BEIJING, July 31- Weakness in China's real estate sector poses near-term risks for the world's second-largest economy, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Thursday.» Read More
BRUSSELS,- The European Parliament backed a law on Wednesday to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in. Non-native plant and animal life are estimated to cost the European Union 12 billion euros a year in damage and control costs.
MOSCOW, April 16- Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies.
*German RWE begins small gas deliveries to Ukraine. VELKE KAPUSANY, Slovakia/ FRANKFURT, April 15- U nprecedented talks across the European Union on Tuesday showed it scrambling for solutions on the ground to break its dependence on Russian gas and help supply Ukraine.
LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.
LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union could hold an emergency summit next week to impose further sanctions against Russia if there is no breakthrough at talks with Ukraine scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, France's foreign minister said on Monday.
FRANKFURT, April 14- A senior International Monetary Fund official has backed the European Central Bank's efforts to encourage trading in asset-backed securities in Europe by easing rules for low-risk debt packages.
PRAGUE, April 14- The Czech Republic wants to continue expanding nuclear energy capacity despite cancelling a tender to build two new units and believes the European Union should be more supportive of atomic power, Industry Minister Jan Mladek said on Monday.
LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union threatened Russia with more sanctions on Monday over its actions in eastern Ukraine, which Britain said was being destabilised by Moscow, although some EU states said diplomacy should be given more time.
GENEVA, April 14- The World Trade Organization slightly raised its 2014 forecast for growth in global goods trade to 4.7 percent on Monday, saying it did not expect a return to the historical trend level of 5.3 percent until 2015..
GENEVA, April 14- The World Trade Organization revised its 2014 forecast for growth in global goods trade slightly upward to 4.7 percent on Monday, but said it did not expect growth to return to the historical trend level of 5.3 percent until 2015..
WTO SAYS MAIN VARIABLE IN WORLD TRADE FORECASTS IS SPEED OF EU ECONOMIC RECOVERY.
WTO SEES GLOBAL TRADE IN GOODS GROWING BY 4.7 PCT IN 2014, REVISED UP FROM FORECAST OF 4.5 PCT IN SEPT.
WTO SAYS DOLLAR VALUE OF GLOBAL SERVICES EXPORTS GREW 6 PCT TO $4.6 TRLN IN 2013, VS 2 PCT GROWTH IN 2012.
WTO SEES TRADE IN GOODS GROWING BY 5.3 PCT IN 2015, RETURNING TO 20- YEAR GROWTH TREND.
LUXEMBOURG, April 14- European Union foreign ministers will hold talks on Monday to discuss how to toughen sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine without losing the support of some EU governments worried about antagonising a power with an energy stranglehold over Europe.
PARIS, April 13- Chinese economic growth data this week will offer the clearest indication yet of whether the world's second-largest economy will dodge a "hard landing". The International Monetary Fund warned last week on the risk of a "hard landing" in China.
*NATO alarmed by well organised armed men in east Ukraine. SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from state buildings in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with dead reported on both sides as Kiev combatted what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow.
*G20 gives U.S. until year-end to ratify reforms to the Fund. WASHINGTON, April 13- Reforms to the International Monetary Fund have hit a deadlock despite a declaration from global financial chiefs that they would move forward without the United States if it fails to ratify the changes by year-end, a G20 official said on Sunday.
*France looking to expand business ties to Latin America. HAVANA, April 12- France's foreign minister met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during the first visit to the island by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.
WASHINGTON, April 12- A senior Chinese official hit back on Saturday at International Monetary Fund warnings that China's economy faced the danger of a hard landing due to poor asset quality, saying the government was taking action to deal with financial risk.