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  • INTERVIEW-Tsipras vows to break Greece's "bad spell" Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    *Tsipras committed to keeping Greece in euro. In an interview at his party headquarters in a gritty Athens district, Tsipras sought to reassure markets wary of Syriza sweeping into power, saying he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro and keeping the budget balanced before debt costs. "The fear-mongering of 2012 and the fear today that if Syriza comes to...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday that a draft law that has been submitted to parliament on state support for banks would grant up to 1 trillion roubles to "systemically important" banks. "First of all, we will support systemically important banks, so that economic transactions will be provided for. are the main holders of...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- There are plenty of lists proclaiming "The Best Places to Retire." Designed by real estate information company Zillow.com for Reuters, it incorporates reams of data on more than 15,000 locales across the United States. For instance, if you find all of the screening categories to be very important, and you are looking for a reasonably-priced home,...

  • COLUMN-Russia Sanctions: Beware the Blowback Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 18-- In recent days, the U.S. Congress has moved aggressively to increase the economic pain inflicted on Russia in punishment for its brazen destabilization of eastern Ukraine and Crimea. The desire to inflict more economic difficulty on Russia is understandable. By imposing pain on Russia, the United States and the European Union can try to force...

  • Uber driver in Boston charged with kidnapping and rape Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    Dec 18- A driver for ride-sharing company Uber in Boston was charged with the kidnapping and rape of a woman who used the service earlier this month. The driver, Alejandro Done, pleaded not guilty in Cambridge District Court on Wednesday, the Boston Globe reported. Uber has been banned in several cities in India following an alleged rape of a passenger who booked...

  • RUSSIAN FINANCE MINISTER SAYS GOVT TO GIVE SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT BANKS TOTAL OF UP TO 1 TRLN ROUBLES IN STATE SUPPORT.

  • Dec 18- Kraft Foods Group Inc on Thursday said Tony Vernon would retire as chief executive officer later this month, with Chairman John Cahill succeeding him as the company tries to accelerate its growth. Vernon, who has headed the company since it was spun off from Mondelez International Inc in October 2012, has focused on expanding its reach among growing...

  • *IAG keen on Aer Lingus's slots at London's Heathrow Airport. *Aer Lingus shareholders include Ryanair, Irish government. LONDON/ DUBLIN, Dec 18- Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover approach from the owner of British Airways, which is keen to gain control of the Irish airline's slots at London's Heathrow Airport.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen. "The economy continues to run hard as it finishes out the year," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits...

  • Dec 18- Ocwen Financial Corp is facing scrutiny from New York state and the federal government over whether the mortgage servicer improperly stalled short sales of property to collect more fees, Bloomberg reported, citing sources. The New York Department of Financial Services and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are looking into whether Ocwen...

  • *Uralkali sees 2014 output unaffected by damaged mine. MOSCOW, Dec 18- Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, may have to write down up to $1 billion for damage to its Solikamsk-2 mine and loss of potash reserves, while output could fall next year if the mine has to close, the company said. "If we talk about pessimistic scenario, total write-down might reach up to...

  • NEW YORK'S BANK REGULATOR LAWSKY SAYS REVISES PLANNED RULES FOR VIRTUAL CURRENCIES SUCH AS BITCOIN.

  • LAWSKY SAYS BITCOIN RULES NOT TO EXTEND TO SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS, USERS, MERCHANTS.

  • New York regulator lays out tweaks to bitcoin rules Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 18- New York state plans to soften proposed rules for virtual currencies such as bitcoin, its banking regulator said on Thursday, after receiving a round of public comments. Start-up companies dealing in the budding technology could get a two-year partial waiver from complying with the full set of rules to help them continue their business, New...

  • LAWSKY SAYS BITCOIN RULES WILL ALLOW VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO COUNT TOWARD LICENSEES' CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS.

  • *Wall Street on track for second day of strong gains. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting. A Reuters poll of Wall Street dealers puts expectations for the first interest-rate...

  • Oil prices retreat from short-covering rebound Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    Traders also cited a Bloomberg report that a port workers' union in Nigeria had ended its strike, potentially allowing crude oil shipments to resume out of the country.

  • TIPS breakeven rates slip before $15 bln auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street stock prices rose a day after U.S.

  • OIL PRICES DROP AFTER BLOOMBERG REPORT OF NIGERIA DOCKWORKERS UNION SUSPENDING STRIKE AT PORTS- TRADERS.

  • *Shares in GSK partner Agenus jump 10 percent. LONDON, Dec 18- An experimental shingles vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline has produced impressive results in a late-stage study, giving the group's expanding vaccine unit a potential $1 billion boost. The data suggests the British company's new shot could be a strong competitor for Merck& Co's established vaccine...