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A simple principle underpins a contentious Thursday decision by the U.S. and key allies to tap profits from Russian sovereign assets in support of Ukraine: Moscow must make reparations. Questions have also been raised over the legality of setting such a precedent: Russia has been cut off from its frozen assets, but retains their ownership. The proposal must now pass various legal hurdles and be backed by European states, where the majority of frozen Russian assets are held. Further loans secured against the interest accrued by Russian frozen assets could be forthcoming, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen signaled on Thursday. The annual summit comes as most of the G7 leaders face their own domestic upheavals including national elections and falling approval ratings.
Persons: Charles Michel, CNBC's Steve Sedgwick, Joe Biden, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Putin, we're, Biden, Michel, Janet Yellen, Yellen, We're, Russia's, Ursula von der Leyen, Georgia Meloni Organizations: U.S, West, . Security, Kyiv, Treasury, Bank, European Commission Locations: Ukraine, Moscow, Russia, Russian, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan . U.S, Kuwait, U.S, Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during visit to the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research on June 13, 2024 in Dubna, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday set out the requirements for Moscow to start peace talks with Ukraine, more than two years after the Kremlin's full-fledged invasion of its neighbor. He said that Moscow was committed to ensuring the "unhindered and safe withdrawal" of Ukrainian forces if Kyiv agrees to such a concession. If the peace proposal is refused, Putin added, Moscow's future demands will be different. He has also insisted that Ukraine regain the peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed illegally prior to the current war, in February 2014.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Putin, Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Organizations: Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Foreign Ministry, NATO —, Google, Tass, CNBC, Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: Dubna, Russia, Russian, Moscow, Ukraine, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Kyiv, ., Crimea
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Hungary will neither block nor participate in the military alliance's deepening support for Ukraine, as he looks to shore up support ahead of a key summit in Washington next month. "At the summit, I expect allies will agree a leading role for NATO in coordinating and providing security assistance and training for Ukraine. I also expect allies will agree long-term financial pledge to provide military support," Stoltenberg said Wednesday at a press briefing in Budapest, where he carried out a surprise visit. In exchange for these concessions, Hungary has agreed not to veto NATO's deepening military aid in support of Ukraine. And he has confirmed that Hungary will meet all of its NATO commitments in full," Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
Persons: Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg, Viktor, Orban Organizations: NATO, Ukraine, Associated Locations: Hungary, Washington, Budapest, Ukraine
Salvage crews continue to work on removing debris from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse after it was struck by the container ship Dali, now docked at Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)The main passageway into the Baltimore port was fully restored after the March 26 collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which left six people dead and obstructed maritime traffic into the harbor. The bridge toppled in late March, after the cargo ship Dali crashed into the infrastructure, choking a major shipping artery into the U.S.' busiest auto port. The Port of Baltimore processed a record 1.1 million containers and $80.8 billion in foreign cargo value last year, according to state data. USACE will maintain this critical waterway as we have for the last 107 years," said Col. Estee Pinchasin, Baltimore District commander, in a statement.
Persons: Francis Scott Key, Jerry Jackson, Dali, We've, Estee Pinchasin Organizations: Baltimore Sun, Tribune, Service, Getty, U.S ., U.S . Army Corps of Engineers, Fort McHenry Federal Channel, Port, USACE, U.S . National Transportation Safety Board Locations: Baltimore, Port, Port of Baltimore, Patapsco, Sri Lanka
Amir Levy | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesIsrael's war cabinet minister Benny Gantz resigned from the emergency government, dealing a decisive blow which is expected to entrench Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deeper into a far-right support base that opposes a cease-fire in Gaza. A former chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, centrist Gantz co-founded and led the National Unity party that joined Netanyahu's emergency government after the outbreak of the Gaza war. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cabinet minister Benny Gantz during a press conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv , Israel , 28 October 2023. And the prime minister himself. Around 1,200 people were killed in Israel, Israeli official figures say, since the start of the Gaza conflict.
