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  • *Coast Guard opens Houston Channel for oil tankers. NEW YORK, March 25- Brent crude oil futures rose on Tuesday on renewed geopolitical risk over Russia and supply disruptions in Nigeria and Libya, while U.S. crude was pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar.

  • THE HAGUE, March 25- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that because of the revelations about U.S. spying, the United States needs to win back the trust of governments and citizens.

  • PARIS, March 25- France will use a visit from China's President this week to seek tighter business links to the world's number-two economy in a bid to boost its own anaemic one, signing big-ticket industry deals and working to cut its trade and investment deficits.

  • *Russia says wants to engage with West. THE HAGUE/ MOSCOW, March 25- Russia and the West sought to draw a provisional line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after major industrialised nations warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to end the bulk collection and storage of phone records by the National Security Agency but allow the government to access the "metadata" when needed, a senior administration official said on Monday.

  • President Barack Obama and major industrialised allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilise Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

  • *G7 to warn Russia of tougher sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates. President Barack Obama conferred with major industrialised allies in the Group of Seven on Monday on how to pressure Russia over its seizure of Crimea after Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety.

  • THE HAGUE, March 24- The head of the European Union's policing agency warned on Monday that virtual currencies such as Bitcoin were being used for money laundering and called for police to be given more powers to identify criminal suspects operating on the Internet.

  • *G7 to warn Russia of tougher sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates. President Barack Obama sought support from European allies and China on Monday to isolate Russia over its seizure of Crimea, and Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region after Russian forces overran one of Kiev's last bases there.

  • *Russia tightens grip on Crimea. *Sanctions against Russia, G8 summit in Sochi on agenda.

  • *Euro gives up France- fuelled gains. LONDON, March 24- European shares edged lower on Monday after further signs of a slowdown in China, although robust data from France and Germany limited their decline.

  • European shares, though, were set for a lower start, with financial spreadbetter London Capital Group expecting Britain's FTSE 100 to open -34 points, or -0.5 percent; Germany's DAX to open -47 points, or -0.5 percent; and France's CAC 40 to open -38 points, or -0.8 percent.

  • *China manufacturing activity slows for fifth straight month. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent after the China data's release after gaining as much as 0.5 percent.

  • TOKYO, March 24- U.S. crude oil fell in early Monday trade to hover just above the $99 level, after gaining in the previous session when additional sanctions on Russia renewed fears of a supply disruption from the world's second largest oil producer.

  • *Investors cautious amid geopolitical tensions, worries over China economy. *Focus on HSBC's China manufacturing survey at 0145 GMT.

  • BRUSSELS, March 23- The guessing game over U.S. interest rates is likely to intensify this week after new Fed Chair Janet Yellen raised the prospect of a hike early next year, while Russia's annexation of Crimea will keep investors focused on its next move.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude extends losses on ample supply Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 8:26 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, March 21- U.S. crude extended losses in early Asian trading below $99 per barrel, as ample supply and a stronger dollar outweighed positive economic data in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • Facing a possible widening of Western sanctions that may target businessmen close to Putin, some of Russia's oligarchs are increasingly nervous about their companies' prospects. Some of Russia's largest companies are registered abroad where they may benefit from lower tax rates but also may enjoy some distance from the Kremlin and feel beyond its reach.

  • BERLIN, March 20- On a Sunday in early March, a day after Vladimir Putin won parliamentary backing for an invasion of Ukraine, Angela Merkel called him to demand an explanation. Merkel, in turn, had been preaching caution on punishing Russia in her talks with the United States, hopeful that Putin would eventually back down and accept proposals to ease the crisis.

  • *Yellen signals rate hikes might come sooner than expected. LONDON, March 20- Top-rated euro zone debt underperformed peripheral bonds on Thursday in a broad sell-off triggered by the U.S.

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