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  • *Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote. LONDON, May 9- Brent crude rose above $108 per barrel on Friday, supported by tension in Ukraine and limited supply from Libya, where a recent deal to reopen oil export terminals seemed unlikely to go ahead.

  • LONDON, May 9- The euro slid further in early trade in Europe on Friday after strong words from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi that halted its march this year to a 2-1/ 2 year high.

  • LONDON, May 9- Britain's Co-operative Group will cede more control of the Co-op Bank following the bank's latest fundraising, with its stake expected to fall to 20 percent, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • May 9- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc, Japan's biggest lender, is considering bidding for the corporate trust arm of Bank of New York Mellon Corp, Bloomberg reported on Friday citing unidentified people with knowledge of the matter. Officials at BNY Mellon were not immediately available for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.

  • BEIJING, May 9- China shares closed down on Friday on falling property stocks and a sell-off in Great Wall Motor shares, leaving the two main indexes in negative territory for the fourth straight week. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings declined 0.1 percent.

  • LONDON, May 9- European stocks edged lower on Friday as disappointing updates from blue chips such as Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica sobered the mood after a market rally on the previous day. Shares in heavyweight Telefonica fell 1 percent as the company missed market expectations with a 23 percent fall in net profit.

  • BERLIN, May 9- France's economic woes are the result of poor policy choices at home and Paris should stop blaming its problems on the strength of the euro, Jean-Claude Juncker, the centre-right candidate for European Commission president, told Reuters.

  • *Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote. SINGAPORE, May 9- Brent crude held steady above $108 per barrel on Friday, supported by renewed tension in Ukraine and continued limited supply from Libya, but was on track for a second weekly loss.

  • SYDNEY, May 9- Mining giant Vale said it has suspended 80 percent of its nickel production in New Caledonia due to an effluent spill, and plans to have a full shutdown later on Friday, sending nickel prices up nearly 6 percent. New Caledonia is on a public holiday on Friday.

  • BRUSSELS, May 9- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, trimmed its forecast for global steel use on Friday due to a more pronounced slowdown in China and a decline in Russia, though it retained optimism about its core European and U.S. markets.

  • *Trade surplus slips to 14.8 billion euros. BERLIN, May 9- German exports posted their biggest fall in nearly a year in March and imports also dipped as the crisis in Ukraine and a slowdown in China weighed, narrowing the trade surplus and confirming trade was a drag on growth at the start of 2014..

  • LONDON, May 9- Britain's Co-operative Bank said it would raise 400 million pounds of extra capital through the issue of new shares which will see the Co-operative Group's shareholding decline.

  • UPDATE 1-IAG Q1 losses narrow on Iberia turnaround Friday, 9 May 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    LONDON, May 9- British Airways-owner International Airlines Group said on Friday its seasonal first-quarter loss narrowed by 46 percent, beating an consensus forecast, as a turnaround at its Iberia unit started to take effect.

  • RPT-IAG Q1 losses narrow on Iberia turnaround Friday, 9 May 2014 | 2:20 AM ET

    LONDON, May 9- British Airways-owner International Airlines Group said on Friday its seasonal first-quarter loss narrowed by 46 percent, beating an consensus forecast, as a turnaround at its Iberia unit started to take effect.

  • TOKYO, May 9- Japanese stocks rose on Friday in choppy trade as the likes of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd and Toshiba Corp gained on strong growth prospects, while concerns about the Ukraine crisis kept investors on edge. The Nikkei stock average ended 0.3 percent higher at 14,199.59 after slipping in early trade. It shed 1.8 percent this week.

  • SYDNEY, May 9- An Australian Bureau of Statistics employee and a National Australia Bank employee have been arrested over insider trading offences that authorities said netted them A $7 million on the foreign exchange derivatives market.

  • TOKYO, May 9- Asian shares were mostly down on Friday as a tense situation in Ukraine made investors cautious, though markets took a tame Chinese inflation report in their stride despite the implications for weakening demand in the region's economic powerhouse.

  • BERLIN, May 9- German exports posted their biggest fall in nearly a year in March and imports also fell, narrowing the trade surplus in Europe's largest economy and confirming that trade was a drag on growth at the start of 2014..

  • *Main opposition party says Sri Lanka has no real licences. COLOMBO, May 9- Sri Lanka will not oppose the casino planned for a $400 million mixed-use resort being developed by Australia's Crown Resorts Ltd if it is operated using an existing license held by a local partner, a top government official said on Thursday.

  • *Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote. SINGAPORE, May 9- Brent crude held steady above $108 per barrel on Friday, supported by renewed tension in Ukraine and continued limited supply from Libya, but still on track for a second weekly loss.