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  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Feb 12- The European Central Bank raised pressure on Greece on Thursday to extend a bailout deal with its international creditors as new leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras told EU leaders austerity is killing his economy and they must find an alternative. Other leaders said it was up to Greece to respect budget discipline and economic...

  • MINSK, Feb 12- Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal that offers a "glimmer of hope" for an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine after marathon overnight talks. In a further sign of its fragility, a Ukrainian military spokesman said around 50 tanks, 40 missile systems and 40 armoured vehicles had crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

  • *Tsipras in Brussels for EU summit as euro talks stall. BRUSSELS, Feb 12- Greece's radical new prime minister Alexis Tsipras was in Brussels on Thursday to lay out his case for more financial help to fellow EU leaders following finance ministers' failure to narrow differences overnight. "Oh yes," Tusk said with theatrical emphasis when asked by reporters if he was...

  • MINSK, Feb 12- The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. The news came as Ukraine was offered a $40- billion lifeline by the International Monetary Fund to stave off financial collapse. The Minsk summit agreement offered hope for eastern Ukraine,...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 12- Russian assets strengthened sharply on Thursday after leaders at four-party talks in Minsk said a ceasefire had been agreed to halt fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said a general ceasefire would come into place at midnight on Feb 15 and that there was a commitment for all foreign military to be withdrawn from...

  • Putin: Leaders agree on Ukraine cease-fire Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends peace talks over Eastern Ukraine.

    A cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine will start Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

  • Ukraine deal: A 'necessary' start, not a solution  Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    It appears that Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko have reached an agreement on peace in Ukraine. Christopher Granville, managing director at Trusted Sources, discusses.

  • MINSK, Feb 12- The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France may be close to agreement following all-night talks on resolving the Ukraine conflict, diplomatic sources said on Thursday. The discussions came as pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting on Wednesday, killing 19 Ukrainian soldiers in...

  • MINSK, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and Washington is now openly talking of arming Ukraine to defend itself from "Russian...

  • MINSK, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and Washington is now openly talking of arming Ukraine to defend itself from "Russian...

  • *Kiev says 19 soldiers killed in assaults near Debaltseve. MINSK/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine began peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. Fighting has already killed more than 5,000 people, and...

  • *Kiev says 19 soldiers killed in assaults near Debaltseve. MINSK/ DONETSK, Ukraine Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, with Ukraine's pro- Moscow separatists tightening the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, but Ukraine's pro- Moscow separatists diminished the chance of a deal by launching some of the war's worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison. Kiev said 19 of its soldiers were killed in a day of pro-Russian separatist assaults at a...

  • *Leaders of Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine to hold summit in Minsk. *Sources say IMF bailout for Ukraine could be expanded up to $40 billion. Advances by pro-Russian rebels diminished hopes of a deal when Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany hold a summit in Minsk on Wednesday under a new Franco-German initiative to halt fighting in a war that has killed more than...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- U.S. President Barack Obama made clear he was some way from a decision on whether to arm Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, saying on Monday he still hoped for a diplomatic solution. Russia had violated a September peace deal by sending more tanks and artillery into eastern Ukraine, Obama said, adding that he...

  • Obama: Not ready to send arms to Ukraine...yet Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Obama in the Oval Office, Feb. 9, 2015.

    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirm sanctions until Moscow complies with international law.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 9- Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters shows, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels. A document prepared late last year by the Paris- based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue in Washington on Monday against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, while in Brussels EU ministers held off tightening sanctions to give peace talks a chance. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels in Washington on Monday in the face of intense U.S. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive U.S. action to help Kiev fight the separatists in eastern Ukraine,...

  • *Europeans spar with U.S. senators over arming Ukraine. MUNICH, Feb 8- The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin. After the call, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko...