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  • SINGAPORE, April 8- Brent crude rose above $106 a barrel on Tuesday supported by the threat of civil war breaking out in Ukraine, as NATO urged Russia to pull back "tens of thousands of troops" from the border with its neighbour. Brent crude for May delivery was up 48 cents to $106.30 a barrel at 0818 GMT after settling down 90 cents.

  • SINGAPORE, April 8- Brent crude climbed above $106 a barrel on Tuesday supported by increased tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, while gains were capped by news that Libya was preparing to load crude onto tankers from newly reopened ports.

  • Stocks wrapped up the session on a high note, with the Dow logging triple-digit gains, after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said there's still room for the central bank to help the economy. But major index ended relatively flat for the first quarter.

  • *Russia says battalion withdrawing from near Ukraine border. NEW YORK, March 31- Crude futures dipped in volatile end-of-quarter trading on Monday, pressured by news Russia was withdrawing some troops on the Ukrainian border and concerns about the struggling U.S. labor market voiced by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • Russia flaunts grip on Crimea with PM's visit Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 12:28 PM ET
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

    Ukraine on Monday denounced the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Crimea.

  • *Ukraine denounces visit as "crude violation". *Putin, Merkel discuss Ukraine, Moldova by phone. SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 31- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there on Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks were poised to open higher on Monday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second straight advance, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. *Investors will peruse comments by Yellen, who is scheduled to speak in Chicago at 9:55 a.m. EST, for clues on her stance on interest rates.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, with global shares boosted hopes of stimulus in both the euro zone and China.

  • SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 31- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea on Monday by flying to the region and announcing plans to turn it into a special economic zone, defying Western demands to hand the region back to Ukraine.

  • Why April could be the cruelest month for stocks Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 6:11 AM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    April could be the cruelest month for stocks so far this year if warmer weather doesn't reverse a trend of weaker economic data.

  • *Iraq starts production at giant West Qurna-2 field. LONDON, March 31- Brent crude oil traded near a two-week high around $108 a barrel on Monday as tension between Russia and the West offset a rise in oil supply from OPEC's second-largest producer Iraq.

  • *Iraq starts production at giant West Qurna-2 field. SINGAPORE, March 31- Brent crude traded near a two-week high at above $107 a barrel on Monday as simmering tensions between Russia and the West offset a rise in oil supply from OPEC's second-largest producer Iraq.

  • *Iraq starts production at giant West Qurna-2 field. SINGAPORE, March 31- Brent crude traded near a two-week high at above $107 a barrel on Monday as simmering tensions between Russia and the West offset a rise in oil supply from OPEC's second largest producer Iraq.

  • NEW YORK, March 30- U.S. stock investors will take their cues this week from March jobs data and diplomacy to defuse East-West tensions over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. When trading begins on Monday, investors will keep an eye on developments involving Russia and Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, March 29- Russia said on Saturday it had "no intention" of invading eastern Ukraine, responding to Western warnings over a military buildup on the border following Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

  • MOSCOW, March 29- Russia said on Saturday it had "no intention" of invading eastern Ukraine, responding to Western warnings over a military buildup on the border following Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

  • President Barack Obama and major industrialised allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilise Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

  • *G7 to warn Russia of tougher sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates. President Barack Obama conferred with major industrialised allies in the Group of Seven on Monday on how to pressure Russia over its seizure of Crimea after Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety.

  • *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.