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  • Two Russian rocket engines arrive in U.S. as planned -ULA Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Two Russian-built rocket engines arrived in the United States on Wednesday aboard a giant Antonov cargo plane despite fears that tensions between the United States and Russia could disrupt the supply of engines needed to launch U.S. satellites into space.

  • Man sentenced over lead poisoning of 5 workers Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho— A South Dakota man has been fined $3,000 and ordered to attend a class on worker-safety standards after five employees he was supervising inhaled lead while working in Idaho, the U.S. attorney's office said.

  • *Russia says McDonald's branches breached sanitary rules. MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

  • Earlier this month, Russia banned all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetable imports from the United States, the European Union, Norway, Canada, and Australia for one year to retaliate again sanctions slapped on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 20- McDonald's said on Wednesday it is studying complaints from Russia's state food safety watchdog of sanitary breaches at its Moscow's restaurants, operations at some of which were suspended after checks.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia's state food safety watchdog said on Wednesday it had ordered the suspension of operations at four fast food McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over what it said were "numerous" sanitary law breaches.

  • RUSSIAN FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOG ROSPOTREBNADZOR SAYS FINDS "NUMEROUS" BREACHES OF SANITARY REGULATIONS AT FOUR MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS IN MOSCOW, ORDERS SUSPENSION OF OPERATIONS AT THE FOUR RESTAURANTS.

  • WARSAW, Aug 20- Poland believes Russia may be seeking to extend its ban on imports of food products from the European Union to goods in transit through Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Wednesday.

  • KIEV, Aug 20- Ukraine's conflict with separatist rebels is draining the economy by the day and hampering efforts to implement reforms as required by an IMF bailout program, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday.

  • *Expects recession, fighting in Ukraine to hurt results. MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia's biggest mobile phone operator MTS cut full-year sales and core profit forecasts on Wednesday, citing instability in Ukraine, its second-biggest market.

  • BERLIN, Aug 20- German exports to Russia plunged in the first half of 2014, led by a sharp fall in car and machinery shipments, amid an escalating standoff between the West and Moscow over Ukraine. The value of German shipments to Russia fell 15.5 percent to 15.3 billion euros in the first six months of the year, data from the Statistics Office showed.

  • BERLIN, Aug 20- German exports to Russia plunged in the first half of 2014, led by a sharp fall in car and machinery shipments, amid an escalating standoff between the West and Moscow over Ukraine. The value of German shipments to Russia fell 15.5 percent to 15.3 billion euros in the first six months of the year, data from the Statistics Office showed.

  • Russia economic funk ripples out through ex-Soviet states Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    Her husband, who labours on a construction site in Moscow's Schelkovo suburb, usually sends 15,000 roubles home to Tajikistan every month. She says another brother-in-law, a supermarket worker in Moscow, recently had his salary cut, as Russia's deepening economic gloom bites into consumer and housing demand.

  • Drop in Russian beer sales hurts Carlsberg Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark— Beer sales in Russia, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries are down and expected to keep falling as political tensions weigh on the region's economy, brewer Carlsberg said Wednesday.

  • Japanese government bonds attract overseas buyers Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:13 AM ET

    Data from the Japan Securities Dealers Association showed that foreign net purchases of JGBs, excluding treasury bills, totalled 1.28 trillion yen, the largest amount since June 2012.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Gold was stuck firmly below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday and looked likely to extend losses to a fourth session as strong U.S. economic data bolstered stock markets, dimming bullion's appeal as a safe haven. *Spot gold had slipped about 70 cents to $1,294.60 an ounce by 0026 GMT, after dropping 1.3 percent in the last three sessions.

  • Ukraine may have an energy problem besides nat gas Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:05 PM ET
    A destroyed railroad bridge over a main road leading to Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on July 7, 2014.

    Ukraine is running low on coal because of violence in the country, according to two firms with energy operations there.

  • Dutch review energy ties with Russia after MH17 crash Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, Aug 19- The Netherlands is reviewing its extensive energy ties with Russia after the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine a month ago in an attack that killed nearly 200 Dutch nationals, officials and analysts said.

  • LONDON/ HELSINKI/ COPENHAGEN, Aug 19- Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports.