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  • Truckers' strike at Vancouver port to continue Monday Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | 10:10 PM ET

    VANCOUVER, March 16- A two-and-a-half week container truck driver strike at Port Metro Vancouver was set to continue on Monday after a government and port authority plan to end the job action at Canada's largest port failed to make headway on the weekend.

  • TOKYO, March 17- Japan's Nikkei share average hovered near a one-month low on Monday morning as escalating tensions in Ukraine dampened risk-appetite, though SoftBank Corp soared after its affiliate said it would go public in the United States.

  • SYDNEY, March 17- London copper was steady on Monday, hovering close to last week's three-year lows in light trade as concerns about Chinese growth capped gains and eroded buying interest.

  • SHANGHAI, March 17- The Chinese yuan opened down on Monday in its first trade after the central bank doubled its daily trading band. The spot yuan opened at 6.1573 per dollar on Monday, down 0.12 pct from Friday's close and 0.41 percent away from the official midpoint rate.

  • SINGAPORE, March 17- Gold rose for a fifth session on Monday in its longest winning streak in two months to hit a fresh six-month high as Crimea voted to join Russia, heightening geopolitical tensions between Moscow and the West.

  • TOKYO, March 17- The yen began the week at the top of its recent range on Monday as global markets were on egde after Crimean citizens voted to be annexed by Russia, prompting risk-wary investors to seek traditional safe-haven bets.

  • TOKYO, March 17- U.S. crude oil rose further on Monday, gaining for a third session in a row, as rising geopolitical tensions between the West and Russia over a referendum in Crimea supported the benchmark contract in early trade.

  • March 16- A draft bill to remake the nation's $10 trillion mortgage market and wind down government-run companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two housing finance giants that were bailed out by taxpayers in 2008, was released by two leading senators on Sunday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday the United States rejected the results of a secession referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region and warned that Washington was ready to impose sanctions on Moscow over the crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- A draft bill to wind down government-run mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, released by two leading senators on Sunday, would leave a decision on how to treat their private shareholders to the courts.

  • TOKYO, March 17- Asian shares got off to a shaky start on Monday after citizens of Crimea overwhelmingly voted to break with Ukraine to join Russia, prompting the U.S. and the European Union to issue fresh warnings of imminent sanctions against Moscow.

  • Ukraine says forces control and secure gas network Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | 6:54 PM ET

    KIEV, March 16- The Ukrainian interior ministry said on Sunday its forces had taken full control of the country's gas transport and distribution system and put it under special guard. Ukraine is in turmoil following last month's overthrow of the Moscow- backed president and the Russian takeover of the Crimea peninsula.

  • *China widens yuan trading band, adds risk to market. SHANGHAI, March 17- The Chinese central bank's decision to relax its grip on the yuan has been welcomed as a sign of financial liberalisation, but it is aggravating concerns among foreign executives and investors about their exposure to China in the near term.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- A draft bill to wind down government-run mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, released by two leading senators on Sunday, would leave a decision on how to treat their private shareholders to the courts.

  • *Tencent, JD.com tie-up sharpens e-commerce challenge. SHANGHAI, March 17- Alibaba's dominance of online retail in China faces its biggest-ever challenge as the firm founded by Jack Ma in a one-room apartment 15 years ago lines up a U.S. initial public offering that could value the firm at around $140 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- The United States warned Russia on Sunday that Western sanctions were imminent and Moscow would pay an increasing price for its military intervention in Ukraine as the White House rejected a referendum in the Crimea region that it was powerless to stop.

  • NEW YORK, March 16- U.S. stock investors will start the week on edge as markets worldwide react to the referendum that appears to back Russia's claim to Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, even if the vote result is not internationally recognized.

  • *China in focus after alarming markets with bond default. *Sanctions on Russia could hurt the West as well. Federal Reserve meeting and Western sanctions on Russia will give financial markets plenty of pause for thought in the week to come but it could be China that sets the economic weather.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- The White House warned President Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Moscow would face sanctions in coming days and international isolation that will hurt Russia's economy, as Washington fumed over a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region that it was powerless to stop.

  • The 2014-20 urbanisation plan released on Sunday aims to boost domestic consumption by increasing the proportion of urban residents among China's population of almost 1.4 billion to 60 percent by 2020, up from 53.7 percent now.