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  • UKRAINE HAS DETAINED ABOUT 10 RUSSIAN CITIZENS WITH INTELLIGENCE BACKGROUNDS- STATE SECURITY SERVICE.

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 17- Africa's demand for bandwidth is doubling every year, outpacing the laying of terrestrial telecom fibre links and encouraging commercial satellite operators to launch more units into orbit.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine's Berkut riot police, a force disbanded by authorities in Kiev after being blamed for the deaths of protesters, had served honourably in the line of duty.

  • Iran is complying with nuclear deal with powers - IAEA Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    VIENNA, April 17- Iran is complying with the terms of last year's landmark nuclear agreement with six world powers, a monthly update from the U.N. atomic agency obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's decision to send armed forces into the east of the country instead of trying to establish a dialogue with the Russian-speaking population there was a "grave crime."

  • IRAN IS COMPLYING WITH SIX-MONTH NUCLEAR DEAL WITH WORLD POWERS, MONTHLY UPDATE FROM U.N.

  • BEIJING, April 17- China's property market could threaten Beijing's plan to manage a slowdown in growth, as evidence mounts of a rapid cooling in what had been one of the few strong spots in the world's second-largest economy.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was certain that Russia and Ukraine could reach a compromise following Moscow's annexation of Crimea, saying the neighbours had a huge number of common interests. "I'm sure we will come to a mutual understanding with Ukraine.

  • LONDON, April 17- Britain's Co-operative Group made a loss of 2.5 billion pounds in 2013, in what the country's biggest mutual described as disastrous and the worst 12 months in its 150- year history.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Google, IBM cast shadow Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:23 AM ET

    *Earnings depress Google, IBM in after-hours trade. LONDON, April 17- European stocks dipped on Thursday as disappointing earnings from U.S. tech heavyweights Google and IBM dampened the previous session's upbeat tone on Wall Street, and the dollar weakened on dovish remarks from the Federal Reserve.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Ukraine's decision to send armed forces into eastern Ukraine instead of trying to establish a dialogue with the Russian-speaking population there was a "grave crime."

  • BEIJING, April 17- Hong Kong shares finished slightly higher on Thursday in the lowest trading volume since mid-February, as investors geared up for the Easter holiday.

  • Japan makes two more oil payments to Iran-sources Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:13 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 17- Japan made two more payments to Iran for crude imports that were scheduled under an interim nuclear deal, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said, in return for Tehran's moves to reign in its disputed nuclear programme. Iran's central bank had received the payments from Japan, one source said.

  • Crisis-hit Co-op reveals 2013 loss of $4.2 billion Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    LONDON, April 17- Britain's Co-operative Group made a loss of 2.5 billion pounds in 2013, a year it described as disastrous and the worst in its 150- year history.

  • LONDON, April 17- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen reiterated an accommodative monetary policy stance in comments which gave the euro and the yen a lift.

  • *Remy Cointreau, Diageo report weak China demand. LONDON, April 17- European shares edged lower on Thursday, weighed down by weakness in luxury drinks after a crackdown on gift giving in China knocked beverage company earnings, in quiet trade ahead of a public holiday. Weakness in Asia also affected Diageo.

  • TOKYO, April 17- The Bank of Japan maintained its upbeat view on most of the country's regional economies, adding to reassurances from its governor that the world's third-largest economy can ride out the pain from a sales tax hike without additional stimulus.

  • LONDON, April 17- Brent crude rose to nearly $110 a barrel on Thursday, trading just below a six-week high hit in the previous session, with rising tensions in Ukraine heightening concerns over Russian supplies, and robust U.S. and Chinese demand supporting prices.

  • *Asian shares higher, tracking Wall Street. SINGAPORE, April 17- Gold fell for a second session out of three on Thursday on higher equities and as the world's biggest gold-backed fund saw its sharpest outflow in nearly four months.

  • European shares' rebound stalls; Remy, SAP sink Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    PARIS, April 17- European shares were steady in early trade on Thursday, halting the previous session's rebound as lower-than-expected U.S. results and a warning by SAP over the negative impact of a strong euro eclipsed dovish comments from the Fed. The dovish comments helped fuel a rally on Wall Street.