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  • *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.

  • German data helps Europe shares extend 2-week rally Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    *Raiffeisen Bank jumps on reassuring comments on Russia. PARIS, Aug 21- European stocks rose on Thursday, extending their sharp two-week rebound, boosted by better-than-expected German private sector growth figures which reassured investors about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy following a soft patch.

  • *Business growth slows in China, Europe. LONDON/ BEIJING, Aug 21- Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed on Thursday, providing more evidence that the world economy is stuttering and may need more monetary stimulus to keep it going.

  • DIARY - Government Debt auctions to Oct 30 Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 5:50 AM ET

    Aug 21- For other related diaries, please see;. DIARY- Central& Eastern Europe debt. *=All times in GMT unless stated otherwise, For Australia time is updated as Local time.

  • Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 3 Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow. The pressure on the American chain, which has 435 restaurants in Russia, comes at a time of heightened tensions over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

  • Euro zone economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter, dragged down by a shrinking economy in Germany and a stagnant France, even before any impact from sanctions imposed on and by Russia over Ukraine.

  • Euro zone economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter, dragged down by a shrinking economy in Germany and a stagnant France, even before any impact from sanctions imposed on and by Russia over Ukraine.

  • DUHOK, Iraq/ ANKARA, Aug 21- Crude oil flow on Iraqi Kurdistan's pipeline to Turkey has resumed after upgrade work was completed and is now running at an increased rate of 200,000 barrels per day, industry sources and Turkish officials told Reuters on Thursday.

  • Mongolia, China pledge $10 billion in annual trade Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia— China and Mongolia pledged Thursday to almost double their annual two-way trade to $10 billion by 2020 as President Xi Jinping became the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling resource-rich nation sandwiched between China and Russia.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sep 3 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 21- For other related diaries, please. NEW DELHI- Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will attend a banking event in New Delhi. NEW DELHI- RBI Deputy Governor Rama Subramaniam Gandhi will participate in a panel discussion on G20- 0830 GMT.

  • Two Russian rocket engines arrive in U.S. as planned -ULA Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Two Russian-built rocket engines arrived in the United States on Wednesday aboard a giant Antonov cargo plane despite fears that tensions between the United States and Russia could disrupt the supply of engines needed to launch U.S. satellites into space.

  • Man sentenced over lead poisoning of 5 workers Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho— A South Dakota man has been fined $3,000 and ordered to attend a class on worker-safety standards after five employees he was supervising inhaled lead while working in Idaho, the U.S. attorney's office said.

  • *Russia says McDonald's branches breached sanitary rules. MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

  • 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.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 20- McDonald's said on Wednesday it is studying complaints from Russia's state food safety watchdog of sanitary breaches at its Moscow's restaurants, operations at some of which were suspended after checks.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia's state food safety watchdog said on Wednesday it had ordered the suspension of operations at four fast food McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over what it said were "numerous" sanitary law breaches.

  • RUSSIAN FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOG ROSPOTREBNADZOR SAYS FINDS "NUMEROUS" BREACHES OF SANITARY REGULATIONS AT FOUR MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS IN MOSCOW, ORDERS SUSPENSION OF OPERATIONS AT THE FOUR RESTAURANTS.

  • WARSAW, Aug 20- Poland believes Russia may be seeking to extend its ban on imports of food products from the European Union to goods in transit through Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Wednesday.

  • KIEV, Aug 20- Ukraine's conflict with separatist rebels is draining the economy by the day and hampering efforts to implement reforms as required by an IMF bailout program, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday.