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(MENAFN - AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the EU on Monday to show "common sense" and not to engage in mutually destructive sanctions, in his first reaction to the threat of additional punitive measures over Ukraine.

"I hope that common sense will prevail... that we will work together normally and that we and our partners will not cause harm by poking at one another," ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia launched construction Monday of a 770 billion ruble ($20.8 bn) gas pipeline that will help bring gas from the far east of the country to China.

"We are today starting the biggest construction project in the world," President Vladimir Putin said at the ceremonial joining of the first sections of the 3,968-kilometre (2,466-mile) Siberian Strength pipeline ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stocks ended flat on Monday, held down by concerns over the Ukraine crisis and by weak manufacturing data, and the ruble and euro were weak.

The euro was weak against the US currency before Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) meeting when policymakers will consider their next move to counter the threat of deflation in the eurozone.

The single ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan - the first since World War II - has affected at least 22 people, the government said Monday, with all cases believed to be linked to a Tokyo park.

The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week.

All are believed to have visited Tokyo's Yoyogi Park or its environs, one of the major green ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Experts have warned rugby players not to rely on neck-braces to stop spinal injuries but to focus on prevention as concerns grow over increasingly heavy collisions following the three neck fractures suffered by Australia's Pat McCabe.

The Wallabies centre ended his career last week after suffering his third neck-break in the Wallabies' Test against the All ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Technology that generates touchable 3D imagery was unveiled in Japan Monday, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there.

Know-how that could improve a gaming experience, or allow someone to physically shape objects that exist only on a computer, will soon be available to buy, said Miraisens, a high-tech firm based ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The United Bank of India declared flamboyant and indebted tycoon Vijay Mallya a "wilful defaulter" on Monday, dealing another blow to his embattled Kingfisher Airlines.

A top official at the bank confirmed the decision, which comes nearly two years after the airline lost its licence to fly when it failed to end a strike by staff who had not been paid.

Kingfisher's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Greek economy, in recession for six years, shrank again in the second quarter of this year, but by only 0.3 percent, revised data showed on Monday.

The revised outcome from the statistics office Elstat was slightly worse than an initial estimate of minus 0.2 percent, but shows that the downturn is running out of steam, notably since the third quarter of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India's government asked the top court on Monday to safeguard some coal mine concessions deemed to have been illegally awarded as the energy-starved country's power sector faces fresh turmoil.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said 46 out of the 218 coal blocks whose award was deemed illegal by the Supreme Court last week should be exempt from cancellation because ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Manufacturing in the eurozone slumped in August to a 13-month low, a closely watched survey showed on Monday, in a further sign that recovery is faltering and that tensions with Russia are taking their toll.

Markit's purchasing managers' index (PMI) measure of output in the eurozone's manufacturing sectors fell to a figure of 50.7 in August, according to the ...

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