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  • LONDON, March 5- A semblance of calm returned to world markets on Wednesday after two days of intense volatility as the United States and Russia were set to hold talks on easing East-West tension in Ukraine.

  • *Subsea 7 falls as Q4 earnings, outlook disappoint. *Adidas falls; sees hit from EM currency swings. LONDON, March 5- European shares were steady on Wednesday as Washington and Moscow were set to hold talks to ease tension over Ukraine, but companies Subsea 7 and Adidas suffered after downbeat results.

  • LONDON, March 5- European stocks edged slightly lower on Wednesday, steadying after wild swings during the previous two sessions, as tensions over potential conflict in Ukraine appeared to ease, with Adidas among the biggest fallers.

  • Uranium prices are hovering near eight-year lows because an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, crippling the Fukushima-Daiichi atomic power plant, and leading to the shutdown of nearly all reactors in the country, which previously relied on nuclear sources for 30 percent of its power.

  • UNITED STATES WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN G8 SUMMIT IN SOCHI, RUSSIA, UNLESS MOSCOW REVERSES ON UKRAINE- SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- Stocks and other risky investments, including battered Russian assets, rallied on Tuesday after Russia's president said he saw no need to use military force in Crimea for now, remarks that investors saw as intended to ease tensions over Ukraine.

  • DONETSK/KHARKIV, Ukraine, March 4- More than 1,000 demonstrators with Ukrainian flags took to the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Tuesday, for the first time outnumbering pro- Moscow youths who have seized its government building, which flies the Russian flag.

  • OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. Harper, who did not give further details, has been particularly critical of Russia over the actions of its armed forces in Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, March 4- Russia needs more guarantees on food safety from two U.S. pork packing plants in order to resume imports from the United States around March 10 as it had originally targeted, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog said on Tuesday.

  • OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. The G7 became the G8 in 1998 when Russia was formally included.

  • *New plant in Brazil to open next year, help boost sales. GENEVA, March 4- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects a new plant in Brazil to boost its profitability in that market by 2017 after a cut to subsidies and currency effects hit profits there last year, Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Tuesday.

  • *Kerry condemns Russian aggression in Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday condemned Russia's "act of aggression" in Ukraine's Crimea region and said Moscow was looking for a pretext to invade more of the country.

  • *U.S. criticizes Moscow's weekend move into Ukraine. NEW YORK, March 4- Stocks and other risky investments, including battered Russian assets, rallied on Tuesday after Russia's president said he saw no need to use military force in Crimea for now, remarks investors saw as intended to ease tensions over Ukraine.

  • In "propaganda" war, Crimeans hear different reality Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    KIEV/ SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, March 4- Two days before Russian forces began the operation to seize Crimea, somebody threw two Molotov cocktails through the window of Black Sea TV. "It was a warning to us, so that we would stop," recalls Alexandra Kvitko, editor-in-chief of the only independent television station in the southern Ukrainian region.

  • KIEV/ LONDON, March 4- Commercial deals concluded by Ukraine during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovich are already coming under scrutiny, less than two weeks since he was deposed, with lucrative gas projects involving Western companies among the first.

  • KIEV/ LONDON, March 4- Steel and grain exports continue to flow from key global supplier Ukraine via Black Sea terminals with ports operating normal schedules, despite concerns raised by the tense political backdrop, officials and traders said on Tuesday.

  • *Alfa Romeo production to stay in Italy- CEO. GENEVA, March 4- A convertible bond remains among Fiat Chrysler Automobile's options to boost capital and help fund a shift upmarket aimed at turning round its fortunes in Europe, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, March 4- Drilling for oil and gas deposits outside North America has hit the highest level in three decades, led by big exploration and production programmes in the Middle East and Africa. The boom is being led by the Middle East, where the number of rigs operating has tripled since 1999, and Africa, where the rig count is up almost four times.

  • *Investors wary of economic effect of Ukraine crisis. MOSCOW, March 4- Russian assets rebounded on Tuesday as President Vladimir Putin said he would only use force in neighbouring Ukraine as a last resort.

  • MOSCOW, March 4- Russian companies are putting plans for bond deals on hold while banks assess the impact on investor demand of a slump in financial markets following Russia's military intervention in Ukraine. Russia paid a heavy financial price on Monday for its military action in Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging.