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  • LONDON, March 17- Britain's financial regulator has banned Paul Robson, a former trader at Dutch lender Rabobank from the UK financial services industry following a criminal conviction for Libor-related fraud in the United States. The Financial Conduct Authority said on Tuesday that Robson, who last year pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to...

  • MANNHEIM, Germany, March 17- The mood among German analysts and investors improved in March for a fifth consecutive month, hitting its highest level since February 2014 but ZEW warned a lack of progress in the Greek and Ukraine crises was having a dampening effect on sentiment. Mannheim- based think tank ZEW said on Tuesday its monthly survey of economic...

  • *World shares hit one-week high; Asia gain from dollar pause. *Bank of Japan maintains policy, economic assessment. Solid gains for Asian markets overnight gave way to up and down trading in Europe.

  • LONDON, March 17- The price of electronic cigarettes, craft beer and subscriptions to music streaming services such as Spotify will go into calculations of British inflation for the first time, the country's statistical agency said on Tuesday. Britain's consumer prices index is based on the cost of more than 700 goods and services, a handful of which are changed...

  • Kremlin rules out handing back Crimea to Ukraine Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 5:58 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 17- Russia said on Tuesday it would not hand back Crimea to Ukraine, despite warnings by the United States and European Union that they will not drop sanctions over the Black Sea peninsula's annexation a year ago. Moscow has said repeatedly it will not return it to Ukraine. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday Washington would...

  • *Kuroda admits core CPI may briefly turn negative. *Brief slide in CPI won't hurt price uptrend- Kuroda. TOKYO, March 17- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said lower energy costs may push consumer prices into negative territory but it won't derail a pick-up in inflation as the economy recovers, signalling that he sees no immediate need to expand stimulus.

  • JERUSALEM, March 17- Millions of Israelis voted on Tuesday in a tightly fought election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to defeat a strong campaign by the centre-left opposition to deny him a fourth term in office. If he wins again he would be on track to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister. When the last opinion polls...

  • JAKARTA, March 17- Indonesia's central bank, which surprised markets last month by cutting its benchmark rate, acted as expected on Tuesday and kept it unchanged on the eve of a key Federal Reserve meeting. Bank Indonesia said the current rate of 7.50 percent is consistent with efforts to contain inflation and the current account deficit. Tuesday's meeting...

  • LONDON, March 17- Britain's Trinity Mirror said on Tuesday it was considering a bid for certain assets owned by Richard Desmond's Northern& Shell, following a media report suggesting it could buy the Daily Express newspaper. Trinity, which owns the Daily and Sunday Mirror titles, said it was at an early stage of evaluating certain assets and that there was no...

  • SINGAPORE, March 17- The health condition of Singapore's founding father and long-serving former leader Lee Kuan Yew, who has been in hospital with severe pneumonia for nearly six weeks, has worsened, the government said on Tuesday. Lee, an iconic political figure in Asia, is widely credited with transforming Singapore from a mosquito-infested swamp under...

  • ANKARA, March 17- Any decision to build a pipeline to transport Russian gas through Turkey should be made in consultation with the European Union and should not breach pre-existing legal commitments, the European Commission's energy chief said. Russia in December abandoned its $40 billion South Stream project after objections from the EU over potential...

  • Ukraine receiving Russian gas on Tuesday - Ukrtransgaz Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 5:13 AM ET

    KIEV, March 17- Ukraine was receiving Russian gas as usual early on Tuesday, its transport monopoly said, a week after Russian gas company Gazprom said Kiev would have used up all pre-paid volumes of Russian gas by March 15.

  • LONDON, March 17- The euro rose for a second day against the dollar on Tuesday as investors awaited the start of a two-day U.S. The single currency had come under pressure after the European Central Bank began a bond-buying program last week that will pump more than one trillion euros of newly created money into the euro zone economy. Derek Halpenny, European head...

  • *Backers include British govt, GSK, J&J, Pfizer, Lilly, Biogen. Drug companies involved include GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson& Johnson, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Biogen Idec. The initiative, announced by Britain's health minister Jeremy Hunt at a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday, follows a Group of Eight nations conference in London in December 2013 that set a goal of finding a...

  • *Nintendo has lost users to smartphone apps, console rivals. TOKYO, March 17- Japan video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd and online gaming firm DeNA are teaming up to develop smartphone games featuring the likes of Super Mario, in a bid to retain users increasingly shunning their console and browser-based games. As a result, Nintendo will acquire a 10 percent stake in...

  • LONDON, March 17- European shares scaled new 7-1/ 2 year highs on Tuesday, boosted by gains in Volkswagen on the back of positive industry sales data and by UK retailer Sainsbury's after a trading update. Shares in Volkswagen rose 2.2 percent after industry data showed new car registrations in Europe rose 7 percent in February, with demand shifting from no-frills...

  • SINGAPORE, March 17- Brent crude fell below $54 a barrel in choppy trade on Tuesday, reversing gains earlier in the day as concerns over a growing supply glut weighed on the market. Brent, which rose to a session high of $54.38, was trading at $53.59, down 35 cents, by 0807 GMT. U.S. crude, or West Texas Intermediate, was at $43.41 a barrel, down 47 cents and slightly above 6-...

  • March 17- Hong Kong shares slipped on Tuesday, as lingering worries over anticipated monetary tightening in the United States offset bullish sentiment about China on mainland markets. Analysts say Premier Li Keqiang's remarks over the weekend have improved China's economic outlook, and boosted market confidence, but gains in Hong Kong shares have been...

  • MOSCOW, March 17- Russia's rouble traded stronger early on Tuesday, helped by a slight recovery in oil prices and forex sales that analysts attributed to exporters gearing up for the end-of-month tax period. At 0800 GMT, the rouble was around 0.9 percent stronger against the dollar at 61.63 and gained 0.5 percent to trade at 65.41 versus the euro.

  • LONDON, March 17- The world's first venture capital fund dedicated to finding new ways to prevent and treat dementia has raised $100 million with the backing of the British government and several of the world's leading drugmakers. Drug companies involved include GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson& Johnson, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Biogen Idec. The initiative, announced by...