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*Others want European Central Bank to act. Some of Europe's largest companies including Danone, SAP AG and L'Oreal have posted buoyant first-quarter sales volumes in the past week thanks largely to strong demand in emerging markets such as Brazil and in North America.
LONDON, April 17- Brent crude oil was steady below $110 a barrel on Thursday, after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as traders assessed whether rising tensions in Ukraine could disrupt supplies from Russia.
BERLIN— A Berlin- based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. Ben Schlabs, who works for Security Research Labs, says the trick is identical to the one hackers used to unlock Apple's iPhone 5 s last year.
LONDON, April 17- Gold steadied around $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as a lower dollar and accommodative U.S. The metal had fallen nearly 2 percent on Tuesday and has remained broadly range-bound since then around $1,300 on fears over slowing demand in top consumer China.
BRUSSELS— The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU.
PARIS— Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.
LONDON, April 17- Brent crude oil slipped towards $109 a barrel on Thursday, after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as traders assessed whether rising tensions in Ukraine could disrupt supplies from Russia.
VIENNA, April 17- Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday.
FRANKFURT, April 17- German business software maker SAP warned on Thursday that it expects the negative impact of the strong euro to worsen after reporting lower than expected first-quarter results. The currency has gained 2.3 percent on the U.S. dollar and nearly 6 percent against Japan's yen in the past six months.
*Bundesbank chief open in principle to QE, if it is needed. *Drop in inflation sees him open up to the idea. FRANKFURT, April 17- As recently as last November, Jens Weidmann steadfastly opposed any move by the European Central Bank to print money to buy assets and buoy the euro zone economy.
*Investors await developments in Ukraine. LONDON, April 17- Gold fell below $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as investors cut exposure to gold-backed funds and weighed the impact of Ukraine tensions, while worries over the strength of Chinese demand continued to weigh.
PARIS— David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3- D in films competing for top honors at next month's Cannes Film Festival.
TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, April 17- Iran's crude oil exports fell for the first time in five months in March, and are slated to drop further in April, moving closer to the levels stipulated by November's temporary nuclear deal that eased some sanctions on Tehran.
LONDON, April 17- Brent crude steadied under $110 a barrel on Thursday, after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as traders assessed the risk that rising tensions in Ukraine could disrupt supplies from Russia.
*Putin denounces Kiev's use of military in east Ukraine. In a marathon session that was dominated by questions on Ukraine, Putin tempered withering criticism of the Ukrainian leadership with more conciliatory comments about the possibility of a compromise to resolve the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday did not rule out sending Russian troops into eastern Ukraine but said he hoped he would not need to, and that diplomacy would serve to resolve the crisis there.
The price of oil remained near $104 a barrel Thursday as investors weighed the upheaval in Ukraine against a big increase in U.S. oil supplies. Tensions remained over Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants clashed with Ukrainian forces in the country's east as authorities tried to reassert control over a region where some are pushing to secede and join Russia.
MARIUPOL, Ukraine, April 17- Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10- day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict.
VIENNA, April 17- Iran is complying with the terms of last year's interim nuclear agreement with six world powers and is continuing to reduce its most sensitive uranium stockpile, a monthly update from the U.N. atomic agency obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday.
MOSCOW, April 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's decision to send armed forces into the east of the country instead of trying to establish a dialogue with the Russian-speaking population there was a "grave crime."