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  • *Rosneft raises stakes in struggle with Gazprom. MOSCOW, March 7- Russia's top crude oil producer Rosneft wants to break the monopoly of another state-owned energy champion, Gazprom, to export gas via pipelines, sources said on Friday, signalling a flare-up between powerful clans.

  • *Ukraine tensions rumble on, gold heads for weekly gains. With the tussle between Ukraine and the West and Russia over Crimea expected to drag on, investors turned their focus to non-farm payrolls due at 1330 GMT, though there was a sense they would still be distorted by the recent icy U.S. weather.

  • BERLIN, March 7- After one of her first encounters with Vladimir Putin in 2002, Angela Merkel joked to aides that she had passed the "KGB test" by staring straight into his eyes without averting her gaze.

  • BERLIN, March 7- The German public has little appetite for imposing economic sanctions on Russia for its incursion into Ukraine but supports the new government in Kiev and has very little confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new poll.

  • MOSCOW, March 7- Russia's top crude oil producer Rosneft has challenged the monopoly of Gazprom on gas exports via pipelines, two company sources said on Friday, in a deepening of a battle for influence between the two state companies.

  • MOSCOW, Mach 7- Russia's central bank is taking steps to prevent the bankruptcy of Moskomprivatbank, the Moscow subsidiary of Ukraine's Privatbank, the Bank of Russia said on Friday.

  • *Crimea's Moscow- backed parliament votes to join Russia. SINGAPORE, March 7- Brent crude climbed towards $108.50 per barrel on Friday, rising for a second straight session as worsening diplomatic relations between Ukraine and key oil producer Russia stoked supply fears.

  • LONDON, March 6- As bankers, traders and investors gathered at Gazprom's London offices for its annual champagne reception, the message from the world's most powerful gas trader was clear: the Russians don't want another gas war with Ukraine.

  • Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk talks to CNBC's Steve Sedgwick about attempts to get Crimea to succeed from Ukraine.

  • *Crimea's Moscow- backed parliament votes to join Russia. SINGAPORE, March 7- Brent crude climbed towards $108.50 per barrel on Friday, rising for a second straight session as worsening diplomatic relations between Ukraine and key oil producer Russia stoked supply fears.

  • SINGAPORE, March 7- Nickel held near nine-month highs on Friday and is on track for its biggest weekly gain since mid-January with supply tightened by Indonesia's ban on ore exports, while copper steadied on concerns over demand from top consumer China.

  • Why Ukraine jitters may not be over     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 8:06 PM ET

    David Keeble, Head of Fixed Income Strategy at Credit Agricole, explains the extent of Ukraine's impact on financial markets and what could be the next crucial event in Crimea that investors should be looking out for.

  • SEOUL, March 7- U.S. crude oil futures reached $101.80 a barrel on Friday in early Asian trade as the market watched for any supply disruption of oil and gas from Russia to Europe as tensions in Crimea intensified.

  • Impact of economic sanctions on Russia     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 7:09 PM ET

    Discussing how economic sanctions imposed on Russian banks could damage the Russian economy, with Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

  • Discussing Crimea's referendum to join Russia and if it can be stopped, with former White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, and Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

  • Big escalation in Crimea     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    Tensions escalate in Crimea as they ready to take a vote on whether to become part of Russia, reports NBC's Ian Williams with the latest from the region.

  • Are markets being complacent about Ukraine?     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    Jeffrey Halley, senior FX trading manager at Saxo Capital Markets, says investors may have been too complacent as there are still risks in the Crimean peninsula.

  • Crimea votes to join Russia; Obama orders sanctions Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 6:31 PM ET
    President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office on March 3, 2014.

    Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia, setting a referendum in 10 days, drawing a sharp riposte from U.S. President Barack Obama.

  • Crimea's parliament will hold a referendum in 10 days on whether to join Russia. Jacob Kirkegaard, Senior Research Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says this latest development is 'clearly an escalation' by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Crimea sets referendum on joining Russia     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Tensions over Ukraine went up a notch after Crimea's parliament pledges to hold a referendum in 10 days on whether to join Russia. CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports.