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Stocks slip on Wall Street gloom, Ukraine tensions

Published on Apr 14, 2014 1:02 PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian share markets gave up more ground on Monday after a dismal week on Wall Street and tensions in Ukraine sapped investors' appetite for risk, which helped underpin the safe-haven yen.

Ukraine gave pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

European Union foreign ministers will hold talks later on Monday about tougher sanctions against Russia.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.4 per cent, pulling further away from five-month highs hit on Thursday.

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