BERLIN— A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies. Russia is a major European gas supplier, and mounting tensions over Ukraine have raised concerns about possible disruption.» Read More
It's the story of the documentary "1971," premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film about a little-known but hugely important break-in on March 8, 1971. A group of eight calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a laxly guarded satellite FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia.
*Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.
Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.
BRUSSELS, April 17- NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, April 17- The United States said on Thursday it would send Ukraine's armed forces medical supplies, sleeping mats and other non-lethal aid, seeking to signal support for Kiev while stopping far short of adding any U.S. weaponry to a deepening standoff with Russia.
*Putin denounces Kiev's use of military in east Ukraine. The former KGB spy's rhetoric on the United States was, as is customary for him, firm and uncompromising, but he also gave off clear signals that he did not want to get into a spiralling war of words with Washington.
KIEV, April 17- Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to sabotage the country's upcoming presidential election and said Moscow was responsible for deaths in recent clashes in eastern Ukraine.
BRUSSELS— The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU.
*Bundesbank chief open in principle to QE, if it is needed. *Drop in inflation sees him open up to the idea. FRANKFURT, April 17- As recently as last November, Jens Weidmann steadfastly opposed any move by the European Central Bank to print money to buy assets and buoy the euro zone economy.
LONDON, April 17- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated an accommodative monetary policy stance in comments.
TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, April 17- Iran's crude oil exports fell for the first time in five months in March, and are slated to drop further in April, moving closer to the levels stipulated by November's temporary nuclear deal that eased some sanctions on Tehran.
MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday did not rule out sending Russian troops into eastern Ukraine but said he hoped he would not need to, and that diplomacy would serve to resolve the crisis there.
MARIUPOL, Ukraine, April 17- Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10- day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict.
*Earnings depress Google, IBM in after-hours trade. LONDON, April 17- European stocks dipped on Thursday as disappointing earnings from U.S. tech heavyweights Google and IBM dampened the previous session's upbeat tone on Wall Street, and the dollar weakened on dovish remarks from the Federal Reserve.
LONDON, April 17- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen reiterated an accommodative monetary policy stance in comments which gave the euro and the yen a lift.
BEIJING, April 17- China said on Thursday it would appeal against a World Trade Organization ruling that found it violated global trade rules with its export limits on rare earth minerals used in defence and technology products. China lost a WTO dispute in March, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as China's unfair trade practices.
*India's 2013/ 14 Iran imports at 222,000 bpd, down 16.5 pct- trade. The Geneva agreement struck between Iran and six world powers in November and implemented for six months from Jan. 20 eased some restriction on Tehran's oil trade in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.
NEW DELHI, April 17- India's oil imports from Iran more than doubled in March from a year ago to about 387,000 barrels per day. Iranian shipments in the first quarter of this year rose about 43 percent from the same period in 2013, according to tanker arrival data obtained from trade sources and compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Analytics. For a full story, see:.
NEW YORK, April 16- The dollar rose to the highest level in a week against the yen on Wednesday on signs of future buying of Tokyo stocks by Japan's state pension fund, but edged lower against the euro on traders' view that the Federal Reserve is maintaining a dovish stance.
But for all the anxiety about Ukraine's future— bolstered by Vladimir Putin's contention the country is on the verge of civil war— the top diplomats of Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union may find their positions so far apart that no one can find a compromise.