Persons: Benny Gantz, Amir Levy, Benjamin Netanyahu, Gantz, Netanyahu, Regrettably, Yoav, Gallant, entreat Gantz, Yair Lapid, Gadi Eisenkot, Lapid, Eran Etzion, Etzion, Jack Guez, Nimrod Goren, Goren, Itamar Ben Organizations: Getty, entrench, Israeli Defense Forces, National Unity, Gaza, Palestinian, Hamas, Reuters, Defense, Criminal, Gaza's Ministry of Health, Israel's National Security Council, CNBC, Ultra, Sheba Tel, HaShomer Medical Centre, Afp, Middle East Institute, U.S, Jewish Power Party Locations: Gaza, Tel Aviv, Israel, Rafah, Sheba, Ramat Gan, of Israel
Saudi Aramco logo and stock graph are seen through a magnifier displayed in this illustration taken September 4, 2022. Shares of Saudi Arabia's Aramco rose on Sunday following a stock sale that's set to raise the state oil company around $11.2 billion. Shares were trading around 28.25 Saudi riyals ($7.53) on the Tadāwul Saudi stock exchange at 11:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET), above the stock sale offer price of 27.25 Saudi riyals. Citing sources, Reuters reported that demand for the offering topped $65 billion, and Aramco placed over half of the sale with foreign investors.
Persons: Prince Mohammed bin Salman's, , Ruxandra Iordache Organizations: Saudi Aramco, Saudi, Aramco, Reuters, CNBC, U.S . Federal Locations: Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Neom
Saudi Arabia is set to raise more than $11.2 billion from its secondary public share offering in state-controlled oil giant Aramco, after the stock was priced at the lower end of its expected range. The company on Friday said it will price the 1.545 billion of shares on offer at 27.25 Saudi riyal ($7.27) apiece, with the sale expected to take place when markets next open on Sunday. A range of between 26.70 and 29 Saudi riyals per share was floated in the firm's initial marketing. The 27.25 Saudi riyal price is nearly 4% below the public stock's last settlement on the Tadāwul Saudi stock exchange. Investors typically expect a discounted price when new shares enter the public market, because of the increase in the overall supply of stock available to trade.
Persons: Prince, Mohammed bin Salman Organizations: Saudi, Investors, of, Petroleum, Reuters, CNBC, Aramco, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Aramco's, Public Investment Fund Locations: Saudi Arabia, Aramco, Saudi, Neom
A man shelters from the rain under an umbrella as he walks past the Euro currency sign in front of the former European Central Bank (ECB) building in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Euro zone government bond yields extended gains Thursday afternoon, shortly after the European Central Bank announced its first interest rate cut in five years. Germany's 10-year bond yield, seen as the euro area benchmark, was up 6 basis points to 2.557% at 3:12 p.m. London time. The country's 2-year bond yield was higher by 4 basis points to 3.025%. Italy's 10-year bond yield was up 7 basis points to 3.88%, while the yield of the Spanish bond of the same maturity added 6 basis points to 3.29%.
Organizations: European Central Bank, ECB, Bank Syz Locations: Frankfurt, Germany, London
Oil prices defied the announcement of extended supply cuts from the OPEC+ alliance with brisk declines, with analysts and traders faulting certain trading strategies and the demand picture for the downturn. "I would say that what the market is going through currently is going into an oversold, technically oversold market that is pushing the prices down," he noted. The front-month Nymex WTI contract was at $73.28 per barrel, higher by 3 cents per barrel from the Tuesday settlement. While some blame the OPEC+ meeting for the drop, we believe other factors — such as the option market—have played a role," UBS strategist Giovanni Staunovo said in a Tuesday note to clients. Renewed inventory draws are needed to push oil prices higher, in our view."
Persons: Abdulaziz Almoqbel, CNBC's Dan Murphy, , , Almoqbel, Ice Brent, Giovanni Staunovo Organizations: Organization of, Petroleum, Ice, bbl, UBS Locations: Huntington Beach , California, OPEC, London
An employee of the Kharkiv prosecutor's office collects fragments of an aerial bomb for further analysis on April 30, 2024 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Monday warned the U.S. against the potential "fatal consequences" of allowing Kyiv to deploy U.S.-supplied weapons against targets inside Russia. He noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin had repeatedly addressed the topic, giving "a very significant warning, and it must be taken seriously, with the utmost seriousness." Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the White House had approved a Ukrainian request to deploy U.S.-supplied weapons against targets in Russian territory, on the border near Ukrainian city Kharkiv. "I'm not sure that for today we have [the] possibility to use these jets on the territory of Russia, we will see.
