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  • SYDNEY, March 14- Safe haven currencies like the Swiss franc and yen got off to a flying start on Friday, having surged overnight as tensions in Ukraine flared up and worries about the health of the Chinese economy continued to fester.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- The yen rose against the euro and the dollar on Thursday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a possible response from the West if a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region goes ahead on Sunday.

  • VIENNA, March 13- Industrialist Dmytro Firtash, one of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs with close links to Russia through his gas interests, has been arrested in Austria at the request of the United States.

  • *Detained in Vienna at request of U.S. authorities. The Federal Crime Agency on Thursday identified the suspect only as Dmitry F., 48, but government sources said it was Firtash, one of Ukraine's richest men.

  • UKRAINIAN OLIGARCH ARRESTED IN VIENNA IS GAS INDUSTRY MAGNATE DMYTRO FIRTASH- AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT SOURCES.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 25 Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies on the White House fiscal 2015 budget proposal before the House Budget Committee- 1400 GMT.

  • *OPEC raises Feb output, pumps more than forecast demand. LONDON, March 12- World oil demand will increase more than expected in 2014, OPEC said on Wednesday, raising its prediction for a second straight month as economic growth picks up in Europe and the United States.

  • *Interpol says doubts "terrorist incident". KUALA LUMPUR, March 12- Malaysia's military believes a jetliner missing for almost four days turned and flew hundreds of kilometres to the west after it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country's east coast, a senior officer told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • Austria, Slim continue talks on Telekom syndicate Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    VIENNA, March 11- Austria and America Movil are still in talks on pooling their stakes in Telekom Austria but have not moved to formal negotiations, the state holding company said.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 24 Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Executive Director for Markets Paul Fisher will speak on the Inflation Report at Treasury Select Committee- 0930 GMT. Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur will deliver remarks at the 2014 National Congress of American Indians Executive Council Winter Session.

  • *Malaysia Airlines says "fearing the worst". KUALA LUMPUR/ PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, March 9- M alaysia Airlines said it was "fearing the worst" on Sunday for a plane carrying 239 people that went missing more than 24 hours ago, as the government said it was investigating four passengers who may have held false identity documents.

  • *Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact hour after takeoff. KUALA LUMPUR/ HO CHI MINH CITY, March 9- A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, and European officials said two people on board were using false identities.

  • *Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact about one hour after takeoff. *Kuala Lumpur- Beijing flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew. "We are not ruling out any possibilities," Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a news conference.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 22 Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    PARIS- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser participates in the Global Interdependence Center "Monetary Policy& Banks and the Rise of Global Protectionism" conference in Paris, France- 0945 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 19 Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    HOUSTON, United States- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks before the HIS CERAWeek 2014 conference in Houston, Texas- 1730 GMT. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks on the economy and local conditions before community and business leaders- 1700 GMT.

  • Europe cautious on Russia sanctions ahead of summit Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    *EU leaders meet on Thursday to discuss next steps on Russia. BRUSSELS, March 5- European leaders are under pressure to match the United States in imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. But splits in the European Union, with many countries either close to Russia or reliant on its energy, means EU-U.S. unity is unlikely.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 18 Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Mexico- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks before the Mexican Bankers Association- 0000 GMT. TORONTO, Canada- Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem speaks at an event in Toronto- 0015 GMT.

  • MOSCOW/ KERCH, Ukraine, March 4- President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would only use military force in Ukraine as a last resort, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic.

  • MOSCOW/ KERCH, Ukraine, March 4- President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic.

  • *Putin's move could ease East-West tension over Ukraine. MOSCOW/ KERCH, Ukraine, March 4- President Vladimir Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia back to base on Tuesday in an announcement that appeared intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in Ukraine.

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