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  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The United States could give Europe and Ukraine relief from energy dependence on Russia within months if it overturned the 40- year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports, the head of energy company Hess Corp. said on Thursday. He estimated that Europe and Ukraine could get relief from volatile oil prices in 90 days if the ban was overturned.

  • *Putin says cut-off of gas to Ukraine possible. MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, April 10- President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that Russian gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a U.S. accusation that it is using energy "as a tool of coercion".

  • *Putin says cut-off of gas to Ukraine possible. MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, April 10- President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that Russian gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a U.S. accusation that it is using energy "as a tool of coercion".

  • *Libya oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending. *OPEC sees lower demand for its crude in 2014. NEW YORK, April 10- Global crude oil drifted modestly lower on Thursday, pressured by weaker economic data from China as well as the prospect of a rebound in oil exports from Libya.

  • Russian economy hammered by massive money drain Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:01 PM ET
    Russian 1000 ruble currency banknotes

    Russia's central bank has confirmed that some $64 billion in assets held by Russians headed for the exits in the first quarter.

  • *Libya oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending. NEW YORK, April 10- Global crude oil prices slipped on Thursday on both sides of the Atlantic, pressured by weaker economic data from China as well as the prospect of a rebound in oil exports from Libya.

  • LUHANSK, Ukraine, April 10- Armed pro- Russia separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk rejected Kiev's offer of amnesty for those who seized government buildings this week and called on others to defy the pro-European government in Kiev.

  • MOSCOW/ SINGAPORE, April 10- Russian state-controlled oil producer Gazprom Neft said it had received positive responses from Asian clients about the possibility of using euros as a settlement currency instead of the dollar.

  • LUHANSK, Ukraine, April 10- Ukraine will not prosecute pro-Russian separatists who seized government buildings if they surrender their weapons and disperse, the country's president said on Thursday, in a bid to ease a crisis that stoked fears of the country's break-up.

  • BERLIN, April 10- Russia may change its budget rules to reflect the addition of Crimea and its population of about 2 million people, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov was quoted as saying on Thursday. "State debt is very low in Russia, among the lowest in Europe.

  • BRUSSELS, April 10- Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union will hold talks next Thursday in Geneva to try to negotiate an end to the crisis in Ukraine, EU diplomats said. Moscow has said it wants to know more about the agenda for such a meeting, and while no more details were immediately available, EU diplomats said it will now go ahead.

  • Andrii Deshchytsia, foreign minister of Ukraine, says Russia is overcharging Ukraine for gas and is using it as a political tool.

  • Andrii Deshchytsia, foreign minister of Ukraine, says more "determined sanctions" can be deployed if Russia continues its aggressive actions.

  • Bate C Toms, chairman of the British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, said Russia's invasion of Ukraine was aimed at destabilizing the country.

  • SEOUL, April 10- U.S. crude futures edged down in early Asian trade on Thursday after surging more than $1 in the previous session due to an unexpected spike in gasoline demand and tensions over Ukraine. *U.S. oil fell 23 cents to $103.37 a barrel as of 0001 GMT after settling $1.04 higher at $103.60 per barrel on the previous session.

  • SYDNEY, April 10- Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Thursday Russia would take part in the G20 Summit in Brisbane later this year, laying to rest questions Russia might be barred from attending over Moscow's annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. "Of course Russia will be at the table," Hockey told CNBC during an interview in Washington.

  • Joe Hockey: Ukraine crisis won't dominate G-20     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 7:15 PM ET

    Joe Hockey, Treasurer of Australia, says geopolitical tensions in Ukraine will be discussed at the G-20, but warns that focus will remain on the the global economic recovery.

  • *Russia seeks to reassure West, Ukraine over troops. NEW YORK, April 9- U.S. crude rose by $1 on Wednesday as a rally that started with high gasoline demand was boosted by technical trading, while Brent crude rose modestly due to the tense relations between Russia and the West.

  • Putin's Ukraine adventure may hurt Russian economy Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 1:25 PM ET
    Pro-Russian activists hold red flags with the communist hammer and sickle during a rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on April 7, 2014.

    The annexation of Crimea carries hidden costs that could hurt an already struggling Russian economy.

  • *Russia seeks to reassure West, Ukraine over troops. NEW YORK, April 9- Brent crude rose on Wednesday as rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine made investors skittish again, while U.S. crude rose on much higher than expected gasoline demand.