MOSCOW, Dec 7- Moscow and Kiev have failed to reach agreements on reducing Russian gas prices or Ukraine joining a Moscow- led customs union, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Saturday. Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich met in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday.» Read More
LONDON, June 19- The UK's highest court has ruled that the British government was wrong to have imposed sanctions on an Iranian bank in 2009 over alleged links to Iran's nuclear programme.
BEIJING, June 19- Wanda Group, China's largest commercial real estate developer, aims to invest about $1 billion to build a five-star hotel in New York as its third major investment outside its home market, Chairman Wang Jianlin said on Tuesday.
PARIS, June 19- France's cash-strapped government hopes to net up to 2.5 billion euros this year as it hunts down tax dodgers who stash cash in secret bank accounts, Budget Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday.
*Copper, other markets, trade in recent ranges. LONDON, June 19- Copper edged up on Wednesday, but remained within a tight range near six-week lows, as investors held fire ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting.
MELBOURNE/ JAKARTA, June 19- Australia's Intrepid Mines Ltd is learning that business in Indonesia is personal as it wages a difficult fight to win back rights to a $5 billion copper and gold prospect in East Java.
BRUSSELS, June 19- Nine drugmakers, including Denmark's Lundbeck, were fined a total of 146 million euros by EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday for blocking the supply of a cheaper anti-depressant medicine to the market.
PRAGUE, June 19- It was a moment of high drama: the Czech prime minister stood up in parliament to try to salvage a political career torpedoed by the arrest of an aide, and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, sitting next to him, had dozed off.
LONDON, June 19- The rand firmed to five-day highs on Wednesday after better-than-expected South African current account data but most other emerging assets were broadly weaker as investors awaited clarity on the U.S.
Violence in the Middle East and lower oil stockpiles in the United States supported prices. Brent futures for August delivery were up 50 cents to $106.52 a barrel by 0940 GMT and set for their highest close since April 4. U.S. crude for July delivery rose to a nine-month high of $99.01, before easing to $98.91, still up 47 cents.
LONDON, June 19- Gold held steady on Wednesday ahead of the outcome of the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting, as traders awaited further guidance on the future of the U.S. central bank's quantitative easing programme. Gold broke below its recent trading range on Tuesday to slide 1.2 percent, its biggest one-day loss in nearly two weeks.
TOKYO, June 19- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has no intention of blinking first in the face off with Japan's markets even as central bank officials grow increasingly worried about price volatility.
*Oil holds around $106 a barrel, gold flat. LONDON, June 19- European shares turned lower but major currencies and commodities stuck within recent ranges on Wednesday as investors awaited clarity on the U.S.
BRUSSELS, June 19- EU antitrust regulators fined nine drugmakers a total of 146 million euros on Wednesday for blocking the supply of cheaper medicines on the market, with a penalty of 94 million euros imposed on Denmark's Lundbeck.
ZURICH, June 19- Swiss upper house lawmakers kept alive a draft law aimed at ending a long-running U.S. tax probe into hidden offshore accounts at Swiss banks on Wednesday, leaving the final say with the lower house, which has previously rejected it.
*Yuan gains slightly to close 6.1269/ dlr. SHANGHAI, June 19- China's yuan ended slightly stronger on Wednesday, despite data showing declining capital inflows, as dealers reported continued strong demand for the currency.
LONDON, June 19- The dollar was broadly steady in subdued trading on Wednesday as markets awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's rate-setting meeting for clues on the future course of U.S. monetary policy. Analysts said the dollar and riskier assets could benefit if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke manages to pacify nervous markets.
HELSINKI, June 19- Finland on Wednesday slashed the outlook for its economy, predicting it will shrink for the year, raising doubts about its reputation as one of the euro zone's healthiest economies. The finance ministry said it now expects Finland's gross domestic product to shrink 0.4 percent this year instead of growing 0.4 percent as it forecast in March.
*Mengniu spikes after $1.6 bln Yashili takeover offer. HONG KONG, June 19- Shanghai shares closed at their lowest since mid-December, exerting pressure on Hong Kong markets on Wednesday, as a cash squeeze in the mainland worsened and official news reports further dampened hopes for policy easing.
SHANGHAI, June 19- General Motors Co's strategy to make its 110- year-old Cadillac brand one of China's top-selling luxury rides went up a gear on Wednesday as the U.S. automaker unveiled plans to expand its retail network in the world's largest car market.
The multi-role Eurofighter combat jet is made by EADS, representing France and Spain, Britain's BAE Systems and Italian weapons maker Finmeccanica, with each taking responsibility for particular campaigns. It is vying for orders in South Korea, Kuwait, Qatar, Bulgaria and Denmark, Gutierrez said.