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Soccer-Cahill urges calm ahead of Australia's crunch UAE qualifier

SYDNEY, March 26 Tim Cahill remains confident that Australia will qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia despite a run of four straight draws that has seen the side fall three points behind the leaders in their final round group.


Snap election to test Bulgaria's divided loyalties

SOFIA Bulgarians vote on Sunday in a closely-fought election, with the centre-right GERB party challenged for power by Socialists who say they will improve ties with Russia even if it means upsetting the country's European Union partners.


U.N. envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire

GENEVA U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran on Saturday to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track.

DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to April 28

--------------------------------------------------------------- MONDAY, MARCH 27 SYDNEY - RBA Deputy Governor Guy Debelle speaks at forex conference in Sydney - 2200 GMT. NEW DELHI - Global Business Summit (to March 28). TUESDAY, MARCH 28 SYDNEY - Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Guy Debelle to speak at the FX Week Australia conference - 2300 GMT. BUDAPEST - Hungarian Central Bank to discuss the final version of its inflation report. JOHANNESBURG - South African Reserve Bank star

DIARY-Top Economic Events to April 27

Political and general news ** This Diary is filed daily ** ----------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY, MARCH 25 FRANKFURT - Federal Board member Wuermeling gives speech at the Aefma Annual General Meeting – 2330 GMT. BERLIN - President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, speaks at SPD (Social Democratic Party) delegate conference. MONDAY, MARCH 27 MADRID - Chicago Fed President Charles Evans and ECB Chief Economist Peter Praet speaks in Madrid - 13


EU stalls Russian gas pipeline, but probably won't stop it

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT Russia has the European Union in a bind.


Link seen between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar - U.S. general

WASHINGTON The head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday there was an "undeniable" link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, underscoring U.S. concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya.


Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence - U.N.

GENEVA Russia, Iran and Turkey need to convene more Syrian ceasefire talks as soon as possible to bring the situation on the ground under control, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.


U.S. House intelligence panel leaders split over session on Russia

WASHINGTON The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election deepened on Friday, when the committee's top Democrat suggested its Republican chairman cancelled a public hearing after pressure from the White House. | Video

Germany blocked Russian hacking attacks in 2016

BERLIN Germany last year warded off two cyber attacks by APT28, a top official said Friday, referring to a Russian hacking group also dubbed "Fancy Bear" that experts say successfully targeted Hillary Clinton's U.S. election campaign.

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