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  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Feb 12- The European Central Bank raised pressure on Greece on Thursday to extend a bailout deal with its international creditors as new leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras told EU leaders austerity is killing his economy and they must find an alternative. Other leaders said it was up to Greece to respect budget discipline and economic...

  • Russia looks 'profoundly weak': Roger Altman Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 8:01 AM ET
    Russia looks 'profoundly weak': Roger Atlman

    Evercore Partners Chairman Roger Altman, shares his thoughts on Russia's economy and whether sanctions are working to keep Putin in check.

  • MINSK, Feb 12- Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal that offers a "glimmer of hope" for an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine after marathon overnight talks. In a further sign of its fragility, a Ukrainian military spokesman said around 50 tanks, 40 missile systems and 40 armoured vehicles had crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

  • How long will THIS Ukraine cease-fire deal last? Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 6:59 AM ET
    Ukrainian servicemen load rockets before launching them toward pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine February 8, 2015.

    The cease-fire agreement is only hours old and doesn't start until Sunday, but analysts fear the deal will fail.

  • UPDATE 4-Russian assets rise on Ukraine ceasefire deal Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 6:59 AM ET

    *Rosneft repays $7 billion loan trache. MOSCOW, Feb 12- Russian assets strengthened on Thursday after leaders at peace talks in Minsk agreed a deal to halt fighting in eastern Ukraine, but the rouble's bounce was short-lived as currency dealers saw foreign currency purchases pick up. Participants at the Minsk summit, attended by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia,...

  • *Tsipras in Brussels for EU summit as euro talks stall. BRUSSELS, Feb 12- Greece's radical new prime minister Alexis Tsipras was in Brussels on Thursday to lay out his case for more financial help to fellow EU leaders following finance ministers' failure to narrow differences overnight. "Oh yes," Tusk said with theatrical emphasis when asked by reporters if he was...

  • MINSK, Feb 12- The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. The news came as Ukraine was offered a $40- billion lifeline by the International Monetary Fund to stave off financial collapse. The Minsk summit agreement offered hope for eastern Ukraine,...

  • Minsk agreement: Must be implemented Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Minsk agreement: Must be implemented

    Discussing the ceasefire deal reached between Russia and Ukraine, Rob Carnell, chief international economist at ING, says while it's a positive start, there needs to be an "implementation on the ground" to ensure that the agreement follows through.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 12- Russian assets strengthened sharply on Thursday after leaders at four-party talks in Minsk said a ceasefire had been agreed to halt fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said a general ceasefire would come into place at midnight on Feb 15 and that there was a commitment for all foreign military to be withdrawn from...

  • *Russia and Ukraine agree ceasefire. They extended these gains after Russian president Vladimir Putin said Russia and Ukraine had agreed a ceasefire which will take effect from Feb. 15. This came as the International Monetary Fund announced a new $40 billion four-year funding programme for Ukraine.

  • Putin: Leaders agree on Ukraine cease-fire Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends peace talks over Eastern Ukraine.

    A cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine will start Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

  • PARIS, Feb 12- European shares rose on Thursday morning after Russian President Vladimir Putin said an agreement was reached in Ukrainian peace talks and a ceasefire would start on Feb 15. Stockholm stocks outperformed, with benchmark OMXS30 index gaining 1.5 percent and hitting a record high after Sweden's central bank surprised many by cutting its main...

  • MINSK, Feb 12- The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France may be close to agreement following all-night talks on resolving the Ukraine conflict, diplomatic sources said on Thursday. The discussions came as pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting on Wednesday, killing 19 Ukrainian soldiers in...

  • MINSK, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and Washington is now openly talking of arming Ukraine to defend itself from "Russian...

  • MINSK, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and Washington is now openly talking of arming Ukraine to defend itself from "Russian...

  • *Kiev says 19 soldiers killed in assaults near Debaltseve. MINSK/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine began peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and...

  • *Kiev says 19 soldiers killed in assaults near Debaltseve. MINSK/ DONETSK, Ukraine Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, with Ukraine's pro- Moscow separatists tightening the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison.

  • *Russia's Yota signs first big distribution deal in China. FRANKFURT, Feb 11- Russia's Yota Devices, the maker of a dual-screen smartphone which has so far proved a flop with consumers, has reached its first mass market distribution deal with an agreement to sell phones in China through state-backed Potevio Co.. The YotaPhone has enjoyed the high-profile...

  • DONETSK, Ukraine Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, but Ukraine's pro- Moscow separatists diminished the chance of a deal by launching some of the war's worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison. Kiev said 19 of its soldiers were killed in a day of pro-Russian separatist assaults at a...

  • *Igor Sechin says " OPEC has lost its teeth". LONDON, Feb 10- The head of Kremlin-controlled energy giant Rosneft targeted OPEC and the United States on Tuesday as he launched a broadside at the forces behind the oil price crash that has hit Russia's economy hard. Igor Sechin, one of President Vladimir Putin's closest allies, said during a rare visit to London that OPEC...