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  • *Putin denounces Kiev's use of military in east Ukraine. In a marathon session that was dominated by questions on Ukraine, Putin tempered withering criticism of the Ukrainian leadership with more conciliatory comments about the possibility of a compromise to resolve the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

  • MARIUPOL, Ukraine, April 17- Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10- day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian president Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the country would speed up the process of switching Crimea's banking system to the rouble as Moscow looks to integrate the peninsula it annexed last month.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was certain that Russia and Ukraine could reach a compromise following Moscow's annexation of Crimea, saying the neighbours had a huge number of common interests. "I'm sure we will come to a mutual understanding with Ukraine.

  • *Asian shares higher, tracking Wall Street. SINGAPORE, April 17- Gold fell for a second session out of three on Thursday on higher equities and as the world's biggest gold-backed fund saw its sharpest outflow in nearly four months.

  • SINGAPORE, April 17- Gold held steady just above $1,300 an ounce on Thursday supported by tensions in Ukraine, but the metal was at the risk of adding to recent losses as the world's biggest gold-backed fund saw its sharpest outflow in nearly four months.

  • Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    But for all the anxiety about Ukraine's future— bolstered by Vladimir Putin's contention the country is on the verge of civil war— the top diplomats of Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union may find their positions so far apart that no one can find a compromise.

  • BRUSSELS, April 16- NATO said on Wednesday it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia's annexation of Crimea but shied away from new permanent bases in the east as Poland wanted.

  • *Setback for Kiev before four-way talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *European shares rebound, Wall Street rallies, Yahoo shines. Wall Street rallied for a third straight day. The relief rippled through Asian markets then spread to Europe and Wall Street.

  • Cashin: Good chance the 'momentum selloff' is over Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 PM ET
    Art Cashin

    Longtime trader Art Cashin believes Wednesday's across-the-board rally could be the one to end the selloff in momentum stocks.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • LONDON, April 16- Trading house Gunvor reported core earnings rose by a quarter in 2013 and said it expected to improve results again in 2014 despite the brief turmoil it faced last month due to its close links to Russia.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • Russia will not risk harsher sanctions: Pro     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Chris Weafer, senior partner at Macro Advisory Partners, says investors should not be worried about harsher economic sanctions on Russia, despite continuing tensions with Ukraine.

  • Russia's economy feels the sting of Ukraine crisis Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    First quarter economic growth in Russia slowed and Moscow's economy minister is attributing it to uncertainty over the Ukraine crisis.

  • ISTANBUL, April 16- Russia's controversial South Stream pipeline, which would transport gas via the Black Sea into Europe towards the end of the decade, received support from Turkey on Wednesday when Ankara said it may let the conduit pass through its territory.

  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies.

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