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  • EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Leaders of the 28 European Union countries are meeting to talk about two major issues— how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia. EU President Donald Tusk, the official host of Thursday's meeting in Brussels, said he expects the leaders to call for the urgent establishment of a strategic investment fund.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- The rouble edged lower against the dollar on Thursday, with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had offered few concrete measures at his end-of-year news conference to pull Russia out of a crisis. The currency has been hit this year by slumping oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine, and the central bank's inability to prop it up--...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent weeks calmed a touch as oil rose for a second day, although the pressure was still on Russia's rouble...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Igor Sechin, CEO at the country's top oil producer Rosneft, was an "effective" manager, adding he had no plans to fire him. Rosneft was put under Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. Rosneft became the world's top listed oil company by output after buying its peer TNK-BP for $55...

  • Europe shares rally, led up by rebound for oil stocks Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks rose on Thursday, led higher by energy-related stocks as oil rose and by strength in financials after the U.S. At 1135 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.9 percent at 1,341.86 points. Oil companies topped the index, with Norway's Seadrill up 8.7 percent and Statoil up 6.4 percent, as Brent crude jumped 3...

  • Putin also told his annual end-of-year news conference that Russia did not invade any other country and that Russia had just two military bases abroad, while, he said, the United States had such bases all over the world.

  • *Putin breaks silence on rouble problems this week. MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would inevitably rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy to a deepening financial crisis. The economy is heading into recession in what one minister called a "perfect storm" of low oil prices, Western...

  • 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 Khodorkovsky has right to engage in politics Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:41 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of his biggest critics, had the right to engage in politics "as any Russian citizen." Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky a year ago and the former oligarch was released after a decade in prison the following month. For other Putin comments during his annual...

  • 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...

  • Russia's Putin says always wants to consolidate society Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:27 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday all his actions were aimed at consolidating the Russian society.

  • 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.

  • Putin says Russia's turn to Asia was planned long ago Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:10 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's turn towards Asia was a long-planned move and that a new gas route to China would help both sides.

  • 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 Russia must diversify its economy Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia needed to take the opportunity to diversify its economy to protect it from external shocks. He told his annual end-of-year news conference: "Current external conditions are spurring us on, will make us more effective, switch us to the innovative development path." "We must guarantee private...

  • Putin on Ukraine: Game-changing move?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:40 AM ET

    Vladimir Putin spoke about the Ukraine Crisis in his press conference, saying Russia was ready to mediate. Is that a game-changer? Alexander Branis, director at Prosperity Capital, weighs in.

  • 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- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the government had to take additional measures to forge economic stability.

  • 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.

  • Russia to act as mediator?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discusses the Ukraine Crisis and ongoing military situation, saying that Russia is ready to act as a mediator.