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WASHINGTON— Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored U.S. and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.
BOSTON, April 20- U.S. fund managers warned this month of risks shareholders could face from current or future Western sanctions against Russia, underscoring the stakes for emerging-markets investors arising out of the turmoil in Ukraine.
In Slovakia, the government is using receipts in a monthly lottery in order to force restaurant and shop owners to pay sales taxes.
*Russia eyes gas pipeline, railway via North Korea to South Korea. MOSCOW, April 19- Russia's parliament has agreed to write off almost $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state.
A day after a deal to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.
WASHINGTON— The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.
April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.
*Deal in Geneva offers hope of end to Ukraine crisis. *Russia sought assurances on rights for east Ukraine. WASHINGTON/ GENEVA, April 18- The agreement designed to pull Ukraine back from the brink of civil war had been floundering around lunchtime on Thursday, so U.S.
Two of Japan's largest banks have stepped back from Russia in recent weeks, bankers and executives told the Financial Times.
*Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.
*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.
ANKARA, April 18- Turkey will seek a discount in the price of gas it buys from Russia in talks with the deputy head of state-controlled Gazprom next week when he visits Ankara, Turkey's energy minister said on Friday.
Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.
On Thursday, 67 minutes into the Putin call-in show that lasted nearly four hours, APTN broke away to show images of the aftermath of a clash in Ukraine in which three pro-Russian protesters died.
*Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. GENEVA/ MOSCOW, April 17- The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.
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.
The head of a leading Russian hypermarket chain has shrugged off the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and signaled willingness to open a store in Crimea.
KIEV, Ukraine— Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine.
*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.