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  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • LONDON, April 16- Trading house Gunvor reported core earnings rose by a quarter in 2013 and said it expected to improve results again in 2014 despite the brief turmoil it faced last month due to its close links to Russia.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, senior defense officials said Wednesday.

  • *Gold holds near 200- day moving average at $1,300. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 16- Gold prices eased on Wednesday as Wall Street stocks rose and as strong U.S. industrial production data fed investor caution about bullion a day after prices fell nearly 2 percent.

  • *The UK is a great place to do business, says Starbucks EMEA boss. LONDON, April 16- Starbucks Corp will move its European headquarters to London from the Netherlands this year and pay more tax in the UK as a result, the company said on Wednesday.

  • Currency probe drives bank demand for Big Brother software Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    LONDON, April 16- "What's your interest in Bill and Ben in the pick?" A basic translation of that particular line of Cockney rhyming slang, originating in London's working class East End, would run something like: "Are you a buyer or a seller of dollar/yen at the daily benchmark rate-setting fix?

  • European shares close higher on upbeat China data Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    European shares closed higher on Wednesday, as better-than-expected Chinese growth data and a slew of earnings releases buoyed sentiment.

  • Yahoo, China news send US stocks higher at midday Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    Stocks are moving higher for a third day in a row after more U.S. companies report solid earnings and on encouraging news about China's economy. Yahoo rose 6 percent after the Internet pioneer said it was benefiting from its lucrative investments in Asia.

  • April 16- London- based Armajaro Asset Management lost nearly a quarter of assets at its largest commodities fund in the first quarter, the latest sign that edgy investors have continued to withdraw cash from the sector after weak returns, documents show.

  • BRUSSELS,- The European Parliament backed a law on Wednesday to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in. Non-native plant and animal life are estimated to cost the European Union 12 billion euros a year in damage and control costs.

  • LONDON, April 16- When U.S. firm ConocoPhillips spun off its refining assets in 2011 to focus on more profitable oil production, it seemed only a matter of time before one of the oil majors followed suit. Europe's oil refining guru, Marcel van Poecke, believes the move will be repeated one day. They say:' We can buy BP for upstream and Valero for downstream.

  • *Announces 10 pct wage hike for India staff, higher than rival Infosys. MUMBAI, April 16- Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, India's largest IT services exporter, expects a further rise in revenue growth in the new financial year, it said on Wednesday, after reporting a better than expected 51.5 percent increase in the last three months.

  • *Troop carriers enter east Ukraine bearing Russian, separatist flags. LONDON, April 16- Global oil prices rose close to $110 a barrel on Wednesday due to mounting tensions in Ukraine, but gave up some gains after an unexpectedly large build in crude stocks in the United States, the world's largest consumer of oil.

  • NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    LONDON— North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair. The country's diplomats have complained to the Foreign Office about a hairdressing salon that put up a poster poking fun at distinctively coiffed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

  • ALGIERS, April 16- Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth.

  • Russia's economy feels the sting of Ukraine crisis Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    First quarter economic growth in Russia slowed and Moscow's economy minister is attributing it to uncertainty over the Ukraine crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, senior defense officials said Wednesday.

  • Wind of change starts blowing at Italian companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    *Corporate governance improving in Italy. MILAN, April 16- Eager to attract foreign investors as it slowly emerges from its longest recession in 70 years, cash-strapped Italy Inc. is taking the first steps to end decades of opaque management and shoddy governance.

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