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  • STRASBOURG, France, Oct 22- The European Union will have a new executive in place next month led by Jean-Claude Juncker following its approval in a vote by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Addressing the chamber before his European Commission was approved by 423 votes to 209, the former Luxembourg premier warned that voters were losing patience with EU...

  • Ex-Luxembourg leader Juncker gets OK as EU chief Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union legislature has approved the appointment of former Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker as the new EU Commission president molding policies of the 28- nation bloc for the next five years. Juncker takes over from Portugal's Jose Manuel Barroso, who led the Commission for the last decade. Amid other changes in the bloc, EU Council...

  • GENEVA, Oct 21- World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo will begin consulting with WTO ambassadors on Wednesday to try to work out how to pick up the pieces after global trade negotiations appeared to suffer a final defeat on Tuesday. Some diplomats had said the meeting was the final deadline for India to stop blocking a global agreement or they might...

  • GENEVA, Oct 21- India made no sign of dropping its veto on a global trade deal on Tuesday, forcing World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo to announce a week of talks to try to chart the future direction of the Geneva- based body. Some diplomats had said a WTO meeting on Tuesday was the last chance for India to let a global trade deal go through or other countries...

  • Cyprus to block Turkey's EU bid over gas dispute Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    NICOSIA, Cyprus— European Union member Cyprus will oppose any progress in Turkey's ongoing talks to join the 28- nation bloc in response to a Turkish gas search in waters where Cyprus has already licensed companies to drill, an official said Tuesday. Cyprus will also take actions at international organizations that would force " Turkey to incur a cost for its...

  • *Slovakia to continue supplying gas to Ukraine. BRATISLAVA, Oct 21- Approval of Russia's South Stream pipeline would send a message to Ukraine that the European Union is not ready to support its ambitions to lean toward the West and does not see it as a reliable gas transporter, the head of Slovakia's pipeline operator said. The roughly $40 billion South Stream...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- Ukraine has requested an extra 2 billion euros and EU authorities will consider the loan request together with the International Monetary Fund, a European Commission spokesman said on Tuesday. "The Commission remains very committed to supporting Ukraine in line with earlier commitments," spokesman Simon O'Connor said in an emailed...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria. The EU imposed similar sanctions on Colonel Mohammed Bilal, a senior officer in the Air Force Intelligence Service of Syria, and Major-General Ghassan...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- European Union antitrust regulators are set to fine JPMorgan, UBS and Credit Suisse collectively over $115 million for rigging Swiss franc LIBOR benchmark interest rates, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Royal Bank of Scotland alerted the European Commission to the wrongdoing and so would not be penalized for its own role in the...

  • OSLO, Oct 20- The United States and European Union want the U.N. to stress the low cost of fighting climate change in a draft handbook on the issue that it is compiling, a leaked document showed on Tuesday. The United States wants the handbook to do more to show that the costs of action "will be almost insignificant relative to projected growth," the document showed.

  • China economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 10:09 PM ET

    BEIJING— China's economic growth waned to 7.3 percent last quarter, the lowest rate since early 2009, resuming a slowdown that had been eased by mini-stimulus measures earlier in the year. The International Monetary Fund said in July that China should lower its growth target to no more than 7 percent for next year, but some analysts expect an even deeper decline,...

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The United States faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico after the World Trade Organization ruled on Monday it had failed to bring its meat labeling regulations fully in line with international fair trading rules. Canada and Mexico called on the United States to repeal the rules and said they were prepared to...

  • *OPEC ministers to meet in Vienna on Nov. 27. CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 20- Brent crude fell on Monday, dropping below $86 a barrel as worries about booming supply and sluggish demand pushed the global oil benchmark back toward last week's four-year low. Oil prices are down more than 25 percent since June on concern about a saturated global oil market and a gloomy economic...

  • *OPEC ministers to meet in Vienna on Nov. 27. CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 20- Brent crude fell below $86 a barrel on Monday as nagging concerns about abundant supply and sluggish demand pushed the global oil benchmark back down toward a four-year low hit last week. Oil prices are down more than 25 percent since June on concern about a saturated global oil market and a gloomy...

  • WTO rejects US country-of-origin labels for meat Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. In 2012, the WTO had ruled against the "country of origin labeling" requirements, which Congress originally wrote in 2002. The U.S. Department of Agriculture rewrote...

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The United States faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico after the World Trade Organization ruled on Monday it had failed to bring its meat labeling laws fully into line with international fair trading rules. The WTO said the United States had not done enough to change its labeling laws, requiring retailers such as...

  • *OPEC ministers to meet in Vienna on Nov. 27. CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 20- Brent crude resumed its decline on Monday, dropping below $86 a barrel as nagging concerns about abundant supply and sluggish demand pushed the global oil benchmark back down toward a four-year low hit last week. Oil prices are down more than 25 percent since June on concern about a saturated...

  • GENEVA, Oct 20- The United States has not done enough to change its meat labelling rules after losing a World Trade Organization challenge brought by Mexico and Canada, the WTO said on Monday. The WTO ruled in June 2012 that the U.S. meat labelling program, known as country-of-origin labelling, unfairly discriminated against Canada and Mexico because it gave less...

  • UPDATE 4-Oil slips below $86 on global oversupply Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    *OPEC ministers due to meet in Vienna on Nov. 27. Abundant global oil supplies, particularly of very high quality, light oil, coupled with a gloomy economic outlook from Europe to China pushed Brent last week below $83, to its lowest since 2010. Oil prices are down more than 25 percent since June. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran have all indicated reluctance to change...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 20- The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers. As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Brussels and Beijing sets out a...