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  • BRUSSELS, March 10- In its effort to show Russia it means business over Ukraine, the European Union may have created extra problems for itself in committing to a quick political deal with Kiev while leaving closer economic ties for later.

  • FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, March 10- Brussels dealt a blow on Monday to two major Russian pipeline projects to supply natural gas to Europe, in the latest sign of strains in the energy links between Moscow and the European Union. Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has already shaken political relations between Russia and the European Union.

  • Russia vs Ukraine: No contest     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports that despite intense diplomatic discussions, Russia continues to infiltrate Crimea. Peter Felstead, Jane's Defence, breaks down the size differential and defense budgets of the Russian and Ukrainian militaries.

  • Crimean referendum 'illegal': UK's Cameron     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    U.K. prime minister, David Cameron, says should it go forward, the Crimean referendum would be viewed as illegal and that there would be consequences for Russia if it continued to intervene.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ LONDON, March 10- Emerging stocks fell over 1 percent on Monday after poor Chinese export data re-ignited global concerns of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy and pushed Chinese shares to a five-year closing low.

  • UPDATE 1-EU puts Russia gas pipeline talks on hold Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, March 10- Political talks between EU officials and Russia on its South Stream gas pipeline to bypass Ukraine are on hold, while Gazprom's access to another vital link has stalled for technical reasons, the European Commission said on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stocks were set to open slightly lower on Monday, on the heels of a record high for the S&P 500, following unexpectedly weak data in China which tempered enthusiasm over the strength of the global economy.

  • Crimea now Putin's 'red line'     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 8:03 AM ET

    Protests continued over the weekend in Crimea and Ukraine, reports NBC's Jim Maceda, even as Russia appears to step even further onto Ukraine's doorstep.

  • SOFIA, March 10- Bulgaria hasn't stopped preliminary work on the Russian-led South Stream gas pipeline project, its prime minister said on Monday, but Sofia was "closely monitoring" relations between Brussels and Moscow over the turmoil in Ukraine.

  • Markets will punish Russia: Pro     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 7:33 AM ET

    Boris Schlossberg, BK Asset Management, explains why he thinks the Russian ruble will get weaker. And Carl Larry, explains why oil prices could continue to rise.

  • *Boeing finds cracks in wings of Dreamliners in production. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Monday, on the heels of a record high for the S&P 500, following unexpectedly weak data in China which tempered enthusiasm over the strength of the global economy.

  • Europe shares rebound, led by French telecoms Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    *CAC 40 to outperform DAX- Societe Generale's Kaloyan. PARIS, March 10- European shares rebounded on Monday after last week's sharp losses, led by a strong rally in French telecom shares following a deal between Bouygues and Iliad.

  • Sabre-rattling continues in Ukraine     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports tensions remain high between Russia and Ukraine, and Germany's Merkel remarks the Crimea referendum is illegal.

  • *China swings to trade deficit in February, exports tumble. *China copper imports fall 30 pct in Feb vs Jan. LONDON, March 10- London copper hit an eight-month low on Monday and Shanghai contracts dropped by the 5 percent daily limit, fanned by fears over the unwinding of copper finance deals in China after its first domestic bond default last week.

  • *Copper, oil hit by China, stronger US jobs knocks gold. LONDON, March 10- World stocks paused near a six-year peak and commodities from copper to crude tumbled on Monday as surprisingly weak Chinese trade data rattled investors already on edge over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • SOFIA, March 10- Bulgaria hasn't stopped preliminary work on the Russian-led South Stream gas pipeline project, its prime minister said on Monday, but added Sofia was "closely monitoring" relations between Brussels and Moscow over the turmoil in Ukraine.

  • Crimean minefield reports are 'troubling'     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 6:40 AM ET

    International monitors were prevented from entering Crimea over the weekend, NBC's Jim Maceda reports, adding that some reports state that fresh minefields have been placed between Crimea and the rest of Ukraine.

  • 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.