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  • CARACAS, March 5- Followers of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez took to the streets on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of his death, a sad but welcome distraction for his successor, who has faced a month of violent protests. "He changed Venezuela forever, and we cannot go back.

  • Navistar reports bigger quarterly loss Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 7:20 AM ET

    Navistar's net loss widened to $248 million, or $3.05 per share, in the first quarter ended Jan. 31 from $123 million, or $1.53 per share, a year earlier.

  • UPDATE 1-Lufthansa unveils new premium economy class Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    BERLIN, March 5- Lufthansa, Germany's largest airline, unveiled its new premium economy class on Wednesday, part of a 3 billion euro investment in seats to catch up with fast-growing rivals from the Middle East.

  • BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Union is ready to provide 11 billion euros of financial support to Ukraine over the next couple of years via a series of loans and grants, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday.

  • March 5- Honeywell International Inc on Wednesday set a target of increasing overall company sales to more than $50 billion by 2018 as it spends $10 billion on acquisitions and continues to expand profit margins. Honeywell, which reported $39.1 billion in sales in 2013, unveiled the new five-year targets ahead of its investor conference in New York.

  • *Gazprom says Ukraine's total gas debt nearing $2 billion. *Gazprom may scrap gas discount for Ukraine. NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, March 5- The head of Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom said on Wednesday that Ukraine had informed the company it could not pay for February gas deliveries in full, further adding to tensions between Moscow and Kiev.

  • March 5- Torstar Corp, owner of Canada's largest daily newspaper by circulation, said quarterly revenue from its media business fell nearly 7 percent, mainly due to weak print advertising.

  • March 5- Honeywell International Inc on Wednesday set a target of increasing overall company sales to more than $50 billion by 2018 through organic growth and acquisitions as it continues to expand profit margins.

  • DDoS cyber attacks get bigger, smarter, more damaging Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 6:55 AM ET

    LONDON, March 5- Crashing websites and overwhelming data centres, a new generation of cyber attacks is costing millions and straining the structure of the Internet. On Feb. 10, internet security firm Cloudflare says it protected one of its customers from what might be the largest DDoS documented so far.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, March 5- Palm oil futures are set to climb for a second year, driven by crop damaging dry weather and Indonesia's higher biodiesel mandate, although bumper global oilseed supplies and weak demand from key consumers could cap gains.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, March 5- The governor of Russia's central bank, Elvira Nabiullina, said on Wednesday she saw no fundamental reason for the depreciation in the rouble, as data on Russia's current account surplus remains favourable.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, March 5- The governor of Russia's central bank, Elvira Nabiullina, said on Wednesday she saw no fundamental reason for the depreciation in the rouble, as data on Russia's current account surplus remains favourable.

  • *Italy, France need policy action to fix economies. BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Commission put Italy on Wednesday on its watch list because of the country's very high public debt and weak competitiveness and warned France that will miss agreed budget deficit reduction targets unless it takes action.

  • Led by Germany, euro zone businesses enjoyed their fastest growth rate in services- areas from banking to hairdressing- in more than 2-1/ 2 years. Data due later on Wednesday is expected to show a similar growth slow down in the United States.

  • *China maintains 7.5 pct growth target for 2014. LONDON, March 5- Copper rose for a second day to hit a one-week high on Wednesday as investors saw signs that tensions could be easing in Ukraine and after China's leaders affirmed a solid growth target for the year ahead.

  • GENEVA, March 5- Chrysler Group LLC withdrew its request for funding from the Canadian government to avoid becoming entangled in what had become a political hot potato, the chief executive of parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Wednesday.

  • Uranium supplier USEC files for bankruptcy Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 6:07 AM ET

    March 5- USEC Inc, a supplier of enriched uranium for commercial nuclear power plants, filed for a prearranged bankruptcy on Wednesday. USEC listed assets of $70 million and liabilities of $1.07 billion as of Dec. 31, in its bankruptcy filing. The case In re: USEC Inc, No.14-10475, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.

  • LONDON, March 5- Gold was little changed on Wednesday as demand for safe assets cooled on easing fears of imminent military action by Russia in Ukraine, and traders waited for a new series of U.S. data for clues on the strength of the economy. The United States and Russia will hold talks over Ukraine on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW, March 5- A revival of cooperation between Russia's Uralkali, top world potash producer, and Belarus state potash firm Belaruskali could be beneficial to both of them and to the global market, Uralkali's co-owner said.

  • *Default positive for rational risk pricing in China- analysts. The warning by Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science and Technology Co Ltd highlights rising credit risk in China, where a massive run-up in corporate debt since 2008- and overcapacity in sectors such as steel, coal and solar- have threatened the solvency of many borrowers.