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  • 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.

  • NAIROBI, April 24- Investment in infrastructure and natural resources will continue to underpin economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa, although capital outflows sparked by tighter global financial conditions pose a risk to growth, the IMF said on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS, April 24- The European Union may ban transactions with financial institutions in Crimea as part of its response to the annexation of the peninsula by Russia last month, an EU document obtained by Reuters showed.

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, April 24- The amount of spare cash in the euro zone banking system fell to its lowest levels in 2-1/ 2 years on Thursday, pushing up short-term money market rates and adding impetus for the ECB to loosen policy further.

  • Russian memo to WTO says US sanctions are illegal Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 6:24 AM ET

    GENEVA, April 24- Russia has told the United States that its Ukraine- related sanctions on a Russian bank and Russian citizens are illegal under World Trade Organization rules and must be scrapped. Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said last week that Russia could launch a dispute at the world trade body to challenge U.S. sanctions.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- A U.S. appeals court has revived a European Union lawsuit accusing R.J. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge erred in finding that a U.S. anti-racketeering law known as RICO did not cover foreign conduct, barring claims by France, Germany, Italy and 23 other European countries.

  • BRUSSELS, April 23- Britain should get a fair hearing for its concerns about the European Union but must not block extra powers for the euro zone, Jean-Claude Juncker, a leading candidate to take one of the bloc's top posts, said on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW, April 23- Russia's Energy Ministry has proposed European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger to hold a three-way meeting on gas between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission in Moscow on April 28, a ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "We send the letter to Oettinger proposing to hold the talks in Moscow on April 28," she told Reuters.

  • Russia says receives Brussels proposal on gas talks Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 23- Russia has received a proposal from European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger for a three-way meeting on gas between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, a spokeswoman at the Russian Energy Ministry said on Wednesday. She said that Moscow will reply later on Wednesday, proposing a date and place for the meeting.

  • KIEV, April 23- Russia, the European Commission and Slovakia may hold talks with Ukraine on Thursday on a possible solution to the country's gas crisis, Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said. Prodan told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow and the European Union had suggested the ministerial meeting, which would be held in the Slovak capital of Bratislava.