Persons: Sergei Ryabkov, Ryabkov, Vladimir Putin, Antony Blinken, what's, we've, Blinken, you've, he's, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Emmanuel Macron —, Radoslaw Sikorski, I'm, Zelenskyy Organizations: Google, White, Russian, Associated Press, The, NATO, Ukraine Locations: Kharkiv, Ukraine, Russian, Russia, Ukrainian, Sweden, Germany, The U.S, Iran, Tehran
The prominent OPEC+ oil producers' alliance is awaiting concrete central bank action on interest rates before factoring in the potential impact on the energy demand landscape, according to Saudi Arabia's energy minister. The production strategy decisions come at a time when OPEC's own forecasts show a 2.25 million barrel-per-day increase in demand, according to the Monthly Oil Market Report of May. Energy costs spiked worldwide in the wake of Russia's full-fledged invasion of Ukraine, aggravating the economic downturn that followed the Covid-19 pandemic. Global institutions have previously mentioned energy prices as underpinning inflationary concerns. In turn, the piled-on inflation has muzzled oil demand.
Persons: Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Organizations: Organization of, Petroleum, Monthly Locations: OPEC, Saudi, China, Ukraine
OPEC+, a group of 23 oil-producing nations led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, will convene on Sunday to decide on the next phase of production policy. The influential Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, collectively known as OPEC+, on Sunday agreed to extend their official crude output agreement into 2025. The coalition will produce a combined 39.725 million barrels per day next year, according to a table published by the OPEC Secretariat. Speaking to CNBC, analysts and OPEC+ delegates had previously signaled a high likelihood that the oil producers' alliance would extend its existing supply cuts. Until the end of June, OPEC+ producers are performing a combined 5.86 million barrels per day of supply cuts, of which 2 million barrels per day represented unanimous commitments under OPEC group policy that span this year.
Organizations: of, Petroleum, Sunday, CNBC, Institution, OPEC's, Energy Locations: Saudi Arabia, Russia, OPEC, Angola, UAE, China, Paris
South Africa's governing African National Congress lost its parliamentary majority of 30 years, in the country's most sweeping political shift since the end of the apartheid. The six-months-old uMkhonto weSizwe party of the country's former president Jacob Zuma, established in December, clinched 14.6% of votes. The result marks a meteoric fall for ANC from the 57.5% wrested during the previous election of 2019 — at the time, the party's weakest feat since South Africa's first democratic vote in 1994. In 2022, the World Bank named South Africa "the most unequal country in the world." "Top-of-mind issues for voters are unemployment, loadshedding, corruption, and crime, which have all taken a toll on the country's growth performance for years," analysts at Deloitte said at the start of the month.
Persons: Jacob Zuma, Long Organizations: African National Congress, ANC, Democratic Alliance, Marxist Economic, Fighters, World Bank, Deloitte Locations: South Africa
New Japanese 1000 Yen banknote on display inside the Currency Museum of the Bank of Japan's Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies. Data from Japan's Ministry of Finance on Friday confirmed the country's first currency intervention since 2022, after the yen plunged to a 34-year-low in April. The ministry on Friday stated Japan spent 9.7885 trillion yen ($62.25 billion) on currency intervention between April 26 and May 29, according to a Google-translated statement. Japan last intervened to stabilize the currency in October 2022, when the yen fell to lows of around 152 per dollar. Authorities intervened three times that year to stabilize the currency, reportedly spending as much as a combined 9.2 trillion yen over the period.
Persons: Shunichi Suzuki, Suzuki, CNBC's Dan Murphy Organizations: Currency Museum, Bank of Japan's Institute for Monetary, Economic Studies, Japan's Ministry of Finance, U.S, Bank of America Global Research, Bank of Japan, Japanese Finance, Authorities Locations: Japan, London
Thomas Coex | Afp | Getty ImagesThe oil-producing Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies could extend existing output cuts this week, delegates and analysts told CNBC, even as focus shifts from Middle East tensions to summer demand. OPEC+ producers are currently implementing a combined 5.86 million barrels per day of supply cuts. And then August is the peak month for tightness," Viktor Katona, lead crude analyst at Kpler, told CNBC. "However, I think that the market right now has priced in a full extension of the voluntary cuts. A high-inflation environment and tight monetary policy in turn reined in oil demand, but central banks have signaled readiness to lower interest rates in the second half of the year.
