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Philips says lighting spin-off on track despite quarterly loss

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AMSTERDAM - Dutch conglomerate Philips said it was pushing ahead with the planned spin off of its lighting business despite a net loss in the third quarter, when it was hit by weakness in Russia and China and a string of one-off charges.

Philips says lighting spin-off on track despite quarterly loss

AMSTERDAM - Dutch conglomerate Philips said it was pushing ahead with the planned spin off of its lighting business despite a net loss in the third quarter, when it was hit by weakness in Russia and China and a string of one-off charges.

Tennis-Cilic and Pavlyuchenkova claim Kremlin Cup titles

MOSCOW, Oct 19 - Croatian second seed Marin Cilic overcame Roberto Batusta Agut 6-4 6-4 to claim the Kremlin Cup crown on Sunday, while Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova lifted the women's title.

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Germany blames pro-Russian rebels for MH17 passenger plane crash: Spiegel

BERLIN - Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has concluded that pro-Russian rebels are to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airline MH17 in Ukraine in July, Der Spiegel weekly reported on Sunday, the first European agency to say so.

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Serena slams Russian chief for 'sexist' slur

SINGAPORE - World number one Serena Williams slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using "extremely sexist, racist and bullying" comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the "Williams brothers".

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Serena slams Russian chief for "sexist" slur

* Serena blasts Tarpishchev for "Williams brothers" comment

RPT-In rouble crisis, Putin gets a helping hand from state TV

MOSCOW, Oct 17 - As the head of Russia's biggest state bank and a favourite of President Vladimir Putin, German Gref has long been a loyal supporter of state economic policy.

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Ukraine says it agrees on interim gas price with Russia

KIEV - Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday.

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Ukraine says it's agreed interim gas price with Russia

KIEV - Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday.

Ukraine says it's agreed interim gas price with Russia

KIEV, Oct 18 - Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday.

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After clashes, Hong Kong students, government stand their ground before talks

HONG KONG - Hong Kong students and the government stood their ground on Monday ahead of talks aimed at defusing more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests that have blocked traffic around the Chinese-controlled city, but expectations of a breakthrough were low. | Video