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CHIANG MAI, Thailand— The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes to attend lectures.
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.
FRANKFURT, Germany— Food company Nestle SA says sales rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago despite deflationary pressures in Europe.
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.
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke visits India. CANBERRA, Australia- RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle speaks to the Economic Society of Australia in Canberra- 0230 GMT. DUBLIN- Irish financial regulator Cyril Roux speaks at conference on' The Future of Prudential Regulation'- 0900 GMT.
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.
Greece made a successful, if artificially engineered, return to the long-term capital markets last week for the first time since its international bailout in 2010, and just two years after imposing heavy losses on its private creditors.
*Says suffers from slower demand in North America, Russia. PARIS, April 14- L'Oreal posted a drop in revenue for the first three months of the year, hit by slower demand in North America, but pledged it would return to growth in the second quarter.
April 14- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co is under pressure from a group of shareholders to consider relocating to Europe to gain tax benefits, the Financial Times reported.
*Says suffers from slower demand in North America, Russia. PARIS, April 14- L'Oreal posted a 2.2 percent drop in first-quarter sales on Monday, held back by slowing demand for mass market products including Garnier shampoo and Maybelline make-up, particularly in North America.
*Indexes breaks losing streak on U.S. data, Citi results. LONDON, April 14- Strong U.S. economic data helped pan-European equity indexes snap a three-day losing streak on Monday but appetite for risk remained muted as the threat of violence between Ukrainian forces and pro- Russia separatists loomed.
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.
AMSTERDAM— Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14- year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers said the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself in to Rotterdam police in the company of a parent Monday and is now being interrogated.
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.
*Porsche product drive faced scepticism among fans. MILAN, April 14- As Fiat Chrysler moves to reinvent its small Maserati brand as a serious rival to the world's luxury car makers, the pressure to succeed is all the greater for the startling success of Germany's Porsche.
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.
*FTSEurofirst 300, Euro STOXX 50 both flat. LONDON, April 14- Cyclical shares weighed on European bourses on Monday as tensions in Ukraine and volatile global markets prompted investors to take a more cautious stance on growth and cash in on some of the best performers of the past nine months.