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Russia warns media about what is published on situation in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Thursday said media outlets must check the veracity of their reports about the situation in eastern Ukraine and only publish information from official Russian sources. Roskomnadzor said the distribution of false information online would lead to immediate restrictions. "We emphasise...
EUROPE

Gold, palladium slip as equities gain after Biden's Russia sanctions

Feb 24 (Reuters) - Precious metals reversed course on Thursday with gold slipping below the key $1,900 per ounce level and palladium shedding more than 5% as equities rebounded after U.S. President Joe Biden unveiled harsh new sanctions against Russia. Spot gold fell 0.6% to $1,895.76 per ounce at 3:56...
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European finance reacts to Ukraine with cyber warnings, bond freezes

FRANKFURT/LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Europe's financial sector scrambled on Thursday after Russia invaded Ukraine, with Allianz (ALVG.DE) disclosing it had frozen its Russian government bond exposure and top British domestic lender Lloyds saying it was on "heightened alert" for cyberattacks. read more. Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) said it had contingency...
ECONOMY

Some Russian govt websites intermittently unavailable

MOSCOW, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The websites of the Russian president, government and State Duma lower house of parliament were intermittently unavailable for users in Russia and Kazakhstan on Thursday. It was not immediately clear what had caused the problem. Asked if the Kremlin's website had been hit by a...
TECHNOLOGY

Euro zone banks plunge, erasing 2022 gains as Russia invades Ukraine

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Shares in euro zone banks plunged on Thursday after Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and European Union officials said they would impose new sanctions on Russia. The euro zone banks index (.SX7E) was set for its worst day since the COVID-19 market...
MARKETS

Nikola expects to post first revenue in 2022, shares rise

Feb 24 (Reuters) - Electric-truck maker Nikola Corp (NKLA.O) said on Thursday it expects to report its first ever revenue this year as it aims to deliver 300 to 500 Tre BEV trucks in 2022, sending the company's shares soaring 10%. Nikola, which has yet to report any revenue from...
ECONOMY

Wall St rallies as West hits Russia with new sanctions

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended sharply higher on Thursday, led by a 3% gain in the Nasdaq, in a dramatic market reversal as U.S. President Joe Biden unveiled harsh new sanctions against Russia after Moscow began an all-out invasion of Ukraine. The S&P 500 rose more...
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Taiwan warns Chinese aircraft in its air defence zone

TAIPEI, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Taiwan's air force scrambled again on Thursday to warn away nine Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, Taiwan's defence ministry said, on the same day that Russia invaded Ukraine, a crisis being watched closely in Taipei. Taiwan, which China claims as its own...
AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

Germany to send three additional fighter jets to Romania

BERLIN, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Germany will deploy three more fighter jets to Romania to support NATO's air policing mission, the defence ministry in Berlin said on Thursday. "I have given an order to expand and extend our engagement in the air policing in Romania," Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht told reporters after briefing parliament's defence committee, adding Germany was prepared to comply with further NATO requests.
MILITARY

UniCredit says Russian arm self-funded, well covered

MILAN, Feb 24 (Reuters) - UniCredit (CRDI.MI) said its Russian arm had very high provisions against possible loan losses and was "very liquid and self-funded", as the Ukraine crisis sent shares in Italy's second largest bank diving on Thursday. UniCredit's Russian subsidiary is the country's 12th largest bank, with 7.8...
BUSINESS

Playoff match with Russia 'almost unthinkable', says Swedish FA boss

STOCKHOLM, Feb 24 (Reuters) - A 2022 World Cup playoff match in Russia is "almost unthinkable" at the moment, the chairman of the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) told Reuters following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Thursday. Sweden are due to face the Czech Republic in a World Cup playoff Group...
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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Feb 26 (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the Ukraine crisis right now:. * Russian forces launched coordinated missile and artillery attacks on Ukrainian cities including the capital, Kyiv, where gunfire erupted near government buildings in the city centre, military officials and a Reuters witness said. read more.
POLITICS

U.S., EU unlikely to cut Russia off SWIFT for now -Biden

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union have opted not to cut Russia off from the SWIFT global interbank payments system as part of their sanctions against Moscow for invading Ukraine, but could revisit that issue, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday. Asked why...
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