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  • LONDON, Aug 28- European shares took a sharp tumble on Thursday as accusations by Ukraine that Russia had moved troops across the border brought a three-day global rally in risk assets to a shuddering halt. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russian forces had entered Ukraine, and he convened his security and defense council to decide how to respond.

  • EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:41 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. "If you look at the family picture of these European summits for the past few years, there always is this blot of grey men in lookalike suits and the color of only a few women," said European political science Professor Hendrik Vos of Ghent University.

  • Polish PM Tusk favourite for top EU job - sources Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    *EU leaders to hold jobs summit on Saturday in Brussels. BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Aug 28- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favourite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process said.

  • LONDON, Aug 28- The euro clung to modest gains and a rally in Europe's share and bond markets cooled on Thursday as investors put bets on possible fresh ECB stimulus next week on hold ahead of German inflation data.

  • *German inflation figures due at 1200 GMT. *Italy sells up to 8 bln euros of five- and 10- year bonds. LONDON, Aug 28- Euro zone bond yields held at record lows on Thursday as a drop in Spanish inflation in August kept pressure on the European Central Bank to ease policy further.

  • *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.

  • EU Commission tells France: time to speed up reforms. By Ingrid Melander and Jean-Baptiste Vey. JOUY-EN-JOSAS, France, Aug 27- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls launched a charm offensive on the corporate world on Wednesday, promising to speed reforms aimed at freeing up the economy and to make tens of billions of euros in tax cuts.

  • *EU Commission tells France: time to speed up reforms. "It is urgent for France but not just France, for the other countries which are in a similar situation to speed up the work they are doing, the structural reforms," said a spokesman for EU Economic Commissioner Jyrki Katainen.

  • *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.

  • Low-budget Ryanair launches business-class Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:23 AM ET

    DUBLIN— European budget carrier Ryanair is offering business-class tickets in an attempt to woo companies and governments during penny-pinching times. Ryanair says more than a quarter of its passengers already are business travelers.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- British Prime Minister David Cameron is ready to back his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk as the next president of the European Council after receiving assurances he is sympathetic to the British leader's plans to reform the European Union.

  • ROME, Aug 24- The euro zone's growing fears of deflation will be stirred again on Friday when preliminary consumer price data for August is issued, with signs the European Central Bank could be looking at bolder steps to help the region's stagnant economy.

  • NAGOYA, Japan/ TOKYO, Aug 24- When a Japanese carmaker issued a tender for shock absorbers a few years ago for a model it planned to sell in Indonesia, two suppliers came back with bids that were "so obviously coordinated," said an executive at the automaker.

  • KIEV/ DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING, Russia, Aug 22- T he United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions.

  • *Berlin fears response from Putin if eastern rebels crushed. BERLIN/ KIEV, Aug 21- After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader.

  • *U.S.- Russia ties soured by Ukraine crisis. MOSCOW, Russia, Aug 21- Russia said on Thursday it was investigating dozens of McDonald's restaurants, in what many businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism.

  • 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.

  • LONDON, Aug 17- Europe's ageing nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many billions of dollars.

  • *Germany surprises by slipping into contraction. BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of the year, drained of vigor by contraction in Germany and stagnancy in France.

  • *Germany surprises by slipping into contraction. BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of the year, drained of vigour by surprisingly shrinking growth in Germany and stagnancy in France.