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  • Obama rallies European allies     Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    President Obama called on Europe to diversify its energy sources. CNBC's John Harwood reports.

  • Cramer: Did Obama just change market landscape? Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 6:39 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels on March 26, 2014.

    Are the tough and somewhat unexpected comments from President Obama a reason to rethink your holdings?

  • NEW YORK, March 26- U.S. crude gained more than $1 per barrel on Wednesday as inventories at the future's delivery point dropped for the eighth straight week, while Brent held steady, supported by supply outages in Nigeria and Libya and tensions over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, March 26- The chief executive of Germany's Siemens said his firm supported a "trusting relationship" with Russian companies after meeting President Vladimir Putin at his residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, March 26- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, led by renewed selling pressure in technology shares, while the dollar pared gains after an earlier rally on strong U.S. economic data. President Barack Obama and his allies agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions unless Moscow goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.

  • MOSCOW, March 26- Russia has revived plans to develop its own card payment system to cut its dependence on Visa and Mastercard after U.S. sanctions led to disruptions in their services, its finance minister said on Wednesday.

  • Germany's Siemens says committed to Russian partners Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, March 26- The chief executive of Germany's Siemens said his firm supported a "trusting relationship" with Russian companies after meeting President Vladimir Putin at his residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.

  • *Clinical lab shares rise after GOP files Medicare bill. NEW YORK, March 26- U.S. stocks mostly edged higher on Wednesday as geopolitical tensions over Ukraine appeared to ease and the latest U.S. economic data pointed to improving conditions, though investors found few reasons to push shares up substantially.

  • Obama to Europe: Cut reliance on Russian gas Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 12:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office on March 3, 2014.

    Obama tells the EU to take politically difficult steps to develop their own resources tor reduce reliance on Russia.

  • *Focus on potential China stimulus. NEW YORK, March 26- Global equity markets advanced on Wednesday as investors left behind concerns about Ukraine to focus on the potential for fresh stimulus from China, while the dollar rose on strengthening U.S. economic data. Russia and the West drew a tentative line under the Ukraine crisis after U.S.

  • Obama: EU needs to diversify energy sources     Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports President Obama stressed the need for the EU to diversify its energy sources.

  • *Facebook buys Oculus for $2 billion. NEW YORK, March 26- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday as geopolitical tensions over Ukraine appeared to ease and the latest U.S. economic data pointed to improving conditions. Russia and the West drew a tentative line under the Ukraine crisis after U.S.

  • MOSCOW, March 26- The annexation of Crimea will only temporarily distract Russians from worrying about the economy, a respected economist said, suggesting a rally in President Vladimir Putin's ratings may not last.

  • *West holds off on more severe sanctions against Russia. *Facebook buys Oculus for $2 bln, shares up in premarket.

  • MOSCOW, March 26- The Russian economy may contract markedly this year and the country could see record capital outflow of $150 billion if the crisis over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea deepens, the World Bank warned on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, March 26- Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of putting lives at risk by preventing Russian pilots and crew disembarking from passenger flights but the Ukrainian authorities said the report distorted the facts.

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise as Ukraine tensions ease Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 7:26 AM ET

    *Facebook buys Oculus for $2 bln, shares up in premarket. NEW YORK, March 26- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday as geopolitical tensions eased after Western powers agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions against Russia unless it went beyond its seizure of Crimea. *Shares of Facebook Inc rose 1 percent to $65.51 in premarket trading.

  • Punishing Putin's power play     Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    Andrew Kuchins, CSIS Russia & Eurasia program director, shares his thoughts on Putin's power play. I don't expect to see thousands of troops coming into Ukraine, but I do think there will be further destabilization in the Eastern part of the country, says Kuchin.

  • Back in the USSR     Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at the big divide within Ukraine over Mother Russia and the deep economic ties of former Soviet Republics.

  • *Premiums for gold bars in Asia steady. LONDON, March 26- Gold steadied above one-month lows on Wednesday but a firmer dollar, stronger equity markets and signs of a recovery in the U.S. economy are likely to limit gains, while support from physical buying was also lacking.