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  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, March 6- The Russian central bank said on Thursday it was putting the Moscow subsidiary of Ukraine's Privatbank into temporary administration, but that it would not revoke the bank's licence. Russia and Ukraine are in a dangerous armed stand-off following months of unrest in Kiev and the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich.

  • *Staples, Costco shares down after results. *Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum for March 16 on the decision, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt discusses what tools European governments have to try and put pressure on Russia to withdraw its troops from Crimea.

  • *Crimea parliament votes to join Russia, referendum March 16. SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 6- Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • Russia is 'dangerous': Lithuanian President     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite tells CNBC that Russia is "dangerous and unpredictable".

  • MOSCOW, March 6- Moscow stocks fell, reversing gains from early Thursday, and the rouble weakened further after reports that the parliament of Ukraine's Crimea had voted in favour of becoming part of Russia.

  • Europe fears gas shortages if Russia cuts off Ukraine Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 5:51 AM ET

    *Greece says Ukraine gas disruption' worst scenario'. BRUSSELS, March 6- European Union countries such as Poland and Greece are worried they may face gas shortages and economic damage if Russia stops pumping the fuel to Ukraine, with Kiev facing a Friday deadline to pay Moscow a $2 billion energy bill.

  • David Cameron, U.K. prime minister, explains that the European Union talks on Ukraine should make it clear that Russia's intervention is unacceptable and will have consequences.

  • *Crimea parliament votes to join Russia, referendum March 16. SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 6- Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • Lilit Gevorgyan, CIS analyst at IHS Global Insight, explains how news that the Crimean Parliament is voting to become part of Russia complicates matters for both the West and Russia.

  • MOSCOW, March 6- The Russian central bank said on Thursday it was putting the Moscow subsidiary of Ukraine's Privatbank into temporary administration, but that it would not revoke the bank's licence. The central bank said in a statement the decision to appoint an interim administration for Moskomprivatbank was effective immediately.

  • BRUSSELS, March 6- European Union leaders meet for an emergency summit in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and how to respond to Russia's seizure of the Crimean peninsula.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS IMPOSES TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATION ON MOSCOW SUBSIDIARY OF UKRAINE'S PRIVATBANK, LICENCE NOT SUSPENDED.

  • CORRECTED-Rouble weakens as Ukraine concerns weigh Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 6- The rouble opened down against the dollar on Thursday as concerns about the Ukraine crisis continued to weigh. Moscow stock indexes saw fragile gains, tracking a reprieve in Asian markets after diplomatic efforts seemed to slightly moderate the crisis over Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

  • *Divided EU to warn, not sanction Russia at summit. *Moscow says OSCE, NATO efforts not helpful. BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, March 6- European Union leaders were set to warn but not sanction Russia on Thursday over its military intervention in Ukraine after Moscow rebuffed Western diplomatic efforts to persuade it to pull forces in Crimea back to their bases.

  • Rouble weakens despite heavy central bank intervention Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 1:46 AM ET

    Moscow stock indexes saw fragile gains, tracking a reprieve in Asian markets after diplomatic efforts seemed to slightly moderate the crisis over Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

  • *Diplomatic efforts to solve Ukraine crisis underpin risk assets. TOKYO, March 6- Asian shares could enjoy a reprieve on Thursday as diplomatic efforts moderate the crisis over Ukraine, while the euro comes under pressure as investors speculate whether the European Central Bank will ease policy later in the day.

  • SINGAPORE, March 6- Gold was trading in a tight range on Thursday, supported near $1,335 an ounce by weak U.S. data, with investors waiting for developments in the Ukraine geopolitical crisis and a key jobs report for further cues. *Spot gold was trading nearly flat at $1,336.66 an ounce by 0020 GMT, after rising slightly by 0.2 percent in the previous session.

  • Putin's American payroll     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 7:34 PM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers looks into what American firms are on the Russian payroll.

  • Discussing if Russian president Vladimir Putin has begun to soften his position on Ukraine, with Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia; John Herbst former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; and Charles Dallara, Partners Group managing director,