Western European stock indices rise, but Russian stocks are battered as the standoff over Crimea escalates and the U.S. and European Union widen sanctions against Russian officials and company executives. And in Paris Bouygues fires a new shot in the battle for Vivendi┬┐s SFR wireless services unit in a bid to derail exclusive talks between the seller and Numericable. It is offering more cash but will Vivendi bite?

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