• LONDON/ MELBOURNE- The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announces plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in a 2001 merger, to focus on its most profitable activities.

  • The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy. Between Aug. 14-16, Liberia recorded the most new deaths, 53, followed by Sierra Leone with 17, and Guinea with 14..

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 19- The European Central Bank is in a policy no man's land, bombarded by news of a stagnating euro zone economy but hesitant to move forward with new stimulus until measures it loaded in June have ignited.

  • Treasury yields pulled away from recent lows on upbeat U.S. housing data and hopes of progress in the Ukraine crisis.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Sep 2 Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia will release the minutes of its August policy board meeting- 2340 GMT. SALZBURG, Germany- Federal Reserve Bank of New York Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President Joyce Hansen, Austrian National Bank Deputy Governor Andreas Ittner and Bundesbank Board member Andreas Dombret speak at Salzburg Global Seminar.

  • *Ukraine, Middle East tensions ease. NEW YORK, Aug 18- U.S. Treasury debt prices fell on Monday after three days of gains as risk appetite returned following upbeat U.S. housing data and easing tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • PARIS, Aug 18- European shares rallied on Monday as the market was encouraged by diplomatic efforts at the weekend to try and ease tension in Ukraine.

  • PARIS, Aug 18- Armed gunmen ambushed a Saudi prince's convoy on the outskirts of Paris on Sunday evening, making off with a large amount of cash and some private documents in what police said looked like a raid by well-informed attackers.

  • UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    The agency didn't spell out which countries should start screening passengers, but noted that the Ebola outbreak involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leona and a "small number of people in Nigeria." Authorities in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea say they are already closely inspecting departing passengers for signs of fever or illness.

  • LONDON, Aug 18- Gold fell on Monday as European and U.S. shares rebounded on an easing of tensions in Ukraine, while a steadier dollar and U.S. Russia's foreign ministry said "certain progress" had been achieved during talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in Berlin on Sunday about ways to end the military conflict in eastern Ukraine.

  • *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.

  • Europe shares rally as Ukraine fears ease Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 18- European shares rallied on Monday as the threat of wider conflict in Ukraine, which had appeared to escalate on Friday, showed signs of easing. Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Monday a "certain progress" was achieved during talks among Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in Berlin on Sunday.

  • EU pledges $168m to offset Russia sanctions cost Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Commission is pledging 125 million euros to assist fruit and vegetable producers hit by Russia's ban on food imports from the 28- nation bloc. Russia's ban on EU food imports this month coincided with the harvesting season and led to a supply glut that is weighing on prices and causing losses for producers.

  • *Mercedes-Benz, with no Russia car production, could suffer. MOSCOW, Aug 18- Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against Western nations to include a ban on imports of cars, if the United States and the European Union impose additional sanctions on Moscow, daily newspaper Vedomosti reported on Monday.

  • *European shares bounce back as Ukraine tensions ease. LONDON, Aug 18- Gold edged lower on Monday as European shares rebounded on easing tensions in Ukraine, but a flat dollar and depressed U.S.

  • *Russia sees progress in Ukraine talks. SINGAPORE/ LONDON, Aug 18- Brent crude fell more than $1 to trade below $102.5 a barrel on Monday, as the threat of wider conflict in Ukraine diminished, oil output increased in Libya and worries eased over supply from key producer Iraq.

  • *Oil drops $1 on reduced tension over Ukraine, Libya supply. It fell broadly on Friday after the government in Kiev said its artillery had partially destroyed a Russian armoured column, while Russia denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine.

  • PARIS, Aug 18- European shares rallied on Monday morning as the threat of wider conflict in Ukraine seemed to diminish. Also reassuring investors, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Monday a' certain progress' was achieved during talks among Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in Berlin on Sunday.

  • European shares bounce back; eyes on Ukraine Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 18- European shares rallied in early trade on Monday, reversing the previous session's losses, helped by easing worries over geopolitical risks from Ukraine and Iraq.

  • PARIS, Aug 18- Armed robbers attacked a Saudi Arabian prince's convoy in Paris on Sunday night, police said on Monday, taking what the victims told police was around 250,000 euros in cash and some sensitive documents. The convoy had been heading for Le Bourget airport north of the city.