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  • BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday there was a "good chance" of resolving the conflict in Ukraine as Western leaders squarely blamed Moscow and threatened to slap more sanctions if it did not take action to end the crisis. Putin was speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Brisbane where he has come under intense pressure, with...

  • *Obama to meet with EU leaders to discuss Ukraine. BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 16- The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change, EU officials said on Sunday, as the United States and other heavyweight nations override host Australia's attempts to keep the issue off the formal agenda. Much of the meeting of world leaders in Australia has been...

  • Putin: Western sanctions could backfire Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    He also said the sanctions could hurt some Russian banks, leading them to demand repayment of multibillion loans they have given to Ukraine, damaging its economy. Putin cited Russia's state-controlled Gazprombank, which he said issued loans worth $3.2 billion to Ukraine before being hurt by Western sanctions that barred it from borrowing in capital markets.

  • Russia prepares to invest wealth fund in banks Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 15- Russia has prepared legal changes that would enable the government to invest up to 20 percent of its National Wealth Fund in subordinated debts of banks, according to a document published on a government website. The draft governmental resolution would change the investment rules for the $82 billion fund, one of two major sovereign funds...

  • Power plays: Relationships to watch at G-20 summit Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 10:19 PM ET

    President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping announced a landmark climate change agreement earlier this week in Beijing on limiting carbon emissions by the world's two largest economies. The U.S. is wary over China's deepening ties with Russia while Beijing is skeptical about America's moves to "pivot" strategically and economically...

  • Surge is over, but this is what's next for stocks Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 6:56 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks could keep up their slow march higher in the coming week as energy and the consumer remain top themes for the economy and markets.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 14- A Russian court extended the house arrest of billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov on Friday just weeks after his shares in an oil company were seized, pressing a case some investors say signals a return to state intervention in business. Moscow's Basmanny court ruled that Yevtushenkov should be held for another four months on suspicion of money...

  • Will NATO do anything about Russia?     Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Hadley Gamble discusses the Russia-Ukraine crisis, prior to the arrival of President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Australia.

  • Is there anything the West can do to stop Putin? Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    Pro-Russian rebel military vehicle with Russian flag on top of it, rolls towards Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Nov. 10, 2014.

    There are only three sectors that matter much to the Kremlin, and the West is hard-pressed to find new ways to penalize any of them.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 14- President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of undermining the very trade institutions it created by imposing sanctions on Russia, a "mistake" he hoped would be overcome in the "final count". In an interview with Russian state news agency TASS before a meeting of the G20 major and developing economies, Putin said sanctions imposed by...

  • G-20 summit opens in Australia; growth tops agenda Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:55 AM ET

    BRISBANE, Australia— Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country's northeastern coast, prompting the Australian prime minister to angrily accuse Russia of trying to reclaim the "lost glories" of the Soviet Union. "Russia is being much more assertive now than it has...

  • Reptiles, whips banned as Brisbane preps for G-20 Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 12:08 AM ET

    BRISBANE, Australia— This weekend, the subtropical Australian city of Brisbane will emerge from the shadows of its flashier cousins Sydney and Melbourne when it welcomes leaders from the world's 20 largest economies along with thousands of delegates and journalists for a global summit. So how has Brisbane, better known as "Brissy," steeled itself for the G-20...

  • Reptiles and whips banned as city preps for G-20 Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:30 PM ET

    BRISBANE, Australia— This weekend, the subtropical Australian city of Brisbane will emerge from the shadows of its flashier cousins Sydney and Melbourne when it welcomes leaders from the world's 20 largest economies along with thousands of delegates and journalists for a global summit. So how has Brisbane, better known as "Brissy," steeled itself for the G-20...

  • The currency has swung wildly in recent days, buoyed at times by statements from President Vladimir Putin and other government officials that Russia would defend the rouble. The rouble is down some 30 percent versus the dollar this year, as Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis have made it harder for banks and companies to refinance debts and as tumbling...

  • 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...