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  • BERLIN, March 20- On a Sunday in early March, a day after Vladimir Putin won parliamentary backing for an invasion of Ukraine, Angela Merkel called him to demand an explanation. Merkel, in turn, had been preaching caution on punishing Russia in her talks with the United States, hopeful that Putin would eventually back down and accept proposals to ease the crisis.

  • *Russia issues passports in Crimea, will plug deficit. "I am certain the passage of these documents will be a turning point in the fate of the multi-ethnic peoples of Crimea and Russia, who are linked by the close ties of historical solidarity," Lavrov told the State Duma.

  • *China's yuan skids to its lowest in a year. LONDON, March 20- The dollar hit three-week highs against a basket of currencies and stocks and bonds fell across the globe on Thursday as investors positioned for a speedier rise in U.S. interest rates than previously thought.

  • MOSCOW, March 20- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russian companies must be registered in Russia and have a transparent ownership structure, emphasising one of his main messages that business should be brought back home. The European Union warned of ramping up punitive measures against Russia, including politically sensitive economic sanctions.

  • *EU leaders to discuss Russia, Ukraine, energy at two-day summit. BRUSSELS, March 20- European leaders hold critical talks on Thursday about how to tighten the screws on Russia following its seizure of Crimea, how to support Ukraine's stricken economy and how best to wean themselves off Russian oil and gas in years to come.

  • BERLIN, March 20- European leaders will show they are ready to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including politically sensitive economic sanctions, at a summit starting on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel told the German parliament.

  • *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing hub. LONDON, March 20- Brent crude oil eased on Thursday after the U.S. "The Fed's move came as something of a surprise in terms of the timing for increasing rates," said Olivier Jakob, an analyst at Petromatrix in Zug, Switzerland.

  • *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing pricing hub. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent crude rose on Thursday to hover around $106 a barrel after the U.S.

  • *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing pricing hub. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent crude rose above $106 a barrel on Thursday after the U.S. "The consensus is now that the winding down of easy money is happening because the economy is strong enough to stand on its own two feet," said Mark Keenan, head of commodities research in Asia at Societe Generale.

  • *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing pricing hub. SINGAPORE, March 20- Brent crude rose above $106 a barrel on Thursday after the U.S. "The consensus is now that the winding down of easy money is happening because the economy is strong enough to stand on its own two feet," said Mark Keenan, head of commodities research in Asia at Societe Generale.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold hits 3-week low on Fed, firm U.S. dollar Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, March 20- Gold hit its weakest in three weeks on Thursday as the U.S. dollar jumped on expectations the Federal Reserve could end its bond-buying programme this fall, hurting the metal's safe haven appeal as a hedge against inflation. *Cash gold hit a low of $1,325.34 an ounce, the weakest since Feb. 28, and stood at $1,328.84 by 0012 GMT, down $2.00.

  • Are Russian sanctions strong enough?     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:50 PM ET

    Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal editorial board, discuss the strength of sanctions against Russia and how targeting individuals would hurt Vladimir Putin and the economy.

  • FOREX-Dollar jumps as US hints at speeded-up rate rise Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    *Fed trims monthly bond buying to $55 bln. NEW YORK, March 19- The dollar jumped on Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen surprised world markets by hinting that the central bank may accelerate the timetable for ending low U.S. interest rates.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Russia's takeover of Crimea and the ensuing East-West crisis have cast a cloud over a meeting of top international anti-money laundering officials scheduled to take place in Moscow in June.

  • *Gold drops further after Fed says to revamp rate guidance. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 19- Gold fell about 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest one-day drop in three months, as the dollar rallied after the Federal Reserve dropped a set of guideposts it had been using to help the public anticipate when it would finally start bumping borrowing costs up from zero.

  • *Biden warns Russia is on "dark path" to isolation. SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, March 19- The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation on Wednesday as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • FOREX-Dollar jumps as Fed cuts bond buys further Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    *Fed trims monthly bond buying to $55 bln. NEW YORK, March 19- The dollar jumped on Wednesday as traders expanded early gains against the euro and the yen after U.S. central bankers cut back bond purchases and cited foul winter weather as a factor for worrying softness in American economic data.

  • *Gold drops further after Fed says to revamp rate guidance. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 19- Gold fell 1.8 percent on Wednesday as the dollar rallied after the Federal Reserve dropped a set of guideposts it had been using to help the public anticipate when it would finally start bumping overnight borrowing costs up from zero.

  • Where Russia's wealth is outside its borders Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 2:57 PM ET
    A car drives past a billboard promoting a Russian bank on a main road in the southern Cypriot port of Limassol.

    Of the half a trillion dollars held by Russians outside the country, roughly two-thirds is held in accounts in just three countries.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold falls 1.8 pct after Fed's policy statement Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    *Gold drops further after Fed says to revamp guidance. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 19- Gold fell 1.8 percent on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve dropped the U.S. unemployment rate as its definitive yardstick for gauging economic strength, and made clear it would rely on a wide range of measures in deciding when to raise interest rates.

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