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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Yields fall on ECB easing bets, mixed data Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    "Bonds are effectively acting as the parking place for capital until we see more consistency and a more compelling reason to put money to work in the market," said Peter Kenny, CEO of Clearpool Group in New York.

  • *Moscow offers gas talks if Kiev pays part of debt. MOSCOW/ KIEV, May 15- Moscow and Kiev took tentative steps on Thursday towards ending their standoff over the price of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine that has threatened to disrupt onward deliveries to western Europe.

  • If GOP takes Senate, tax reform possible: Corker Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    Pfizer's effort to bolt to the U.K. points to "tremendous problems" with the U.S. corporate tax structure, Sen. Bob Corker tells CNBC.

  • BOSTON, May 14- Voya Russia Fund manager Nathan Griffiths works from The Hague, but worries he could be trapped in Moscow. Based in the Netherlands, Griffiths' mission is to invest at least 80 percent of his $128 million fund in Russian stocks.

  • MOSCOW, May 14- Russia will restart gas talks with Ukraine if its new leaders pay off at least part of its gas debt, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday, softening Moscow's stance in a dispute that has raised fears of a new "gas war".

  • *Citi believes deal is imminent, to be priced well for Gazprom. MOSCOW, May 14- China and Russia's Gazprom are making a final push to clinch a long-delayed natural gas deal but have yet to iron out price differences, a Beijing official said on Wednesday, ahead of next week's state visit by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

  • Renault-Nissan's Russian resilience has limits Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 9:08 AM ET

    PARIS/ MOSCOW, May 14- Renault is looking closely at Western sanctions on Russia even though its carmaking alliance with Nissan appears better positioned than others to ride out the crisis over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, May 14- Gazprom and China's CNPC are pressing ahead with talks to reach agreement on a gas price to secure a long-awaited deal for Russia to supply China with gas, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday. "The heads of CNPC and Gazprom reached an agreement to sign a contract during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China in May.

  • *Libya says reopening western oilfields, but output unchanged. Stocks of U.S. crude oil at Cushing dropped to their lowest levels since 2008 in the week to May 2, and analysts said they expect supplies were drawn down further last week as the United States nears the start of its summer driving season when fuel demand usually rises.

  • MOSCOW/ LONDON, May 13- Around a dozen chief executives and chairmen of major U.S. and European corporations have withdrawn from an economic conference in Russia as pressure between Moscow and the West grows over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • *Libya says reopening western oilfields, but output unchanged. NEW YORK, May 13- U.S. crude oil futures climbed to two-week highs on Tuesday on expectations for another draw on stocks at contract's delivery point at Cushing, Oklahoma, while Brent edged up as traders doubted that Libyan oil exports would soon rebound.