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  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Gold was trading near its highest in three weeks on Tuesday as heightened tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine lifted the metal's safe-haven appeal. Palladium continued to hold near its highest since August 2011 on worries over supply constrains from Russia and South Africa, the top two producers of the metal.

  • Andrei Illarionov, Former Economic Policy Advisor to Vladimir Putin from 2000 to 2005, says Putin wants to establish a 'Ukranian Federation' out of the eastern part of the country.

  • SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 14- Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.

  • Putin is re-enacting Crimea playbook: Pro     Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 7:17 PM ET

    Christian Whiton, Principal at DC International Advisory, says ongoing events in eastern Ukraine may see a repeat of Russia's actions in Crimea.

  • Putin to Obama: Russia not behind Ukraine protests Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:47 PM ET
    President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office on March 3, 2014.

    President Vladimir Putin has urged President Barack Obama to discourage the Ukrainian government from using force against protesters.

  • Pres. Obama speaks with Putin     Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports President Obama has wrapped up a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin about various aspects of the Ukraine crisis.

  • *Citigroup is one of S&P's biggest gainers after results. NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday as Citigroup's earnings and strong retail sales gave investors reasons to buy equities despite a resurgence of geopolitical uncertainties.

  • Emerging opportunities: Pro     Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Nigel Hart, BlackRock, shares some good "hunting grounds" and investment opportunities in emerging markets.

  • NBC News' Jim Miklaszewski reports pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have defied Kiev's deadline to lay down their weapons.

  • LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.

  • MILAN, April 14- Claudio Descalzi faces a delicate balancing act as he takes the helm of Italian oil major Eni- guaranteeing Italy's gas supply by nurturing relations with Russia, while exploring new drilling frontiers in Africa and Asia to boost profit.

  • SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 14- Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown leaving Moscow's partisans essentially unopposed.

  • Kiev's grip loosening on restive eastern Ukraine Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    *Kiev- appointed governor working in secret location. DONETSK, Ukraine, April 14- Staff working for Serhiy Taruta, the steel baron appointed by Kiev as governor of the restive Donetsk region, say he is hard at work in the regional capital, but cannot disclose where exactly for security reasons.

  • *Citigroup one of S&P's biggest gainers after results. NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, rebounding after a sharp selloff in the previous session as strong results from Citigroup and bullish retail sales data lifted sentiment.

  • Why traders expect gold to shine even brighter Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    Gold has enjoyed a solid run this month. But some traders are starting to wonder why it hasn't risen even more.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose more $1.50 on Monday as Western powers considered tougher sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the American economy.

  • This is the market's 'new fear gauge': Art Cashin Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 12:45 PM ET
    Art Cashin

    Stocks surged on Monday and moved in lockstep with yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes, veteran trader Art Cashin told CNBC on Monday.

  • LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union could hold an emergency summit next week to impose further sanctions against Russia if there is no breakthrough at talks with Ukraine scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, France's foreign minister said on Monday.

  • SLAVIANSK/ KIEV, April 14- Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialise.

  • LONDON/ SINGAPORE, April 14- Nickel hit its highest in nearly 14 months on Monday on Indonesia's ore export ban, now in its third month, and on the prospect of tougher sanctions on Russia over its actions towards Ukraine. On Monday, it an hit an intraday high of $17,917 a tonne- its strongest since Feb. 19 last year- before retreating to $17,845 by 1432 GMT, up 2.56 percent.