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  • KIEV/ MOSCOW, June 13- Ukraine began preparing on Friday for Russia to cut off its gas after talks on long-running price dispute broke down, raising the prospect of supplies to the European Union also being disrupted from Monday.

  • Ukraine braces for Russian gas cuts from Monday Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 11:28 AM ET
    n employee walks on gas metering station 'Uzhgorod' near the Chaslivci village, not far from western Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod, Transcarpathian region on May 21, 2014.

    The Ukrainian prime minister ordered the energy sector to prepare for Russian gas cuts after Moscow and Kiev failed to resolve a gas price conflict.

  • *Separatist rebels control territory in east Ukraine. "At 10:34 a.m. the Ukrainian flag was raised over City Hall in Mariupol," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, less than six hours after the attack began on the city of 500,000, Ukraine's biggest Azov Sea port.

  • *Moldova and Georgia to sign agreements with EU. CHISINAU/ TBILISI, June 12- The head of the European Commission urged Russia on Thursday not to stand in the way of Moldova and Georgia forging closer ties with Europe, despite the conflict caused by Ukraine's lurch towards the West.

  • NYMEX-US crude holds above $104 after fall in stockpiles Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:34 PM ET

    Militants from an al Qaeda splinter group who seized Iraq's second biggest city of Mosul this week have advanced into the oil refinery town of Baiji.

  • UPDATE 1-Putin accuses Ukraine of sabotaging gas talks Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    *Gas central to relations between Russia, Ukraine and EU. BRUSSELS/ NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, June 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine on Wednesday of forcing gas talks into a "dead end" by rejecting a price cut offer made amid a row threatening supplies to the rest of Europe.

  • Gas price talks resume, Kiev rejects latest Russian offer Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:26 AM ET

    *Gas central to relations between Russia, Ukraine and EU. BRUSSELS/ KIEV June 11- Russia and Ukraine resumed efforts to settle their gas price row on Wednesday after Kiev rejected a proposal that would have cut its gas bill by around a fifth and averted a possible suspension of supplies that would also hit the rest of Europe.

  • BRUSSELS, June 10- Russia and Ukraine will resume efforts to resolve a gas pricing dispute on Wednesday after a Russian deadline for Kiev to pay some of its debts passed without Moscow cutting off supplies.

  • MOSCOW, June 10- Russia and Ukraine will resume efforts to resolve a gas pricing dispute late on Tuesday after a Russian deadline for Kiev to pay some of its debts passed without Moscow cutting off supplies.

  • MOSCOW, June 10- Russia and Ukraine will resume efforts to resolve a gas pricing dispute on Tuesday after a Russian deadline for Kiev to pay some of its debts passed without Moscow cutting off supplies.

  • Treasury yields rise for second straight day Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    Prices for Treasurys fell, pressured by sale of new coupon-bearing government debt this week and a greater risk appetite after a strong jobs report.

  • Yields on U.S. long-term securities rose for a second straight day, helped as well by easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, analysts said. Officials from Ukraine and Russia met late on Monday in last-minute talks brokered by the European Union to resolve a dispute that could halt the flow of gas from Russia.

  • *Gazprom says Kiev owes more than $4 billion. BRUSSELS, June 9- Officials from Ukraine and Russia met late on Monday in last-minute talks brokered by the European Union to resolve a dispute that could halt the flow of gas from Russia.

  • *Ukraine's president has vowed to put down rebellion. MARYNIVKA/LUHANSK, Ukraine, June 9- Ukrainian border guards stand grim-faced and nervous at the remote Marynivka checkpoint on the frontier with Russia, fearing an attack by pro- Moscow separatists at any time.

  • *Journalist investigated Chechnya, corruption in Russia. Politkovskaya, an investigative reporter who uncovered state corruption and rights abuses, especially in Chechnya, was gunned down in the lobby of her Moscow apartment block at the age of 48 on Oct. 7, 2006. Kremlin critics and rights campaigners say it symbolises the weakness of the rule of law in Russia.

  • BRUSSELS, June 9- Ukraine and Russia will try to avert a gas war in last minute talks on Monday, brokered by the European Union in the hope of preventing supply disruptions and taking the heat out of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, June 9- Oleg Makarenko wants to set the story straight and answer the "Russophobes" who he says are trying to split and humiliate Russia. His website Ruxpert may not command the viewer numbers of Wikipedia which inspired it, but inside Russia it holds a prominent position in what Makarenko calls an information war with the West.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude rises as China exports gain steam Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | 8:54 PM ET

    China's exports climbed 7 percent in May from a year earlier, quickening from April's 0.9 percent rise, while imports fell 1.6 percent, versus a gain of 0.8 percent in April, the General Administration of Customs said. U.S. oil had added 11 cents to $102.77 a barrel by 0043 GMT, after settling 18 cents up and ending the week almost unchanged.

  • TOKYO, June 8- For once, China looks to have done Japan a favor. In clinching a $400 billion deal last month to buy Russian gas, China may end up helping out its old political and economic rival in a way that matters hugely for Japan- energy security.

  • UPDATE 8-U.S. oil lifted by solid jobs report Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    *Price gains curbed by easing Ukraine tension. NEW YORK, June 6- U.S. crude oil futures inched higher on Friday after a solid jobs report in the United States pointed to economic strength and growing oil demand in the world's largest oil consumer.