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  • MOSCOW, June 9- Oleg Makarenko wants to set the story straight and answer the "Russophobes" who he says are trying to split and humiliate Russia. His website Ruxpert may not command the viewer numbers of Wikipedia which inspired it, but inside Russia it holds a prominent position in what Makarenko calls an information war with the West.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude rises as China exports gain steam Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | 8:54 PM ET

    China's exports climbed 7 percent in May from a year earlier, quickening from April's 0.9 percent rise, while imports fell 1.6 percent, versus a gain of 0.8 percent in April, the General Administration of Customs said. U.S. oil had added 11 cents to $102.77 a barrel by 0043 GMT, after settling 18 cents up and ending the week almost unchanged.

  • TOKYO, June 8- For once, China looks to have done Japan a favor. In clinching a $400 billion deal last month to buy Russian gas, China may end up helping out its old political and economic rival in a way that matters hugely for Japan- energy security.

  • UPDATE 8-U.S. oil lifted by solid jobs report Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    *Price gains curbed by easing Ukraine tension. NEW YORK, June 6- U.S. crude oil futures inched higher on Friday after a solid jobs report in the United States pointed to economic strength and growing oil demand in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • MOSCOW, June 6- President Vladimir Putin's idea of a massive boost to Gazprom's share capital has taken bankers and the energy industry by surprise, with some fearing it could further strain Russia's sanctions-hit economy and undermine the rouble.

  • UPDATE 7-U.S. oil gains on solid jobs report Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    *Price gains curbed by easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. NEW YORK, June 6- U.S. crude oil futures edged higher on Friday, buoyed by a solid jobs report in the United States, the world's largest oil consumer, which pointed to economic strength and growing oil demand.

  • DEAUVILLE, France, June 6- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he welcomed plans put forward by Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko, with whom he had a brief initial meeting earlier, to stop the violence in Ukraine.

  • UPDATE 6-U.S. oil edges higher on solid jobs report Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    *Price gains curbed by easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. NEW YORK, June 6- U.S. crude oil futures rose on Friday as a solid jobs report in the United States, the world's largest oil consumer, bode well for future oil demand.

  • Putin, Ukraine leader break the crisis ice on D-Day Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 10:47 AM ET
    Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk after a group photo during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France June 6, 2014.

    Western officials hope that informal contacts between Putin and Poroshenko during the event can help ease tensions over Ukraine's future.

  • *Not changing business plan as result of Ukraine. MOSCOW, June 6- Russia's biggest lender Sberbank plans to keep its dividends at no less than 20 percent of net profit for the next five years after forecasting 2014 profit on par with last year's earnings despite a worsening economy and the Ukraine crisis.

  • MOSCOW, June 6- President Vladimir Putin's idea of a massive boost to Gazprom's share capital has taken bankers and the energy industry by surprise, with some fearing it could further strain Russia's sanctions-hit economy and undermine the rouble.

  • *Price gains limited by easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. LONDON, June 6- Brent crude oil steadied near $109 a barrel on Friday, buoyed by optimism that monetary stimulus in the euro zone will lift economic growth and demand for fuel. "Extra liquidity could mean more money for oil," Carsten Fritsch of Commerzbank said.

  • LONDON, June 6- Emerging European currencies hovered near their ECB-driven highs on Friday as investors switched attention to U.S. employment data, along with D-Day meetings of world leaders for signs of a thaw in relations between Russia and Ukraine.

  • *Price gains limited by easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. LONDON, June 6- Brent crude oil rose above $109 a barrel on Friday, buoyed by optimism that monetary stimulus in the euro zone will lift economic growth and demand for fuel. "Extra liquidity could mean more money for oil," Carsten Fritsch of Commerzbank said.

  • *Oil set for 2nd weekly drop on easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. SINGAPORE, June 6- Brent nudged higher to hover just under $109 a barrel on Friday, but was set to post a second straight weekly fall on easing Ukraine tensions and ample supply.

  • Brent steady under $109, set for 2nd weekly loss Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 11:51 PM ET

    *Oil set for 2nd weekly drop on easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. SINGAPORE, June 6- Brent nudged higher to hover just under $109 a barrel on Friday, but was set to post a second straight weekly fall on easing Ukraine tensions and ample supply.

  • Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. NEW YORK, June 5- Brent crude oil futures rose and U.S. crude oil pared losses on Thursday in choppy trading as the euro and dollar reacted to the European Central Bank's interest rate cut and investors anticipated growing oil demand in Europe.

  • Senator Edward Markey on Thursday aims to ease Ukraine's fuel dependence on Russia by modernizing its heating infrastructure and updating its Soviet-era natural gas drilling capabilities.

  • Hollande to dine twice to separate Obama and Putin Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 1:25 PM ET
    President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande and President Vladimir Putin.

    Hollande will meet Obama in a restaurant overlooking the iconic Champs-Elysees before going back to his residence for a supper with Putin.

  • *Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. NEW YORK, June 5- Brent turned slightly higher and U.S. crude oil pared losses on Thursday in choppy trading as the euro and dollar reacted to the European Central Bank's interest rate cut. U.S. crude was down 36 cents to $102.28 at 12:55 p.m. EDT.