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  • GREECE'S ECONOMY MINISTER SAYS BETTER TO LINK GREEK DEBT REPAYMENTS TO COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE- DER SPIEGEL.

  • BEIJING Jan 31- General Motors and Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp will soon announce a joint push into Indonesia, using their no-frills Wuling brand to establish a beachhead in Southeast Asia's biggest market and from there tackle other markets in the region. In a report late Friday, officials from Indonesia's industry ministry told state Antara news agency...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 31- Russia's economy ministry said on Saturday it expected gross domestic product to fall 3 percent this year, more optimistic than many analysts' forecasts of a 4-5 percent drop. The economy has been hit by a sharp fall in oil prices and sanctions imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis, leaving Russia facing its first year of recession...

  • Germany, ECB play hard ball with Greece Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 9:01 AM ET

    *Merkel rejects a further debt haircut for Greece. BERLIN/ HELSINKI, Jan 31- German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece on Saturday, and a European Central Bank policymaker threatened to cut off funding to Greek banks if Athens does not agree to renew its bailout package. Alexis Tsipras has also promised to renegotiate agreements with...

  • *Payout may total up to 70 billion riyals. DUBAI, Jan 31- A lavish payout to public employees ordered by Saudi Arabia's new King Salman will help to sustain the kingdom's consumer boom and reassure financial markets that the government is not slashing expenditure in the face of low oil prices. The announcement did not give a monetary figure, but Saudi Arabia's 860...

  • CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan 31- ECB Vice-President Vitor Constancio said on Saturday that a decision on whether to give Greece emergency funding would be up to the central bank's Governing Council. Constancio said that the central bank's emergency liquidity assistance facility-- designed as a stop gap for banks facing temporary problems-- was an alternative to its...

  • RUSSIAN ECONOMY MINISTER SEES 2015 CAPITAL INVESTMENT FALLING 13 PCT YEAR-ON-YEAR- INTERFAX.

  • RUSSIAN ECONOMY MINISTRY SEES RETAIL SALES FALLING 8 PCT IN 2015- INTERFAX.

  • RUSSIAN ECONOMY MINISTRY SEES 2015 NET CAPITAL OUTFLOWT AT $115 BLN- INTERFAX AGENCY.

  • RUSSIAN ECONOMY MINISTRY SEES 2015 INFLATION AT 12 PCT- INTERFAX.

  • RUSSIAN ECONOMY MINISTER ULYUKAYEV SEES SEES GDP CONTRACTING BY 3 PCT IN 2015- INTERFAX.

  • SINGAPORE/ JAKARTA/ PARIS, Jan 31- The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unusual procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said. The Airbus A320 jet plunged into the Java Sea while en route...

  • WARSAW, Jan 31- U.S. energy major Chevron Corp said it will stop exploring for shale gas in Poland, a sector that has failed to live up to its early promise of transforming eastern Europe's energy supplies. Exxon Mobil, Total and Marathon Oil have also stopped shale gas exploration in Poland over the past three years. Governments in eastern Europe, especially Poland,...

  • Chevron to stop its shale gas exploration in Poland Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 6:24 AM ET

    WARSAW, Jan 31- U.S. energy major Chevron Corp said it will stop exploring for shale gas in Poland, a sector that has failed to live up to its early promise of transforming eastern Europe's energy supplies. Chevron's Polish unit "has decided to discontinue shale gas operations in Poland as the opportunities here no longer compete favorably with other...

  • PARIS/ ATHENS, Jan 31- Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will meet with his French counterpart Michel Sapin in Paris on Sunday, the French finance ministry said on Saturday. Late on Friday, a source close to the French president's office told Reuters that President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "agreed that it is important to...

  • PARIS/ ATHENS, Jan 31- Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will meet with his French counterpart Michel Sapin in Paris on Sunday, the French finance ministry said on Saturday. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. local time on Sunday and the two ministers will make a joint statement to media at 6.30 p.m., the ministry said in a statement. No one at the Greek finance...

  • ECB's Liikanen: Lending to Greek banks in jeopardy Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 5:41 AM ET

    A deal on extending Greece's bailout deal must be found by the end of February or the ECB will not be able to continue lending to its banks, ECB council member Erkki Liikanen said.

  • HELSINKI, Jan 31- A deal on extending Greece's bailout deal must be found by the end of February or the European Central Bank will not be able to continue lending to its banks, ECB council member Erkki Liikanen said on Saturday. Europe's bailout programme for Greece, part of a 240- billion-euro rescue package along with the International Monetary Fund, expires on...

  • Corruption shakes up China's biggest private lender Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 5:27 AM ET

    China Minsheng Banking's president has resigned for personal reasons hours after several Chinese media outlets reported he was being investigated.

  • BEIJING, Jan 31- China Minsheng Banking Corp said on Saturday that its president Mao Xiaofeng had resigned for personal reasons, hours after several Chinese media outlets reported he was being investigated by China's anti-corruption watchdog. The reports said Mao had been taken away earlier this week by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the...