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  • IMF BOARD SAYS IT CONTINUES TO EXPRESS CONFIDENCE IN LAGARDE'S ABILITY TO CARRY OUT HER DUTIES.

  • Nato states create new force to counter Moscow Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 1:43 PM ET
    Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

    Britain and six other states are to create a new joint expeditionary force of at least 10,000 personnel to bolster Nato's power in response to Russia.

  • *Russia proposes' corridor' for encircled Kiev troops. *NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. LAKE SELIGER, Russia/ KIEV, Aug 29- Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have routed its troops on behalf of pro- Moscow rebels.

  • EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    MILAN— Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions. The meeting of the 28- nation bloc's top diplomats in Milan came one day after NATO said Moscow slipped at least 1,000 Russian soldiers and much heavy weaponry into Ukraine.

  • *OPEC output rises in Aug from July- survey. *Russian troops enter Ukraine, tensions flare. SINGAPORE, Aug 29- Brent crude held above $102 a barrel on Friday, but prices were heading for a second monthly loss as ample supply and softening demand in Europe and China outweighed geopolitical concerns.

  • Brent holds above $102, but heads for 2nd monthly loss Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 10:47 PM ET

    *Russian troops enter Ukraine, tensions flare. *OPEC output rises in Aug from July- survey. SINGAPORE, Aug 29- Brent crude held above $102 a barrel on Friday, but prices were heading for a second monthly loss as ample supply and softening demand in Europe and China outweighed geopolitical concerns.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 28- The International Monetary Fund's board is likely to stand behind the global lender's leader, Christine Lagarde, who is facing a criminal investigation in France tied to a political corruption probe, sources close to the board said.

  • NATO, UKRAINE AMBASSADORS TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING FRIDAY AT UKRAINE'S REQUEST- NATO OFFICIAL.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 28- The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola disease is likely to lead to sharply lower growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and raise financing needs in all three West African countries, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 28- Ukrainian authorities have complied with all the conditions of their $17 billion International Monetary Fund loan so far, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday, suggesting the country was on track to receive its next disbursement under the program.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 28- The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola disease is likely to lead to "sharply" lower growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and raise financing needs in all three West African countries, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 28- The IMF's board has not yet been briefed about the latest development in the political fraud affair in France that has ensnared the Fund's chief Christine Lagarde, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.

  • IMF says Ukraine on track with conditions of loan program Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 28- Ukrainian authorities have complied with all the conditions of their $17 billion International Monetary Fund loan so far, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday, suggesting the country was on track to receive its next disbursement under the program.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 28- EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union-- a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal-- because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.

  • TABLE-OPEC oil output rises by 90,000 bpd in August Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    Aug 28- The following table shows OPEC crude oil output in millions of barrels per day in July and August, according to a Reuters survey published on Thursday. Overall OPEC supply has stayed above its notional target of 30 million bpd.

  • *Supply rises by 90,000 bpd, led by Libya, Angola. LONDON, Aug 28- OPEC's oil production has risen in August from July, a Reuters survey found on Thursday, as a recovery in Libyan supply held up and Angola and Iran boosted supplies, outweighing a further decline in Iraq.

  • NATO BELIEVES WELL OVER 1,000 RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE OPERATING INSIDE UKRAINE- NATO MILITARY OFFICER.

  • WHO says Ebola outbreak could strike 20,000 people Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    GENEVA, Aug 28- The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday in a bleak assessment of the deadly disease.

  • WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION CALLS FOR MASSIVE AND COORDINATED RESPONSE TO EBOLA.

  • *Venezuela has been crude exporter for last century. HOUSTON, Aug 27- OPEC member Venezuela is considering importing crude oil for the first time ever and could use Algerian light crude as blending stock to boost sales of its own extra heavy oil, according to an internal document from the state-run energy company PDVSA seen by Reuters on Wednesday.