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  • LONDON, April 24- Oil edged further above $109 a barrel on Thursday as the dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine added to supply concerns, although record U.S. crude inventories kept gains in check.

  • Russian memo to WTO says US sanctions are illegal Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 6:24 AM ET

    GENEVA, April 24- Russia has told the United States that its Ukraine- related sanctions on a Russian bank and Russian citizens are illegal under World Trade Organization rules and must be scrapped. Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said last week that Russia could launch a dispute at the world trade body to challenge U.S. sanctions.

  • LONDON, April 24- Gold prices were steady on Thursday, hovering above a 2-1/ 2- month low hit earlier in the week, as a rally in equities dimmed its appeal as an alternative asset and investors remained cautious ahead of more U.S. economic data and any further developments in Ukraine.

  • Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up' Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 6:12 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Warning Russia that new sanctions are "teed up," President Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine.

  • BIROBIDZHAN, Russia, April 24- Russia warned foreign companies working in the oil and gas sector that if they quit the country over Ukraine- related sanctions, they would not be able to return any time soon.

  • Obama poised for new sanctions on Russia Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 5:17 AM ET

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he was poised to impose new sanctions on Moscow if it does not act fast to end an armed stand-off in Ukraine.

  • *German businesses shrug off Ukraine crisis. BERLIN, April 24- German firms shrugged off concerns about tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine, helping the Ifo business climate index to a surprise increase in April and signalling that Europe's largest economy is on track for firm growth this year.

  • LONDON, April 24- Oil rose further above $109 a barrel on Thursday as disagreement between Russia and the West over Ukraine added to supply concerns, although record U.S. crude inventories kept gains in check.

  • LONDON, April 24- Global stocks were back on the front foot on Thursday, as upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook helped shake off some of the jitters that have hit the sector in recent weeks. European bourses started brightly, with the FTSE 100 up 0.5 percent and the DAX, the CAC 40 and markets in Madrid and Milan between 0.7 and 0.9 percent firmer.

  • *Gold to rebound to $1,298- technicals. SINGAPORE, April 24- Gold edged up on Thursday but held near a more than two-month low with a rally in equities dimming its appeal as an alternative investment, while demand from jewellers was also muted as they waited for prices to drop further. Gold rose $1.46 to $1,284.75 an ounce on short covering.

  • *Russia says it will respond if its Ukraine interests attacked. SINGAPORE, April 24- Brent crude futures rose on Thursday, holding above $109 per barrel for a fifth straight session, as a vow by top oil producer Russia to respond if its interests in Ukraine came under attack stoked supply worries.

  • Brent climbs, stays above $109 on Ukraine tensions Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:48 PM ET

    *Russia says it will respond if its Ukraine interests attacked. SINGAPORE, April 24- Brent futures rose on Thursday as Russia vowed to respond if its interests in Ukraine came under attack, stoking fears of an escalation in tensions that have pushed the oil benchmark up 5 percent this month to hover above $109 a barrel.

  • SINGAPORE, April 24- Gold was little changed on Thursday, hovering near the weakest in more than two months, as a rally in equities dimmed its appeal as an alternative investment and jewellers looked for prices to fall further. *Gold was quoted at $1,283.65 an ounce by 0023 GMT.

  • U.S. crude gained 14 cents to $101.58 a barrel by 0028 GMT, after settling 31 cents lower in the previous session. Oil exports from Iraq's southern terminals are heading for a record high in April, according to loading data and industry sources, reflecting Iraq's efforts to expand capacity and deliver supply growth in 2014..

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 6 Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    April 24- For other related diaries, please. ANKARA- Central Bank of Turkey holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting- 1100 GMT. CAIRO- Central Bank of Egypt holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • *Heavy stop-loss orders possible if $1,275 support breached. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 23- Gold prices edged up on Wednesday, holding above a technical stronghold at $1,275 an ounce, though the metal is vulnerable to further losses as investor demand remains slack, analysts said.

  • *Russia proposes April 28 for Moscow meeting. BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, April 23- European and Russian officials will meet this week and next for emergency talks to try to prevent Moscow cutting off gas supply to Ukraine, as Europe explores how to pump more gas to the struggling country.

  • PARIS, April 23- France's Total expects the biggest share of its oil and gas output to come from Russia by 2020 and plans to stay there for the long haul despite recent tensions with the West over Ukraine, a top executive said.

  • Kiev and Washington twisting peace accord: Moscow. KIEV, April 23- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

  • The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.