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  • Ukrainian leader in Brussels seeking help against Russia. BRUSSELS, Aug 30- European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine on Saturday but officials and diplomats said the bloc was not yet ready to order additional penalties.

  • *Trading volumes light ahead of Labor Day holiday. NEW YORK, Aug 29- U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally that had been briefly threatened by overseas concerns.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- Crude oil prices posted their second straight monthly losses, despite rising on Friday on worries that the intensifying Ukraine crisis may trigger more sanctions and as U.S. economic data portended strong demand in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- Crude oil prices posted their second straight monthly losses, despite rising on Friday on worries that the intensifying Ukraine crisis may bring more sanctions and as U.S. data portended strong demand in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • *Palladium rises above $900 on supply worries. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 29- Palladium rose to a 13-1/ 2- year high on Friday on worries over uncertain supplies from Russia, the world's largest producer of the metal, while gold prices eased on a dollar rise and gains in U.S. equities.

  • *Palladium rises above $900 on supply worries. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 29- Palladium rose to a fresh 13-1/ 2- year high on Friday on worries over uncertain supplies from Russia, the world's largest producer of the metal, while gold prices eased on a dollar rise and gains in U.S. equities.

  • TOGLIATTI, Russia, Aug 29- AvtoVAZ, the Russian carmaker controlled by Renault-Nissan, may bring some parts production in-house as it struggles to get more competitive pricing and stamp out corruption in its local supply chain, senior executives said.

  • Nato states create new force to counter Moscow Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 1:43 PM ET
    Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

    Britain and six other states are to create a new joint expeditionary force of at least 10,000 personnel to bolster Nato's power in response to Russia.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- Crude oil prices were headed toward their second straight monthly losses, despite rising on Friday on worries that the intensifying Ukraine crisis may bring more sanctions and as U.S. data portended strong demand in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • LONDON, Aug 29- Copper edged higher on Friday as the euro steadied, but prices were still on track for their biggest monthly loss since March on worries that rising tensions in Ukraine could set back global growth and hit metals demand.

  • *Russia proposes' corridor' for encircled Kiev troops. *NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. LAKE SELIGER, Russia/ KIEV, Aug 29- Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have routed its troops on behalf of pro- Moscow rebels.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Airlines down after volcano eruption in Iceland. LONDON, Aug 29- European shares were poised to end a positive August on a softer note on Friday after euro zone inflation data slightly cooled market speculation about fresh monetary stimulus by the European Central bank.

  • *Tensions mount over alleged Russian troops in Ukraine. LONDON, Aug 29- Brent crude oil rose towards $103 a barrel on Friday as escalating violence in Ukraine kept Europe's markets on edge, but prices remained on track for a monthly loss as ample supply and weak demand outweighed political concerns.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 29- Russia is ready for talks on resuming gas supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, warning of disruption to flows to Europe this winter if a row over pricing and debts was not resolved.

  • SYDNEY/ LONDON, Aug 29- Copper edged higher on Friday as the euro strengthened, but prices were still on track for their biggest monthly loss since March on worries that rising tensions in Ukraine could set back global growth and hit metals demand.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 29- The Ukraine conflict has evoked many memories of the Cold War, including a footloose attitude to the truth. But there are also some European powers, including Germany and France, who despite being on the opposite side of the crisis share Putin's desire not to paint it as an out-and-out war between Russia and Ukraine.

  • LONDON, Aug 29- Brent crude oil prices rose towards $103 a barrel on Friday as escalating violence in Ukraine kept Europe's markets on edge, but prices were still on track for a monthly loss as ample supply and weak demand outweighed political concerns.

  • Ukraine wants $268.50 as offered to previous government. MOSCOW, Aug 29- Russia is open to talks on resuming gas supplies to Ukraine and willing to offer a price cut of nearly 20 percent, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Thursday, but the discounted price is still above the level Kiev demands.

  • LONDON, Aug 29- The euro lifted off its lows and the region's shares sagged on Friday as a new five-year low in euro zone inflation was viewed as not extreme enough to force the European Central Bank back into its increasingly bare policy cupboard.

  • LONDON, Aug 29- Brent crude oil prices rose towards $103 a barrel on Friday as escalating violence in Ukraine kept Europe's markets on edge, but prices were still on track for a monthly loss as ample supply and weak demand outweighed political concerns.