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*Russian stocks dip as Ukraine talks continue. *Ukraine crisis expected to weigh on stocks in March. MOSCOW, March 5- Russian shares retreated on Wednesday, halting the previous day's rebound, as diplomatic efforts to ease the crisis in Ukraine showed little sign of providing a breakthrough.
LONDON, March 5- Nickel climbed to a nine-month high on Wednesday on persistent worries about an Indonesian ban on ore exports and after China's leaders affirmed a solid growth target for the year ahead.
PARIS-- Ever wonder what Keira Knightley and Rihanna do when they just want to go to the grocers like average people? They go to Karl Lagerfeld's luxury Chanel supermarket, of course.
LONDON, March 5- Russian shares fell again and the rouble slipped towards record lows on Wednesday as investors remained wary about a standoff between Russia and Ukraine in Crimea. Putin has left all his options open, " Thu Lan Nguyen, emerging market strategist at Commerzbank in Frankfurt, said.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks before the Mexican Bankers Association- 0000 GMT. TORONTO, Canada- Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem speaks at an event in Toronto- 0015 GMT.
*Crop expectations for Brazil, Argentina fall. Corn received further support from the uncertainty over unrest in Ukraine, hitting its highest on a continuous basis since mid-September.
*Wheat, corn markets stabilize on easing of Ukraine tensions. Corn and wheat futures also advanced, with the market stabilizing as the threat of military violence in Ukraine, a key producer and exporter of both commodities, eased.
A hooded Rihanna tried her best to pass unnoticed at the Stella McCartney show but caused yet more mayhem. Meanwhile, the world's most influential fashion critic, Suzy Menkes, announced she's ditching newspapers after a quarter of a century, though she denied there's an end in sight for the print industry.
PARIS/ SINGAPORE, March 4- Chicago wheat fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday as the immediate risk of military conflict between Ukraine and Russia appeared to ease, a day after tensions between the Black Sea exporters rattled grain markets.
LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Sir Jon Cunliffe speaks on EU- 1030 GMT.
*Vivendi does not see bid from Iliad- 2nd source. PARIS, March 3- Vivendi has asked bidders for its telecoms business SFR to submit preliminary offers by Wednesday night, said one person close to the situation, putting pressure on Bouygues, a latecomer to the auction whose bid faces competition issues.
*Stock prices tumble after military intervention in Ukraine. NEW YORK, March 3- Russia's intervention in Ukraine sent crude oil and prices for gold and government debt higher on Monday as investors sought safe havens.
*Traders expect Ukraine resolution, uptrend to resume. LONDON, March 3- Investors took fright at Russia's military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine on Monday, setting the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index on course for its second-biggest daily fall since June.
PARIS, March 3- PSA Peugeot Citroen may seek more cost savings and does not rule out capacity cuts in France after 2016 if they are needed to turn the struggling carmaker around, new Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said on Monday. Peugeot is making good progress towards the existing savings goal announced in 2012 and could go further, Tavares also indicated.
NEW DELHI, March 3- India's defence ministry said on Monday it had ordered an investigation into state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's orders from Britain's Rolls-Royce Holdings worth at least $1.2 billion.
*Banks among worst performers as Ukraine tensions escalate. PARIS, March 3- Escalating tensions in Ukraine hit European equity markets on Monday, with banking stocks among the worst performers due to concerns about some lenders' exposure to the region.
PARIS, March 3- European shares tumbled in early trade on Monday as escalating tensions in Ukraine prompted investors to stick to the sidelines. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour, sending Asian stocks tumbling and oil prices jumping.
BENGHAZI, Libya, March 2- Gunmen killed a French national in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, a security official said, the latest slaying of a foreigner in the restive area.
*To unveil cabriolet version of Alfa Romeo 4 C coupe at Geneva car show. MILAN/ PARIS, March 1- Idle plants, surly unions and a weak, ageing model line-up- the challenges facing Fiat Chrysler's Italian revival sound a lot like the British car industry's low point in 1982..
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks at the of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference 2014- 2200 GMT. BRUSSELS- ECB President Mario Draghi will give introductory remarks at the Quarterly Hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium- 1400 GMT.