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  • MOSCOW, April 28- Russia's energy minister and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger have reached a tentative agreement for three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on Ukraine's debt to Moscow for gas to be held later this week, the Russian ministry said. Russia had earlier proposed the talks be held on Monday in Moscow.

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- A brutally cold winter likely put a brake on the U.S. economy in the first quarter, but growth fundamentals remain strong and signs of an acceleration have already emerged.

  • NEW YORK, April 28- The next chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway should be the only one at the company to get options, Warren Buffett, the current head of the sprawling conglomerate, said on Monday.

  • *Separatists take another town hall, break up pro- Kiev rally. DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 28- The United States imposed new sanctions on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, prompting Moscow to denounce "Cold War" tactics amid more violence in eastern Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The U.S. Washington is still on track to run roughly a half trillion dollars into the red this year. The Congressional Budget Office, however, projects budget deficits will widen slightly relative to national economic output over most of the current decade's remaining years.

  • *Russia- Ukraine tensions cap bond yields. The ongoing political tension between Russia and Ukraine has also kept a cap on long bond yields. On Friday, long bond yields fell to their lowest in more than nine months after Russia unexpectedly raised interest rates just hours after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating.

  • RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTRY SAYS GAS DEBT TALKS PLANNED FOR MAY 2 IN WARSAW, EXPECTS UKRAINE TO CONFIRM ITS PARTICIPATION SOON.

  • RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTRY SAYS HAS REACHED TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH EU ENERGY COMMISSIONER FOR TALKS BETWEEN EU, RUSSIA AND UKRAINE ON UKRAINE'S GAS DEBT.

  • But SEC commissioners Daniel Gallagher and Michael Piwowar, both Republicans, said that since the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in early April that one part of the conflict mineral regulation violates companies' freedom of speech, its implementation should be stayed until all legal challenges have been resolved.

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, April 28- European insurers will be tested to see whether they could stay in business even if interest rates remained at historic lows for a long time, a top regulator said on Monday. The results of the test conducted by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority over coming weeks will be published in November.

  • NEW YORK, April 28- Brent crude oil prices extended losses to almost $1.50 a barrel on Monday as Libya prepared to resume exports from an eastern port, while the spread versus U.S. futures abruptly narrowed after widening for two weeks.

  • BOSTON, April 28- The U.S. and UK governments on Monday advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers used to launch attacks.

  • *Facebook and Amazon.com lead Nasdaq's losses. NEW YORK, April 28- The Nasdaq tumbled on Monday, led by a selloff in Facebook and Amazon.com, while the Dow clung to a slim gain in spite of Bank of America's suspension of a planned dividend increase. Amazon.com lost 3.1 percent to $294.74, extending Friday's sharp decline a day after its earnings report.

  • MEXICO CITY, April 28- In his first year in power, Enrique Pena Nieto raced to push through Congress the most ambitious reforms Mexico has seen in a generation, raising hopes of a new dawn for Latin America's second largest economy.

  • *Total compensation set to hit 20 bln stg. LONDON, April 28- British banks are unlikely to face hefty fines for mis-selling loan insurance products because the financial industry watchdog is more concerned about how they treat customers as they shell out 20 billion pounds in compensation.

  • LONDON, April 28- Britain's financial regulator has not yet concluded that there was any misconduct in the $5.3 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market despite working hand in hand with other authorities to coordinate a complex, global investigation.

  • *Oil slips below $110, near 7- week highs on Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 28- A slide in U.S. growth stocks led global equity markets to retreat on Monday from early gains on merger speculation driven by a bid for AstraZeneca, while crude oil prices fell on increased U.S. sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

  • *Platinum outperforms as S.African mine strike grinds on. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 28- Gold prices fell on Monday after pressure from stronger-than-expected U.S. home sales data pushed prices below a key level of $1,300 an ounce, prompting some investors to reduce bullion positions despite heightened geopolitical tensions.

  • MOSCOW, April 28- U.S. payment card firm MasterCard Inc will suspend services in the near future to cards issued by Russia's SMP bank and InvestCapitalbank, which were sanctioned on Monday by the United States, the payment company said.

  • *Comcast seeking regulatory approval for Time Warner Cable deal. April 28- Comcast Corp on Monday agreed to a three-way deal with Charter Communications Inc as part of Comcast's efforts to win regulatory approvals for its proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc..