President Vladimir Putin struck an uncompromising stance over the crisis gripping Russia, accusing the U.S. and European Union of trying to undermine his country and blaming external factors for the sharp plunge in the ruble.
Switzerland's franc weakened the most in nine months versus the euro after the nation's central bank introduced negative interest rates to help defend the currency's cap.
California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.
ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday.
FRANKFURT--German business confidence improved for the second consecutive month, a key indicator showed Thursday, as the eurozone's largest economy benefits from lower oil prices and a weaker euro.