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  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. SINGAPORE, April 22- Brent futures held near a six-week high of more than $110 a barrel on Tuesday on worries a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine was faltering, although expectations of a gain in U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices.

  • Violence getting worse in east Ukraine: Pro     Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    James Marson, reporter at the Wall Street Journal, said the violence in east Ukraine is getting "a lot worse" as reports of shootings surface.

  • *Weakness in China depresses Asian shares, despite Wall St. *Tensions in Ukraine still seen as a risk. Although Japan's Nikkei share average held onto marginal gains and was up 0.3 percent, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat, while trading not far from a six-month high hit earlier this month.

  • *Ukraine tensions fail to lift metal. Geopolitical tensions in Ukraine failed to lift gold's safe-haven appeal, underscoring bearish sentiment in the market. "There's no doubt that the technical picture in gold looks very sloppy, especially if key support between $1,277- $1,280 gives way," said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. SINGAPORE, April 22- Brent futures held near a six-week high above $110 a barrel on Tuesday on worries a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine was faltering, although expectations of a gain in U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices.

  • 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.

  • DIARY - Emerging markets economic events to May 2 Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    April 22- For other related diaries, please. MANILA- Asian Development Bank will launch its latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor, a semiannual review of Asia's regional economic cooperation and integration. COLOMBO- Sri Lanka Central Bank announces interest rate decision- 0130 GMT.

  • US could hit Putin with sanctions, State Dept says Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 6:40 PM ET
    A sign advertising Visa and Mastercard payment services sits in the window of a Crocs shoe store inside the Okhotny Ryad shopping mall in Moscow.

    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.

  • Ukrainian PM: Truce deal depends on Russia     Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 | 7:40 PM ET

    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.