KIEV - Ukraine wants 20 billion euros ($27.54 billion) in aid from the European Union in return for signing an agreement on trade and cooperation, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Wednesday.
LONDON - U.S. activist shareholder Sandell Asset Management went public on Wednesday with a demand for British transport operator FirstGroup to split off its U.S. business to invest in its domestic arm.
SHANGHAI - China is seeing a resurgence of "hot money" seeking to cash in on the rallying yuan and record-high interest rates, contributing to distortions in its trade data as speculators move money through regulatory loopholes.
ROME - Prime Minister Enrico Letta called on parliament on Wednesday to back his government or risk chaos as he promised a package of reforms he said would lift Italy's stagnant economy back to growth after two years of recession.
BEIJING - China has put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption against him, several sources said on Wednesday.
PARIS - Airbus parent EADS was poised on Wednesday to set out a two-tier strategy stressing growth in civil jetliners coupled with a forecast of flat defence and space activities throughout the decade.
ATHENS - Greece's jobless rate remained stuck near record highs in September, but the first signs appeared that the pace of job losses was slowing, data showed on Wednesday.
LONDON - Financial markets gave a cautious thumbs-up on Wednesday to a provisional budget deal that could prevent the U.S. government from shutting down in the coming months.
LONDON - Britain's Financial Conduct Authority imposed a record 28 million pound ($46 million) fine on Lloyds Banking Group for the way it encouraged staff to sell products worth 2 billion pounds that customers did not need or want.
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