• When Australia- based BHP joined forces with the London- listed, but largely South African, Billiton, a diversified natural resources giant was created.

  • CNBC's Annette Weisbach reports on the discussions between the German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Ukrainian, Russian and French counterparts on how to tackle the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 18- Calling the top in financial markets is never easy. "I would not at all subscribe to the idea that markets are expensive and now's the time to get out," said Julie Dickson, a portfolio manager at Ashmore Investment Management in London, a fund with $75 billion in assets worldwide.

  • *China economic data points to weakness, euro zone slows. LONDON, Aug 15- The price of copper edged higher on Friday as some investors bought back short positions to take profits ahead of the weekend, but gains were capped as a gloomy outlook for the economy in top metals consumer China raised concerns about demand.

  • *Shares up 2 pct, outperform UK mining sector. MELBOURNE/ LONDON, Aug 15- Diversified mining company BHP Billiton declared its preference for a demerger of its aluminium, manganese and nickel assets on Friday, setting the stage for the formation of a separate business that could be worth at least $12 billion.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Aug 17- People from Britain who go to Cyprus in August are usually after sun, sea and sand but one Lincolnshire man, a trader in fruit and vegetables, is heading there this week for the potatoes. Since Russia barred imports of food from most of the rest of Europe, businesses are jostling for new buyers and sellers.

  • LONDON, Aug 17- Europe's ageing nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many billions of dollars.

  • NORWICH, England, Aug 17- Pampering leafcutter ants with fragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an unlikely way to rescue modern medicine, but scientists at a lab in eastern England think it's well worth trying.

  • Ukraine hits at Russians: Here's what may be next Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:29 PM ET
    A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk, August 15, 2014.

    After fighting Friday, experts disagree about what investors should expect next between Russia and Ukraine

  • The government in Kiev said its artillery partially destroyed the Russian column in fighting overnight, but Russia denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine and called the Ukrainian report "some kind of fantasy."

  • Ukraine attacks Russian incursion, jolting markets Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:37 PM ET
    Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka, Ukraine.

    A Ukrainian military spokesman said Ukraine forces have engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil.

  • Retail investor flows     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    CNBC's Jeff Cox and Michael Farr of Farr, Miller and Washington, take a peek into the state of retail investors.

  • Putin's bad intentions     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:14 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a government meeting on the Russian economy, in Moscow.

    John Browne, Euro Pacific Capital, explains why it is not even the beginning of the end of conflicts between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Russian military in Ukraine     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on the potential escalation of conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Playing geopolitical investment game     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    Discussing the impact of geopolitics on the markets, with Michael Santoli, Yahoo Finance; Natali Morris, tech reporter; "Fast Money" trader Brian Kelly; and CNBC's Kate Kelly.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 15- Insurer American International Group is ramping up its lobbying team in Washington, almost six years after it halted such efforts following its rescue by the U.S. government during the financial crisis.

  • Eyes focused on geopolitics next week: Pro     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    Discussing catalysts that will move the markets next week, with Michael Block, Rhino Trading Partners, and Peter Costa, Empire Executions.

  • What will Putin do?     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    Discussing the next move of Russia's Vladimir Putin, with Joe Sestak, U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.).

  • How Ukraine's attack on a Russian convoy impacted global markets, with Gerard Fitzpatrick, Russell Investments; Ken Mahoney, Mahoney Asset Management; and CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • Diversification fights volatility: Pro     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    Ted Parrish, Henssler Financial Principal, says to stick with long-term growth stories like Apple. Brent Wilsey of Wilsey Asset Management, provides perspective on playing the current market volatility.