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  • The flight stoppages came after Hamas, the militant group that dominates in the Gaza Strip, and its allies fired more rockets into Israel, triggering sirens in Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, Casey Norton, a spokesman for American Airlines, said an inbound and outbound flight operated by its US Airways unit between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv were canceled.

  • NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters)- Brent crude oil futures edged higher in choppy trading on Tuesday, as traders searched for direction amidst political tensions in Ukraine and Gaza, and U.S. prices were supported by expectations of a drop in national stockpiles.

  • VW boss to address German workers over cost cuts Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    BERLIN, July 22- Volkswagen's chief executive will address thousands of workers at its biggest plant on Wednesday as he attempts to win their support for cost cuts at the carmaker's core VW brand.

  • *Governor writes letter to parliament. SOFIA, July 22- Bulgaria's Central Bank Governor Ivan Iskrov told parliament on Tuesday he was ready to step down if it can agree on a successor first.

  • BRUSSELS, July 22- The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but failed to back tough talk with any immediate action after France's president signalled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • European shares bounce back as Ukraine tension ease Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    LONDON, July 22- European shares rose on Tuesday on some strong earnings reports and signs of improved cooperation from Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels over the Malaysian Airlines plane shot down four days ago.

  • Ukraine tensions see euro come off boil Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    LONDON— The euro fell Tuesday to its lowest level against the dollar this year amid concerns that the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 will prompt a bigger freeze in relations between the European Union and Russia.

  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

  • MOVES-Desombre joins Citi from Credit Suisse Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    LONDON, July 22- Citi has hired Credit Suisse banker Nicolas Desombre to lead its investment bank in France, the latest in a series of senior hires in Europe to help strengthen its operations in the region. In a memo to employees seen by Reuters, Citi said Desombre will also run its global insurance business alongside Gautam Chawla.

  • LONDON, July 22- Brent crude oil rose above $108 a barrel on Tuesday, boosted by escalating political tensions over Ukraine and a fall in Libyan output, while U.S. prices were supported by expectations of a drop in national stockpiles.

  • *France has until 2015 to bring its deficit to 3 pct of GDP. PARIS, July 22- France will not accelerate cuts in public spending even though disappointing growth could make it difficult to meet EU fiscal targets, President Francois Hollande said.

  • PARIS, July 22- Danone is expected to report a steep fall in first-half profit on Friday due to weak sales of baby food in Asia and dairy products in Europe, with some analysts skeptical it will see a big enough rebound to meet full-year targets.

  • 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.

  • Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    PARIS— France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe's strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil rises above $108 on Ukraine, Gaza crisis Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    *Fighting in Ukraine, Gaza adds to oil risk premium. LONDON, July 22- Brent crude oil rose above $108 a barrel on Tuesday, boosted by escalating political tensions over Ukraine and fighting in Gaza, while U.S. prices were supported by expectations of a drop in national stockpiles.

  • BRUSSELS, July 22- European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France's president signalled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • *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.

  • BRUSSELS, July 22- European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France's president signaled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • *Fighting in Ukraine, Gaza adds to oil risk premium. LONDON, July 22- Brent crude steadied around $108 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by expectations of large draws in U.S. oil stockpiles and escalating geopolitical tension over Ukraine causing European foreign ministers to consider further sanctions on Russia.

  • *MSCI Asia hits 3- year peak, Nikkei up after Japan holiday. LONDON, July 22- European markets rode a global rebound in risk appetite on Tuesday helped by the first signs of cooperation from Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists over the downed Malaysian Airlines plane.