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  • *Ukraine says more Russian soldiers crossed border in east. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 27- Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.

  • *Russia halted gas flows to Ukraine in June. KIEV, Aug 27- Ukraine warned Europe on Wednesday that Russia could cut off gas to the continent this winter, but Moscow responded that the supply of gas would continue regardless of politics.

  • *Closures comes amid Russia-West tensions over Ukraine. MOSCOW, Aug 27- Russian courts on Wednesday backed the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow for breaches of sanitary rules, amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine, while the state food safety watchdog suspended work at a fourth.

  • WARSAW, Aug 27- Poland has asked for European Commission help to keep Russia from blocking Polish shipments of goods through Russian territory, the Polish infrastructure and transport ministry said on Wednesday.

  • Renault could turn Russia crisis to its advantage Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Aug 27- Renault, the major carmaker with most at stake in Russia, could turn a market crisis to its advantage as Moscow considers a subsidy scheme to steady demand and a weaker rouble undermines rivals that make fewer parts locally.

  • European shares steady, UK grocery firms slip Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct. *Seadrill falls after below-forecast earnings. Declines in individual shares included UK grocers Sainsbury and Tesco slipping 2.2 percent and 1.3 percent respectively after data from Kantar Worldpanel showed UK grocery market sales rose 0.8 percent in the 12 weeks to Aug. 17, a 10- year low.

  • ZURICH, Aug 27- Russian banks will require approval to issue long-term financial instruments in Switzerland, the government said on Wednesday, as it detailed measures to ensure it does not become a place for individuals or funds to avoid European sanctions on Moscow.

  • *Russia halted gas flows to Ukraine in June. *But supplies via Ukraine intended for EU have kept flowing. KIEV, Aug 27- Europe faces the increasing threat of a disruption to gas supplies from its main provider Russia this winter due to the crisis in Ukraine, through which almost half of supplies flow.

  • *Case seen as retaliation to U.S. sanctions over Ukraine. MOSCOW, Aug 27- Russian courts on Wednesday ordered the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over breaches of sanitary rules, news agencies reported, amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine.

  • European shares steady, Seadrill slips after results Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.05 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct. *Seadrill falls after below-forecast earnings. *Marine Harvest results hit by Russian sanctions.

  • Disruptors don't play by the rules: Isaacson     Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    Walter Isaacson, "The Innovators" author, discusses some of the unconventional tactics used by the top tech leaders, including Steve Jobs.

  • Isaacson's 'Innovators'     Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    Walter Isaacson, "The Innovators" author, shares his thoughts on the next generation of innovator, and discusses Amazon's growing impact on publishing.

  • LONDON, Aug 27- Gold prices rose above $1,285 an ounce on Wednesday, recovering from a two-month low the previous week, as stocks took a breather after a 2-1/ 2 week rally and the dollar index retreated from 13- month highs.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 27- A Russian court on Wednesday ordered the closure of a McDonald's restaurant branch in Moscow for 90 days over breaches of sanitary rules, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

  • Ukraine: 'Notable shift in the crisis'     Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    Nicholas Spiro, managing director at Spiro Sovereign Strategy, says there's been a "notable shift" in the Russia-Ukraine crisis as Kiev is now under increasing pressure to negotiate with separatists.

  • European shares hold steady after brisk 2-1/2 week rally Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:57 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.02 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Marine Harvest results hit by Russian sanctions. Marine Harvest, the world's largest salmon farmer, said it expected Russian sanctions to pose short-term challenges.

  • European shares pause after brisk 2-1/2 week rally Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 27- European shares were steady in early trade on Wednesday, pausing after their brisk 2-1/ 2 week rally, with data showing German consumer morale falling for the first time in more than 1-1/ 2 years denting investors' appetite for stocks. At 0705 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was 0.02 percent higher at 1,376.99 points.

  • Russian soldiers' capture clouds Putin-Poroshenko talks Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 2:08 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Aug. 26, 2014.

    Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels.

  • Putin is ready for a big fight: Expert     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:45 PM ET

    Colin Chapman, President of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, outlines the motives behind Russia's military buildup in eastern Ukraine.

  • Ex-ambassador: Ukraine crisis will persist     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    John Herbst, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, says Russia is likely to continue creating instability in Ukraine amid Europe's reluctance to take on a strong stance.