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  • *IMF says deposits, credit highly concentrated in Qatar. His remarks come after the International Monetary Fund warned in February that both credit and deposits were highly concentrated in Qatar, and that the authorities should carefully monitor vulnerabilities in the banking system.

  • Changes aimed at making $700 trillion market safer. LONDON, May 8- Banks should get a breathing space of a few months to adjust to coming new rules on the clearing of derivatives deals, a top European Union regulator proposed on Thursday. The global derivatives market is worth around $700 trillion, with London and New York the biggest centres.

  • BEIJING, May 8- China's exports and imports returned to slight growth in April as orders to the United States and European Union surged, offering some positive signals for the world's second-largest economy after a weaker-than-expected start to 2014..

  • LONDON, May 8- The euro rose against the dollar on Thursday, trading not far from recent two-month highs and buoyed by a rise in overnight money market rates driven by dwindling excess cash in the euro zone.

  • BRUSSELS, May 7- European Union governments reached a preliminary agreement on Wednesday to expand the legal criteria for targeting people and companies with sanctions to pressure Russia over Ukraine, paving the way for new listings as early as Monday, diplomats said.

  • *Japan, EU pressure Russia over Ukraine crisis. BRUSSELS, May 7- The European Union and Japan.

  • *EU open to new meeting on Ukraine in Geneva. BRUSSELS, May 7- The European Union and Japan called on Russia on Wednesday to avoid worsening the crisis in Ukraine and Brussels threatened further sanctions, seeking to calm growing violence that could put Ukraine's presidential elections at risk.

  • *Maijoor cautions how tax was "devastating" for Sweden. LONDON, May 7- A tax on stock, bond and derivatives transactions in fewer than half of European Union member states would "not be good" for the bloc's securities market, a top EU regulator said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, May 7- A tax on financial transactions in fewer than half of European Union member states would "not be good" for the bloc's securities market, a top EU regulator said on Wednesday.

  • CARACAS, May 6- A World Bank panel said on Tuesday it has rejected Venezuela's request to change the arbitrators reviewing a dispute over compensation sought by U.S. oil company ConocoPhillips for 2007 expropriations.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 16 Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    May 7- For other related diaries, please. ABUJA- World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Abuja. RABAT- International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde visits Morocco.

  • OTTAWA, May 6- NATO will have to consider permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe as a result of the increased tension between Russia and Ukraine, the alliance's top military commander said on Tuesday. NATO has arranged a number of short-term army, air force and naval rotations in Eastern Europe, but these are due to finish at the end of this year.

  • OTTAWA, May 6- NATO will have to consider permanently stationing troops in eastern Europe as a result of the increased tension between Russia and Ukraine, the alliance's top military commander said on Tuesday. NATO has arranged a number of short-term rotations of personnel and equipment in eastern Europe but these are due to finish at the end of 2014..

  • OECD cuts China 2014 growth forecast to 7.4 pct Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    BEIJING, May 6- China's economic growth is likely to slow to 7.4 percent in 2014 from 7.7 percent last year due to the government's drive to curb credit risk and excessive factory capacity, the OECD said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- U.S. economic growth is set to rebound strongly in the second quarter as the scars of a brutally cold winter fade, but inflation pressures will remain tame through 2015, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • WASHINGTON/ SINGAPORE May 6- Singapore has reached a tax information-sharing agreement with the United States under a new law meant to combat offshore tax dodging by Americans, a U.S. Treasury Department spokeswoman said on Monday.

  • OTTAWA, May 5- NATO's top military commander in Europe said on Monday he no longer thought regular Russian troops would enter eastern Ukraine, predicting Moscow could achieve its goals through the unconventional forces stirring up trouble there.

  • OTTAWA, May 5- NATO's top military commander on Monday said he did not think regular Russian troops would enter eastern Ukraine, predicting that Moscow could achieve its goals through other means.

  • OTTAWA, May 5- NATO's top military commander on Monday said he did not think Russian troops would enter eastern Ukraine, predicting that Moscow could achieve its goals through other means. General Philip Breedlove also told an audience in Ottawa that it was too early to say whether Russian special forces were firing missiles at Ukrainian helicopters.

  • EU squares up to tough choices without Russian gas Monday, 5 May 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 5- European Union officials hunkered down behind closed doors on Monday to confront the hard choices to be made for the EU to wean itself off Russian gas, even considering more use of polluting coal.