A raft of predominantly negative corporate news keeps European indices in the doldrums on Thursday as tensions in Ukraine escalate. Royal Bank of Scotland, German insurer Allianz and British advertising giant WPP are among a host of companies to post disappointing earnings, but Dutch grocer Ahold bucks that trend and gains ground. Meanwhile the U.K.¿s RSA Insurance Group confirms it¿s planning a major share sale and looking to make $500 million of disposals.

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