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  • TOKYO, Feb 24- Asian stocks dropped on Monday, rekindling safe-haven demand for the yen, as plunging property stocks took a toll on China and investors continued to fret about the impact of the U.S.

  • KIEV, Feb 24- Ukraine's interim leadership pledged to put the country back on course for European integration now that Moscow- backed Viktor Yanukovich has been ousted from the presidency, while the United States warned Russia against sending in its forces.

  • KIEV, Feb 24- Some wear black balaclavas and grubby army fatigues, others wield spiked iron clubs, all united in a common goal to protect Kiev in the power vacuum following the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovich.

  • *G20 in Sydney aspires to faster global growth goal. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.6 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average added 0.1 percent, paring earlier gains.

  • *U.S. crude futures for April delivery rose 41 cents to $102.61 a barrel by 0033 GMT, after finishing 55 cents lower on Friday. *The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose almost 12 cents over the past two weeks as violent crises in three areas of the world heightened concerns in the oil market.

  • KIEV, Feb 24- Ukraine's interim leadership pledged to put the country back on course for European integration now Moscow- backed Viktor Yanukovich had been ousted from the presidency, while the United States warned Russia against sending in its forces.

  • *U.S., Britain warn Russia against military intervention. KIEV, Feb 23- Ukraine's new interim president pledged to put the country back on course for European integration now Moscow- backed Viktor Yanukovich had been ousted, while the United States warned Russia against sending in its forces.

  • KIEV, Feb 23- Acting President Oleksander Turchinov said on Sunday Ukraine would try to improve relations with Russia but made clear that Kiev's return to European integration would be the priority.

  • *U.S., Britain warn Russia against military intervention. *EU offers aid, renewed trade pact, Russia holding back cash. KIEV, Feb 23- The United States and European allies warned Russia not to send forces into Ukraine on Sunday as rival neighbours east and west of the former Soviet republic said a power vacuum in Kiev must not let the country break apart.

  • Ukraine's new rulers dismantle power structure Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | 1:17 PM ET
    Policemen run amid flames during clashes with anti-government protesters in front of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on February 18, 2014. Police on Tuesday fired rubber bullets at stone-throwing protesters as they demonstrated close to Ukraine's parliament in Kiev.

    Ukraine's new rulers appointed a provisional leader to replace President Viktor Yanukovych and sacked his key ministers.

  • *Secret forested estate seen as Yanukovich folly. NOVI PETRIVTSI, Ukraine, Feb 22- A sprawling forested estate of graceful waterways and summer houses- half the size of Monaco but just one hour's drive from Kiev- stands as a symbol of the folly of Ukraine's fugitive president. All this in a country where the average salary is less than $500 a month.

  • *Kiev parliament sets early election for May 25. KIEV, Feb 23- Ukraine's parliament, exercising power since mass protests put the president to flight, named its new speaker as acting head of state on Sunday to replace Viktor Yanukovich and worked to form a new government.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- BuzzFeed has come a long way from cat lists. This month one of its journalists was on the ground in Kiev reporting on the crisis in Ukraine, and last December it published an in-depth article on a Chinese dissident living in Harlem, New York.

  • PARIS, Feb 23- Western nations face a daunting task to help stabilise a near bankrupt Ukraine after a popular uprising toppled its Russian-backed president, and will need to placate a wounded Moscow.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- The United States has assured Ukraine it will have "strong support" from Washington in seeking an IMF-backed economic program to stabilize the country's economy after months of crippling street violence, a State Department official said on Friday.

  • SAO PAULO/ LONDON, Feb 21- Eastern and Central European bonds and stocks gained on news of a deal on Friday to end a violent standoff in Ukraine, while Brazil's real currency extended gains as market analysts gave a cautious thumbs up to a new fiscal savings plan.

  • *Sentencing delayed until after Sochi Games. MOSCOW, Feb 21- A Russian judge on Friday convicted eight defendants of rioting and assaulting police at a protest against Vladimir Putin, in what one of his leading critics called a "show trial" designed to make clear the president would tolerate no dissent.

  • Ukraine chaos is about energy: analyst     Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Commerzbank's Simon Quijano-Evans says the instability in Ukraine stems from competing needs to secure future energy supplies.

  • Kazakhstan's move last week to dip into its National Fund to slash banks' bad loans and- to some extent- Russia's plan to tap into its wealth fund to bail out Ukraine reduce a potential pool of funds that otherwise could have been invested in capital-heavy projects such as infrastructure.

  • *Sentencing delayed until after Sochi Games. MOSCOW, Feb 21- A Russian judge on Friday convicted eight defendants of assaulting police during a protest against Vladimir Putin, in what activists called a "show trial" designed to make clear the president would tolerate no dissent.