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  • LONDON, March 10- Oil slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday as an unexpected fall in China's exports stoked fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, though geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya limited the decline.

  • CNBC's Jim Maceda reports tensions remain high between Russia and Ukraine as the conflict between the two countries intensifies. Right now it's about money, energy and Putin, says Maceda.

  • Weekend data showed China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, with a near-20 percent year-on-year dip swinging the trade balance into deficit.

  • *Shanghai copper down 5 pct, Dalian iron ore off nearly 6 pct. SINGAPORE, March 10- Copper sank to 8-1/ 2 month lows on Monday, dropping steeply for a second session, while oil lost more than a dollar and Shanghai- traded commodities slumped after a surprise fall in China's exports heightened fears of an economic slowdown.

  • *China Feb exports tumble unexpectedly, heighten slowdown fears. SINGAPORE, March 10- Brent futures slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday as data showing an unexpected fall in China's exports added to fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, though geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya limited the decline.

  • Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 would open as much as 0.06 percent higher, Germany's DAX up 0.13 percent and France's CAC 40 add as much as 0.18 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 1.4 percent, and Tokyo's Nikkei stock average shed 1.0 percent, retreating from Friday's six-week high.

  • *China Feb exports tumble unexpectedly, heighten slowdown fears. SINGAPORE, March 10- Brent futures slipped towards $108 a barrel on Monday as data showing an unexpected fall in China's exports added to fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, though geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya limited the decline.

  • *China Feb exports tumble unexpectedly, heighten slowdown fears. SINGAPORE, March 10- Brent futures slipped below $109 a barrel on Monday as data showing an unexpected fall in China's exports added to fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, though geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya limited the falls.

  • SINGAPORE, March 10- U.S. crude futures slipped in early Asian trade on Monday, as data showing an unexpected fall in China's exports added to fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, stoking demand growth concerns. But worries over supply disruptions due to geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and north African exporter Libya limited falls.

  • TOKYO, March 10- Asian stocks slipped in early trade on Monday and the dollar stepped back from its recent highs as disappointing Chinese trade data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine kept risk appetite in check. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.2 percent, and Australian shares shed 0.5 percent.

  • Putin defends Crimea’s move to hold referendum Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 | 5:37 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    President Vladimir Putin defended breakaway moves by pro-Russian leaders in Crimea.

  • MOSCOW, March 8- Rosatom, Russia's state energy corporation, said on Saturday it would resume nuclear fuel shipments to Europe via Ukraine after Kiev lifted a ban imposed during anti-government protests earlier this year on transporting the hazardous material.

  • Want to stop Putin? Go after the money     Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 7:03 PM ET

    Go after the Russian oligarchs? Target Russian assets abroad? William Taylor, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Stephen Myrow, Beacon Policy Advisors managing partner, discuss how to get Putin to back out of Crimea.

  • Russian military entrenched in Crimea     Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    The Russian military is now firmly entrenched in Crimea and have no intention of leaving anytime soon, reports NBC's Jim Miklaszewski.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- Friday's stronger-than-expected payrolls report did more than ease concerns about U.S. economic fundamentals- it also seemed to justify Wall Street's record levels, suggesting the market's uptrend could continue.

  • *Russia says US sanctions over Ukraine would boomerang back. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. oil rose more than $1 a barrel on Friday as Western relations with Russia worsened over the crisis in the Ukraine and U.S. job growth accelerated by more than expected in an upbeat sign for oil demand.

  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record after more jobs than expected were created in February and January's figure was revised higher.

  • Crimean military post taken over: Witnesses Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 4:26 PM ET
    Armed soldiers, identified as Russian forces, pose not far from Simferopol, on March 5, 2014.

    Armed men thought to be Russians drove a truck into a Ukrainian missile-defense post in Crimea and took it over without firing shots, sources said.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report on Friday sent bond and gold prices sharply lower and initially lifted equity markets, but mounting tensions over Ukraine led stocks in Europe and elsewhere to retreat, while U.S. shares ended little changed.

  • Why Ukraine's bailout money may end up in Russia Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 3:38 PM ET
    A section of the Bratstvo gas pipeline emerges from underground near Ivano-Frankvisk, Ukraine, Feb. 6, 2014.

    The bailout money Ukraine is getting may go directly to Russia, analysts tell CNBC.