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  • *Russia restarts military exercise near Ukraine border. NEW YORK, March 13- Brent crude futures fell on Thursday as weaker-than-expected Chinese economic data offset worries about supply disruptions prompted by the stand-off between Russia and Western powers over Ukraine.

  • VIENNA, March 13- Industrialist Dmytro Firtash, one of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs with close links to Russia through his gas interests, has been arrested in Austria at the request of the United States.

  • $3 billion for Ukraine to go straight to...Russia Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 1:26 PM ET
    A man walks past a poster in Sevastopol on March 11, 2014 depicting Crimea in the colors of the Russian flag.

    Billions of Western dollars in aid to Ukraine will likely end up in the coffers of the Russian government thanks to a bond clause.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks hit session lows in early afternoon trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 on track to post its worst day in six weeks, as tension over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula mounted.

  • Europe extends two-week slide on China, Ukraine jitters Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    LONDON, March 13- European stocks fell on Thursday, extending a two-week slide, as worries over economic growth in China and tension in Ukraine took their toll on market sentiment.

  • UPDATE 3-OECD puts accession talks with Russia on hold Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    The move by the organisation, which includes economic heavyweights such as the United States, Germany, France, Japan and Mexico, is the latest effort to apply pressure on Moscow ahead of a referendum on Sunday in which Ukraine's southern region of Crimea could vote to secede and join Russia.

  • *Latest China data points to slowing economy. *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as earlier gains spurred by better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market were offset by worries over Ukraine and the health of China's economy.

  • BERLIN, March 13- Russia's Gazprom said it wanted Ukraine to be able to pay for gas supplies and did not want a "gas crisis" over prices and debt, a allusion to past disputes that led to cuts in gas flows from Russia to Europe.

  • *Ukraine, China slowdown and copper rout sap risk appetite. NEW YORK, March 13- World stock indexes edged lower on Thursday on lingering concerns over China's economy and tensions in Ukraine, while the euro hit a new 2-1/ 2- year high against the dollar.

  • *Gold earlier hit $1,374.85/ oz after breaking resistance. LONDON, March 13- Gold retreated from six-month highs on Thursday after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs and retail sales data lifted the dollar off early lows, but prices were underpinned by tensions surrounding Russia's standoff over Ukraine.

  • LONDON, March 13- Royal Dutch Shell will cut spending by a fifth and lay off staff at its American exploration and production business, the company said on Thursday, in another sign that oil majors are struggling to profit from the booming U.S. shale sector.

  • *Latest China data points to slowing economy. *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second day of gains, following better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market, though worries about Ukraine and the health of China's economy curbed the advance.

  • FACTBOX-Western sanctions against Russia Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 13- European Union foreign ministers could approve sanctions against Russia on Monday beyond the largely symbolic measures taken so far in response to Russia's actions in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold retreats from 6-month high after U.S. data Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    *Gold earlier hit $1,374.85/ oz after breaking resistance. LONDON, March 13- Gold retreated from six-month highs on Thursday after stronger than expected U.S. jobless and retail sales data helped the dollar index recover from early lows and lifted stock markets at the precious metal's expense.

  • LONDON, March 13- Capital flight from Russia has risen sharply since the start of this year to $45- $50 billion, Goldman Sachs said on Thursday, predicting full-year outflows could be as much as $130 billion, or double 2013 levels.

  • *Detained in Vienna at request of U.S. authorities. The Federal Crime Agency on Thursday identified the suspect only as Dmitry F., 48, but government sources said it was Firtash, one of Ukraine's richest men.

  • LONDON, March 13- Oil held near $108 a barrel on Thursday as weaker-than-expected Chinese economic data offset worries about disruption of supply prompted by the stand-off between Russia and Western powers over Ukraine.

  • UPDATE 2-OECD postpones accession talks with Russia Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    The move by the organisation, which includes economic heavyweights such as the United States, Germany, France, Japan and Mexico, is the latest effort to apply pressure on Moscow ahead of a referendum on Sunday in which Ukraine's southern region of Crimea could vote to secede and join Russia.

  • SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 13- A Ukraine state gas company Chornomornaftogaz official said its rigs off Crimea were not occupied by armed men, after a regional separatist leader said on Thursday that local authorities were guarding the facilities.

  • The American dream is still alive: Welch     Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Jack Welch, Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, shares his thoughts on jobs creation in the U.S.