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  • EUROPEAN UNION STRESS TEST OF BANKS TO INCLUDE SURGE IN UNEMPLOYMENT TO 13 PCT, SHARP DROP IN HOUSE PRICES.

  • The European Union had already sanctioned 33 Russians and Ukrainians in protest at Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in March. *Dmitry Kozak, deputy prime minister responsible for overseeing the integration of the annexed Crimea into Russia. *Oleg Savelyev, minister for Crimean Affairs responsible for the integration of Crimea into Russia.

  • *Says escalation of Ukraine crisis would pose major risks. FRANKFURT, April 28- The European Central Bank should do "everything it can" to tackle low growth and inflation but euro zone governments must also shape up their economies, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Monday.

  • *First minister says Scotland would be "enthusiastic" EN member. *Oil-rich Scotland wants Europe but not euro. BRUGES, Belgium, April 28- An independent Scotland would be a more constructive member of the European Union than a reluctant Britain, Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said on Monday.

  • *U.S. announces new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 28- Brent crude oil prices fell almost 1 percent on Monday, extending earlier losses, on expectations of greater supplies as OPEC producer Libya prepares to reopen a second port, and as traders unwound the spread versus U.S. crude.

  • * "Brexit" worry increasing among UK financial bosses. LONDON, April 28- A British exit from the European Union could wreck London's position as the only financial centre to rival New York and isolate the country's economy, research ordered by a lobby group for banks and money managers showed.

  • *EU legislature faces challenge to its legitimacy. PARIS, April 27- At each election since Europe's unique experiment in cross-border democracy began in 1979, the percentage of voters casting ballots for the directly elected European Parliament has fallen.

  • LONDON, April 27- A British exit from the European Union could wreck London's position as the only financial centre to rival New York and isolate the country's economy, research ordered by a lobby group for banks and money managers showed.

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- The United States and the European Union are expected to impose fresh sanctions on Russian individuals on Monday in response to Moscow's alleged efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- The United States and the European Union are expected to impose fresh sanctions on Russian individuals on Monday as a result of Moscow's alleged efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.

  • UNITED NATIONS/ ABIDJAN, April 25- The U.N. Security Council is set to partially ease a decade-long arms embargo on Ivory Coast and lift a ban on diamond exports, diplomats said on Friday, despite claims by U.N. experts the measure failed to stop illicit trafficking of rough diamonds.

  • BRUSSELS, April 25- U.S. cable group Liberty Global's bid for Dutch peer Ziggo is likely to face lengthy scrutiny by European Union antitrust regulators because of the complex issues involved, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • UNITED NATIONS/ ABIDJAN, April 25- The U.N. Security Council is set to lift a nearly decade-long diamond embargo on Ivory Coast, diplomats said on Friday, despite U.N. experts reporting that ban has failed to stop the illicit production and trafficking of rough diamonds.

  • *Belgium's Verhofstadt running for European Commission president. BRUSSELS, April 25- The European Union must not retreat behind national borders to pull out of its economic slump, said Guy Verhofstadt, a prominent supporter of a federal Europe who is seeking the presidency of the European Commission.

  • *Turkey cuts gold holdings by 14.3 T, Russia by 1.2 T. NEW YORK, April 24- Turkey and Russia both cut their gold holdings in March after increases the month before, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Thursday. The country is the world's 13th- largest holder of gold, according to the World Gold Council.

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday said its board planned to meet on April 30 to consider an aid package for Ukraine, saying that Kiev had supplied the necessary documents to determine whether conditions for a bailout had been met.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 24- The United Nations Security Council asked for an urgent investigation on Thursday into the ethnic massacre of hundreds of people in South Sudan's oil hub Bentiu and expressed its willingness to "take additional measures" if there are more attacks on civilians.

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that its board would meet on April 30 to consider an aid package for Ukraine, saying that Kiev had supplied the needed documents for it to determine whether conditions for a bailout had been met.

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that Ukraine's government had provided the documentation needed to show whether it had met conditions for a financial aid package and the Fund's board would meet on April 30 to review and consider the matter.

  • IMF SAYS IT HAS RECEIVED NEEDED DOCUMENTATION FROM UKRAINE, IMF BOARD WILL MEET APRIL 30 TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER AID.