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  • Strauss-Kahn's ex: 'I didn't know anything' Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    PARIS— Dominique Strauss-Kahn's ex-wife, who stood by him as he was charged with attempted rape, now says she was in denial about his sexual behavior. Anne Sinclair, a prominent French journalist, supported the former International Monetary Fund chief when he was arrested in New York in 2011 on accusations by a hotel maid. The New York charges were later dropped.

  • UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    Paris- based UNESCO says 774 million people worldwide cannot read, and most people in sub-Saharan Africa don't own any books but cellphones are increasingly widespread. The report Wednesday by UNESCO says large numbers of people in such countries are reading books and stories on "rudimentary small-screen devices."

  • KIEV, April 23- Russia, the European Commission and Slovakia may hold talks with Ukraine on Thursday on a possible solution to the country's gas crisis, Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said. Prodan told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow and the European Union had suggested the ministerial meeting, which would be held in the Slovak capital of Bratislava.

  • DIARY - Emerging markets economic events to May 2 Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    April 22- For other related diaries, please. MANILA- Asian Development Bank will launch its latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor, a semiannual review of Asia's regional economic cooperation and integration. COLOMBO- Sri Lanka Central Bank announces interest rate decision- 0130 GMT.

  • BRUSSELS, April 21- The European Union must create an energy union to secure its gas supply because the current dependence on Russian energy makes Europe weak, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in an article in the Financial Times.

  • EU official against cutting Russia gas ties Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    BERLIN— A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies. Russia is a major European gas supplier, and mounting tensions over Ukraine have raised concerns about possible disruption.

  • MOSCOW, April 19- Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed NATO's selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its new head, saying on Saturday the pair had "very good relations" but that it was up to the West to improve ties.

  • RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN TELLS RUSSIAN TV HE HAS GOOD PERSONAL RELATIONS WITH INCOMING NATO CHIEF STOLTENBERG.

  • UPDATE 1-IMF adds pressure on South Korea to let won rise Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:42 PM ET

    SEOUL, April 18- South Korea came under fresh pressure on Friday to let the won rise faster, when the International Monetary Fund said it was carrying an abnormally big current account surplus and that more dollar purchases would do more harm than good.

  • BRUSSELS, April 17- NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.

  • EU warns Russia against using gas for politics Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia had been forced to respond to NATO enlargement and that its annexation of Crimea, home to its Black Sea Fleet, was partly influenced by the Western military alliance's expansion into eastern Europe.

  • China to appeal WTO rare earth ruling Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 17- China said on Thursday it would appeal against a World Trade Organization ruling that found it violated global trade rules with its export limits on rare earth minerals used in defence and technology products. China lost a WTO dispute in March, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as China's unfair trade practices.

  • BRUSSELS, April 16- NATO said on Wednesday it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia's annexation of Crimea but shied away from new permanent bases in the east as Poland wanted.

  • BRUSSELS,- The European Parliament backed a law on Wednesday to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in. Non-native plant and animal life are estimated to cost the European Union 12 billion euros a year in damage and control costs.

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies.

  • BRUSSELS— NATO says it's reinforcing its military presence on eastern border on sea, land and in the air.

  • UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    GENEVA— The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian conflict there, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands of refugees can't be met with existing funds.

  • *German RWE begins small gas deliveries to Ukraine. VELKE KAPUSANY, Slovakia/ FRANKFURT, April 15- U nprecedented talks across the European Union on Tuesday showed it scrambling for solutions on the ground to break its dependence on Russian gas and help supply Ukraine.

  • LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.

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