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PARIS/ LONDON, March 14- European shares fell to five-week lows on Friday, with German blue chips among the worst hit, as tensions in Ukraine ahead of a weekend referendum unnerved investors.
PARIS, March 14- France's industry minister weighed in to the battle for telecoms company SFR on Friday, the day the board of parent Vivendi is expected to pick a winner, to point out "problems" with the bid from cable group Numericable.
SYDNEY/ TOKYO, March 14- Safe-haven currencies like the Swiss franc and the yen were in demand on Friday, having surged overnight as tensions in Ukraine flared up and worries about the health of the Chinese economy continued to fester.
STANFORD, United States- Federal Reserve vice-chair nominee Stanley Fischer speaks before a dinner at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Economic Summit 2014- 0145 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's central bank governor Stefan Ingves to give a speech on "Have we learned the lessons of earlier financial crises?"
SYDNEY, March 14- Safe haven currencies like the Swiss franc and yen got off to a flying start on Friday, having surged overnight as tensions in Ukraine flared up and worries about the health of the Chinese economy continued to fester.
NEW YORK, March 13- The yen rose against the euro and the dollar on Thursday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a possible response from the West if a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region goes ahead on Sunday.
*Credit Suisse also says sees slowdown in parts of fixed income. PARIS, March 13- Deutsche Bank said on Thursday it has had a "slow" start to the year in its investment bank, due to market uncertainty related to the crisis in Ukraine and concerns about economic growth in China and Germany.
*Car companies spend more on research and development. FRANKFURT, March 13- The car industry's international patent filings jumped 18 percent in 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organisation said on Thursday, in part reflecting a push for new technologies to lower exhaust emissions.
VIENNA, March 13- Industrialist Dmytro Firtash, one of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs with close links to Russia through his gas interests, has been arrested in Austria at the request of the United States.
*European Commission, ECB warn Italy on debt commitments. ROME, March 13- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi could struggle to convince the European Union that his ambitious tax cuts and spending commitments will not threaten pledges to sort out public finances.
Austria has arrested Dmitry Firtash at the request of the U.S. - a move seen in Kiev as Washington putting pressure on Putin over Moscow's intervention in Crimea.
The move by the organisation, which includes economic heavyweights such as the United States, Germany, France, Japan and Mexico, is the latest effort to apply pressure on Moscow ahead of a referendum on Sunday in which Ukraine's southern region of Crimea could vote to secede and join Russia.
BERLIN, March 13- Russia's Gazprom said it wanted Ukraine to be able to pay for gas supplies and did not want a "gas crisis" over prices and debt, a allusion to past disputes that led to cuts in gas flows from Russia to Europe.
*Iran wants economic sanctions lifted. LONDON/ ANKARA, March xx- Despite a diplomatic thaw, Western banks are steering clear of attempts by Iran to get them involved in financing humanitarian transactions, fearing they could be penalised under U.S. sanctions, bankers and government officials told Reuters.
*UK, France, Switzerland seen in strong position as market takes off. LONDON/ ZURICH, March 13- Biotech fever is spreading to Europe from the United States with a successful stock market debut for a cat allergy company in Britain seen as a bellwether that could help unlock listings in other countries including Switzerland and France.
BERLIN, March 13- German automaker Volkswagen will reinforce steps to boost earnings in coming years as its long-planned target to increase sales to over 10 million cars a year is almost met.
BERLIN, March 13- Gazprom, the state-controlled Russian gas company, said on Thursday it was continuing to deliver gas through Ukraine despite mounting unpaid bills but warned that this was creating holes in its budget for investments and dividends.
*Weidmann sees no need for fresh policy action. FRANKFURT, March 13- The European Central Bank is running out of conventional policy tools and any new action would quickly take it into territory where legal questions about some options would arise, Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann said.
*Detained in Vienna at request of U.S. authorities. The Federal Crime Agency on Thursday identified the suspect only as Dmitry F., 48, but government sources said it was Firtash, one of Ukraine's richest men.
LONDON, March 13- "We believe commercial shale gas extraction should only go ahead in the United Kingdom if it can be objectively demonstrated that the regulatory framework is fit for purpose," six leading conservation organisations wrote in a report on Thursday.