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The euro has continued to strengthen with strategists debating whether the boost was from China's move to diversify its foreign holdings.
BRUSSELS, March 14- The European Union has yet to convince Washington to commit to exporting U.S. gas under a transatlantic trade deal despite two days of talks on the issue, highlighting the challenges Europe faces to reduce its reliance on Russian energy.
LONDON, March 14- Brent crude oil rose above $108 a barrel on Friday as heightened tension in Ukraine ahead of a referendum in the Russian-majority region of Crimea raised worries over Russian oil supplies.
*Draghi sees euro zone deflation risks as "quite limited". *Japan experience shows how deflation can gradually take hold. FRANKFURT/ WASHINGTON, March 14- Meeting students at the University of Amsterdam in April last year, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi extolled the virtues of courage, recalling a story his father had told him:.
LONDON, March 14- Brent crude oil steadied above $107 a barrel on Friday, on track for a third weekly loss amid worries over Chinese economic growth and rising U.S. stockpiles, although tension in Ukraine heightened worries over Russian oil supplies.
MADRID, March 14- A construction industry consortium led by Spain's Sacyr said in a statement on Friday it had signed a deal late on Thursday to complete work on the multi-billion dollar project to widen the Panama Canal, settling a long-running dispute over cost overruns.
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.