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  • *European Union says ready to provide $15 bln to Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Union offered a larger than expected package of aid to Ukraine on Wednesday, saying it was willing to provide $15 billion in loans and grants over the next several years to help get the shattered economy back on its feet.

  • LONDON, March 5- Adults should eat less than the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to sugary diets, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

  • WHO cuts sugar intake advice to 5 percent of daily energy Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    LONDON, March 5- Sugar should account for less than 5.0 percent of what people eat each day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to excessively sugary diets, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

  • Iraq returns as world's fastest-growing oil exporter Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    LONDON, March 5- Iraq is reclaiming its rank as the world's fastest-growing oil exporter, cushioning consumers from Libyan supply outages for now and, perhaps, reviving OPEC market share rivalries down the road.

  • Europe cautious on Russia sanctions ahead of summit Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    *EU leaders meet on Thursday to discuss next steps on Russia. BRUSSELS, March 5- European leaders are under pressure to match the United States in imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. But splits in the European Union, with many countries either close to Russia or reliant on its energy, means EU-U.S. unity is unlikely.

  • BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Union is ready to provide 11 billion euros of financial support to Ukraine over the next couple of years via a series of loans and grants, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday.

  • EU reaches tentative deal on aviation emissions Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    *Environmentalists urge parliament to reject the deal. BRUSSELS, March 4- The European Union on Tuesday reached a preliminary deal on a law that will exempt long-haul flights from paying for carbon emissions until 2016, EU sources said. A spokesman for the European Commission had no immediate comment.

  • OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. The G7 became the G8 in 1998 when Russia was formally included.

  • *EU ministers debated Ukraine energy situation on Tuesday. BRUSSELS, March 4- European Union policymakers are concerned about the risk of gas shortages in Ukraine, but there is no immediate threat to supplies in Europe where stocks are high after a mild winter, Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Tuesday.

  • KIEV, March 4- Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement on Tuesday to accept a 610 million euro loan from the European Union, agreed in February 2013 but never ratified under deposed pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich.

  • *EU foreign ministers meet to discuss situation in Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers held out the threat of sanctions against Russia on Monday if Moscow fails to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, while offering to mediate between the two, alongside other international bodies.

  • *Germany, France, Finland promoting OSCE negotiation effort. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down.

  • BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Union is unlikely to match the United States in threatening sanctions against Russia when its foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine on Monday, instead pushing for mediation between Moscow and Kiev, officials say.

  • IMF mission to start work in Ukraine on Tuesday Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    KIEV, March 3- An international Monetary Fund mission will arrive in Kiev on Monday and start consultations on Tuesday, an official at the Ukrainian central bank said. The official, who declined to be named, gave no further details. Ukraine's new leaders say the country needs about $35 billion in financial assistance over the next two years to avoid bankruptcy.

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- Finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich nations on Sunday pledged to throw a financial lifeline to Ukraine as long as the new government in Kiev agreed to pursue economic reforms sought by the International Monetary Fund.

  • G7 finance ministers say ready to aid Ukraine Sunday, 2 Mar 2014 | 9:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 2- Finance ministers from the Group of Seven developed nations said on Sunday they were prepared to provide "strong financial backing to Ukraine" and that support from the International Monetary Fund will be critical in unlocking other aid.

  • G7 FINANCE MINISTERS SAY IMF SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE WILL BE CRITICAL IN UNLOCKING ASSISTANCE FROM WORLD BANK, OTHER INSTITUTIONS, EU AND BILATERAL SOURCES.

  • G7 FINANCE MINISTERS SAY IMF IS INSTITUTION BEST PREPARED TO HELP UKRAINE ADDRESS ECONOMIC CHALLENGES.

  • KIEV, March 1- Ukraine is unlikely to receive financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund before April, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak was quoted as saying on Saturday. Ukraine, which faces a further $6 billion in foreign debt payments this year, has asked the IMF for financial assistance of at least $15 billion.

  • Details of the package were being hammered out, but Senator Chris Murphy, chairman of a Senate subcommittee on European Affairs, said the package would be part of "a broader, coordinated program" with the European Union, International Monetary Fund and other international partners.