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  • Ukraine preps troops to battle pro-Russia separatists Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine and Kiev prepared troops to respond.

  • *Kiev condemns' act of aggression' from Russia. *Russia- Ukraine gas dispute may threaten Europe's supply. KIEV/ MOSCOW, April 12- Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an "act of aggression by Russia".

  • HAVANA, April 12- France's foreign minister arrived in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

  • WASHINGTON, April 12- A further strengthening of the euro would require more loosening in the European Central Bank's monetary policy to keep the current amount of monetary stimulus in place, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Saturday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 12- A further strengthening of the euro exchange rate would require more loosening in the European Central Bank's monetary policy to keep the overall policy stance as accommodative as it is now, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Saturday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 12- The European Central Bank should consider more policy action if low inflation becomes persistent, the International Monetary Fund's steering committee said on Saturday. The ECB "has maintained accommodative monetary conditions and should consider further action if low inflation becomes persistent," the IMFC said in a statement.

  • *Armed men seize buildings in eastern Ukraine. *Kiev says cut-off of Russian gas looking likely. KIEV/ MOSCOW, April 12- Armed men seized official buildings in a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and hoisted the Russian flag, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe into a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.

  • WASHINGTON, April 12- China said on Saturday it backed IMF financial support for Ukraine, but expressed concern about the global lender's funding capacity given the failure of the U.S. Congress to ratify a program of reforms for the institution.

  • *Armed men seize buildings in eastern Ukraine. *Kiev says cut-off of Russian gas looking likely.

  • *Ukraine says Russian gas price hike unacceptable. *Armed men seize buildings in eastern Ukraine. KIEV, April 12- Armed pro-Russian militants raised the Russian flag in an eastern Ukrainian city on Saturday, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe closer to a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.

  • KIEV, April 12- Ukraine said on Saturday it was suspending payments to Russia for deliveries of gas, ratcheting up the tension in a standoff that has the potential to leave European Union states cut off from the Russian gas supplies on which they depend.

  • UK to ramp up fight against offshore tax evasion Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 5:34 AM ET

    LONDON, April 12- Britain plans to toughen its rules on cash hidden offshore in a new bid to crack down on people evading tax, the government said on Saturday. Under a proposed new criminal offence, tax officials will only have to show that income on money held by individuals outside Britain is taxable and undeclared in order to secure a prosecution.

  • *He says gas exports shifting to Asia, away from Europe. *In talks with China on dropping dollar transactions. MOSCOW, April 12- Gennady Timchenko, the billionaire Russian gas trader hit with U.S. sanctions over his alleged ties with the Kremlin following Russia's annexation of Crimea, said being singled out by Washington was a badge of honour.

  • TOKYO, April 12- The United States has proposed eliminating over 30 years its tariffs on Japanese motor vehicles but Japan rejected the proposal because the time period is unusually long, Kyodo News reported on Saturday.

  • April 12- A drug being developed by Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc led to significant improvement in signs of a rare liver disease that primarily affects middle-aged women, likely reducing the risk of need for liver transplant and of death, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial presented on Saturday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- South Korea's economy will maintain its fast recovery and the U.S. unwinding of its stimulus measures even adds to the optimism because it suggests exports will grow, the South Korean finance minister told Reuters on Friday.

  • *Congress probes automaker's failure to fix until 2014.

  • "There's skepticism among investors about the outlook, and we're getting into the first-quarter earnings season, so you're going to see some positioning," said Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 11- Eike Batista, who was Brazil's richest man for most of the past decade, is under investigation for allegedly engaging in insider trading while he chaired his now-bankrupt oil-producing and shipbuilding firms, securities industry watchdog CVM said on Friday.

  • KINGSTON, April 11- Cuba is protesting the decision by PriceSmart Inc, a major U.S.-based bulk-shopping warehouse, to suspend memberships of shoppers from the communist country at its Jamaica subsidiary, Cuban officials said on Friday.