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  • *UK referendum on EU membership set for June 23. *Britain faces looming energy supply crunch. LONDON, June 16- A British vote to leave the European Union next week would make UK energy infrastructure investment costlier and delay new projects at a time when the country needs to plug a looming electricity supply gap.

  • *UK referendum on EU membership set for June 23. *Britain faces looming energy supply crunch. LONDON, June 16- A British vote to leave the European Union next week would make UK energy infrastructure investment costlier and delay new projects at a time when the country needs to plug a looming electricity supply gap.

  • *UK referendum on EU membership set for June 23. *Britain faces looming energy supply crunch. LONDON, June 16- A British vote to leave the European Union next week would make UK energy infrastructure investment costlier and delay new projects at a time when the country needs to plug a looming electricity supply gap.

  • BRUSSELS, June 16- The European Union agreed an outline deal late on Wednesday on a law to clean up the commodities supply chain to stem the use of gold and other metals from conflict zones. Members of the European Parliament and European Commission officials who brokered the deal said it would improve the lives of those living in conflict zones and marked a shift...

  • SINGAPORE, June 16- Singapore said on Thursday it will take part in a G20 plan to prevent tax avoidance and artificial shifting of profits by global corporations. Singapore has come under scrutiny in recent years as giants such as Apple and Google have used the low-tax city-state as a hub for their Asia businesses. Companies justify booking significant amounts...

  • *Passport system allows UK- based banks to sell services across EU. BRUSSELS, June 15- Britain's partners are stepping up warnings that if it votes next week to leave the European Union, banks and financial firms based in London could lose their money-spinning EU "passports". Germany, France, Luxembourg and Ireland would all be vying to pick up business from London in...

  • Speakers: International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen, Sveriges Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves, Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen and Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen. ST.PETERBURG, Russia- 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Russian President Vladimir Putin, European Commission...

  • Speakers: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen, Sveriges Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves, Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen and Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen. OSLO- European Central Bank board member Peter Praet speaks at the panel discussion on "Lessons from the financial...

  • Speakers: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen, Sveriges Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves, Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen and Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen. OSLO- European Central Bank board member Peter Praet speaks at the panel discussion on "Lessons from the financial...

  • *Industry says deal right to focus on upstream. BRUSSELS, June 15- The European Union on Wednesday agreed an outline deal on a law to clean up the commodities supply chain, so importers will have to carry out checks to stem the use of gold and other metals from conflict zones, European politicians said. "This deal is a breakthrough," said Dutch Green Member of the...

  • MONTEVIDEO, June 15- Uruguay's government said on Wednesday it would hedge against oil prices rising above $55 a barrel to avoid exposing the country to volatile swings in the commodity's price. The country, which imports all the crude oil it uses, said it would hedge 6 million barrels of oil with the World Bank, in case crude's price averages more than $55 per...

  • MONTEVIDEO, June 15- Uruguay's government said on Wednesday it would hedge 6 million barrels of oil for payout if the price of crude rises above $55 per barrel as it tries to limit exposure to volatile petroleum prices. This time, the $16 million agreement is with the World Bank. Risk would be transferred from the World Bank to the market, officials said at a press...

  • BERLIN, June 15- A British vote to leave the European Union would shake the bloc and require a concerted effort to ensure its stability, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday. Steinmeier said France and Germany had a special role to play since they had helped to found the European Community and had experienced the fruits of...

  • *Passport system allows UK- based banks to sell services across EU. BRUSSELS, June 15- Britain's partners are stepping up warnings that if it votes next week to leave the European Union, banks and financial firms based in London could lose their money-spinning EU "passports". Germany, France, Luxembourg and Ireland would all be vying to pick up business from London in...

  • MOSCOW, June 15- Russia's Defence Ministry on Wednesday accused NATO of fanning anti-Russian hysteria before the alliance's summit next month, rejecting criticism that snap drills to test combat readiness undermined stability.

  • BRUSSELS, June 15- The European Union proposed on Wednesday cutting the wholesale roaming rates that telecoms operators pay each other when customers use their mobile phones abroad to pave the way for the abolition of retail roaming charges by summer next year. The European Commission, the EU's executive, proposed cutting the maximum amount operators can...

  • CHRISHALL GRANGE, England, June 15- A narrow majority of Britain's farmers support remaining in the European Union although many are still undecided in the run-up to next week's referendum, according to a poll issued on Wednesday. The independent research body released the poll at Cereals 2016, the major annual trade event for Britain's arable sector.

  • CHRISHALL GRANGE, England, June 15- A narrow majority of Britain's farmers support remaining in the European Union although many are still undecided in the run-up to next week's referendum, according to a poll issued on Wednesday. The independent research body released the poll at Cereals 2016, the major annual trade event for Britain's arable sector.

  • MINSK, June 15- Belarus has fulfilled the basic criteria to qualify for new loans from the International Monetary Fund and expects it to start lending again after a six-year gap, a Belarussian Finance Ministry official told Reuters on Wednesday. The former Soviet republic has asked for $3 billion from the Fund to help refinance $3.3 billion in foreign loans...

  • EDINBURGH, June 15- Britain's June 23 referendum on European Union membership is on a knife edge and, if England dragged Scotland out of the 28- country bloc against its will, Scotland could call another independence vote, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview with Reuters. "I think it would be a very serious mistake for the UK to vote to...