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  • 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.

  • *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 pro-Russian soldier stands guard outside an administrative building in Slavyansk, Ukraine, on April 16, 2014.

    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.

  • Ukraine agreement built on fragile foundations Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    *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.

  • ANKARA, April 18- Turkey will seek a discount in the price of gas it buys from Russia in talks with the deputy head of state-controlled Gazprom next week when he visits Ankara, Turkey's energy minister said on Friday.

  • Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.

  • Obama skeptical about progress in Ukraine Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 PM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine, in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 2014.

    Foreign ministers meeting in Geneva agreed "initial concrete steps" to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, they said in a joint statement.

  • President Obama answers questions about the state of Ukraine and Russia's diplomatic handling of the crisis.

  • Russia's 'foreign policy adventure' hits its bonds Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:40 PM ET
    A pro-Russian soldier stands guard outside an administrative building in Slavyansk, Ukraine, on April 16, 2014.

    As tension persists between Russia and Ukraine, markets' view on Russian bonds has turned increasingly icy.