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  • 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.

  • GENEVA, May 20- The United Nations is talking to oil-producing African countries about levying 10 cents on every barrel produced to provide funds to help the poorest nations improve public health, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.

  • *Libya output at 210,000 bpd; western oilfields shut. *Statoil shuts platform in North Sea after oil leak. LONDON, May 20- Brent oil held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday as unrest and low output in OPEC exporter Libya offset downward pressure from expectations of a weekly build in U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • GENEVA, May 20- The United Nations is talking to oil-producing African countries about levying 10 cents on every barrel produced to provide funds to help the poorest nations improve public health, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.

  • BRUSSELS, May 20- European Union antitrust regulators charged Europe's biggest bank HSBC, U.S. peer JPMorgan and France's Credit Agricole on Tuesday with rigging financial benchmarks linked to the euro, exposing them to potential fines.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. *Statoil shuts Snorre B platform in North Sea after oil leak. LONDON, May 20- Brent oil held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday as unrest and low output in OPEC exporter Libya offset downward pressure from expectations of a weekly build in U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. *Statoil shuts Snorre B platform in North Sea after oil leak. LONDON, May 20- Brent oil held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC exporter Libya offset downward pressure from expectations of a weekly build in U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset downwards pressure on prices from expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • ANTANANARIVO, May 19- The World Bank will give Madagascar $400 million in financial support over three years, after recently restoring ties following a peaceful election, while the European Union said it was resuming full relations with the Indian Ocean island.

  • PARIS, May 16- The European Union is considering raising the pressure on the United States in the world's largest trade dispute by challenging tax breaks that encouraged planemaker Boeing to keep production of its latest jet in Washington state, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.