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  • White House fact sheet on change in Cuba policy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba. At times, longstanding U.S. policy towards...

  • ZURICH, Dec 17- The Swiss National Bank chose the first female director in its 107- year history on Wednesday as it braces for a potentially tough policy test if the European Central Bank starts full-blown quantitative easing in 2015.. Andrea Maechler, deputy division chief at the International Monetary Fund, will head the SNB department responsible for the...

  • UPDATE 7-Oil moves above $60 as U.S. crude stockpiles fall Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    *OPEC, Russia unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. LONDON, Dec 17- Brent crude oil moved above $60 a barrel on Wednesday as U.S. data showed falling crude inventories, stemming deep losses brought on by a supply glut and signals from OPEC producers and Russia that they will not cut production. "The decline in overall crude oil inventories was smallish," said John...

  • UPDATE 2-Regulators extend tax probe to all 28 EU nations Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Dec 17- European Union competition regulators have asked all 28 member countries for details of tax deals made with companies between 2010 to 2013, broadening their investigation into corporate tax avoidance. The move by the European Commission follows ongoing inquiries into Luxembourg's tax rulings for carmaker Fiat Chrysler and online giant...

  • OPEC DELEGATES FROM TWO NON-GULF MEMBERS SAY OPEC CANNOT CUT SUPPLY ALONE.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- OPEC members which backed an output cut at the group's meeting last month are coming around to the view of Saudi Arabia that they need to focus on market share, further reducing the chance of any action to defend prices. We are just watching and selling oil at whatever the price is, "said a delegate from an OPEC country which in November had wanted an...

  • OPEC DELEGATES SAY PRODUCERS ARE TRYING TO DISCOURAGE GROWTH OF SHALE OIL, EXPECT THIS TO HAPPEN EVENTUALLY.

  • OPEC DELEGATES SAY OPEC'S NOV DECISION NOT TO CUT OIL OUTPUT IS STIMULATING ECONOMY AND OIL DEMAND.

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 17- The International Monetary Fund estimates Ukraine needs another $15 billion in financing to withstand an economic crisis but the European Union has only limited capacity to help, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. Ukraine will need $15 billion in addition to what is already planned, "he told the European...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 17- The International Monetary Fund estimates Ukraine needs another $15 billion in financing to withstand an economic crisis but the European Union has only limited capacity to help, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. "Ukraine will need more help. Ukraine will need $15 billion in addition to what is already...

  • EU'S JUNCKER SAYS IMF ESTIMATES UKRAINE NEEDS ANOTHER $15 BILLION IN FINANCING TO WITHSTAND AN ECONOMIC CRISIS, SAYS EU HAS LIMITED CAPACITY TO HELP.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil falls below $59 as OPEC, Russia keep pumping Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    *OPEC, Russia unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. LONDON, Dec 17- Brent crude oil fell below $59 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5-1/ 2- year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they would maintain output despite a supply glut and faltering demand in Russia and Europe. "OPEC is trying to choke U.S. oil producers."

  • UPDATE 4-Oil holds below $60 as OPEC, Russia keep pumping Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:34 AM ET

    *OPEC, Russia unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. LONDON, Dec 17- Brent crude held below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5-1/ 2- year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they would maintain output despite a supply glut and faltering demand in Russia and Europe. "OPEC is trying to choke U.S. oil producers."

  • EU shines light on dirty money with central registers Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 17- The European Union has agreed rules to stamp out tax evasion and stop dirty money from criminal gangs or terrorism finance being channelled through anonymous companies. "Creating registers of beneficial ownership will help to lift the veil of secrecy of offshore accounts and greatly aid the fight against money laundering and blatant tax...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 17- The European Union will widen its ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration, EU officials said on Wednesday, tightening sanctions first imposed over Moscow's annexation of the region. At a summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, EU leaders meeting in the European Council will announce the punitive...

  • European Commission concerned about Russian economy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:18 AM ET

    BERLIN, Dec 17- The European Commission is worried about recent developments in Russia and has no interest in seeing the country's economy hobbled, a Commission official said on Wednesday. "We are all watching the economic developments in Russia with concern," the official said at a briefing in Berlin ahead of a summit of European Union leaders that starts on...

  • UPDATE 3-Oil below $60 as OPEC, Russia keep pumping Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:38 AM ET

    *OPEC, Russia unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. LONDON, Dec 17- Brent crude oil traded below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5-1/ 2 year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they would maintain output despite a supply glut and faltering demand in Russia and Europe. "OPEC is trying to choke U.S. oil producers."

  • EU OFFICIALS AGREE TO TIGHTEN SANCTIONS ON CRIMEA, DECISION TO BE ADOPTED IN TIME FOR EU LEADERS DEC.18-19 SUMMIT- OFFICIALS.

  • *OPEC unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. Non- OPEC member Russia, one of the world's top producers, has also indicated that it does not plan to cut output despite a glut in the world market. U.S. crude dropped $1.12 to $54.81 a barrel after touching the lowest since May 2009 at $53.60 on Tuesday.

  • MANILA, Dec 17- The Asian Development Bank slightly trimmed its growth forecast for developing Asia for this year and next, but said sliding prices for oil should help economies in the region push through with growth reforms. In its update to the 2014 outlook, ADB said on Wednesday developing Asia was now expected to grow 6.1 percent this year, a tad below its 6.2...