*India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.» Read More
BRUSSELS, March 20- Influential European lawmakers backed a package of nearly 500 million euros in annual trade benefits for Ukraine on Thursday, opening the way for duty-free Ukrainian exports into the European Union from late April.
MOSCOW, March 20- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday he saw no need for the early repayment of Eurobonds bought from Ukraine. "There are no grounds for early repayment," he told journalists at a local business conference. Anyway Ukraine is working on a programme with the International Monetary Fund... and we hope they will have the resources. "
SANTIAGO, March 19- Latin American nations are looking ahead at a period of weaker regional currencies, while the widespread growth model based on commodities exports is nearing a "plateau", an International Monetary Fund official said on Wednesday.
*EU will tell Kiev it can supply Ukraine with gas. Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has revived doubts about whether the European Union should continue to rely on Russia for nearly a third of its gas, providing Gazprom with an average of $5 billion per month in revenue.
KIGALI, March 19- The World Bank signed off on a $70 million financing package for Rwanda on Wednesday, the last tranche of a three-year aid programme, which will be partly used to make poverty-fighting programmes more effective at combating natural disasters.
BRUSSELS/ LONDON, March 19- European Union leaders are preparing to set an October deadline for agreeing on the bloc's 2030 climate and energy goals, a draft document seen by Reuters shows.
Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has revived doubts about whether the European Union should continue to rely on Russia for nearly a third of its gas, providing Gazprom with an average of $5 billion per month in revenues.
PARIS, March 19- France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he would soon travel to Cuba, the first such visit in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.
BRUSSELS, March 19- European Union antitrust regulators fined German engineering group Schaeffler, Sweden's SKF and three Japanese car parts makers a total 953.3 million euros for taking part in a ball bearings cartel.
LONDON, March 18- Deals from the multi-trillion euro a day foreign exchange market could in principle be included in a tax on financial transactions, a legal opinion from European Union lawyers seen by Reuters said. Eleven countries from the EU's single currency area, led by Germany and France, are trying to reach an outline deal on a transaction tax by May.
*EU under pressure to widen sanctions against Russia. *Russia threatens to retaliate against EU and U.S. BRUSSELS, March 18- Mocked by Moscow, the European Union needs to impose far tougher sanctions over Crimea to make President Vladimir Putin sit up and pay attention, but its ability to agree them is limited- and may not be achievable at all.
TRIPOLI, March 18- A Libyan rebel leader said on Tuesday the oil in a tanker seized by the U.S. Navy belongs to the people of Libya's eastern Cyrenaica region and called on the Arab League to intervene. Tripoli has repeatedly failed to negotiate a peaceful end to the blockade, which has crippled the OPEC country's finances as its main revenue stream remains shut.
LONDON, March 18- Britain named two new deputy governors for the Bank of England on Tuesday- Monetary Policy Committee member Ben Broadbent and International Monetary Fund official Nemat Shafik.
*Russia wants "support group" to make Ukraine neutral. SIMFEROPOL/ BRUSSELS, March 17- The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognising the region as a sovereign state.
*Russia wants "support group" to make Ukraine neutral. SIMFEROPOL/ BRUSSELS, March 17- The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions including asset freezes and travel bans on a small group of officials from Russia and Ukraine after Crimea applied to join Russia on Monday following a weekend referendum.
HANOI, March 17- The European Union will launch negotiations this week for an investment pact with Myanmar, the EU's top trade representative said on Monday, a deal aimed at giving European firms preferential access to one of Asia's final frontier markets.
JOHANNESBURG, March 16- Mozambique's overall budget deficit is projected to widen to 9.5 percent this year from 3 percent in 2013, the International Monetary Fund said, as the country continues its spending-driven quest for economic growth.
ANTANANARIVO, March 15- The World Bank and the European Union will resume financial support to Madagascar, officials said, pledging to help rebuild the Indian Ocean island economy still reeling from a coup in 2009..
BRUSSELS, March 14- The European Union has yet to convince Washington to commit to exporting U.S. gas under a transatlantic trade deal despite two days of talks on the issue, highlighting the challenges Europe faces to reduce its reliance on Russian energy.
MOSCOW, March 14- Any move by the European Union to impose a visa ban on Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin would be "stupid" and hurt the Russian state oil company's Western partners more that Rosneft itself, a company spokesman said on Friday.