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  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world mostly dipped on Wednesday as investors held off from making big bets ahead of the release of minutes from the U.S. Gold prices were also near breakeven levels.

  • Russia's RSX down more than 11% YTD     Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports on the protests and police backlash in Kiev, Ukraine, and how it's impacting the Russian economy.

  • *Shares in Europe, U.S. rise ahead of Fed minutes. NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world rose slightly on Wednesday, continuing their recent advance as investors did not expect anything hinting at a change in monetary policy to be announced in upcoming minutes from the U.S. Gold prices were also near breakeven levels.

  • *European Investment Bank suspends work in Ukraine. BRUSSELS/ LONDON Feb 19- The European Investment Bank said on Wednesday it had frozen its activities in Ukraine after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence.

  • CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera speaks with Al Michaels about the importance of hockey to the country of Russia and what the "Miracle on Ice" meant to USA hockey.

  • Kiev police control much of Independence Square     Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    NBC's Jim Maceda reports violence has killed at least 25 people and hundreds are injured in clashes between protesters and police in Kiev, Ukraine.

  • *China's central bank stirs anxiety. LONDON, Feb 19- The dollar was hovering at its lowest level of the year on Wednesday as investors waited to see if Federal Reserve policymakers had foreseen this month's relatively weak U.S. economic data at their latest meeting.

  • Ukraine explodes in violence     Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    NBC's Jim Maceda reports at least 10 policemen are dead and hundreds are injured in riots in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. What began as a peaceful protest against Viktor Yanukovych's decision to reject a trade deal with Europe and tilt toward Russia turned to violent chaos.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 19- Russian state energy company Rosneft is pushing the government for approval on a share issue for Transneft so the pipeline monopoly can finance the expansion of routes to the east, including China.

  • FACTBOX-Russia-China crude oil deals Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 1:34 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Feb 18- Top oil producer Russia is aiming to eventually triple exports to China to some 1 million barrels per day, seeking to secure market share and billions of dollars in pre-payments.

  • Making US Olympic history     Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan provides a medal count from the Sochi Olympics, and reports the U.S. has won its first two-man bobsled medal since 1952.

  • Olympics: US bobsled makes historic run     Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan provides an update from the Sochi Olympics, including a historic win for the U.S. two-man bobsled team and more controversy with the U.S. speed skating uniforms.

  • US ice dancing gold medalists on Detroit     Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first ever U.S. gold in ice dancing. Both discuss what drew world class ice dancing coaches to Detroit.

  • NHL Commissioner: Olympics impact our season     Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discusses the good and bad factors that play a role in the NHL going to the Olympics.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 18- U.S. crude futures held above $100 on Tuesday, buoyed by a weaker dollar and as frigid weather across North America lifted heating demand. A positive outcome would be negative for oil as sanctions on Tehran would ease, allowing the OPEC producer to export more crude and add to global supply.

  • OTTAWA, Feb 17- Advanced economies must explain their monetary policy approach clearly to the rest of the world and some emerging economies need to strengthen policies in order to soften the financial market volatility during this unprecedented period of transition, a senior Canadian finance official said on Monday.

  • *Georgia says can keep currency stable. TBILISI, Feb 17- Georgia will be able to keep its currency stable even though it may be hit by fallout from financial problems in nearby Turkey and Ukraine, its economy minister said.

  • Sully's crash course on Russia     Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    Brian Sullivan and Dina Gusovsky went to Brighton Beach Brooklyn to get Brian ready for his reporting in Sochi. From the food, to the clothing, to the Russian "banyas," it's a crash course in Russian customs.

  • Sochi: Under Armour's suits face controversy     Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports where Russia's Putin is showing up around Sochi, and provides an update on the controversy facing Under Armour's speed skating suits.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 14- The Russian central bank kept its key policy rate unchanged as expected on Friday, underscoring its dilemma of trying to grapple with both a severe economic slowdown and a plunging rouble. Governor Elvira Nabiullina has been under pressure to cut rates for months to boost an economy, which grew by a relatively small 1.3 percent last year.