*Russia, Ukraine deny deal on customs union, cheaper gas. KIEV, Dec 7- Ukraine's opposition accused President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday of betraying national interests at unannounced talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin, though both countries said nothing had been agreed.» Read More
*Liberty Global has bought UK's Virgin Media, Dutch stake. LONDON, June 18- Vodafone faces a battle for Germany's largest cable company, Kabel Deutschland, although rival bidder Liberty Global of the United States has bigger regulatory and funding hurdles to overcome.
*Soybeans firm as USDA confirms continued planting delays. PARIS/ SYDNEY, June 18- Chicago wheat futures rose on Tuesday as rain, which hampered harvesting and sowing in the United States, encouraged buyers to return after a two-month low at the end of last week.
NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Tuesday, trading in a tight range ahead of the start of a highly anticipated Federal Reserve meeting.
VIENNA, June 18- Austria's central bank suspended its deputy governor on Tuesday while it reviews charges that he turned a blind eye toward shady banknote printing contracts with Azerbaijan and Syria in deals that got him and eight others indicted last week.
*Destined for India, Lithuania, Venezuela, Japan. PARIS, June 18- Brazilian planemaker Embraer announced deals for more than a dozen of its current passenger jets worth nearly $700 million at list prices on Tuesday, as it filled out its order book until the second-generation E-Jets arrive in 2018..
LONDON, June 18- The dollar rose on Tuesday, moving away from recent two-month lows against the yen, with further gains dependent on U.S.
JERUSALEM, June 18- The European Central Bank is ready to act to aid the euro zone economy if needed, while signs of market stabilisation mean interest rates are becoming a more effective tool again, ECB chief Mario Draghi said on Tuesday.
*HSBC and StanChart leads banks higher on Citi note. LONDON, June 18- Banks led gains in European shares on Tuesday with HSBC and Standard Chartered boosted by a positive Citigroup note, while speculation over monetary policy tweaks in the United States and China created an uncertain backdrop to trading.
Yahoo said U.S. law enforcement agencies made between 12,000 and 13,000 requests for data in the last six months, the latest in a series of disclosures by technology companies.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- An international peace conference aimed at ending the conflict in Syria is unlikely to take place before August after G8 leaders clashed with Russia over the nature of a transitional government, a source familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.
*Boeing launches larger 787-10 version of Dreamliner. *Boeing says has 102 orders from five customers. PARIS, June 18- Boeing launched a larger version of its flagship Dreamliner aircraft at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday, sharpening the battle with rival Airbus in the booming market for fuel-efficient, long-distance jets.
BRUSSELS, June 18- The European Union's top trade official will discuss a dispute with China over solar panels at a meeting in Beijing on Friday, with the EU looking to negotiate a settlement to the spat and avoid a costly and debilitating trade war.
JAKARTA, June 18- Indonesia's planned hike in fuel prices will drive 2013 inflation to a five-year high and pressure the central bank to raise interest rates again even as the increased cost of living weighs on consumers in Southeast Asia's largest economy.
ZURICH, June 18- Switzerland's lower house of parliament has stalled the government's bid to protect the country's banks from criminal charges in the United States for helping wealthy Americans to evade tax.
*Bunds fall in line with U.S. LONDON, June 18- German Bunds fell on Tuesday, in line with U.S. "Bernanke will probably try to continue to prepare the market for tapering off quantitative easing," DZ Bank strategist Christian Lenk said.
LONDON, June 18- Britain's fraud prosecutor on Tuesday charged former UBS trader Tom Hayes with eight counts of conspiracy to defraud, as part of a global investigation into the manipulation of benchmark interest rates. He generated nearly $260 million in revenues by late 2009, when he left UBS to join Citigroup after a dispute over his salary.
The deal with Yashili, which sources all of its products from New Zealand, marks the latest step by China's milk industry to consolidate the market after several tainted milk scandals tarnished the fragmented sector. Mengniu is offering HK $3.50 in cash to Yashili's shareholders, which includes the Carlyle Group and Yashili's chairman.
MUMBAI, June 18- The Indian rupee approached a record low while other Asian currencies also fell, reflecting the high stakes for regional policymakers should the Federal Reserve end a period of easy money that had boosted markets from Jakarta to Mumbai.
June 18- Hong Kong's de facto central bank said on Tuesday that its investigation into possible benchmark rate manipulation has been extended to include HSBC and a number of other banks.
*Obama, Putin disagreed over Syria in tense meeting. Syria was set to dominate the last day of the meeting in a secluded, heavily guarded golf resort in Northern Ireland, with Putin standing firm on his position that forcing out Assad would be disastrous for Syria and the region.