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  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that its board would meet on April 30 to consider an aid package for Ukraine, saying that Kiev had supplied the needed documents for it to determine whether conditions for a bailout had been met.

  • NEW YORK, April 24- Brent crude futures rose by more than a dollar a barrel on Thursday as mutual accusations of aggression by Ukraine and Russia raised concerns over future oil supplies, while strong U.S. economic data suggested higher demand.

  • Russian banks move funds home as sanctions threat looms Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    MOSCOW, April 24- Russia's third biggest bank moved almost $7 billion to the central bank as tension over Ukraine rose in March and joined others in slashing its deposits in foreign banks where they could be frozen if more international sanctions are imposed.

  • *Russia launches army drills near Ukraine border. NEW YORK, April 24- Global stock markets and the dollar pulled back from strong early gains on Thursday on worries about rising tensions in Ukraine, but U.S. technology shares were higher on upbeat earnings from Apple and Facebook.

  • LONDON, April 24- Gold erased earlier losses on Thursday, as new signs of an escalation in tensions in Ukraine hit global stock markets, bolstering the metal's appeal as an insurance against risk.

  • *America Movil takes operational control of Telekom Austria. VIENNA, April 24- Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim plans to use Telekom Austria as a base to build a European telecommunications network after sealing an eleventh-hour deal with the Austrian state to take control of the company.

  • *Western oil majors sticking with Russia projects. MOSCOW, April 24- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine- related sanctions were hurting Russia while one of his ministers said foreign oil and gas companies that quit the country would not be able to return soon.

  • Khodorkovsky criticizes Putin at Kiev forum Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    KIEV, Ukraine— Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's most famous prisoner, has harshly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin over the annexation of Crimea and Russian pressure against Ukraine.

  • *Obama says more sanctions "teed up" against Russia. LONDON, April 24- Oil rose towards $110 a barrel on Thursday as the dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine added to supply concerns, although record U.S. crude inventories kept gains in check.

  • LONDON, April 24- Aluminium has staged an impressive price rally since the start of the month. On the London Metal Exchange three-month metal has powered up to $1,900 per tonne, a level last seen in October 2013.

  • Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Mixed earnings from a large number of U.S. companies had stocks moving between modest gains and losses Thursday, despite strong results from a handful of names including Apple and Caterpillar.

  • Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project' Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 9:08 AM ET

    MOSCOW— President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

  • LONDON, April 24- Gold fell to a 2-1/ 2 low on Thursday, as a rally in equities and the dollar after broadly positive U.S. economic data dimmed its appeal as an alternative asset, while a weaker technical picture suggested possible further losses.

  • BRUSSELS, April 24- The European Union may ban transactions with financial institutions in Crimea as part of its response to the annexation of the peninsula by Russia last month, an EU document obtained by Reuters showed.

  • LONDON, April 24- Global stocks rose on Thursday lifted by upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook which helped shake off some of the concerns about overheating that have dented the sector in recent weeks.

  • Russia-themed mutual funds bruised by sanctions fears Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON, April 24- Russia- themed equity funds have sunk to the bottom of performance league tables as international tensions over Ukraine and fear of tougher Western sanctions hurt the value of Russian assets.

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

  • Russian memo to WTO says US sanctions are illegal Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 6:24 AM ET

    GENEVA, April 24- Russia has told the United States that its Ukraine- related sanctions on a Russian bank and Russian citizens are illegal under World Trade Organization rules and must be scrapped. Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said last week that Russia could launch a dispute at the world trade body to challenge U.S. sanctions.

  • LONDON, April 24- Gold prices were steady on Thursday, hovering above a 2-1/ 2- month low hit earlier in the week, as a rally in equities dimmed its appeal as an alternative asset and investors remained cautious ahead of more U.S. economic data and any further developments in Ukraine.

  • BIROBIDZHAN, Russia, April 24- Russia warned foreign companies working in the oil and gas sector that if they quit the country over Ukraine- related sanctions, they would not be able to return any time soon.

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