ATHENS, Nov 21- Greece's government on Friday pushed ahead with plans for a near-balanced budget next year, ignoring objections from its international lenders who say Athens is set to miss its deficit forecast. The government and the European Union and International Monetary Fund have been at loggerheads over the projected 2015 deficit, with the lenders...» Read More
BEIJING, Aug 18- China said on Monday it regretted World Trade Organisation members had failed to reach an agreement on simplifying global customs rules, a breakdown it said could damage multilateral trade.
DEATH TOLL FROM EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA RISES TO 1,145- WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.
Aug 15- Oil prices are now too low for most OPEC countries to cover their spending needs, a Reuters survey shows. Seven of the 12 OPEC members, including Iraq, Iran and Nigeria, now need far higher oil prices to cover their budgets, data from economists and industry analysts shows.
BRUSSELS, Aug 15- NATO said on Friday that Russia, while calling for de-escalation of the Ukraine conflict, had in fact been escalating it. NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said the alliance was checking eyewitness reports in two British newspapers on Friday that a column of at least 23 Russian military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine overnight.
NATO SAYS RUSSIA, WHILE CALLING FOR DE-ESCLATION, HAS BEEN ESCALATING UKRAINE CONFLICT.
Staff with the World Health Organization battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak.
*Guinea declares health emergency over virus. CONAKRY, Aug 14- Staff with the World Health Organization battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on its website on Thursday.
PRAGUE, Aug 14- Slovakia's prime minister criticized European Union sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, saying they would only threaten economic growth in the 28- member bloc. Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine on June 16 in a dispute over unpaid bills but so far has continued to supply gas which Ukraine sends on to Russia's other customers.
KIEV, Aug 14- Ukraine's parliament approved a law on Thursday to allow gas transit facilities to be leased on a joint venture basis with participation from firms in the European Union or United States.
BRUSSELS, Aug 14- Agricultural officials from all 28 European Union countries began emergency talks on Thursday to weigh the impact of Russia's ban on Western food imports and whether to compensate EU farmers.
SEOUL, Aug 14- U.S. crude oil futures declined to below $97.50 a barrel on Thursday in early Asian trade, pressured by an unexpected rise in U.S. crude inventory and high oil output in the United States and OPEC member countries.
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13- The U.N. Security Council said on Wednesday it was encouraged by the nomination of Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi as it was an important step toward creating an inclusive government representing all parts of the country's society.
*Senior bondholders in Banco Espirito Santo spared pain. FRANKFURT, Aug 13- Portugal is making the same costly mistake as Ireland by rescuing a troubled bank and largely sparing its bondholders losses, one of the architects of Ireland's bailout has warned.
*OPEC output rose to five-month high in July- IEA. LONDON, Aug 13- Brent crude oil fell for a fourth straight day on Wednesday to its lowest in more than a year, dipping towards $102 a barrel as strong supplies overshadowed fears of disruptions from violence in OPEC members Iraq and Libya.
*OPEC output hits five-month high in July- IEA. *No supply disruption yet from Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil fell to a 13- month low on Tuesday as increased OPEC production helped dampen concerns over potential supply disruptions in Iraq and Libya.
*OPEC output hits five-month high in July- IEA. NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil fell to a 13- month low on Tuesday as increased OPEC production helped dampen concerns over potential supply disruptions in Iraq and Libya. OPEC output hit a five-month high of 30.44 million barrels per day in July with a 300,000- bpd rise led by Saudi Arabia and Libya, the IEA said.
*OPEC output hits five-month high in July- IEA. *No supply disruption yet from Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil fell to a nine-month low on Tuesday as increased OPEC production helps dampen concerns over potential supply disruptions in Iraq and Libya.
*No threat to supply seen in Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. SINGAPORE, Aug 12- Brent crude extended losses for a third straight session, dropping towards $104 a barrel on Tuesday as new political tension on the streets of Baghdad were seen as holding little threat to the OPEC producer's oil output.
BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Aug 11- European Union regulators on Monday began analysing product-by-product the impact of a Russian ban on EU food imports and agreed emergency measures to support peach and nectarine growers in what they described as a "signal of intent".
Ukraine, Moscow says sending aid convoy@. BRUSSELS/ DONETSK, Aug 11- NATO said on Monday there was a "high probability" that Russia could launch an invasion of eastern Ukraine under the guise of a humanitarian operation, but a defiant President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was sending an aid convoy into the country.