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  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:42 AM ET

    It remains unclear, however, whether the talks can reach a compromise amid the brutal fighting that has continued in eastern Ukraine. The negotiations involve former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma; Russia's ambassador to Ukraine; an envoy from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and representatives of the rebels.

  • *European markets shrug off rising concern about Ukraine/ Russia. LONDON, Sept 1- European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia's conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control on Monday, as investors focused on the European Central Bank's meeting this week and hopes it will strengthen its stimulus plans.

  • Arndt Ellinghorst, head of automotive research at ISI Group, comments on European car sales - including in sanctions-hit Russia - and says the future of automobile "will be electric".

  • Timothy Ash, head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank, says the West and markets are "sleep-walking through the Ukraine crisis" and ignoring the ongoing "full-scale war".

  • LONDON, Sept 1- The euro hit a year-low against the dollar on Monday, as investors added to bets against the single currency before a policy meeting this week and as worries about the crisis in Ukraine kept alive risks to the euro zone's economic recovery.

  • BERLIN, Sept 1- Weak investment spending and slow trade led Germany to contract for the first time in over a year in the second quarter, data showed, suggesting Europe's largest economy is running out of steam just as the impact of the crisis in Ukraine starts to bite.

  • Putin's American PR firm now walking a fine line Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 2:47 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    As relations between Russia and the U.S. turn frosty, Ketchum, a division of Omnicom, finds itself walking an increasingly fine line.

  • CNBC's Hadley Gamble looks at what further sanctions the EU could slap on Russia and whether they'll have any bite.

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the conflict with Russia is close to the "point of no return" which would be "full scale war".

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 1- The euro hit a fresh one-year low on Monday, as heightened worries about the crisis in Ukraine kept the currency on the defensive ahead of a European Central Bank policy meeting later this week.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 1- The euro hit a fresh one-year low on Monday, as heightened worries about the crisis in Ukraine kept the currency on the defensive ahead of a European Central Bank policy meeting later this week.

  • METALS-LME copper slips as China factory growth slows Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 11:59 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Sept 1- London copper edged down on Monday, after ending August with its biggest monthly drop since March, as weak factory data from China stoked concerns of stuttering growth in the world's top metals consumer.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- Asian shares edged higher on Monday, with investors wary of a deepening crisis in Ukraine and a downbeat China manufacturing survey, while the euro touched a fresh one-year low ahead of this week's European Central Bank meeting.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 1- Palladium rose for a fourth straight session on Monday to trade near a 13-1/ 2 year high on fears that supply from top producer Russia could be hit due to the Ukraine crisis, while gold dipped slightly on a stronger dollar.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- Asian shares balked at the starting gate on Monday, skittish in the face of a deepening Ukraine crisis, while the euro touched a fresh one-year low ahead of this week's European Central Bank meeting.

  • FOREX-Euro hamstrung by Ukraine worries, dollar up Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 7:40 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Sept 1- The euro slipped to a fresh one-year low early on Monday as the situation in Ukraine worsened, although a holiday in the United States and major central bank events later in the week will probably keep investors sidelined.

  • *Ukrainian leader warns of all-out war with Russia. BRUSSELS, Aug 30- European Union leaders on Saturday chose Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair their Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc's foreign relations, as the EU prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine.

  • Ukrainian leader in Brussels seeking help against Russia. BRUSSELS, Aug 30- European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine on Saturday but officials and diplomats said the bloc was not yet ready to order additional penalties.

  • *Trading volumes light ahead of Labor Day holiday. NEW YORK, Aug 29- U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally that had been briefly threatened by overseas concerns.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- Crude oil prices posted their second straight monthly losses, despite rising on Friday on worries that the intensifying Ukraine crisis may trigger more sanctions and as U.S. economic data portended strong demand in the world's largest oil consumer.