23- More downbeat data from Europe left shares on course for a third day of losses on Tuesday, though commodities got a break from recent selling after a reading on China's massive factory sector outpaced the market's bleak expectations.

  • Euro area gets new 10-euro bill Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 4:44 AM ET

    BERLIN— The 18 countries that use the euro currency have a new 10- euro note, which the European Central Bank says has enhanced security features that will make it harder to counterfeit.

  • Philips to separate lighting arm into new company Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 4:16 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Royal Philips NV is to split off its lighting division to create two separate companies, the latest in a string of radical restructurings by one of Europe's best-known corporations. "I do appreciate the magnitude of the decision we are taking, but the time is right to take the next strategic step," Chief Executive Frans van Houten said.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 22- U.S. corn and soy futures fell to four-year lows on Monday, pressured by favorable weather for record harvests in the United States and a rising dollar that made the supplies less competitive in global markets.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.

  • *Frankfurt marketed itself to Chinese firms. FRANKFURT/ SHANGHAI, Sept 23- When Deutsche Boerse set off eight years ago to lure Chinese companies to Germany with fast listings and low fees, it dreamed of one day landing a giant like Alibaba.

  • Businesses and investors pressing for green policy Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 22- Germany's Siemens AG has agreed to buy U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc for $7.6 billion in cash, paying a relatively rich price to belatedly beef up its presence in the U.S. shale oil and gas industry.

  • Business events scheduled for Tuesday Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    PARIS— French fashion houses launch nine days of ready-to-wear shows for the spring-summer 2015 season— including Jean-Paul Gaultier's last pret-a-porter show.