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  • *France had pledged to meet EU goals by 2015, set example. MILAN, Sept 12- France faced harsh criticism on Friday for failing to meet a deadline to put its finances in order, as frustrated euro zone ministers struggled to keep alive their post-crisis strategy for the bloc's stagnating economy.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 12- President Vladimir Putin took a break from his official duties to slip into a Russian Orthodox Church this week and light a candle for fighters killed in eastern Ukraine. "I left a candle for those who died defending people in Novorossiya," he told reporters after emerging from the Church of the Holy Trinity on a Moscow hilltop.

  • LONDON, Sept 11- European leaders spoke early on Thursday and agreed to push ahead with a package of sanctions against Russia by the end of the week, due to its aggression towards Ukraine, British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said.

  • LONDON, Sept 11- European leaders spoke early on Thursday and agreed to push ahead with a package of sanctions against Russia by the end of the week, due to its aggression towards Ukraine, the spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

  • *Juncker unveils new 28- strong European Commission. BRUSSELS, Sept 10- The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team on Wednesday that handed key economic responsibilities to French and British commissioners but overseen by others in a new-look hierarchy.

  • UPDATE 2-France breaks 2015 deficit-cutting promise Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    *Sapin says France will need more time to rein in public finances. PARIS, Sept 10- France announced on Wednesday it was breaking the latest in a long line of promises to European Union partners to cut its public deficit, conceding it now would take until 2017 to bring its finances in line with EU rules.

  • *U.S. crude for October delivery had risen 19 cents to $92.94 by 0034 GMT, after gaining 9 cents the day before to end declines over the previous three sessions. *Brent crude rose 28 cents to $99.44, snapping a four-day losing streak after it settled down $1.04 on Tuesday at $99.16, the lowest closing price since April 2013.

  • *Germany could' go further' to help euro zone recovery. PARIS, Sept 8- International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde urged Germany to increase investments to help spur the euro zone's flagging economic recovery, adding that the bloc as a whole needed to make more structural reforms.

  • NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 5- French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he would stay in office until the end of his mandate in 2017 despite his record low opinion poll ratings, and defended himself vigorously against a suggestion he disliked the poor.

  • PARIS, Sept 5- French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that France would join a military coalition to help battle Islamic State militants in Iraq if asked by the government there, but did not provide specific details. The response is yes, "Hollande told journalists, when asked if France could be involved in possible air strikes or boots on the ground.

  • *Conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq dominate NATO summit. *NATO says Moscow has thousands of combat troops in Ukraine. NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4- NATO demanded on Thursday that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine as U.S.

  • NEWPORT, Wales/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Sept 4- U krainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires on Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five-month war in Ukraine's east.

  • *Crises in Ukraine, Iraq dominate NATO summit. *NATO says Moscow has thousands of combat troops in Ukraine. NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4- NATO demanded on Thursday that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine as U.S.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 3- The dollar hovered at 14- month highs against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, underpinned by stronger-than-expected U.S. data and a resulting rise in Treasury yields. A rise above 105.45 yen would take the dollar to a high not seen since October 2008.

  • TOKYO, Sept 3- Asian shares inched lower early on Wednesday after a lacklustre day on Wall Street, while the dollar was close to 14- month highs against a basket of major currencies after data underscored that the U.S. economy's modest expansion continues to chug along.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 3- The dollar hovered at 14- month highs against a basket of major currencies early on Wednesday, underpinned by upbeat U.S. data and further supported by a selloff in the yen and sterling.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 2- Expectations for further policy action at the European Central Bank's meeting on Thursday are running high after ECB President Mario Draghi pledged to use all available tools to keep prices in check.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 2- The dollar took advantage of thin conditions to overcome an options barrier and ascend to its highest level since January against the yen on Tuesday, while the languishing euro plumbed one-year lows against the greenback on expectations of easier euro zone policy ahead.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 2- The euro languished at one-year lows early on Tuesday, following an aimless session overnight with market activity severely hampered by a holiday in the United States. The common currency last traded at $1.3129, having drifted in a slim $1.3119/ 1. 3146 range for all of Monday.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has a "good chance" of being named to the European Commission's top economic and monetary job, a French diplomatic source said on Monday, as attention turned to the line-up of the next EU executive.