PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - March 17

Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:24am EDT
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March 17 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* More than 95 percent of Crimeans voted to break away from Ukraine and rejoin Russia, according to preliminary results, in a referendum that raises the stakes in the most acute East-West confrontation since the Cold War.()

* Strange alliances have cropped up since armed militants overtook the city of Fallujah early this year and placed it under the control of the city's Sunni majority. That majority may hate al Qaeda and its rigid theocratic mores - but they despise Nouri Al Maliki, the Shiite prime minister, even more.

* Vodafone Group Plc has reached an agreement with shareholders of Ono to buy the Spanish cable company for just over 7 billion euros ($9.73 billion) including debt. ()

* German utility RWE AG intends to sell its oil and gas production unit to Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman for more than $7 billion. ()   Continued...