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  • *Ukraine says rebel missile shoots down Boeing 777 with 298 aboard. HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 18- The United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down a Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board, an incident that sharply raises the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels.

  • SINGAPORE, July 18- Gold climbed on Friday on safe-haven demand after a Malaysian airliner was downed in eastern Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people onboard, escalating geopolitical tensions and pushing down global equity markets.

  • BERLIN/ MEXICO CITY, July 18- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday called for an independent, international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine.

  • MEXICO CITY, July 17- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday called for an independent, international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- U.S. airlines have voluntarily agreed to avoid airspace near the Russia- Ukraine border, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday. The agency said it consulted U.S. airlines after learning of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

  • For Malaysia Airlines, disaster strikes twice Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    In what appears to be a mind-boggling coincidence, Malaysia is reeling from the second tragedy to hit its national airline in less than five months. On March 8, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner vanished about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, spawning an international mystery that remains unsolved.

  • HRABOVE, Ukraine, July 17- A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.

  • LONDON, July 17- European shares slumped on Thursday, sharply extending losses at the end of the trading day on news that a Malaysian passenger plane had crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. The crash revived investors' fears over tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

  • 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.

  • Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    HRABOVE, Ukraine— A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro- Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

  • Ewald Nowotny, a member of the ECB's policymaking Governing Council, said the central bank was looking with an open mind at the possibility of buying ABS, but was not certain to go ahead.

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- President Barack Obama told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday he wants U.S.-Chinese relations defined by more cooperation and a constructive management of differences, during a phone call in which Iran and North Korea were discussed.

  • LONDON, July 10- Oil fell towards $108 a barrel on Thursday, extending its longest losing streak in four years, under pressure from weak gasoline demand in the United States and the prospect of rising supply from Libya. Brent crude was down 26 cents at $108.02 a barrel by 1341 GMT, down for a ninth straight session and matching a similar losing run in May 2010.

  • *China H1 crude imports rise 10.2 pct on year. LONDON, July 10- Oil fell to around $108 a barrel on Thursday, extending its longest losing streak in four years, pressured by weak gasoline demand in the United States and the prospect of rising supply from Libya.

  • LONDON, July 10- Oil fell to a two-month low under $108 a barrel on Thursday, extending its longest losing streak in four years, pressured by weak gasoline demand in the United States and the prospect of rising supply from Libya. Brent crude fell 31 cents to $107.97 a barrel by 0837 GMT, down for a ninth straight session and matching a similar losing run in May 2010.

  • Vermeer portrait sells in London for 6.2 mln pounds Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    LONDON, July 8- A painting of Saint Praxedis by Johannes Vermeer, the 17th- century Dutch master who painted "The Girl with the Pearl Earring," sold at auction on Tuesday for 6,242,500 pounds, Christie's said on its Twitter feed.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.2 pct. PARIS, July 3- European stocks crept higher on Thursday, adding to the week's gains, as investors waited to see U.S. payrolls figures and the outcome of a European Central Bank policy meeting. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index also rose 0.4 percent to 3,265.20 points.

  • European shares inch up ahead of payrolls, ECB Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 3:42 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.2 pct. *Balfour Beatty tumbles 11 pct after profit warning. At 0731 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.2 percent at 1,387.42 points, as was the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index at 3,257.93 points.

  • LONDON, July 2- Oil fell below $112 a barrel on Wednesday, heading for its lowest close in almost three weeks, on a possible substantial recovery in Libyan exports after rebels said they would reopen two oil terminals. The port seizures have crippled the OPEC producer's oil industry since last summer.

  • *ING will earn gross proceeds of 1.5 bln euros. AMSTERDAM, July 2- Shares in NN Group, the insurance arm of Dutch financial services company ING Group, rose more than 5 percent on their stock market debut on Wednesday, in what was set to be Europe's largest stock flotation so far this year.