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  • SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Gold was stuck firmly below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday and looked likely to extend losses to a fourth session as strong U.S. economic data bolstered stock markets, dimming bullion's appeal as a safe haven. *Spot gold had slipped about 70 cents to $1,294.60 an ounce by 0026 GMT, after dropping 1.3 percent in the last three sessions.

  • Depositors at troubled Corpbank protest across Bulgaria Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    SOFIA, Aug 19- Hundreds of angry depositors at Bulgaria's Corporate Commercial Bank staged protests in Sofia and several other cities on Tuesday, demanding access to their accounts that have been frozen since the bank was shut down in June.

  • Dutch review energy ties with Russia after MH17 crash Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, Aug 19- The Netherlands is reviewing its extensive energy ties with Russia after the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine a month ago in an attack that killed nearly 200 Dutch nationals, officials and analysts said.

  • LONDON/ HELSINKI/ COPENHAGEN, Aug 19- Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Ukraine, one of the world's largest grain exporters, will lose 15 percent of its grain crop in the violence-hit regions of the country's east, a spokesman for Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.

  • DUHOK, Iraq/ ANKARA, Aug 19- The capacity of Iraqi Kurdistan's independent oil pipeline will almost double to at least 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this month, increasing the semi-autonomous region's exports and revenue, industry sources and officials said.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Ukraine is losing 15 percent of its 2014 grains crop due to fighting with pro- Moscow separatists in its eastern regions and Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said. He was speaking during a meeting with farmers in the Cherkasy region in central Ukraine on Tuesday.

  • WARSAW, Aug 19- Poland's central bank should put aside any concerns about the zloty and consider a one-off interest rate cut to counter threats to growth from the Ukraine conflict and elsewhere, central banker Anna Zielinska-Glebocka said.

  • Palladium steadied near a 13- year high of $900 an ounce hit in the previous session, supported by worries over supplies from top producer Russia and strong demand prospects.

  • Ex-Romanian politician, oil tycoon dies at 64 Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    BUCHAREST, Romania— Dinu Patriciu, an emblematic politician from Romania's early post-communist years whose later career as an oil tycoon was marred by legal troubles, died Tuesday after a series of illnesses. Patriciu died Tuesday in a London hospital, said former Prime Minister Petre Roman, a family friend.

  • *Lukoil says operations in Iraq unaffected by violence. MOSCOW, Aug 19- Lukoil, Russia's second biggest oil producer, said on Tuesday it had shipped 1 million barrels of oil produced from southern Iraq's giant West Qurna-2 oilfield, its first shipment from the field, despite a surge of violence in Iraq.

  • AMSTERDAM, Aug 19- Sanctions Russia has imposed on agricultural products from the European Union will cut Dutch exports by "at least 300 million euros", based on 2013 figures, Statistics Netherlands said on Tuesday.

  • European shares extend rally, led by DAX Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 19- European shares rose in early trading on Tuesday, extending the previous session's rally, as investor concern over the conflict in Ukraine began to ease. Germany's DAX- recently hit by the faceoff between Ukraine and Russia and concern that sanctions against Moscow could hurt Europe's biggest economy- outperformed on Tuesday, up 1 percent.

  • *Europe higher, follows on from Asia, U.S. gains. LONDON, Aug 19- Global stocks rose and core bonds barely moved on renewed investor appetite for risk on Tuesday, driven by a lack of escalation of the Ukraine crisis and upbeat U.S. housing data that buoyed Asian and European markets.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Russian shares rose on Tuesday, touching one-month highs and drawing support from increased global risk appetite linked to hopes there will be no further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. clears AstraZeneca over heart drug trial Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 19- The U.S. government has cleared AstraZeneca Plc over a major clinical trial used to win marketing approval for its important new heart drug Brilinta, following an investigation which had cast a shadow over its prospects.

  • *Gold rises after losses in previous two sessions. SINGAPORE, Aug 19- Gold snapped a two-day losing streak on Tuesday as geopolitical tensions and fund inflows boosted the safe-haven metal, but gains were kept in check by strength in equities and the dollar.

  • TOKYO, Aug 19- The dollar held firm on Tuesday after a solid U.S. housing data and a rise in U.S. bond yields on the back of hopes of an easing of geopolitical tensions.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 19- Gold retained overnight losses to trade below $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday, as safe-haven demand for the metal was curbed by an apparent easing of tensions in Ukraine that boosted equities and the dollar.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sept 2 Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 19- For other related diaries, please. WARSAW- National Bank of Poland holds Monetary Policy Council meeting. BANGKOK- Bank of Thailand will release the minutes of its August interest rate meeting.