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  • Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise released by Russia Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Greenpeace International says a ship held by Russian authorities for nearly a year has been released and is on its way back to the Netherlands. The Amsterdam- based environmental group said Friday the Arctic Sunrise departed the northern Russian port city of Murmansk and was headed to Amsterdam.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 1- Allianz is poised to reappoint Michael Diekmann as chief executive in October, investors believe, possibly delaying tough choices on whether Europe's largest insurer expands its global presence or returns more cash to shareholders.

  • *Cuts outlook to more than $7 bln from about $8 bln before. *Iron ore price assumption cut to $105/ tonne from $120. BRUSSELS, Aug 1- ArcelorMittal SA, the world's largest steelmaker, cut its forecast for earnings this year after lower than anticipated iron ore prices ate into the profit of its mining business, sending its shares down some 6 percent.

  • *Iliad lines up deal financing with BNP, HSBC- sources. *Iliad bid $15 bln for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US at $33/ share. PARIS, Aug 1- French telecoms company Iliad has lined up financing for its $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US from BNP Paribas and HSBC, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • Global trade deal goes back to drawing board Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 4:39 AM ET

    GENEVA— The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it. The preliminary deal approved by the organization at a WTO summit last December in Bali was estimated to increase world trade by $1 trillion over time.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal sent the wrong signal, and he urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible.

  • BEIJING, Aug 1- U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

  • Steelmaker ArcelorMittal sees US, Europe improving Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, says it swung to a profit in the second quarter on higher steel shipments and better margins, and it sees improving markets in the United States and Europe. The Luxembourg- based company reported net profit of $52 million, from a loss of $205 million in the same period a year ago.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. *Bloc of member states could exclude India and forge ahead.

  • PARIS, Aug 1- Societe Generale on Friday reported second-quarter net profit of 1.03 billion euros, up 7.8 percent from a year ago helped by lower expenses and a reduced cost of risk.

  • SYDNEY/ GENEVA Aug 1- Several member states of the World Trade Organization voiced frustration after India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling led to the collapse of the first major global trade reform pact in two decades.

  • *India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • *India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • *Sberbank says has resources to continue successful work. Russia's largest lender Sberbank as well as the country's second and third largest banks, VTB and Gazprombank, criticised the EU sanctions but largely dismissed the measures that cut them off from raising funding on the bloc's capital markets.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies.

  • WTO fails to agree global trade deal, Azevedo says Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a global deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • *Iliad bids $15 billion in cash for 56.6 pct at $33 per share. PARIS/ NEW YORK, July 31- French telecoms company Iliad SA has made a surprise offer for T-Mobile US Inc, setting up a potential bidding war with rival suitor Sprint Corp, the U.S. mobile carrier now controlled by Japan's Softbank.

  • MOSCOW, July 31- VTB, Russia's second-largest bank by assets, and Gazprombank said they would continue to honour investor and shareholder obligations despite sanctions from Brussels that ban them from raising funds on EU capital markets.

  • PARIS/ NEW YORK, July 31- French telecoms company Iliad has made a surprise offer for T-Mobile US Inc, setting up a potential bidding war with rival suitor Sprint Corp, the U.S. mobile firm now controlled by Japan's Softbank.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 31- Argentina's main government bond, stock market and peso currency dropped on Thursday after Latin America's No. 3 economy defaulted for the second time in 12 years following the failure of last-ditch talks with holdout creditors.