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  • Asia shares rise, shrug off slower China growth Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:54 AM ET

    TOKYO— World stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday as Ukraine tensions continued to bubble and jitters about China's economy resurfaced. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 1.6 percent at 22,671.26 as a drop in China's money supply unnerved investors ahead of first quarter economic growth figures due Wednesday.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Brent crude futures fell below $109 a barrel on Tuesday after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as investors looked ahead to a meeting in Geneva that they hoped would bring a political resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

  • Samuel Greene, founding director at King's Russia Institute at King's College London, says Putin is controlling events in East Ukraine.

  • Russia wants control of East Ukraine: Pro     Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:13 AM ET

    Carlo Gallo, director at Enquirisk, says Russia's "endgame" is to control East Ukraine and disrupt the country's integration with the European Union.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Brent crude futures dropped below $109 a barrel following a surge to a six-week high in the previous session, as investors looked ahead to a meeting in Geneva that they hoped would bring a political resolution to the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

  • *Indonesia's export ban, Russia sanctions support. *Copper falls for 2nd day on China's demand woes. SINGAPORE, April 15- Nickel edged lower on Tuesday as the market took a breather after hitting a 14- month high in the previous session, supported by Indonesia's ore export ban and the prospect of tougher sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

  • Why markets could become immune to Ukraine     Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    As long as instability remains contained within the borders of Ukraine, Jonathan Pain, Author of the Pain report, says global financial markets will slowly become 'desensitized' to it.

  • SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 14- Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Gold was trading near its highest in three weeks on Tuesday as heightened tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine lifted the metal's safe-haven appeal. Palladium continued to hold near its highest since August 2011 on worries over supply constrains from Russia and South Africa, the top two producers of the metal.

  • Andrei Illarionov, Former Economic Policy Advisor to Vladimir Putin from 2000 to 2005, says Putin wants to establish a 'Ukranian Federation' out of the eastern part of the country.

  • SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 14- Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.

  • Putin is re-enacting Crimea playbook: Pro     Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 7:17 PM ET

    Christian Whiton, Principal at DC International Advisory, says ongoing events in eastern Ukraine may see a repeat of Russia's actions in Crimea.

  • Putin to Obama: Russia not behind Ukraine protests Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:47 PM ET
    President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office on March 3, 2014.

    President Vladimir Putin has urged President Barack Obama to discourage the Ukrainian government from using force against protesters.

  • Pres. Obama speaks with Putin     Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports President Obama has wrapped up a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin about various aspects of the Ukraine crisis.

  • *Citigroup is one of S&P's biggest gainers after results. NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday as Citigroup's earnings and strong retail sales gave investors reasons to buy equities despite a resurgence of geopolitical uncertainties.

  • Emerging opportunities: Pro     Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Nigel Hart, BlackRock, shares some good "hunting grounds" and investment opportunities in emerging markets.

  • NBC News' Jim Miklaszewski reports pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have defied Kiev's deadline to lay down their weapons.

  • LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.

  • MILAN, April 14- Claudio Descalzi faces a delicate balancing act as he takes the helm of Italian oil major Eni- guaranteeing Italy's gas supply by nurturing relations with Russia, while exploring new drilling frontiers in Africa and Asia to boost profit.

  • SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 14- Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown leaving Moscow's partisans essentially unopposed.

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