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  • 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.

  • PARIS, July 20- The head of one of the world's largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts.

  • BERLIN/ GENEVA, July 18- As international investigators head to rebel-held eastern Ukraine to piece together what, and who, caused a Malaysian airliner to plunge into the steppe, securing evidence in the middle of a war zone is a major challenge.

  • LONDON, July 18- The world's top trading houses appear to be quickly turning into commodity finance banks, by lending billions of dollars to clients as a decades-long dominance of French banks shrinks.

  • Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body.

  • LONDON, July 17- A global airline industry group said on Thursday that a Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine appeared to have been flying through ordinary and open airspace when it crashed.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for June, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for June, 10 a.m.. GENEVA— Credit Suisse, the second-largest bank in Switzerland behind UBS, reports its second quarter results before the opening of trading in Zurich.

  • Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body.

  • Are Swiss trading houses turning into banks? Not quite Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    LONDON, July 17- The world's top trading houses appear to be quickly turning into commodity finance banks, by lending billions of dollars to clients as a decades-long dominance of French banks shrinks.

  • ZURICH, July 17- Swiss drugmaker Novartis posted a quarterly rise in sales that missed expectations and said it would focus on eking out gradual cost savings to boost margins as it prepares a radical business overhaul.

  • Nissan CEO: Japan female bosses goal too ambitious Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:19 AM ET

    Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn is advocating that women make up 10 percent of Nissan's managerial ranks in Japan by 2017.. But Ghosn said he wasn't about to rush things just because having women visible in management ranks has become more topical in Japan.

  • Novartis cites momentum in 3 percent profit rise Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:07 AM ET

    GENEVA— Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG posted a 3 percent rise in second-quarter profits Thursday, reflecting what it described as solid growth and an increased focus on core products.

  • *Portugal jitters seen as sign of things to come. LONDON, July 15- Investors are bracing for more "mini-crises" in the euro area's periphery- like that triggered by Portugal's biggest listed bank last week- after a two-year rally that has left stocks and bonds looking pricey.

  • *Report backs reform of existing ECB and 4 p.m. London fixes. At the center of the investigations is activity around the 4 p.m. currency fix in London, a 60- second window where key exchange rates are set. The Financial Stability Board, based in Basel in Switzerland, said it had no access to any evidence or knowledge of any details of the investigations.

  • DAKAR, July 15- The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 603 since February, with at least 68 deaths reported from three countries in the region in the last week alone, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.