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  • *China factory activity shrinks for 4th month- HSBC. SINGAPORE, April 23- Nickel raced to its highest level in more than 14 months on Wednesday as tighter supplies kept the rally going in the metal that has gained a third this year, while a sustained contraction in China's factory activity weighed on copper.

  • *Ukraine president calls for new crackdown in east. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 22- Ukraine's acting president accused Russia of aiding "terrorists" who killed a politician from his own party, urging a crackdown in the east on Tuesday that could hamper international efforts to defuse the crisis.

  • Ukraine leader urges crackdown as peace eludes east Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    *Ukraine president calls for new crackdown in east. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 22- Ukraine's acting president accused Russia of aiding "terrorists" who killed a politician from his own party, urging a crackdown in the east on Tuesday that could hamper international efforts to defuse the crisis.

  • *Biden says in Kiev that Russia must act to defuse crisis. KIEV/ MOSCOW, April 22- Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture.

  • *Ukraine crisis lends some support to Brent. NEW YORK, April 22- U.S. crude futures fell on Tuesday ahead of data expected to show that inventories in the world's top oil-consuming nation have risen close to record highs.

  • *Ukraine crisis lends some support to Brent. U.S. crude fell $2.34 to $102.03 a barrel by 13:45 a.m. EDT while Brent crude was down 93 cents to $108.96 a barrel, having lost over a dollar earlier. The Energy Information Administration will issue inventory data on Wednesday while American Petroleum Institute data is due later on Tuesday.

  • *Biden says in Kiev that Russia must act to defuse crisis. Vice President Joe Biden told Russia on Tuesday that "time is short" for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil falls on rising supplies, Ukraine supports Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    *Ukraine crisis lends support to Brent. U.S. crude fell $1.9 percent to $102.45 a barrel by 11:10 a.m. EDT while Brent crude was down 98 cents to $108.96 a barrel.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent oil fell towards $109 a barrel and the U.S. benchmark saw a sharper decline on Tuesday on forecasts of rising crude stocks as a faltering pact to ease tensions in Ukraine offered some support.

  • MOSCOW, April 22- Renault has frozen plans to produce vans with Russian truck maker ZIL due to a weakening of the rouble, a spokeswoman for the French carmaker said on Tuesday. Last year ZIL signed a preliminary agreement to assemble Fiat and Renault vans at a Moscow factory, a source close to ZIL said at the time.

  • *Concern about Ukraine risk to economy, consumer sentiment. MOSCOW, April 22- Russian consumer electronics chain M.video, wary of the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the Russian economy, is aiming to grab market share from online rivals by matching their prices.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent oil futures slipped below $110 a barrel on Tuesday but held near a six-week high as a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine faltered, while rising U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices. A four-way peace deal signed last week in Geneva to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine has had limited impact so far.

  • MOSCOW, April 22- Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom said it would be able to meet Europe's rising demand for gas thanks to new projects, even while the European Union is aiming to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow.

  • Russia is already feeling sanctions pain Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Drivers refuel their vehicles at gas pumps at an OAO Rosneft gas station illuminated at night in Moscow. Investors have dumped $70 billion in assets this year as President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea and massed troops on Ukraine's border, fueling a reprise of Cold War tensions and concern that sanctions could push Russia into a recession.

    With capital flooding out of the country, the stock market falling, the Crimea seizure is turning out to be a costly move.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent futures slipped below $110 a barrel on Tuesday but held near a six-week high as a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine faltered, while rising U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices.

  • Pharma deals give stocks a lift Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 5:22 AM ET

    HONG KONG— World stocks fluctuated Tuesday as a Wall Street rally powered by positive earnings reports offset investor cautiousness before a report on Chinese manufacturing and possible sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

  • LONDON, April 22- M&A talk in the pharmaceutical sector lifted European shares on Tuesday, but failed to support the euro, which held at a two week low against the dollar on rising expectations of further policy easing by the European Central Bank.

  • *China nickel ore imports from Indonesia down sharply. SINGAPORE, April 22- Nickel futures hit their highest in more than 14 months on Tuesday as an Indonesian ban on mineral ore exports kept supplies tight, with tensions in Ukraine also posing a risk to flows from key producer Russia.

  • *Gold recovers after earlier falling 0.3 pct. SINGAPORE, April 22- Gold recovered from early losses on Tuesday as the dollar gave back some gains, but sentiment among investors continued to be fragile on further outflows from bullion-backed funds.

  • Russia Geneva agreement 'fragile': Pro     Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    David Dalton, eastern Europe editor of the Economist Intelligence Unit, says the Geneva accord which aimed to resolve the Ukraine crisis is looking "fragile".

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