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  • EU takes Russia to WTO over commercial vehicle trade row Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 21- The European Union took another trade dispute with Russia to the World Trade Organisation on Wednesday, seeking to force Moscow to lift duties against German and Italian light commercial vehicles that Brussels says are illegal.

  • LONDON, May 21- The second round of a battle between banks and bourses kicks off this week when European Union regulators publish proposals for the biggest shake-up of the bloc's securities market in history to increase transparency and investor protection.

  • SINGAPORE, May 21- Brent futures edged higher towards $110 per barrel on Wednesday, supported by industry data showing an unexpected draw in U.S. crude inventories and new violence in OPEC oil producer Libya. Investors will now be watching closely to see if official data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration confirms the drop.

  • SINGAPORE, May 21- Brent futures edged higher towards $110 per barrel on Wednesday, supported by violence in OPEC oil producer Libya and industry data showing an unexpected draw in U.S. crude inventories. Investors will now be watching closely to see if official data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration confirms the big drop.

  • *Italy vs Spain emerges as key pre-election trade. LONDON, May 20- Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated bonds rose on Tuesday amid concern this week's European Union elections might derail domestic economic reforms.

  • GENEVA, May 20- The United Nations is talking to oil-producing African countries about levying 10 cents on every barrel produced to provide funds to help the poorest nations improve public health, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.

  • *Libya output at 210,000 bpd; western oilfields shut. *Statoil shuts platform in North Sea after oil leak. LONDON, May 20- Brent oil held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday as unrest and low output in OPEC exporter Libya offset downward pressure from expectations of a weekly build in U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • GENEVA, May 20- The United Nations is talking to oil-producing African countries about levying 10 cents on every barrel produced to provide funds to help the poorest nations improve public health, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.

  • BRUSSELS, May 20- European Union antitrust regulators charged Europe's biggest bank HSBC, U.S. peer JPMorgan and France's Credit Agricole on Tuesday with rigging financial benchmarks linked to the euro, exposing them to potential fines.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. *Statoil shuts Snorre B platform in North Sea after oil leak. LONDON, May 20- Brent oil held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday as unrest and low output in OPEC exporter Libya offset downward pressure from expectations of a weekly build in U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. *Statoil shuts Snorre B platform in North Sea after oil leak. LONDON, May 20- Brent oil held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC exporter Libya offset downward pressure from expectations of a weekly build in U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset downwards pressure on prices from expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • *Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.

  • ANTANANARIVO, May 19- The World Bank will give Madagascar $400 million in financial support over three years, after recently restoring ties following a peaceful election, while the European Union said it was resuming full relations with the Indian Ocean island.

  • PARIS, May 16- The European Union is considering raising the pressure on the United States in the world's largest trade dispute by challenging tax breaks that encouraged planemaker Boeing to keep production of its latest jet in Washington state, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • LONDON, May 16- Fossil fuel subsidies cost governments in emerging markets more than $500 billion every year and are a major contributor to climate change, according to the International Energy Agency and International Monetary Fund.

  • LONDON, May 15- Egyptian companies could suffer a fall in profits as the incoming government phases out energy subsidies, Egypt's finance minister Hany Kadry Dimian said on Friday. The International Monetary Fund estimates Egypt's energy subsidies amount to three times what the country spends on education and seven times its expenditure on health.

  • "Best before" dates add to food waste - EU paper Friday, 16 May 2014 | 3:57 AM ET

    *European Commission working on food waste policy document. ATHENS, May 16- "Best before" dates on food add to a mountain of waste in Europe and could be scrapped for some long-life produce, a group of European Union states have argued in a discussion paper prepared for an agriculture ministers meeting on Monday.

  • *OPEC needs to pump more in second half of 2014- IEA. OPEC- member Libya's output was at 300,000 barrels per day with the El Feel field at full capacity and Wafa field back at work after protests ended, an official with the National Oil Corporation said. Royal Dutch Shell lifted force majeure on exports of Forcados crude from Nigeria, adding to the pressure on oil.

  • MOSCOW, May 15- Middle East crude producers played down the threat of a competitive battle with Russia over Asian markets at a Moscow energy conference on Thursday, even while Russian comments emphasized its push to the east.