UPDATE 3-Portugal Telecom shareholders postpone vote on asset sale

LISBON, Jan 12 - Portugal Telecom SGPS shareholders on Monday postponed until Jan. 22 a vote on the sale of its former operations by its merger partner, Brazil's Oi , complicating the 7.4 billion euro ($9 billion) deal and possibly casting doubts on the long-agreed deal.

Portugal Telecom workers ask for suspension of shareholder meeting

LISBON, Jan 12 - Portugal Telecom workers called on Monday for the suspension of a shareholder meeting due to be held later today to vote on whether to allow the sale of the company's assets to rival European telecoms group Altice .

UPDATE 1-Bank of Portugal says 17 institutions interested in Novo Banco

LISBON, Dec 31 - The Bank of Portugal said on Wednesday that 17 institutions have expressed interest in the sale of Novo Banco, the bank created after the collapse of Banco Espirito Santo in August.

Equities extend rally; oil rebounds, helping rouble rise

NEW YORK - Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Friday and oil prices rebounded from recent lows, as investors closed out the last full week of trading in 2014 on an upbeat note.

Greece, 19 Dec 2014

Exclusive: ECB considers making weaker euro zone states bear more quantitative easing risk - sources

FRANKFURT - European Central Bank officials are considering ways to ensure weak countries that stand to gain most from a fresh round of money printing bear more of the risk and cost.

Greece 19 Dec 2014

Portugal's EDP sells some Spanish gas assets for 236 mln euros

LISBON, Dec 16 - EDP-Energias de Portugal Spanish unit Naturgas agreed to sell natural gas distribution assets in three Spanish regions to Redexis, a holding company of Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners, for 236 million euros ($295 million), EDP said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: France, Italy, Belgium may break budget rules, EU to revisit in March

BRUSSELS - The European Commission will tell France, Italy and Belgium on Friday their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules, but it will defer decisions on any action until early March.

France, Italy, Spain 27 Nov 2014

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Portugal's CTT does not rule out making a bid for PT Portugal

(Adds further details, background; refiled to add missing Reuters Instrument Code for CTT)

ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review

FRANKFURT - After putting the euro zone's top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own on Sunday - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region's lenders are safe?

France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Spain 25 Oct 2014

Portugal could block EU climate deal over connection target

BRUSSELS, Oct 22 - Portugal warned on Wednesday it could block an EU plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions if other states at a summit this week reject a binding target for building cross-border power cables and pipelines.


Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto

TOKYO - Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice.