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  • HONG KONG, Nov 13- As a landmark investment scheme that links stock markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong draws nearer, the de facto central bank of the world's largest offshore yuan hub has rolled out a series of measures to ensure sufficient yuan liquidity. The move will make it a lot easier for retail investors to put money into yuan assets and participate in the...

  • The Russian currency has swung wildly in recent days, buoyed at times by statements by President Vladimir Putin and other leaders that Russia would defend the rouble. "Market participants are guessing about the central bank's next policy step after heavy verbal interventions recently and the limit imposed on FX swap operations," Maxim Korovin, a forex analyst...

  • Russians start to feel the pinch as economy struggles Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 12- Alexander Shalin rides a bike to work, shops in local grocery stores and doesn't worry too much about fashion. The 37- year-old manager should be recession-proof, but even he is feeling the pinch from Russia's slowing economy. To escape the "terrible" weather in Russia's second city of St Petersburg, Shalin takes as many foreign trips as he can, but now...

  • Russia-Iran reach nuclear deal  Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    Mike Singh, Washington Institute, discusses the implications of a deal between Russia and Iran to build two new nuclear reactors in Iran.

  • Where G-20 leaders are staying Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:10 AM ET
    Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders pose for a family photo at the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake in Beijing, November 11, 2014. (Front row L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin. (Back row L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key.

    President Obama gets a $2,173/night hotel suite for the G-20 meeting, while host Tony Abbott slums it with a $270/night room.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia's rouble steady after central bank float Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 12- Russia's rouble held steady on Wednesday after several days of volatile trading and a central bank decision to float the currency, with investors cautious after the bank warned of large forex market interventions to punish "speculators". Prices for benchmark Brent crude futures, which slipped below $81 a barrel on Wednesday and were near their...

  • Oleg Kouzmin, Russia and CIS economist at Renaissance Capital, says Russian GDP growth will be positive if oil remains above $93 per barrel.

  • White House turns the corner on VA scandal Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.

    The White House has managed to move forward from Veteran Affairs health care scandal, among other events, reports NBC News.

  • *Swap limit of $2 bln to apply until end of November. MOSCOW, Nov 11- The Russian central bank said on Tuesday it was limiting banking sector rouble liquidity by temporarily cutting the size of its foreign exchange swap operations to the equivalent of $2 billion a day. Central Bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Monday that the bank was considering limiting...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 11- The rouble resumed its dramatic slide on Tuesday, a day after the Russian central bank floated the currency that has been driven sharply lower by falling oil prices and economic sanctions imposed over Russia's policy in Ukraine. A new threat to a two-month-old ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has hurt hopes that sanctions could be lifted soon.

  • Putin, Obama meet at APEC  Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    CNBC's Susan Li reports highlights from the APEC leader summit in China.

  • UPDATE 1-Rouble erases gains one day after full float Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 4:25 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 11- The rouble weakened on Tuesday, giving up some of the strong gains from the previous two sessions as oil prices slid and as demand for dollars picked up after the central bank discontinued its regular forex market interventions a day earlier. The central bank has warned it could still intervene to defend the rouble if risks to financial stability...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 11- Igor Sechin, head of Russia's biggest oil producer Rosneft, has asked President Vladimir Putin to scrap planned changes to the country's oil tax regime, business daily Kommersant reported on Tuesday. Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved the changes to the tax regime last month in a first reading. The second, main reading is...

  • It may seem a poor time to imagine a revamped security architecture for Europe when a frail ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is violated daily, raising the stakes in another "frozen conflict" in the post-Soviet space surrounding Russia. The United States and the European Union have imposed three waves of sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 10- Russia launched on Monday a state-of-the-art media organization with hundreds of journalists abroad intended to wean the world off what it called aggressive Western propaganda- dubbing it with echoes of the Cold War, Sputnik. In a hi-tech presentation in a media center once used to host Cold War-era press conferences, one of President Vladimir...

  • Putin hopes rouble will stabilize after c.bank floats Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    BEIJING, Nov 10- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he hoped the central bank's decision to float the rouble will help stabilize the Russian currency, adding he saw no fundamental reasons behind its large falls.

  • *Sees $95 oil price next year followed by decline. MOSCOW, Nov 10- Russia faces the prospect of three years of economic stagnation, the central bank predicted on Monday, underscoring the heavy costs of President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine policies and of Russia's dependence on fragile oil prices. In an annual monetary policy strategy document, the bank slashed its...

  • BEIJING, Nov 10- VTB, Russia's No.2 bank, may delist from the London Stock Exchange in favour of Chinese bourses as sanctions imposed in the Ukraine crisis hit its ability to raise capital in Western markets, its chief executive said on Monday. The Western sanctions imposed on VTB over Russia's role in the conflict in Ukraine limit its ability to raise funds--...

  • US, China extend Visa deal  Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Susan Li reports the highlights from the APEC leader summit in Beijing, including President Obama saying he would significantly extend the short-term Visa deal between U.S. and China.

  • LONDON, Nov 10- A landmark deal to give global investors easier access to China's $3.9 trillion stock market lifted world shares to their highest in over a month on Monday, as tensions in Libya and Ukraine pushed up oil prices. Chinese shares jumped 2.5 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index climbed almost 1 percent after the two exchanges announced a November 17...