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  • *Volume low as investors await key events, look to Ukraine. TOKYO, March 4- Japan's Nikkei average clawed higher on Tuesday morning after four days of losses as some foreign investors scooped up battered shares, although concerns over mounting tensions in Ukraine kept the market on edge.

  • U.S. and EU marshal economic tools to punish Russia Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 9:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 3- The United States has a number of economic weapons to punish Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine, ranging from asset freezes to kicking Moscow out of the exclusive G8 group of countries, and President Barack Obama is focusing first on measures that would not require congressional action.

  • SINGAPORE, March 4- Chicago wheat futures edged lower on Tuesday after gaining nearly 5 percent the session before as the crisis in Ukraine fuelled fears of disruption in supplies from one of the world's top grain exporters.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- The United States on Monday suspended all military engagements with Russia because of the crisis in Ukraine, including military exercises and port visits, as part of Washington's response to Moscow's seizure of Crimea.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Concerns that cuts in defense spending could erode the U.S. military's technological edge over rivals such as Russia and China are in part driving the Pentagon's plans to slash troop levels and retire aging weapons.

  • SINGAPORE, March 4- Gold held near its strongest level in four months on Tuesday after Russia's military intervention in Ukraine prompted safe-haven buyer as investors ditched assets perceived as riskier such as equities.

  • *Fear of escalation in tensions over Ukraine keeps risk assets at bay. TOKYO, March 4- Asian shares were on the defensive on Tuesday as tensions over Ukraine showed no sign of abating, with Russia tightening its grip on Crimea while the West sought measures to deter Moscow.

  • SEOUL, March 4- U.S. crude oil held above $104.50 a barrel on Tuesday in early Asian trade, as the crisis in Ukraine raised concerns about a disruption of Russian natural gas supplies to Europe and heightened demand for alternative fuels such as heating oil.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Supporters of U.S. energy exports have pounced on the crisis in Ukraine to press their case for faster approvals of liquid natural gas projects and for an end to the decades-long ban on exports of most U.S. crude oil.

  • *Gold hits 4- month highs. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 3- Gold and crude oil surged on Monday as escalating tensions between Moscow and Kiev prompted investors to flock to assets seen as safer while grains soared as the mounting conflict fueled concerns about supplies from a key exporting region.

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Russia's military move on the Crimean peninsula has raised tensions between Moscow and the West to levels not seen since the Cold War ended, but U.S. investors are not yet ready to sell, duck or cover.

  • Ukraine said Russia was massing armored vehicles there after Putin declared over the weekend that he had the right to invade his neighbor to protect Russian interests and citizens. Ukraine said Russia deployed 16,000 new troops to Crimea since last week.

  • *Gold and oil climb as Ukraine tensions spur safety bids. NEW YORK, March 3- U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday alongside other risky assets globally as tensions in Ukraine and Russia escalated after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor.

  • CANBERRA, March 4- Drought conditions across Australia's east coast will cut production of key agricultural commodities such as wheat and beef next season and reduce exports, the government's chief commodities forecaster said on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, March 3- U.S. stocks sold off on Monday alongside other risky assets globally as Ukraine and Russia prepared for possible war after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor.

  • *EU foreign ministers meet to discuss situation in Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers held out the threat of sanctions against Russia on Monday if Moscow fails to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, while offering to mediate between the two, alongside other international bodies.

  • Banks caught in storm as Ukraine tensions rise Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    MOSCOW, March 3- Bankers scrambled to assess possible damage to corporate deals and tried to calm customers on Monday after Russia's military intervention in Ukraine unnerved financial markets and hit bank shares in Russia and across Europe.

  • *Russia strengthens control over Crimea, calls U.N. meeting. The U.N. Security Council announced it will hold its third emergency meeting on the Ukraine crisis on Monday, this time at Russia's request, as Moscow tightens its hold on Crimea, diplomats said.

  • NEW YORK, March 3- U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday alongside other risky assets globally as Ukraine and Russia prepared for possible war after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor.

  • LONDON, March 3- Russia's power play for Ukraine's Crimea region is putting to flight foreign stock and bond investors, who are rattled by the Kremlin's overruling of the country's economic interests in favour of its military ambitions.