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  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. *One killed in West Bank march is support of Gaza. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip.

  • FRANKFURT/ DETROIT, July 24- Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co said on Thursday the crisis in Ukraine has exacerbated a sales slowdown in Russia, but the carmakers said they were on track to turn around their European operations after years of economic instability on the Continent.

  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Less than one in 2 million flights last year ended in an accident in which the plane was damaged beyond repair, according to the International Air Transport Association.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. The Israeli military said its troops were fighting gunmen from Hamas, which runs Gaza, in the area and that it was investigating the incident.

  • BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict's death toll to nearly 750..

  • Duerheimer, who took charge of the Volkswagen- owned luxury marque on June 1, told reporters in London that previous sales estimates had proved too optimistic. Bentley had said that 2014 was on course to be the brand's best year after first-half sales rose by almost a quarter to 5,254 saloons, coupes and convertibles, thanks to demand from China and the Middle East.

  • *BASF still sees slightly higher adj EBIT in 2014. FRANKFURT, July 24- BASF, the world's largest chemicals maker by sales, became the latest euro zone company to suffer from the strength of the euro, posting lower-than-expected earnings growth even as sales volumes rose.

  • EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions draft Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    *EU patience with Russia running out. BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks and their ability to finance Moscow's faltering economy in its most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday, diplomats said.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..

  • European Central Bank hit by data theft Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 AM ET

    BERLIN— The European Central Bank said Thursday that email addresses and other contact information have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it stressed that no internal systems or market-sensitive data were compromised.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..

  • Oil falls on worries about US gasoline demand Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for September delivery was down 20 cents to $102.92 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Europe lifts recommendation not to fly to Tel Aviv Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 AM ET

    BERLIN— Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. The European Aviation Safety Agency late Tuesday said it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.

  • Bundesbank chief urges Britain not to quit European Union Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    *Weidmann says Britain gets economic lift from EU membership. LONDON, July 23- The head of the Bundesbank appealed to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union, saying membership of the bloc had given the country an economic lift and posed little threat to London.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ FRANKFURT, July 22- European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up investigations of Google Inc's practices on several fronts and are likely to revise certain terms of a settlement involving its search engine that was proposed earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

  • The Stuttgart- based maker of cars and trucks has been trying to bounce back after rival Audi eclipsed Mercedes in 2011 as the world's second biggest luxury car maker behind BMW.

  • UPDATE 1-Russian ties, trade lie behind EU sanctions rift Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    *Germany makes up third of EU exports to Russia, worth 36 bln euros. BRUSSELS, July 23- Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain's overseas territories are soaking up the lion's share of capital streaming out of Russia.

  • LONDON, July 23- Brent crude oil rose towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as threats to supplies from oil-producing regions and a drop in U.S. oil stocks overshadowed a stronger dollar. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude stocks fell by 4 million barrels last week, more than expected, while gasoline and distillate stocks rose.