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  • LONDON, April 24- Oil rose further above $109 a barrel on Thursday as disagreement between Russia and the West over Ukraine added to supply concerns, although record U.S. crude inventories kept gains in check.

  • Oil prices recoup earlier losses on Ukraine woes Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 4:38 AM ET

    TOKYO— The price of oil rebounded Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine. U.S. crude for May delivery added 31 cents to close at $101.75 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • LONDON, April 24- Global stocks were back on the front foot on Thursday, as upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook helped shake off some of the jitters that have hit the sector in recent weeks. European bourses started brightly, with the FTSE 100 up 0.5 percent and the DAX, the CAC 40 and markets in Madrid and Milan between 0.7 and 0.9 percent firmer.

  • *Gold to rebound to $1,298- technicals. SINGAPORE, April 24- Gold edged up on Thursday but held near a more than two-month low with a rally in equities dimming its appeal as an alternative investment, while demand from jewellers was also muted as they waited for prices to drop further. Gold rose $1.46 to $1,284.75 an ounce on short covering.

  • *Russia says it will respond if its Ukraine interests attacked. SINGAPORE, April 24- Brent crude futures rose on Thursday, holding above $109 per barrel for a fifth straight session, as a vow by top oil producer Russia to respond if its interests in Ukraine came under attack stoked supply worries.

  • Obama: More sanctions 'teed up' against Russia Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 1:20 AM ET
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Obama attend the opening session of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 24, 2014.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that additional sanctions were "teed up" against Russia if it does not deliver on promises in an agreement in Geneva last week to ease tensions in Ukraine. He added that Russia could avoid further sanctions by changing course but that the evidence so far had not left him hopeful that Moscow would do so. Obama made the remarks at a joint news conference after a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • Brent climbs, stays above $109 on Ukraine tensions Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:48 PM ET

    *Russia says it will respond if its Ukraine interests attacked. SINGAPORE, April 24- Brent futures rose on Thursday as Russia vowed to respond if its interests in Ukraine came under attack, stoking fears of an escalation in tensions that have pushed the oil benchmark up 5 percent this month to hover above $109 a barrel.

  • SINGAPORE, April 24- Gold was little changed on Thursday, hovering near the weakest in more than two months, as a rally in equities dimmed its appeal as an alternative investment and jewellers looked for prices to fall further. *Gold was quoted at $1,283.65 an ounce by 0023 GMT.

  • U.S. crude gained 14 cents to $101.58 a barrel by 0028 GMT, after settling 31 cents lower in the previous session. Oil exports from Iraq's southern terminals are heading for a record high in April, according to loading data and industry sources, reflecting Iraq's efforts to expand capacity and deliver supply growth in 2014..

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 6 Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    April 24- For other related diaries, please. ANKARA- Central Bank of Turkey holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting- 1100 GMT. CAIRO- Central Bank of Egypt holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 5:17 PM ET

    Apple increases stock buyback, raises dividend. CUPERTINO, Calif.— Apple Inc. plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock and raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent amid a slowdown in revenue growth.

  • Gates-backed TB drug to enter late-stage testing Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    In a statement announcing the trial, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, said the treatment could "reduce the time required to cure drug-resistant TB from two years to just six months" and sharply cut the cost of a cure in low-income countries.

  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    MOSCOW— The founder of Russia's leading social media network— a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg— has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

  • *Heavy stop-loss orders possible if $1,275 support breached. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 23- Gold prices edged up on Wednesday, holding above a technical stronghold at $1,275 an ounce, though the metal is vulnerable to further losses as investor demand remains slack, analysts said.

  • *Russia proposes April 28 for Moscow meeting. BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, April 23- European and Russian officials will meet this week and next for emergency talks to try to prevent Moscow cutting off gas supply to Ukraine, as Europe explores how to pump more gas to the struggling country.

  • PARIS, April 23- France's Total expects the biggest share of its oil and gas output to come from Russia by 2020 and plans to stay there for the long haul despite recent tensions with the West over Ukraine, a top executive said.

  • Kiev and Washington twisting peace accord: Moscow. KIEV, April 23- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

  • The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

  • Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    LONDON— Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. Some suspect it's impossible, and Amnesty International has weighed in to point out the "dark irony" of taking a play about power and regicide and to authoritarian North Korea.

  • METALS-Nickel dips after 14-month high, Chinese data Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

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