Persons: Thomas Coex, Viktor Katona, overproducers, Jorge Leon, Yemen's, Tamas Varga Organizations: Organization of, Petroleum, Afp, Getty, CNBC, Energy, Market Research, PVM Oil Associates, United Arab Emirates Locations: OPEC, Vienna, China, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Paris, Ukraine, Gaza, Red, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Guyana, Brazil, Canada
Voters during the South Africa general elections on May 29, 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Live updates of partial results from South Africa's parliamentary election reappeared on the electoral commission's website, following a glitch of at least two hours. The prints are closely watched amid early indications that the country's governing African National Congress, the liberation party of Nelson Mandela, could lose its parliamentary majority for the first time in the 30 years since it assumed governance. The electoral commission's portal was briefly blank at 06:08 a.m. London time, but once more displayed results by 08:23 a.m. in London, according to CNBC monitoring.
Persons: Nelson Mandela Organizations: South, African National Congress, CNBC Locations: Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, South Africa's, London
Aramco will offer 1.545 billion shares in a price range between 26.70 and 29 Saudi riyals per share, according to a company filing. At the midpoint of that range, the sale would total nearly $11.5 billion. The sale represents a follow-on offering, after Aramco initially entered the public markets in 2019 and raised $29.4 billion in the world's largest ever initial public offering. Aramco lifted its base dividend for the fourth quarter to $20.3 billion, and boosted its performance-linked dividend to $10.8 billion. Saudi Arabia owns more than 82% of Aramco prior to the sale, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
Persons: Abdulaziz bin Salman, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, — CNBC's Spencer Kimball Organizations: Aramco, Plaza Conference, Saudi, Saudi Energy, Chevron, ExxonMobil, giga, Wall Street Locations: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia's, Aramco, Riyadh, Saudi, Neom
Residents line up to cast ballots in the national election on May 29, 2024 in Matatiele, South Africa. South African's governing African National Congress appears set to lose majority control in the country's most seismic political transition since the end of the apartheid. The International Monetary Fund projects that South Africa's gross domestic product will climb by 0.9% in 2024. The democratic process is going to emerge victorious," ANC leader and South Africa's incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa, 71, said Wednesday on social media. The U.S. dollar was up 1.31% against the South African rand at 8:30 a.m. London time, following the report.
Persons: Nelson Mandela, Cyril Ramaphosa Organizations: Reuters, country's Council for Scientific, Industrial Research, ANC, Democratic Alliance wresting, Marxist Economic, Fighters, African National, ANC —, World Bank, Monetary Fund, South, National Union of Mineworkers, Associated Press, U.S Locations: Matatiele, South Africa, London, Johannesburg
The International Court of Justice displayed on a smartphone, with the flag of Israel visible in the background in Brussels, Belgium, on May 20, 2024. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty ImagesThe U.N.'s top court, the International Court of Justice, on Friday ordered Israel to cease its military offensive in Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, citing concerns over the safety of Palestinian civilians. The court further found that evacuation and other measures undertaken by Israel in Rafah were not sufficient. watch nowEarlier this month, Israel advanced its military campaign into Rafah, where more than 1 million of displaced Palestinian people have sought shelter. "And not only in Rafah governorate, what is happening in Jabalia and other governorates of the Gaza Strip is no less criminal and dangerous than what is happening in Rafah."
Persons: Israel, Nawaf Salam, Bezalel Smotrich, Nabil Abu Rudeineh Organizations: Court, Nurphoto, International Court of Justice, United, CNBC, Israel's, Hamas, Court of, Palestinian, Palestinian Authority, Reuters Locations: Israel, Brussels, Belgium, Rafah, Gaza, United Nations, South Africa, Jabalia
The logo of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, July 6, 2023. OPEC countries will hold a separate videoconference meeting that same day. OPEC+ was previously set to meet on June 1 in Vienna. The influential oil producers' alliance is currently slated to continue cutting 2 million barrels per day of crude output until the end of this year, under its formal policy. Market participants are closely watching whether these second-quarter voluntary cuts will be extended, while supply security concerns linger amid ongoing conflict in the oil-rich Middle East.
