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  • April 15- New York state's top financial regulator has ordered Credit Suisse to turn in the employment records of its former New York head as part of a widening investigation into potential tax evasion involving the Swiss bank, a source close to the matter told Reuters.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it anticipates more Ukraine- related sanctions on Russia, but suggested no action was likely before a diplomatic meeting in Geneva this week. Envoys from Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States were scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • NEW YORK/ ATLANTA, April 15- The U.S. She pointed to a study by the global Basel committee that considered tightening risk-based capital and liquidity requirements, and that suggested there would be net social gains from further reforms.

  • WRAPUP 3-Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • *New rule takes effect in 2019. LONDON, April 15- Global regulators have eased a new rule limiting how much business a bank can undertake with a single customer, as they try to minimise the risk of fallout from a counterparty going bust without imposing excessive burdens on financial firms.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 1230 GMT/08.30AM ET Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    Europe's banks prepare for ECB tests with new provisions. LONDON- The tens of billions of euros euro zone banks set aside for loan losses in their latest annual accounts may have substantially reduced the chance of institutions failing ECB stress tests in the next few months.

  • ZURICH, April 15- A strong uptake of new cancer medicines helped Roche to limit a decline in first-quarter sales and the Swiss company confirmed a forecast for higher earnings this year.

  • Oil falls ahead of Ukraine meeting, US supply data Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    The price of oil fell to near $103 a barrel Tuesday ahead of talks aimed at defusing tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine. Officials from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are set to meet in Geneva on Thursday for negotiations aimed at persuading Russia to back off in Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Brent crude futures fell below $109 a barrel on Tuesday after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as investors looked ahead to a meeting in Geneva that they hoped would bring a political resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

  • *Q1 sales 11.496 bln Swiss francs vs 11.887 bln forecast. ZURICH, April 15- Adverse currency moves weighed on first-quarter sales at Roche Holding AG, which fell 1 percent, despite a healthy uptake of its new cancer medicines.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Brent crude futures dropped below $109 a barrel following a surge to a six-week high in the previous session, as investors looked ahead to a meeting in Geneva that they hoped would bring a political resolution to the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

  • Investors remained wary of developments in Ukraine, where any escalation might quickly cause risk appetite to evaporate. Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown.

  • LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.

  • LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union could hold an emergency summit next week to impose further sanctions against Russia if there is no breakthrough at talks with Ukraine scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, France's foreign minister said on Monday.

  • Glencore buys oil-explorer Caracal for $1.35B Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    Glencore says it has reached an agreement to buy all outstanding Caracal shares for 5.50 pounds each, a 61 percent premium on the Canadian-based firm's stock price Friday. The two companies announced the deal Monday, a day after Glencore said it was selling its Las Bambas copper mine project in Peru to a Chinese consortium for $5.85 billion in cash.

  • SLAVIANSK/ KIEV, April 14- Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialise.

  • LONDON, April 14- When BG Group Plc announced last week it was shifting the headquarters of its oil and liquefied natural gas trading operation to Singapore from Britain, it said the aim was to get closer to its customers. "Singapore has already attracted some people from Geneva," he added.

  • EU moves to sanction more Russians over Ukraine Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG— European Union foreign ministers decided Monday to sanction more Russians with asset freezes and visa bans as a sign of the trade bloc's outrage over Moscow's ongoing interference in Ukraine, a high-ranking EU official announced.

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