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  • *Europe has 2 million bpd excess oil refining capacity. LONDON, July 23- Europe is coming under increasing pressure to close oil refineries as chronic over-capacity hits processing margins, dragging down group profits and hitting share prices.

  • LONDON, July 23- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said on Wednesday that its board had given "clear guidance" it would not approve new investments in Russia, traditionally its biggest recipient.

  • KIEV, July 23- Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said on Wednesday reverse gas flows from the European Union to Ukraine had fallen because of opposition from Russian gas producer Gazprom.

  • MOSCOW, July 23- A group of shareholders in Yukos expect a ruling on Monday in a $100- billion claim against Moscow for expropriating the defunct Russian oil company that was controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man.

  • RUSSIA MAY IMPOSE BAN ON ALL FOOD IMPORTS FROM UKRAINE BECAUSE OF KIEV'S TRADE DEAL WITH EU- LOCAL NEWS AGENCY CITES GOVT VETERINARY AND PHYTOSANITARY SERVICE.

  • MOSCOW, July 23- A group of shareholders in Yukos expect a ruling on Monday in a $100- billion claim against Moscow for expropriating the defunct Russian oil company that was controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, the GML shareholder group fighting the action said.

  • UKRAINE'S ENERGY MINISTER: REVERSE GAS FLOWS FROM THE EU TO UKRAINE HAVE FALLEN, KIEV LINKS THAT TO GAZPROM ACTIVITY.

  • BERLIN, July 23- For lawmaker Jan van Aken, little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible about Germany's arms exports than the German and French-made anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria. From its serial number, he believes the 1970 s MILAN rocket was sold legitimately by France to then Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad.

  • Daimler, Akzo Nobel prop up European equities Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 6:32 AM ET

    *Investors keeping wary eye on Ukraine crisis. LONDON, July 23- Forecast-beating earnings from carmaker Daimler and chemicals group Akzo Nobel lifted European shares on Wednesday, offsetting concerns about a ramping up of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

  • Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:33 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in a report Wednesday.

  • LONDON, July 23- Sterling may have some room to fall versus the Swiss franc if fear of tougher sanctions sees Russian investors shift cash from Britain to Switzerland.

  • However, the prospect of more sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis and a downed Malaysian airliner kept risk aversion on the table in the bond market, where German 10- year yields nudged down to 1.16 percent, just shy of record lows.

  • *EU threatens new sanctions on Russia. The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, while Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip with no ceasefire in sight. Brent crude for September delivery fell 27 cents to $107.06 a barrel by 0700 GMT, after slipping 35 cents in the previous session.

  • 40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands— Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

  • *EU threatens new sanctions on Russia. The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, while Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip with no ceasefire in sight. Brent crude for September delivery fell 11 cents to $107.22 a barrel by 0603 GMT, after slipping 35 cents in the previous session.

  • Brent holds steady above $107; U.S. oil stocks in focus Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:33 AM ET

    EU threatens new sanctions on Russia. The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, while Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip with no ceasefire in sight. Brent crude for September delivery fell 6 cents to $107.27 a barrel by 0333 GMT, after slipping 35 cents in the previous session.

  • DIARY - Government Debt auctions to Sep 30 Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:03 PM ET

    July 23- 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.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Aug 5 Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    July 23- For other related diaries, please. WARSAW- Central Bank of Poland Marek Governor Belka speaks in parliament. MEXICO CITY- IMF presents its latest World Economic Outlook report- 1400 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- The U.S. government believes that pro-Russian separatists most likely shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet "by mistake," not realizing it was a civilian passenger flight, U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday.

  • *Russia has 10 pct of EMEA maturities of $1.17 trillion. MOSCOW, July 23- Russian companies, including oil giant Rosneft, may face challenges refinancing $112 billion in debt due to mature over the next four years, which includes a peak maturity wall to overcome in 2015, a report by Moody's Investors Service said.