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  • LONDON, Aug 20- World stocks fell on Wednesday as investors braced for the possibility that a major central bank could raise interest rates this year after Bank of England minutes showed two of the bank's nine rate-setters voted for a hike earlier this month.

  • Social media pushes back at militant propaganda Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    BEIRUT— The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks halt rally, BoE jolts UK markets Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    *Attention shifts from Ukraine- Russia conflict. LONDON, Aug 20- World stocks mostly halted their recent rally on Wednesday before the latest policy signal from the U.S. central bank, while UK stocks and bonds fell after Bank of England minutes showed two rate-setters voted to raise interest rates earlier this month.

  • Heineken reports sales, profit drop in first half Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Heineken NV, the Amsterdam- based brewer, has reported first half earnings that show a small drop in both revenues and profits— but says its underlying performance was good. Net profit was 631 million euros, from 639 million euros in the same period a year ago.

  • 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.

  • *Competition set to rise in Middle East, Asia. As the European Union's second biggest apple producer, Poland has some 700,000 tonnes of the fruit it usually sells to Russia but can't, because Moscow has a food embargo on many EU and U.S. goods as part of tit-for-tat sanctions related to the Ukraine crisis.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Aug 17- People from Britain who go to Cyprus in August are usually after sun, sea and sand but one Lincolnshire man, a trader in fruit and vegetables, is heading there this week for the potatoes. Since Russia barred imports of food from most of the rest of Europe, businesses are jostling for new buyers and sellers.

  • OSLO, Aug 11- Norway's leading salmon farmers could escape the worst of Moscow's sanctions on Western countries by redirecting some of their produce from farms in Chile to Russia, a top producer and analysts said on Monday.

  • Dutch push Ukraine plane disaster inquiries Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Dutch officials said Monday they will push ahead with both an investigation into the cause of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster and a criminal investigation into the persons responsible, despite not being able to access the site where the plane went down in eastern Ukraine.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A burst of buying Friday in U.S. stocks defied slumps in other markets and offered hope for investors shaken by geopolitical turmoil.

  • US cool to Argentina world court bid over default Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 5:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— An attempt by Argentina to sue the U.S. in the world court appears unlikely to get off the ground. Argentina had sought to bring the case to the International Court of Justice in the Hague after a series of rulings in U.S. courts forced the South American country into a default on its sovereign debt.

  • US judge threatens to find Argentina in contempt Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A U.S. judge threatened to hold Argentina in contempt of court Friday for continuing to make "false and misleading" statements about its financial crisis, though he quickly added he most desires a peaceful negotiated end to a long-running debt dispute.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 8- Steel and mining company ArcelorMittal on Friday announced force majeure on a project that is planned to triple its iron ore production in Liberia because of the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa.

  • Dutch experts identify 23 Ukraine plane victims Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    Those identified include 18 Dutch, two Malaysians, a Canadian, a German and a Briton, Justice Ministry spokesman Jean Fransman said. Flight 17 was shot down July 17 over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard. Arie de Bruyn told reporters Friday that 228 coffins had been sent to the Netherlands but they "sometimes contained remains of more than one or two people."

  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 8- Argentina has no expectations that the U.S. judge at the centre of its debt battle with holdout investors that has plunged the country into default will take steps to help resolve the saga, a senior government minister said on Friday.

  • SHANGHAI/ SINGAPORE, Aug 8- Fast forward a year, and Malaysia Airlines may have a new CEO, new logo, new livery, maybe even a new name, and fewer employees, airline insiders and brand experts said as the government signalled a "complete overhaul" of the loss-making carrier that has suffered two recent jetliner disasters.

  • *Gemalto to buy SafeNet from PE firm Vector Capital. PARIS, Aug 8- Gemalto NV, the digital security company that makes smart chips for mobile phones, bank cards and biometric passports, is to buy U.S.-based data protection specialist SafeNet for $890 million, it said on Friday, in a move set to boost its earnings and reach.

  • *Gemalto to buy SafeNet from PE firm Vector Capital. PARIS, Aug 8- Gemalto NV, a digital security company that makes SIM cards for mobile phones and biometric passports, will buy U.S.-based data protection specialist SafeNet Inc for $890 million in a move set to boost its earnings and reach.

  • Malaysia plans overhaul of national airline Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia's state investment company said Friday it plans to make Malaysia Airlines fully government owned, removing it from the country's stock exchange before carrying out an overhaul of the carrier that is reeling from double disasters.

  • *Russia bans all meat, fish, poultry, dairy, fruit and veg from US, EU, Canada, Australia, Norway. MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 7- Moscow banned imports of most food from the West on Thursday in retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine, a stronger than expected measure that isolates Russian consumers from world trade to a degree unseen since Soviet days.