Feb 17 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
- Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Qatar agreed to hold production steady, a move intended to bolster energy prices. But they will proceed only if others join. The plan indicates how deeply prices have fallen, as Russia and Saudi Arabia have previously resisted tempering production.(nyti.ms/20YpYWK)
- A newly declassified report by the National Security Agency's inspector general suggests that the government is receiving far less data from Americans' international Internet communications than privacy advocates have long suspected. (nyti.ms/1KoNy7r)
- European Union authorities on Tuesday stepped up efforts to reduce reliance on Russian natural gas as the two sides face off over a litany of geopolitical disputes, from the conflict in Ukraine to the civil war in Syria. (nyti.ms/1onlw1Z)
- Teams of government lawyers, the FBI and Homeland Security are trying to recover assets the United States says were stolen by foreign officials. (nyti.ms/1mGwAWG) (Compiled by Shivam Srivastava in Bengaluru)