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PARIS, April 19- The head of Vivendi's French telecom unit SFR, won by cable company Numericable in a fierce bidding war, said in comments published on Saturday it planned to partner with Britain's Vodafone in a network-sharing project.
ROME— Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.
BERLIN— A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies. Russia is a major European gas supplier, and mounting tensions over Ukraine have raised concerns about possible disruption.
*Russia eyes gas pipeline, railway via North Korea to South Korea. MOSCOW, April 19- Russia's parliament has agreed to write off almost $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state.
MOSCOW, April 19- Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed NATO's selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its new head, saying on Saturday the pair had "very good relations" but that it was up to the West to improve ties.
The U.S. plans small ground-force exercises amid Russia's military operations in and near Ukraine.
A day after a deal to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.
April 18- Biogen Idec Inc is pricing its newly approved long-acting hemophilia drug, Alprolix, to cost U.S. patients, and insurers, about the same per year as older, less convenient therapies whose price can reach about $300,000 annually.
*Deal in Geneva offers hope of end to Ukraine crisis. *Russia sought assurances on rights for east Ukraine. WASHINGTON/ GENEVA, April 18- The agreement designed to pull Ukraine back from the brink of civil war had been floundering around lunchtime on Thursday, so U.S.
LONDON, April 18- The amount of money Amazon.com Inc reports through a tax-exempt vehicle in Europe has dropped sharply in the past two years, even as European sales jumped, after the U.S. tax authority tightened rules it felt were being abused to shift profits.
Two of Japan's largest banks have stepped back from Russia in recent weeks, bankers and executives told the Financial Times.
*Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.
It's the story of the documentary "1971," premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film about a little-known but hugely important break-in on March 8, 1971. A group of eight calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a laxly guarded satellite FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia.
PARIS— The French president's top adviser resigned Friday following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to the already unpopular Francois Hollande.
*Hopes for Ukraine initiative dent safe-haven bids. LONDON, April 18- Gold was heading for a 1.8 percent weekly fall on Friday, dented by hopes that diplomatic efforts can calm violence in Ukraine and by strengthening U.S. economic data.
Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday. On Thursday, global stocks were subdued after Google and IBM reported weak results, even though General Electric was optimistic and Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley beat expectations.
*Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.
ANKARA, April 18- Turkey will seek a discount in the price of gas it buys from Russia in talks with the deputy head of state-controlled Gazprom next week when he visits Ankara, Turkey's energy minister said on Friday.
DWORP, Belgium— The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87- year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer.
*Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.