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  • *US tech stocks buoyed by Apple; Facebook at record high. Those measures were proposed after a Malaysian Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, killing 298, possibly by a missile furnished by Russia.

  • LONDON, July 24- The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business surveys beat expectations, although the risks to the euro zone economy from any tougher sanctions on Russia curbed gains.

  • *Indonesia to revise rules on mineral export taxes next month. LONDON, July 24- Copper climbed to its highest level in 10 days and zinc hit a near three-year peak after better-than-expected Chinese factory data calmed fears about economic growth in the world's biggest metals consumer.

  • *US tech stocks buoyed by Apple; Facebook at record high. LONDON, July 24- The euro pulled off 8- month lows against the dollar on Thursday after the bloc's private sector expanded at its fastest rate in three months in July, and emerging equities hovered near 17- month highs after strong Chinese data.

  • LONDON, July 24- The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business activity beat expectations, although fears that possible tougher sanctions on Russia would hurt the euro zone were seen limiting gains.

  • WELLINGTON, July 24- New Zealand's central bank lifted its official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.50 percent as expected on Thursday, but then suspended its rapid-fire run of interest rate rises to study their impact on the economy.

  • WELLINGTON, July 24- New Zealand's central bank lifted its official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.50 percent as expected on Thursday, but then suspended its rapid-fire run of interest rate rises to study their impact on the economy.

  • SYDNEY, July 24- London copper rallied to its highest in more than a week on Thursday after China's factory sector grew at the fastest clip in 18 months in July, shrugging off news that Indonesia may soon resume ore exports that could smooth out kinks in supply. There just wasn't a lot of clarity over when, "said analyst Joel Crane of Morgan Stanley in Melbourne.

  • By Shinichi Saoshiro and Ian Chua. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, July 24- The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while its Australian peer rose after a survey showed China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.

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  • FOREX-Kiwi hits skids, others buy time before China PMI Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 24- The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while other major currencies snoozed. The kiwi dollar dropped nearly a full U.S. cent to as low as $0.8606, touching levels not seen since June 12.

  • New Zealand raises interest rate to 3.5 percent Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent but signaled it was pausing its program of rate hikes. The announcement prompted a sharp drop in the New Zealand dollar, which was trading down nearly 1 percent at $0.8625.

  • WELLINGTON, July 24- New Zealand's central bank raised interest rates to the highest level in more than 5 years on Thursday but said it would now take a breather as it looked at the impact of its tightening and watched inflation in the economy.

  • SINGAPORE/ KUALA LUMPUR, July 23- Singapore's civil aviation authority has asked airlines based in the city-state to review their risk assessment of conflict zones following the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over Ukraine last week.

  • But a cautious mood was expected to return in early European trade, where spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 8 to 15 points lower, or down as much as 0.2 percent; Germany's DAX to open down 20 to 22 points, or 0.2 percent lower; and France's CAC 40 to open 5 to 6 points lower, or down 0.1 percent.

  • Violence continued in Gaza, but hopes rose for an easing of tension in Ukraine after pro-Russian rebels handed the flight recorders and victims' remains from a downed Malaysian airliner to international authorities.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Aug 6 Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur participates in panel, "Improving Inducements for Energy Innovation" at an event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, "Driving Resources into Energy Innovation" in Washington- 1530 GMT.

  • SYDNEY, July 22- London zinc rose for a second session to hit a near-three-year high on Tuesday and aluminium touched a 16- month peak as supply constraints prompted expectations of further gains.

  • HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses.

  • *Fighting in Ukraine, Gaza adds to oil risk premium. SINGAPORE, July 22- Brent crude edged up towards $108 a barrel on Tuesday, pushed higher by escalating geopolitical tension over Ukraine and expectations of large draws in U.S. oil stockpiles.