Persons: Nymex Organizations: Organization of, Petroleum, of, Coalition, CNBC, Saudi, Brent Locations: Vienna, Austria, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Russia, London
Governor of the Bank of Italy Fabio Panetta (L), Italy's Minister of Economy and Finance Giancarlo Giorgetti (R) and President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde pose on the sidelines of the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Stresa on May 24, 2024. Earlier this week, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Sky News she saw the "possibility" that G7 nations could assist Ukraine with as much as $50 billion in loans linked to frozen Russian assets. "The Russian assets are not earning interest anymore, but they are generating returns for Euroclear. That alone could be given to Ukraine that would be repaid over several years by that flow of interest," Yellen added. It remains to be seen whether G7 nations can strike consensus on such a loan and what final sum will be extended to support Kyiv's military effort.
Persons: Bank of Italy Fabio Panetta, Finance Giancarlo Giorgetti, European Central Bank Christine Lagarde, Janet Yellen, Yellen Organizations: Bank of Italy, Italy's, Economy, Finance, European Central Bank, Ukraine, Treasury, Sky News, Euroclear Locations: Stresa, Italy, Ukraine
Hong Kong-listed shares of Alibaba fell over 5% Thursday following a report that the Chinese tech giant is considering selling convertible bonds to raise $5 billion. Shares ended the trading day 5.24% lower, after falling more than 6% earlier following the Bloomberg report. In premarket trading in New York, Alibaba's NYSE-listed shares were down 2.21% at 04:51 a.m. CNBC could not independently confirm the report, and Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier this week, Chinese e-commerce rival took a similar step with a $1.75 billion convertible senior note offering due in five years with a 0.25% coupon.
Persons: Alibaba,, — CNBC's Arjun Kharpal Organizations: Bloomberg, Alibaba's NYSE, CNBC Locations: Suqian City, Jiangsu Province, China, Hong Kong, Alibaba, New York, Alibaba's
The International Criminal Court is seeking arrest warrants against three leaders of Palestinian militant group Hamas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity linked to the October 7 terror attack on Israel and the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip. The three Hamas leaders are pursued in connection with alleged crimes committed during Hamas' October 7 terror attack against Israel, including murder, the taking of hostages and sexual abuse. The ICC also asked for warrants against Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for alleged crimes committed since October during Israel's retaliatory campaign in the Gaza Strip. The alleged crimes include the starvation of civilians, murder and persecution. Over 1,200 people have been killed in Israel since October, according to Israel's prime minister's office, while the Palestinian Health Ministry indicated over 35,000 people were killed in the Gaza Strip during that period.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Yahya Sinwar, Ismail Haniyeh, Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al, Masri, Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant, Israel, Israel's, Karim Khan Organizations: Hamas, Israeli, ICC, Political, Netanyahu and, Palestinian Health Ministry Locations: Israel, Gaza, Rafah
Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico walks during the European Council summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on April 18, 2024. Slovakia's populist Prime Minister Robert Fico is expected to survive a multiple-shot assassination attempt following surgery, according to the country's deputy prime minister. The Slovakian premier's condition has stabilized but remains serious, Reuters cited a hospital official as saying on Thursday. "The shooting of the prime minister is first and foremost an attack against an attack on a human being – but it's also an attack on democracy," she said in an officially translated video. Fico has served as prime minister of Slovakia for around 10 years across three mandates, heading the Smer (Direction) party.
Persons: Robert Fico, Tomas Taraba, Šutaj Eštok, Zuzana Caputova, it's, Fico Organizations: Slovakia's, EU, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, Slovakian Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovakian, Sky News, Russia, RTVS Locations: Brussels, Slovakian, Slovak, Handlova, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, Ukraine
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged tensions with historical ally the U.S. over the military offensive in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, but stood firm that the operation is required to protect Israeli security. But we have to do what we have to do," Netanyahu said Wednesday, in an interview with CNBC's Sara Eisen. Over 1,200 people have been killed in Israel since October, according to Israel's prime minister's office. Meanwhile, more than 35,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry's latest official count. Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed that Washington could not endorse a Rafah military incursion in the absence of a "credible" plan to safeguard civilians.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, CNBC's Sara Eisen, Israel, Antony Blinken, Josep Borrell Organizations: Palestinian, Hamas, NBC's, U.S . State Department Locations: U.S, Rafah, Gaza, Israel, United States, Washington, Hamas, Kerem Shalom
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