World shares rose on Thursday, supported by diplomatic
efforts to cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro held
steady on speculation the European Central Bank would
ease monetary policy later in the day. The ECB was ex-
pected to keep interest rates on hold but loosen lending
conditions to ward off the threat of excessively low infla-
tion and support the euro zone's fragile economic recov-
ery. European shares rose, following gains in Asia.