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  • NYMEX-U.S. crude hovers above $104, near 5-week high Sunday, 25 May 2014 | 8:30 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, May 26- U.S. crude futures held near five-week highs above $104 a barrel on Monday, as traders increased net long positions ahead of peak summer oil demand while tensions in Libya kept the OPEC producer's output low.

  • SINTRA, Portugal, May 25- Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, called on Sunday for closer cooperation among the world's central banks to cope with the challenges of increasingly interlinked and complex financial systems.

  • *Ukraine election could send jitters through markets. LONDON, May 25- Investors this week will be watching the results of elections that could deal a blow to political parties that are key to reform efforts in the European Union and could also fan instability in Ukraine.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24- The European Union should consider the interests of European companies working in Russia when deciding on whether to impose sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin's top economic aide said on Saturday.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24- The European Union should consider the interests of European companies working in Russia when deciding on whether to impose sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin's top economic aide said on Saturday.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24- Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Saturday he was confident that the European Union would refrain from imposing sanctions that could hit some of the country's major exports.

  • BASILDON, England, May 23- British Prime Minister David Cameron will be forced to step up his drive to claw back powers from the European Union to head off a challenge to his leadership after losing votes to the anti- EU UK Independence Party, its leader Nigel Farage said.

  • WASHINGTON, May 23- The United States has won a trade dispute with China over duties slapped on U.S. exports of large cars and sport utility vehicles, the World Trade Organization said on Friday.

  • UPDATE 1-IMF says Norway must spend less oil money Friday, 23 May 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    OSLO, May 23- The IMF called on Norway to cut back on spending its oil income, saying the economy needs no further stimulus and the government should focus on fostering private sector growth instead as it begins the long transition to life after oil.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 23- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow's biggest concern over the crisis in Ukraine was that the former Soviet republic would join NATO. "Tomorrow Ukraine may join NATO, while the day after tomorrow parts of the U.S. anti-missile system could be deployed there," he told an investment forum.

  • RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA'S BIG CONCERN IS THAT UKRAINE WILL JOIN NATO.

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 22- The National Union of Mineworkers said South Africa's labour movement will be the ultimate loser from a rival union's 17- week platinum strike, which could lead to layoffs and new restrictive government rules.

  • LONDON, May 22- European Union regulators have published 800 pages of draft rules for a sweeping reform of the bloc's securities markets, sparking a race among banks and exchanges to try to change any proposals that might damage their profitability.

  • *26 European Union countries rubberstamp fund for failed banks. BRUSSELS, May 21- European Union countries- except Sweden and the United Kingdom- on Wednesday reached a final agreement on setting up a common 55 billion euro euro zone back-up fund to help shut down failing banks.

  • *EU says Russia is illegally protecting its vehicle makers. BRUSSELS, May 21- The European Union took another trade dispute with Russia to the World Trade Organisation on Wednesday, seeking to force Moscow to lift duties against German and Italian light commercial vehicles that Brussels says are illegal.

  • EU takes Russia to WTO over commercial vehicle trade row Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 21- The European Union took another trade dispute with Russia to the World Trade Organisation on Wednesday, seeking to force Moscow to lift duties against German and Italian light commercial vehicles that Brussels says are illegal.

  • LONDON, May 21- The second round of a battle between banks and bourses kicks off this week when European Union regulators publish proposals for the biggest shake-up of the bloc's securities market in history to increase transparency and investor protection.

  • SINGAPORE, May 21- Brent futures edged higher towards $110 per barrel on Wednesday, supported by industry data showing an unexpected draw in U.S. crude inventories and new violence in OPEC oil producer Libya. Investors will now be watching closely to see if official data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration confirms the drop.

  • SINGAPORE, May 21- Brent futures edged higher towards $110 per barrel on Wednesday, supported by violence in OPEC oil producer Libya and industry data showing an unexpected draw in U.S. crude inventories. Investors will now be watching closely to see if official data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration confirms the big drop.

  • *Italy vs Spain emerges as key pre-election trade. LONDON, May 20- Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated bonds rose on Tuesday amid concern this week's European Union elections might derail domestic economic reforms.