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  • Russia, China yet to agree on gas deal price Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, May 20- China and Russia have not yet reached a price agreement on a long-awaited gas supply contract and talks are still continuing between both parties, the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset downwards pressure on prices from expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *China new home prices fall to one-year low in April. Asian and European equities fell after data released late on Sunday showed growth in average new home prices in China slowed to a near one-year low in April.

  • *Form of payment by China to Russia also sticking point. SHANGHAI, May 20- Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to sign a multi-billion dollar gas agreement with China during a two-day visit that kicks off on Tuesday, ending more than a decade of false starts and wrangling over a deal seen as vital to both sides.

  • *China new home prices falls to 1- year low in April. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. oil prices rose on Monday as a weak U.S. dollar prompted buying, while Brent prices fell as concerns about China's slowing economy dragged global equities down and outweighed low Libyan output.

  • COLUMN-Russia and China ready for deal on energy: Kemp Monday, 19 May 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- " China is our reliable friend," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday in an interview ahead of a conference in Shanghai. "To expand cooperation with China is undoubtedly Russia's diplomatic priority."

  • *Abolition of language law handed Moscow ammunition. *Moscow long tried to get strong foothold in Ukraine. While Putin has presented separatist violence in eastern Ukraine as spontaneous, interviews with Ukrainian politicians and security sources with knowledge of Russian thinking suggest months of detailed planning by Moscow.

  • Russia-China gas deal "one digit" away - Gazprom Saturday, 17 May 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    MOSCOW, May 17- Russian state-run Gazprom said it was still "one digit" away from finalising a 30- year gas supply deal with Beijing which is expected to crown Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to China next week.

  • Sanction Russia? German companies say, Nein! Friday, 16 May 2014 | 4:30 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference following a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 13, 2014.

    German businesses have toned down public criticism, but are quietly warning politicians that sanctions will simply drive Russia to Asia.

  • *Industry lobby still hopes to sway Merkel on Russia stance. BERLIN, May 16- German industry is ramping up efforts to dissuade Chancellor Angela Merkel from imposing tough new economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, warning of lasting damage to domestic firms and the broader economy if Moscow is hit hard.

  • MOSCOW, May 16- Russia is ready to discuss a gas price discount for Ukraine if Kiev pays off more than the $2.2 billion it owed as of April 1, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, as both sides seemed to edge toward a potential compromise.

  • BEIJING/ MOSCOW, May 16- Increasingly isolated by the West over Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will hope for a sympathetic ear on a visit next week to China, which is also being more assertive in its territorial disputes with smaller neighbours.

  • MOSCOW, May 16- Russia could privatize a 19.5 percent stake in top oil producer Rosneft this year or in 2015, earlier than planned, Russia's Vedomosti newspaper quoted government sources as saying on Friday.

  • MOSCOW, May 16- Russia could privatise a 19.5 percent stake in top oil producer Rosneft this year or in 2015, earlier than planned, Russia's Vedomosti newspaper quoted government sources as saying on Friday.

  • *Slovak PM: Russia says gas to Europe via Ukraine could be stopped. NEW YORK, May 15- Global equity markets fell on Thursday and safe-haven U.S. and German government bonds rose on fears over escalation of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine and in response to underwhelming U.S. and European economic data.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Ukraine worry, data hit global equities Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 15- Global equity markets fell on Thursday and safe-haven U.S. and German government bonds rose on fears over Russia and Ukraine and in response to underwhelming U.S. and European economic data.

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Global equity markets were rattled and investors flooded into safe-haven benchmark U.S. and German government bonds on Thursday on fears over Russia and Ukraine, along with mixed U.S. and weak European economic figures.

  • MOSCOW, May 15- Middle East crude producers played down the threat of a competitive battle with Russia over Asian markets at a Moscow energy conference on Thursday, even while Russian comments emphasized its push to the east.

  • ATHENS, May 15- Europe's energy commissioner said on Thursday he saw progress in resolving the row over gas prices between Kiev and Moscow and expected one, perhaps two more rounds of ministerial talks on the issue before the end of May.