*NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 28- Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a' humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.» Read More
SANTIAGO, March 31- Chile's new center-left government said it is poised to unveil a tax on carbon emissions to boost the use of less polluting energy sources and fight climate change.
NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second straight advance, led by technology and financial shares following comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Microsoft Corp gained 2.3 percent to $41.22 and JPMorgan Chase& Co rose 1.5 percent to $60.96 as the two biggest boosts to the S&P 500..
*Corn falls after rallying ahead of quarterly USDA report.
*Ukraine denounces visit as "crude violation". *Putin, Merkel discuss Ukraine, Moldova by phone. SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 31- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there on Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.
*Italian banks rally on Popolare, Monte Paschi boost. Italian mid-tier banks Banco Popolare and Monte Paschi were the top risers on the STOXX Europe 600 index, surging 9.9 percent and 7.6 percent respectively compared with a 0.4 percent rise for the whole index.
IMF- FIRST DISBURSEMENT TO UKRAINE WILL BE LARGER THAN OTHERS DUE TO DEBT NEEDS.
IMF- BELIEVES ECB HAS ROOM FOR BOTH CONVENTIONAL AND UNCONVENTIONAL POLICY EASING MEASURES.
IMF- WILL CONSIDER DEBT ISSUE AND HOW TO MAKE PROGRESS IN GREECE AFTER SUMMER.
IMF EUROPE HEAD HOPES FIRST AID DISBURSEMENT TO UKRAINE COULD TAKE PLACE IN APRIL.
LONDON, March 31- The International Monetary Fund should be ready to hand Ukraine the first $3 billion of a new aid package next month, the Fund's top European official said on Monday, drawing a line under two failed programmes with the country in recent years.
U.S. 30- YEAR TREASURY BOND PRICES FALL OVER 1 POINT AS WALL STREET STOCKS ADD GAINS.
TORONTO, March 31- Telecommunications company Telus Corp said on Monday that Chief Executive Officer Darren Entwistle would become executive chairman next month, and Chief Commercial Officer Joe Natale would replace him. Telus said Brian Canfield was retiring as chairman after nearly 60 years in the Canadian telecom industry.
NEW YORK, March 31- The pace of business activity in the U.S. The Institute for Supply Management-Chicago business barometer was 55.9, down from 59.8 in February. "Manufacturing is growing, not booming," said Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York.
LONDON, March 31- Vodafone brought the mobile money service that has revolutionised banking in Africa to Romania on Monday, offering M-Pesa text-message transactions to millions of customers in its first push into Europe.
March 31- Curis Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed it to resume testing of its experimental cancer drug, lifting a November order halting enrolment in an early-stage trial. Curis acquired the license to develop and market the treatment from Genentech, a unit of the Roche Holding AG, for an upfront payment of $9.5 million in November 2012.
*Economy grows 0.5 pct in Jan; fell 0.5 pct in Dec. OTTAWA, March 31- The Canadian economy bounced back more strongly than expected in January from a weather-induced decline in December but failed to regain all the output that was lost in the final month of 2013, Statistics Canada said on Monday.
LONDON, March 31- Emerging market borrowers raised just over $100 billion worth of debt in the first quarter of 2014, slightly below year-ago levels as geopolitical noise and uncertainty over U.S. The shortfall was most pronounced in company debt, with issuance running at $67.5 billion, compared to just over $100 billion in the first three months of 2013..
*Up to 100 mln pounds for new drug manufacturing in Africa. *GSK looks at Rwanda, Ghana and Ethiopia for new factories. France's Sanofi has also highlighted Africa as a promising market.
WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal filed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in a patent fight over top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone, a move that could deter generic manufacturers from introducing cheaper versions onto the market as soon as May.
LONDON, March 31- Russian aluminium giant United Company Rusal Plc could fall into line with proposed London Metal Exchange rules to cut logjams in warehouses, with a fuller and fair consultation process, a company executive said on Monday.