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  • SINGAPORE, July 18- Brent futures climbed above $108 a barrel on Friday, extending sharp overnight gains amid heightened geopolitical concerns after a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

  • Raoul Ruparel, head of economic research at Open Europe, says pressure to ramp up sanctions on Russia will increase after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down.

  • Brent climbs above $108 after plane downed in Ukraine Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:23 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, July 18- Brent futures climbed above $108 a barrel on Friday, extending sharp overnight gains amid heightened geopolitical concerns after a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine says rebel missile shoots down Boeing 777 with 298 aboard. HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in which all 298 people on board were killed, a tragedy that could further heighten tensions between Russia and the West.

  • JGBs steady as fresh debt supply offsets U.S. bond rise Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:28 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 18- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Friday, rising early on an overnight surge in U.S. The Ministry of Finance offered 270 billion yen of five-year JGBs on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Insurance on the Malaysian airliner brought down over Ukraine is likely to pay out relatively quickly if the cause of the crash is determined, but observers say insurance for the loss of 298 lives and other liability could be complex and lengthy.

  • TOKYO, July 18- The yen hit a five-month high versus the euro on Friday and held some of its overnight gains against the dollar as investors saw the currency as a safe haven after the downing of an airliner over Ukraine and the Gaza conflict stoked geopolitical tension. The Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was brought down over eastern Ukraine.

  • *Gold slips after sharp overnight jump. SINGAPORE, July 18- Gold dipped on Friday on profit-taking after a sharp overnight jump, but the metal is being supported by a wave of risk aversion after a Malaysian airliner was downed in eastern Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people.

  • Ukraine ambassador: Blame Russia for MH17  Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:13 PM ET

    Pavlo Sultansky, Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore, says Russia provided separatists with sophisticated weapons that enabled the shooting down of aircrafts, including Malaysian jet MH17.

  • Can't say for sure MH17 was shot down: Pro  Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:05 PM ET

    Denny Kelly, Principal at Kelly James & Associates, explains why he's not jumping the gun at claims that the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

  • Now is the time to favor gold again: Expert  Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:41 PM ET

    Jonathan Barratt, Chief Investment Officer at Ayers Alliance Securities, expects gold prices to continue the uptrend after the downing of a Malaysian jet and rising tensions in the Gaza strip.

  • TOKYO, July 18- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to a one-week low on Friday morning and posted its biggest one-day fall in two months as investors turned risk averse on news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was shot down near the Ukraine- Russia border.

  • Ukrainian airspace is a 'warzone': NTSB  Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:12 PM ET

    Tom Haueter, Former Director of Aviation Safety at NTSB, says flights should have been diverted away from Ukraine due to previous shoot-downs.

  • "This action expands a prohibition of U.S. flight operations issued by the FAA in April, over the Crimean region of Ukraine and adjacent areas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov," the agency said. Earlier in the day, the FAA said American air carriers had voluntarily agreed to avoid flying through airspace near Russia's border with Ukraine after the crash.

  • Ukraine sees temporary ceasefire after MH17  Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:44 PM ET

    Pro-Russian rebels have agreed to a temporary ceasefire after the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. CNBC's Sri Jegarajah reports from Kuala Lumpur with the latest.

  • *Ukraine says rebel missile shoots down Boeing 777 with 298 aboard. HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- The United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down a Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board, an incident that sharply raises the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels.

  • There were no issues with MH17's flight path: Pro  Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:11 PM ET

    Glen Winn, Instructor, USC Aviation Safety and Security Program, explains why the Malaysian jet had the right to fly over eastern Ukraine, despite fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian rebels.

  • SYDNEY, July 18- Australia's Qantas Airways, Korea Air Lines Co Ltd and Asiana Airlines Inc said on Friday they shifted flights operating over Ukrainian air space months ago amid increasing tensions between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels.

  • SINGAPORE, July 18- Gold climbed on Friday on safe-haven demand after a Malaysian airliner was downed in eastern Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people onboard, escalating geopolitical tensions and pushing down global equity markets.

  • SEOUL, July 18- U.S. crude oil futures rose in early Asian trade on Friday towards $104 a barrel, after jumping $2 in the previous session on news that a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine.