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  • BRUSSELS, July 22- The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but failed to back tough talk with any immediate action after France's president signalled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • BRUSSELS, July 22- European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France's president signalled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • BRUSSELS, July 22- European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France's president signaled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • EU extends Iran sanctions hold-off until November Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union has agreed to keep holding off on some sanctions against Iran as negotiations continue on a comprehensive deal restricting the Islamic republic's nuclear program. On Saturday, they were extended until Nov. 24. On Monday, the EU extended its suspension of those sanctions, also until Nov. 24.

  • *Economists say Germany's fundamentals still solid. BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, July 21- The German economy probably stagnated in the second quarter in the face of political tensions abroad, the Bundesbank said on Monday, but chances are its recovery will not be held up for long by conflicts on the rim of Europe.

  • India is the most prominent of a group of developing nations angry with rich countries for failing to address their concerns about a deal on trade facilitation struck by WTO member states in Bali, Indonesia, last year. In Bali, WTO members agreed to give India a pass on its stockpiles until 2017, while negotiating a permanent solution.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 18- The United States said on Friday it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing an SA-11 surface-to-air missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 18- The U.N. Security Council on Friday called for a "full, thorough and independent international investigation" into the downing of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over Ukraine, urging all parties to grant investigators access to the site.

  • China's clout on show with BRICS bank formation Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India— A developing nation version of the World Bank was formally agreed this week two years after India proposed the idea to Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. India ensured a sense of parity with its insistence that each of the countries behind the New Development Bank contribute equal shares of $10 billion to its initial $50 billion capital.

  • US-EU trade talks sour amid chlorine chicken fears Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28- country bloc.

  • KIEV, July 18- The International Monetary Fund expects to decide within weeks on issuing the second tranche of a $17- billion bailout to Ukraine, whose economy is likely to contract by 6.5 percent this year, its Kiev mission chief said on Friday.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 17- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon called for "a full and transparent international investigation" into what brought down a Malaysian civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard.

  • *Ecuador joins Colombia, Peru in group with EU trade deals. BRUSSELS/ QUITO July 17- Ecuador sealed a free-trade deal with the European Union on Thursday, giving the Andean nation greater access to the EU's 500 million consumers and offering the EU's fragile economy another market for its cars, whisky and luxury goods.

  • IMF congratulates BRICS for new fund, offers help Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:19 PM ET

    BRASILIA, July 16- The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday congratulated the five BRICS countries for creating a new reserves fund that intends to challenge Western dominance in the global lender.

  • *EU steps up sanctions vs Russia over Ukraine. BRUSSELS, July 16- European Union leaders failed to agree at a summit on Wednesday on sharing out a package of top jobs in the 28- nation bloc, including a new foreign policy chief, and postponed the decision until late August.

  • *EU to suspend new loans for Russia through EIB, EBRD. BRUSSELS, July 16- European Union leaders agreed on Wednesday to sanction Russian companies that help destabilize Ukraine and to block new loans to Russia through two multilateral lenders.

  • *EU steps up sanctions vs Russia over Ukraine. The 28 leaders did agree to step up sanctions against Russia over separatist violence in eastern Ukraine shortly after Washington also tightened the screw.

  • PUTIN SAYS IMF CASH FOR UKRAINE HAS ENDED UP IN PRIVATE BANKS OF UKRAINIAN BILLIONAIRES.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- The United States will insist that India and other World Trade Organization members stick to promises around a global deal to lower trade barriers and speed up the passage of goods through customs, a top trade official said on Wednesday.