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  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..

  • BASEL, July 24- Swiss drugmaker Roche confirmed its full-year sales and profit targets on Thursday as growing momentum for its new breast cancer medicines and professional diagnostics products countered the effects of a strong Swiss franc.

  • Swiss drug maker Roche posts 7 percent profit drop Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:07 AM ET

    GENEVA— Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG on Thursday posted a net profit drop of 7 percent compared with a year ago, weighed down by a strong Swiss franc and charges from one of its diagnostic units. The Basel, Switzerland- based company said its first-half sales were 22.974 billion francs, down 1 percent from 23.295 billion francs from a year ago.

  • *Israel rejects comparisons with Ukrainian disaster. *Israel offers desert airport as alternative. JERUSALEM, July 23- Israel tried on Wednesday to get U.S. and European commercial flights to Tel Aviv restored after some carriers suspended services, insisting its main airport there was safe despite being targeted by Palestinian rockets.

  • Trading Dutch well placed to pursue Russia sanctions Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    But since the downing, allegedly by Moscow- backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 with the loss of 193 Dutch lives, a growing Dutch chorus has called for the country to use its trade power to hit Russia in the wallet.

  • UPDATE 1-Russian ties, trade lie behind EU sanctions rift Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    *Germany makes up third of EU exports to Russia, worth 36 bln euros. BRUSSELS, July 23- Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain's overseas territories are soaking up the lion's share of capital streaming out of Russia.

  • Israel scrambles to restore foreign flights to Tel Aviv Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    *Israel rejects comparisons with Ukrainian disaster. *Israel offers desert airport as alternative. JERUSALEM, July 23- Israel tried on Wednesday to get U.S. and European commercial flights to Tel Aviv restored after some carriers suspended services, insisting its main airport there was safe despite being targeted by Palestinian rockets.

  • Russian ties, trade lie behind EU sanctions rift Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    *Germany makes up third of EU exports to Russia, worth 36 bln. BRUSSELS, July 23- Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain's overseas territories are soaking up the lion's share of capital streaming out of Russia.

  • European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    BERLIN— Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. The European Aviation Safety Agency late Tuesday said it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.

  • *Credit Suisse CEO says "potential abuses" in the system. *CEO Dougan says Credit Suisse is working with regulators. ZURICH, July 22- Credit Suisse, one of the biggest players in "dark pools", is working with regulators to stamp out potential abuses in the alternative trading venue, the boss of the Swiss bank said on Tuesday.

  • BERLIN, July 22- Governments should take the lead in reviewing how risk assessments for airspace are made, the head of the International Air Transport Association said, sidestepping calls for a conference of global airlines on the matter.

  • *Cautions on uncertainties in Hong Kong. ZURICH, July 22- Swatch Group on Tuesday warned of an uncertain outlook for its major market Hong Kong after reporting an 11.5 percent fall in first-half profits due to a strong Swiss franc, costs linked to the Sochi Olympics and a factory fire.

  • *Credit Suisse to exit commodities trading. ZURICH, July 22- Credit Suisse Group AG reported its biggest quarterly loss since the peak of the financial crisis in 2008, the result of a 1.6 billion Swiss franc settlement with U.S. authorities over helping its clients evade taxes.

  • Credit Suisse in steep loss after US tax case Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    GENEVA— Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-biggest bank, posted a second-quarter net loss of 700 million Swiss francs Tuesday after paying the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. criminal tax case.

  • BRUSSELS, July 21- For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week's downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed individual sanctions when the bloc's foreign ministers meet on Tuesday.

  • SYDNEY/ NEW DELHI, July 21- India will firm up its position regarding a landmark global trade pact shortly before a Thursday deadline, a senior official said on Monday, setting up a nail-biting showdown over a deal it says should safeguard a $12 billion anti-poverty food program.

  • BRUSSELS, July 21- For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week's downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed individual sanctions when the bloc's foreign ministers meet on Tuesday.

  • BERLIN, July 21- Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline by revenue, joined rival Emirates in calling for an airline summit to discuss the industry's response to the downing of an airliner over Ukraine, saying international security protocols should be reviewed.

  • BRUSSELS, July 21- For all the tough talk, Europe is not likely to punish Russia over last week's downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed individual sanctions when the bloc's foreign ministers meet on Tuesday.

  • *Holcim says interest in assets has doubled in past 2 weeks. ZURICH/ PARIS July 21- Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge have received more than 100 expressions of interest in assets they must sell ahead of their planned merger, the Swiss company's chief executive said on Monday.