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  • *Demand weak in Europe and Asia; supplies ample. *U.S., EU prepare more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. NEW YORK, July 28- Brent crude oil slipped on Monday as forecasts for ample supplies in the Atlantic basin and weak demand in Europe and Asia mitigated fears of escalating tension in Ukraine and the Middle East.

  • *Russia to appeal "politically biased decision". MOSCOW/ LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, July 28- An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the former oil giant whose ex-owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell foul of the Kremlin.

  • *Soybeans supported by strong demand led by China. Wheat futures were lower but trimmed losses in the wake of a U.S. Agriculture Department announcement showing a wheat sale to Nigeria and a soybean sale to top importer China.

  • *Fined 105 mln stg by UK Financial Conduct Authority. *Bank of England says Lloyds behavior' clearly unlawful'.

  • *Ruling comes amid turmoil in Ukraine and East-West rift. MOSCOW/ LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, July 28- The Hague's arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group.

  • *Russia stocks tumble anew after new sanctions. *Wall Street falls in early trade on weak housing data; bonds gain. NEW YORK, July 28- World stock markets fell on Monday as new European sanctions against Moscow chilled the already frosty relationship with Russia while the dollar hovered near six-month highs against a basket of major currencies.

  • *Russia stocks tumble anew after new sanctions. *Wall Street falls in early trade on weak housing data; bonds gain. NEW YORK, July 28- World stock markets fell on Monday as new European sanctions against Moscow chilled the already frosty relationship with Russia while the dollar hovered near six-month highs against a basket of major currencies.

  • LONDON, July 28- Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said on Monday that the airline was not particularly interested in acquiring troubled Cypriot carrier Cyprus Airways, which he said had huge legacy issues.

  • Lloyds bank settles with US, UK over market fixing Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 9:43 AM ET

    LONDON— Lloyds Banking Group is paying $369 million to U.S. and British authorities to settle allegations it manipulated a key global interest rate.

  • *Ghana facing serious currency, inflation problems. ENCHI, Ghana, July 28- Three years ago, when James joined Ghana's anti-smuggling task force, his job was to intercept illicit cocoa shipments from neighbouring Ivory Coast to preserve the superior quality of his country's beans.

  • *Russia stocks tumble anew after new sanctions, on legal issues. Russia warned the moves would hamper cooperation between the two and undermine the fight against terrorism, although Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow would not impose tit-for-tat measures.

  • FEATURE-Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    But Romania ranks as the European Union's second-poorest state and among the weakest in collecting taxes and fighting fraud, making it poorly equipped to manage the bitcoin.

  • Britain reopens way for fracking Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:27 AM ET

    LONDON— Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations.

  • *Demand weak in Europe, Asia but supplies ample. *US, EU prepare more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. LONDON, July 28- Brent crude oil slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday as weak demand in Europe and Asia and ample supply in the Atlantic basin outweighed political tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East.

  • LONDON, July 28- Russia will have 180 days, until January 15 2015, to start paying the $50 billion awarded by the Hague's arbitration court to a group of Yukos shareholders, a lawyer for the shareholder group said on Monday.

  • Russia ordered to pay $50B over Yukos Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    LONDON— An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay over $50 billion in compensation to the former majority shareholder of now-defunct Russian oil company Yukos over the expropriation of the company more than 10 years ago.

  • LONDON— Ex-majority shareholder of Yukos Oil Co: court has ordered Russia to pay it over $50 billion.

  • LONDON, July 28- The U.S. dollar hovered near six-month highs against a basket of major currencies on Monday, with data and policy releases this week set to determine whether its strongest week since March last week prefaces a broader move higher. The euro had stabilised a touch in an Asian session weakened by a holiday in Singapore.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Pfizer Inc's vulnerability to cheaper generics and its weak roster of experimental medicines will be on display Tuesday when the company reports quarterly earnings, reviving interest in its pursuit of AstraZeneca Plc or other deals to fortify its pipeline.

  • HOUSTON, July 27- A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload its cargo at sea off Texas on Sunday as a State Department official signaled Washington would not intervene to block delivery of the controversial crude.