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  • President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement in the briefing room of the White House August 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

    President Barack Obama touted the recent string of positive economic numbers and addresses international tensions.

  • *Brent falls to two-week low; in July had biggest monthly loss since April 2013. NEW YORK, Aug 1- Brent crude oil fell more than $1 to hit a two-week low on Friday, slipping to $105 a barrel in its third straight day of losses as oversupply in the Atlantic basin and low demand outweighed worries over political tensions in the Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine.

  • President Obama speaks with Putin     Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 1:30 PM ET
    U.S. President Barack Obama, right, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Los Cabos on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on the phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama in regards to Ukraine.

  • *Sanctions restrict Sberbank's access to EU capital markets. MOSCOW, Aug 1- Russia's top lender, Sberbank, faces rising borrowing costs and a squeeze on its margins after being included in the latest European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 1- Russia's new tax on sales, backed by President Vladimir Putin, illustrates growing economic strains from Western sanctions over Ukraine- and the lack of easy solutions. Yet Russia needs to plug the tax holes left by a slowing economy.

  • MOSCOW, July 31- President Vladimir Putin has decided to introduce a sales tax on Russian consumers, two sources acquainted with the issue said on Thursday, raising the tax burden earlier than expected as Western sanctions deepen the country's financial woes.

  • MOSCOW, July 31- President Vladimir Putin has decided to introduce a sales tax on Russian consumers, two sources acquainted with the issue said on Thursday, raising the tax burden earlier than expected as Western sanctions deepen the country's financial woes.

  • BRUSSELS, July 31- The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.

  • Barking dogs and underwear: Russia's wackiest laws Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    Russian lawmakers have proposed outlawing dogs from barking and banning children from crying after a certain hour.

  • MOSCOW, July 31- Russian stock indexes erased early gains on Thursday, falling into the red by evening, as global markets declined and Russia waited to see details of further European Union sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

  • EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, July 31- The European Union formally adopted sanctions on Thursday curbing arms sales to Russia and cutting off financing for targeted banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.

  • Beyond oil and reserves, Russia running on empty Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    MOSCOW, July 31- For all the sanctions Western leaders can throw at Russia, the biggest threat to President Vladimir Putin's ability to back separatists in east Ukraine is something beyond his or their control: the price of oil.

  • MOSCOW, July 31- Russia's consumer protection watchdog said on Thursday it had stopped imports of Ukrainian juice, Moscow's latest trade ban announced following new Western sanctions over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, July 31- Russian stock indexes rose strongly on Thursday after the European Commission published a new list of individuals and companies subject to sanctions over Ukraine which spared major listed companies.

  • Asia a hard sell for Russian firms seeking cash Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    *Flows of Russian wealth to Singapore rising. *Banks in Singapore are clamping down on who they let in. New sanctions imposed by Washington and Europe over the Ukraine crisis have prompted firms such as VTB- Russia's second-largest bank by assets- and Gazprombank to look east for new sources of funding.

  • Some Ukrainian rebels vent frustration with Putin Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    DONETSK, Ukraine, July 30- Western leaders may be Vladimir Putin's biggest critics over the conflict in east Ukraine but the Russian leader is also facing criticism from some of the rebels they accuse him of arming.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, July 30- Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow- backed rebels and government troops has intensified since a Malaysian airliner was shot down.

  • *Mechel's debt totals $8.6 bln. MOSCOW, July 30- Russia has prepared two different options for bailing out indebted coal miner Mechel and both involve a change in ownership, President Vladimir Putin's top economic aide said on Wednesday.

  • EU, US slap new sanctions on Russia     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    Jason Poblete, Poblete Tamargo partner, discusses how additional sanctions that target key areas will likely impact Russia's economy. At the heart of this issue is energy, says Poblete.

  • FRANKFURT, July 30- Euro zone banks have loosened their lending terms for businesses for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday, reducing one of the chief obstacles to an economic rebound.