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  • *Has said he will fight if Russia resists paying $50 bln claim. MOSCOW/ TEL AVIV, July 29- Former Yukos executive and top shareholder Leonid Nevzlin will face an uphill struggle getting any of the money he lost when the Russian oil giant was seized and nationalised after falling foul of the Kremlin.

  • *Says impact of Russia sanctions on Yamal LNG uncertain. PARIS, July 30- French oil major Total stopped buying shares in Russia's Novatek when a Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine, but it is still too early to gauge the impact of western sanctions against Russia, Total said.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- VTB, Russia's second-largest bank by assets, called sanctions imposed by the United States "politically motivated" and "unjust" on Wednesday but said it was confident it could raise capital if needed.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Russia's Gazprom Energoholding, which manages the power generating assets of gas monopoly Gazprom, has decided to source its gas turbine spare parts locally instead of relying on imports, the company said on Wednesday.

  • *European shares slip as Total hurt by Russia. LONDON, July 30- The euro hit an eight-month trough against the dollar on Wednesday and German bond yields were at record lows ahead of inflation data expected to boost the case for further European Central Bank policy easing.

  • UPDATE 3-Brent steady around $108 in range-bound market Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:40 AM ET

    *U.S., EU impose more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. *Libya says oil output stays at 500,000 bpd despite unrest. The European Union and the United States imposed further sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, targeting its energy banking and defense sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.

  • FOREX-Euro slides below $1.34, eyes on Fed and U.S. GDP Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    LONDON, July 30- The euro fell below $1.34 on Wednesday for the first time since last November before German inflation data that was likely to add to the case for the European Central Bank pumping more money into a moribund economy.

  • Total leads European shares lower on Russia worries Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    PARIS, July 30- European stocks dipped on Wednesday, with shares in oil major Total falling on worries over its investments in Russia and after posting a drop in profits.

  • Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday. Russia's state-owned VTB bank— Russia's second-largest— was down 1.2 percent on Wednesday morning.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Shares in Russia's second-largest bank VTB slid over 3 percent at the start of trading on Wednesday, but the broader stock market rose as investors had priced in the impact of a new wave of Western sanctions.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Russia's Central Bank said on Wednesday it was ready to support domestic banks that were hit in the latest round of Western sanctions. The United States imposed sanctions on more Russian banks on Tuesday, targeting the country's second-largest lender VTB, its subsidiary the Bank of Moscow, and the Russian Agriculture Bank.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, July 30- The dollar touched a six-month high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, holding firm ahead of a Federal Reserve policy decision and U.S. gross domestic product data due later in the day.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Shares in Russia's second-largest bank VTB, targeted by the latest sanctions from the United States, opened down 3 percent on Wednesday, while the broad stock market and the rouble were stable.

  • *Says impact on Yamal LNG of sanctions on Russia still uncertain. PARIS, July 30- Total has stopped buying shares in Russia's Novatek the day of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine, but that it is still too early to gauge the impact of new sanctions against Russia, the French oil major's top revealed with its second quarter results on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Moscow shares, bonds and the rouble will most probably weaken at the open on Wednesday, after the European Union announced its widest sanctions yet against the Russian economy.

  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, July 30- The dollar hovered near a six-month high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as investors awaited a Federal Reserve policy decision and U.S. gross domestic product data due later in the day.

  • Why Mark Mobius still likes Russian stocks     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:15 PM ET

    Russia won't isolate itself from the world and will eventually reach an agreement with the West, says Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group.

  • SYDNEY, July 30- Lead fell on Wednesday after a weaker technical close pushed investors to take profits and after the metal rose more than five percent this month as it slipstreamed zinc. *Three-month lead on the London Metal Exchange fell 1.1 percent to $2,241.50 by 0040 GMT adding to 1.4 percent losses from the previous session.

  • Has the West done enough to pressure Russia?     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 8:47 PM ET

    Raymond Tanter, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, says the U.S. has done a "great job" in bringing its European allies along on tougher Russia sanctions.