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  • Britain sets out Europe's energy alternatives to Russia Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 5:16 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, March 20- Europe has a range of options to shore up its energy security and cut dependence on Russian supplies, including asking the United States to export more gas and working with Iraq, a British government document says.

  • Crimea legally Russian by Friday     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 5:15 AM ET

    We're "seeing history being made" at great speed as from Friday, Crimea will officially and legally be Russian, NBC's Jim Maceda reports, adding that the West is expanding its list of Russian citizens to be sanctioned.

  • BERLIN, March 20- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech in parliament that EU leaders would signal their readiness to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including politically sensitive economic sanctions, at a summit starting on Thursday.

  • Joseph Dayan, executive director at BCS Prime Brokerage, says that several European Union countries have different economic contracts with Russia, making a cohesive sanction plan difficult for the 28-nation bloc.

  • *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing pricing hub. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent crude rose on Thursday to hover around $106 a barrel after the U.S.

  • EU leaders to slap more sanctions on Russia?     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Chatterley, discusses what actions European Union leaders might take against Russia and whether more sanctions are in the pipeline.

  • *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing pricing hub. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent crude rose above $106 a barrel on Thursday after the U.S. "The consensus is now that the winding down of easy money is happening because the economy is strong enough to stand on its own two feet," said Mark Keenan, head of commodities research in Asia at Societe Generale.

  • March 20- A former employee of Microsoft Corp is facing criminal charges after he allegedly passed trade secrets to a blogger in France, U.S. court documents showed.

  • SINGAPORE, March 20- Gold hovered near three-week lows on Thursday as the U.S. dollar jumped on expectations the Federal Reserve could end its bond-buying programme this fall, hurting the metal's safe haven appeal as a hedge against inflation.

  • *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing pricing hub. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent crude rose above $106 a barrel on Thursday after the U.S. "The consensus is now that the winding down of easy money is happening because the economy is strong enough to stand on its own two feet," said Mark Keenan, head of commodities research in Asia at Societe Generale.

  • SINGAPORE, March 20- U.S. crude held above $100 per barrel in early Asian trading on Thursday, after gained support from an inventory draw at the benchmark's pricing hub in Cushing, Oklahoma.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold hits 3-week low on Fed, firm U.S. dollar Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, March 20- Gold hit its weakest in three weeks on Thursday as the U.S. dollar jumped on expectations the Federal Reserve could end its bond-buying programme this fall, hurting the metal's safe haven appeal as a hedge against inflation. *Cash gold hit a low of $1,325.34 an ounce, the weakest since Feb. 28, and stood at $1,328.84 by 0012 GMT, down $2.00.

  • Are Russian sanctions strong enough?     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:50 PM ET

    Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal editorial board, discuss the strength of sanctions against Russia and how targeting individuals would hurt Vladimir Putin and the economy.

  • The calls are a routine part of how the SEC monitors asset managers through its Division of Investment Management, and are not related to any investigation.

  • The calls are a routine part of how the SEC monitors asset managers through its Division of Investment Management, and are not related to any investigation.

  • Obama rules out 'military excursion' in Ukraine Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 6:08 PM ET

    President Obama will push diplomatic efforts to bring pressure on Russia to loosen its grip on Crimea.

  • FOREX-Dollar jumps as US hints at speeded-up rate rise Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    *Fed trims monthly bond buying to $55 bln. NEW YORK, March 19- The dollar jumped on Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen surprised world markets by hinting that the central bank may accelerate the timetable for ending low U.S. interest rates.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Russia's takeover of Crimea and the ensuing East-West crisis have cast a cloud over a meeting of top international anti-money laundering officials scheduled to take place in Moscow in June.

  • *Biden warns Russia is on "dark path" to isolation. SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, March 19- The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation on Wednesday as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • FOREX-Dollar jumps as Fed cuts bond buys further Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    *Fed trims monthly bond buying to $55 bln. NEW YORK, March 19- The dollar jumped on Wednesday as traders expanded early gains against the euro and the yen after U.S. central bankers cut back bond purchases and cited foul winter weather as a factor for worrying softness in American economic data.