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Moscow shipped more troops and armor into Crimea on Friday, showing no sign of bowing to Western demands to pull back.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will meet Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega and Brazilian Central Bank Governor Alexandre Tombini. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor for Financial Stability John Cunliffe will take part in a conference at Chatham House titled "New Rules on Market Structure, Trading and Funding"- 0930 GMT.
MADRID, March 14- A consortium led by Spain's Sacyr has signed a deal to complete work on widening the 100- year-old Panama Canal, it said on Friday, settling a long-running dispute over cost overruns that had put the multi-billion-dollar project in jeopardy.
*Iran wants economic sanctions lifted. LONDON/ ANKARA, March 13- 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.
MOSCOW, March 14- A possible ban on visas for the heads of Russia's two biggest energy firms, Rosneft and Gazprom, may hamper their international partnerships but also harm their Western partners and push the two towards the East.
WASHINGTON _Treasury releases foreign holdings of U.S. debt for January, 9 a.m. Eastern; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for February, 9:15 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for March, 10 a.m..
Moscow shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine in response to violence in Donetsk on Thursday night, showing no sign of bowing to Western demands to pull back.
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.