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  • *G7 to warn Russia of tougher sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates. President Barack Obama sought support from European allies and China on Monday to isolate Russia over its seizure of Crimea, and Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region after Russian forces overran one of Kiev's last bases there.

  • *Russia tightens grip on Crimea. *Sanctions against Russia, G8 summit in Sochi on agenda.

  • Defying sanctions, Putin signs treaty to annex Crimea Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 6:15 PM ET
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (L), Crimean parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantionov (2nd L) and Alexei Chaly, Sevastopol's new de facto mayor (R), sign a treaty on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula becoming part of Russia, in the Kremlin, Moscow, March 18, 2014.

    Defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty in Moscow on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, March 18- Defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty in Moscow on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia again but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • *Threat of Russian invasion hangs over east Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 17- As Russian forces took control of Crimea in the last few weeks, Russian media started referring to a broad belt of land in southern Ukraine as Novorossiya, or New Russia.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday the United States rejected the results of a secession referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region and warned that Washington was ready to impose sanctions on Moscow over the crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- The United States warned Russia on Sunday that Western sanctions were imminent and Moscow would pay an increasing price for its military intervention in Ukraine as the White House rejected a referendum in the Crimea region that it was powerless to stop.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- The White House warned President Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Moscow would face sanctions in coming days and international isolation that will hurt Russia's economy, as Washington fumed over a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region that it was powerless to stop.

  • Russian sanctions eyed as Crimea referendum approaches Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 11:15 PM ET
    Ukrainian soldiers stand inside a Ukrainian military base as unidentified heavily armed soldiers stand outside, March 3, 2014, in Perevalne, Ukraine.

    Moscow shipped more troops and armor into Crimea on Friday, showing no sign of bowing to Western demands to pull back.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed down stocks on major world markets on Friday and drove up buying of safe-haven gold and the yen.

  • FOREX-Jitters over Ukraine, China propel yen higher Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 14- The yen rose on Friday, poised for its biggest weekly gains in more than a month against the euro and the dollar as traders flocked to it on growing tension in Ukraine and fears about the health of the Chinese economy.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed down stocks on major world markets on Friday and drove up buying of safe-haven gold and the yen.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- U.S. stocks were little changed in a volatile session on Friday, setting all three indexes up for a weekly decline, as concerns over tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalated ahead of a referendum in Crimea this weekend.

  • 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.

  • *General Mills warns profit hit by competition. Curbing investors' enthusiasm for equities, Russia's navy said fighter jets had started training exercises over the Mediterranean Sea, an announcement likely to raise tensions in the standoff with Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed down stocks on major world markets on Friday and drove up buying of safe-haven gold and the yen.

  • Sec. Kerry: Crimea referendum illegitimate     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    Secretary of State John Kerry had an in-depth conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on how to best resolve the Ukraine crisis. Kerry said, "We believe the referendum is contrary to the constitution of Ukraine and a violation of international law."

  • Crimea banks short on cash     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses the looming Crimean referendum and reports on increasing violence in the eastern part of Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed stocks on major world markets down on Friday and ramped up the flight into safe-haven gold and the yen.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- The yen rose on Friday, poised for its biggest weekly gains in more than a month against the euro and dollar, as traders flocked to it on growing tension in Ukraine and fears about the health of the Chinese economy.