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  • NEW YORK, April 11- U.S. crude oil rose on Friday, lifted by a positive consumer confidence report that indicated strength in the U.S. economy, while Brent was pulled higher by traders covering short positions before the weekend in case ties with Russia worsened.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- The world's top economies are monitoring the economic situation in Ukraine for any fallout that may pose risks to economic and financial stability, according to a draft communique by the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers.

  • Ukraine finances 'dire': IMF Europe head     Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Reza Moghadam, director of the IMF's European department, discusses the IMF's role in helping Ukraine out of its "dire financial solution", and touches upon gas price negotiations with Russia.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not U.S. rules.

  • MOSCOW, April 11- Polyus Gold, Russia's biggest gold miner is considering state proposals to encourage the rebasing of Russian firms currently owned by offshore entities and intends to explore these issues with the government, the company said on Friday.

  • LONDON, April 11- Gold held around 2-1/ 2 week highs on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly rise in a month on sagging risk appetite and increasing hopes the U.S. Gold futures for June delivery were up 0.1 percent to $1,321.70 an ounce.

  • KIEV, April 11- Ukraine said on Friday it would turn to Europe for gas and won a promise of help from Brussels after Russia warned it could cut supplies over Kiev's refusal to pay Moscow's "political, uneconomic price" for supplies.

  • US rattles saber at Russia; G7 members get gun-shy Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 8:03 AM ET
    Jacob Lew

    Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher sanctions over Ukraine, but other powers are reluctant to go along.

  • LONDON, April 11- Gold steadied below 2-1/ 2 week highs on Friday, heading for its best week in a month on sagging risk appetite and increasing hopes the U.S. Gold futures for June delivery were down 0.1 percent to $1,319.40 an ounce.

  • LONDON, April 11- Brent oil futures dipped towards $107 a barrel on Friday following a weaker outlook for 2014 global demand growth from the International Energy Agency and due to expectations that more Libyan crude will reach the market next week. Brent crude was down 29 cents at $107.17 a barrel by 0927 GMT after settling 52 cents lower on Thursday.

  • KIEV, April 11- Ukraine hopes to buy gas from Europe to shore up its energy security, fearful Russia will cut gas supplies over Kiev's refusal to pay Moscow's "political, uneconomic price" for supplies, its energy minister said on Friday.

  • *Russia tensions rumble on, crimping appetite. LONDON, April 11- European shares slid at the open on Friday to leave them set for their first weekly loss in a month, tracking steep falls in Asian and U.S. stocks as equities came under pressure globally. The sector in Europe had rallied over 40 percent from the beginning of November 2012 to the start of April this year.

  • Geopolitical tensions further dampened investor appetite before the weekend after Russian president Vladimir Putin warned the country's gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a U.S. accusation that it is using energy "as a tool of coercion".

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not U.S. rules. Siluanov would not say whether a deal had been sealed with Iran.

  • TREASURY SECRETARY LEW ANY MOSCOW OIL-FOR-GOODS DEAL WITH IRAN WOULD FOLLOW UN PROVISIONS ON SANCTIONS NOT U.S.

  • *Moscow wants to diversify away from Europe. The project fits well with a more aggressive eastward push by Moscow since the United States and European Union imposed sanctions over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last month.

  • *Libya's state National Oil Corp lifts force majeure for Hariga port. SINGAPORE, April 11- Brent futures eased towards $107 a barrel on Friday as the global supply outlook improved with more Libyan supplies expected to reach the market, although growing tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine put a floor under prices.

  • Russia says ready to work with IMF, EU to help Ukraine Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:46 AM ET

    Secretary Jack Lew on Thursday that Moscow was concerned about Ukraine's unpaid debt for supplies of natural gas, but was ready to work with international partners on financial aid for Kiev.

  • *OPEC cautious on economy, sees lower demand for its oil. SINGAPORE, April 11- Brent futures eased towards $107 a barrel on Friday as the global supply outlook improved with more Libyan supplies expected to reach the market, although growing tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine put a floor under prices.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- Ukraine Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said on Thursday that Kiev has fulfilled all conditions to receive the first portion of the financial aid package from the International Monetary Fund.