The situation in Ukraine looks ever further from the peaceful, or at least contained, solution Western leaders were hoping for.» Read More
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.
*Ukraine tensions keep some investors on edge. TOKYO, April 22- Japanese shares advanced on Tuesday, taking heart from a solid session on Wall Street, but gains were limited below the two-week intraday high marked the previous day on caution over upcoming earnings reports and tensions in Ukraine.
SINGAPORE, April 22- Copper futures on the London Metal Exchange slipped on Tuesday as the bourse reopened after a long holiday weekend, still pressured by worries over Chinese demand amid a slowdown in the world's top user of the industrial metal.
SINGAPORE, April 22- U.S. crude oil futures steadied above $104 a barrel on Tuesday, with investors keeping a close eye on Ukraine where a deal to peacefully resolve tensions with Russia appeared to be faltering.
Tensions in Ukraine still seen as a major risk. TOKYO, April 22- Asian shares were supported on Tuesday after Wall Street stocks extended gains into a fifth day, though investors continued to see tensions in Ukraine as a threat to risk appetite.
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Jen Psaki of the State Department suggested that Vladimir Putin could be sanctioned by the US over the crisis in Ukraine, but not immediately.
BRUSSELS, April 21- The European Union must create an energy union to secure its gas supply because the current dependence on Russian energy makes Europe weak, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in an article in the Financial Times.
*Eyes on Ukraine peace deal, further sanctions on Russia. NEW YORK, April 21- Brent crude oil strengthened slightly while U.S. crude futures were briefly supported by positive economic data on Monday but prices were range-bound in low volumes following Easter Sunday with no significant escalation in tensions over Ukraine.
*Australia, Hong Kong, London closed for Easter. NEW YORK/ SINGAPORE, April 21- Gold prices fell to a nearly three-week low in thin trade on Monday, as sharp outflows from the world's biggest bullion-backed exchange-traded fund and no further escalation of geopolitical tensions prompted selling.
*Traders discount separatist conflict in Ukraine. While conflict in Ukraine lingered on Monday, traders concentrated on last Thursday's upbeat U.S. economic data showing jobless claims remained low and factory activity was better than expected, and a significant international agreement to lower tension in Ukraine.
*Japan posts record trade deficit, hits yen. *Unrest in Ukraine likely to limit safe-haven yen's losses. NEW YORK, April 21- The dollar rose to a two-week high against the yen on Monday after Japan posted a record trade deficit in the fiscal year ended in March, though tensions in Ukraine were likely to limit losses on the safe-haven Japanese currency.
*Ukraine peace deal falters, with no rebel surrender. LONDON, April 21- Oil eased towards $109 a barrel on Monday, giving up some of the previous session's rally as traders saw little new to augment their worries over tension in Ukraine, although setbacks in the return of Libyan oil lent support.
Speaking to NBC's Meet the Press, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine, discusses what needs to be done to calm the violence in eastern Ukraine.
BOSTON, April 20- U.S. fund managers warned this month of risks shareholders could face from current or future Western sanctions against Russia, underscoring the stakes for emerging-markets investors arising out of the turmoil in Ukraine.
*Russia eyes gas pipeline, railway via North Korea to South Korea. MOSCOW, April 19- Russia's parliament has agreed to write off almost $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state.
A day after a deal to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.
*Deal in Geneva offers hope of end to Ukraine crisis. *Russia sought assurances on rights for east Ukraine. WASHINGTON/ GENEVA, April 18- The agreement designed to pull Ukraine back from the brink of civil war had been floundering around lunchtime on Thursday, so U.S.
*Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.
*Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.