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  • METALS-Nickel dips after 14-month high, Chinese data Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    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.

  • Ukraine crisis seen speeding Gazprom deal with China Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    *Gazprom has agreed to lower gas price- sources. MOSCOW/ BEIJING, April 23- Europe's plans to reduce its dependence on Russian energy as the Ukraine crisis threatens supplies are spurring efforts by Russia's top producer, Gazprom, to sign a deal next month to pump gas to China, industry sources say.

  • MOSCOW, April 23- Russia's Energy Ministry has proposed European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger to hold a three-way meeting on gas between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission in Moscow on April 28, a ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "We send the letter to Oettinger proposing to hold the talks in Moscow on April 28," she told Reuters.

  • RUSSIA'S ENERGY MINISTRY SAYS PROPOSES THREE-WAY GAS TALKS WITH UKRAINE AND EUROPEAN COMMISSION IN MOSCOW ON APRIL 28.

  • Russia says receives Brussels proposal on gas talks Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 23- Russia has received a proposal from European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger for a three-way meeting on gas between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, a spokeswoman at the Russian Energy Ministry said on Wednesday. She said that Moscow will reply later on Wednesday, proposing a date and place for the meeting.

  • *Rosneft met with Angola and Mozambique officials this week. MOSCOW, April 23- Russian oil producer Rosneft may expand in the African countries of Angola and Mozambique, where its boss Igor Sechin served as a Soviet translator in the early 1980 s.

  • Stopping Russia starts in Syria Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 8:58 AM ET

    It is time for the US to change Putin's calculations, and Syria is the place to do it, says New America Foundation's Anne-Marie Slaughter.

  • BRUSSELS/ KIEV, April 23- The European Commission said on Wednesday it is working on holding talks with Ukraine and Russia on a possible solution to Kiev's gas crisis, but no date has been set.

  • LONDON, April 23- European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as signs of a still stuttering Chinese economy and rising worries about Ukraine offset a reassuring set of European economic numbers.

  • *Washington will stand by us: Ukraine deputy prime minister. *Talks proposed on Ukraine- Russia gas row. After a lull for the Easter religious holiday, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an "anti-terrorist operation" against separatist militias who have seized control of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine.

  • KIEV, April 23- Russia, the European Commission and Slovakia may hold talks with Ukraine on Thursday on a possible solution to the country's gas crisis, Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said. Prodan told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow and the European Union had suggested the ministerial meeting, which would be held in the Slovak capital of Bratislava.

  • LONDON, April 23- Nickel rose to its highest level in more than 14 months on Wednesday as tighter supplies continued to fuel the metal's rally, while copper slipped after data showed a contraction in factory activity in top consumer China.

  • Samir Brikho, CEO of AMEC, says the geopolitical tension in Europe from the Ukraine crisis is "alarming" for energy security.

  • Uros Cufer, finance minister of Slovenia, says tough sanctions are "hurting" the European economy and a "softer touch" should be adopted by the European Union.

  • Alastair Newton, senior political analyst at Nomura, says markets are underestimating the risk of Russian military action in eastern Ukraine.

  • *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.