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  • *Setback for Kiev before four-way talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Troop carriers enter east Ukraine bearing Russian, separatist flags. LOS ANGELES, April 16- Brent crude rose close to $110 a barrel on Wednesday due to mounting tensions in Ukraine, while prices for U.S. oil fell after a report showed a huge build in stockpiles in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • *European shares rebound, Wall Street rallies, Yahoo shines. Wall Street rallied for a third straight day. The relief rippled through Asian markets then spread to Europe and Wall Street.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • LONDON, April 16- Trading house Gunvor reported core earnings rose by a quarter in 2013 and said it expected to improve results again in 2014 despite the brief turmoil it faced last month due to its close links to Russia.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • ISTANBUL, April 16- Russia's controversial South Stream pipeline, which would transport gas via the Black Sea into Europe towards the end of the decade, received support from Turkey on Wednesday when Ankara said it may let the conduit pass through its territory.

  • 2 Slovaks arrested in counterfeit money case Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    PRAGUE— Slovak police have arrested two men after they allegedly produced counterfeit Czech and Swiss banknotes of "exceptionally" high quality and spent at least 1.2 million koruna of the fake cash in shopping malls over the past three years.

  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies.

  • ISTANBUL, April 16- Turkey would consider allowing the South Stream pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, to pass through Turkish territory if Moscow made such a request, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday.

  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. Russian markets have been rattled by the tensions with neighboring Ukraine, where Russia annexed the Black Sea region of Crimea last month. Europe is Russia's largest trading partner.

  • METALS-Copper firms on China GDP data, nickel eases Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:43 AM ET

    *Copper up after Tuesday's fall of nearly 2 pct. LONDON, April 16- Copper rose on Wednesday, recouping some of the last session's deep losses, on relief that top consumer China posted slightly higher-than-forecast first quarter growth. Copper is going to be trading range bound essentially, "said Macquarie analyst Vivian Lloyd.

  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    GENEVA— The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian conflict there, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands of refugees can't be met with existing funds.

  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 AM ET

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine— The well-armed, Moscow- backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.

  • *Nikkei leads the way, encouraged by late rally on Wall St. *UK, euro zone data in focus, Ukraine tensions simmer. LONDON, April 16- Share markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome.

  • KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 16- Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.

  • UPDATE 1-Brent edges lower towards $109, China data drags Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:22 AM ET

    *China Q1 GDP growth at 18- month low of 7.4 percent. *China oil demand slips 0.6 pct in Jan-March. China, the world's second largest economy and oil consumer, said its gross domestic product grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, the slowest pace in 18 months but slightly ahead of market expectations for a 7.3 percent rise.

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