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  • *Gaza in focus, less worry over Portugal's Banco Espirito. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 11- Gold prices were flat on Friday as investors grew less worried about Portugal's top listed bank, but the precious metal notched its sixth straight weekly gain as many remained concerned about violence in the Middle East.

  • *Yellen's testimony before Congress next week seen key. Treasuries prices rose on Friday, with benchmark yields hovering at their lowest in five weeks, on safe-haven demand stemming from intensified fighting in the Middle East and worries about problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank.

  • LONDON, July 11- Oil headed for its third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply losses in the Middle East and North Africa eased, pushing North Sea Brent crude down towards $108 a barrel.

  • Jonathan Schachter, senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says that ending the rocket fire from Hamas is the way to return to ceasefire, while boots on the ground remains a "possibility".

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Oil prices were heading for their third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa eased, although Brent stayed comfortably above $108 a barrel.

  • *Asia share index dips, regional markets mixed. Moves in Asia had been generally modest with markets mixed across the region. Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines lost ground but China, Singapore and Australia eked out gains.

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Oil prices were heading for their third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa eased, although Brent stayed comfortably above $108 a barrel.

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Oil prices were heading for their third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa eased, although Brent stayed comfortably above $108 a barrel.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan recovered to be a fraction firmer. Indices in Australia, Singapore and China were all higher, while Japan's Nikkei pared its losses to be off just 0.26 percent. It was notable that MSCI's index of emerging market stocks actually rose on Thursday having hit a 17- month peak earlier in the week.

  • Tensions in the Middle East also continued to simmer with Israeli officials seeming to hint at a possible assault on Gaza by ground forces. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.7 percent, while Australia eased 0.4 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.3 percent.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- Stocks slumped worldwide on Thursday and investors flocked to safe-haven government bonds and gold on fears problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank could herald a wider slump for riskier assets. European stock markets were hit hardest as trading in Banco Espirito Santo was halted after a 19 percent drop.

  • *Relatively weak auction of $13 billion of 30- year bonds. Treasuries prices rose on Thursday, with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in five weeks as investors scrambled for low-risk bonds on worries that problems involving Portugal's biggest listed bank may rekindle the region's financial woes.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- Stocks slumped worldwide on Thursday as investors flocked to safe-haven government bonds on fears problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank could herald wider problems for riskier assets. European stock markets were hit hardest as trading in Banco Espirito Santo was halted after a 19 percent drop.

  • GAZA, July 10- The latest mini-war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas began with the Gaza- based militants eager to strike a blow, but the escalation that followed has left them physically and diplomatically exposed, with no ready way out.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, joining a European sell-off driven by troubles at Portugal's biggest listed bank, while prices of U.S. government debt rose and the Japanese yen climbed to a five-month high against the euro. Wall Street seemed to ignore government jobless claims data that suggested the U.S. labor market was perking up.

  • Insight to Hamas' tactic     Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 9:51 AM ET

    Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza overnight, targeting hundreds of Hamas rocket launching sites and underground tunnels. Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, provides insight to the effectiveness of the Iron Dome, and the intensifying crisis there.

  • *U.S. to auction $13 billion of 30- year bonds. Treasuries prices rose on Thursday, with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in five weeks as investors scrambled for low-risk bonds on worries that problems around Portugal's biggest listed bank may rekindle the region's financial woes.

  • BEIJING, July 10- The United States has "enormous concerns" for restoration of the credibility of the elections process in Afghanistan, U.S. Afghanistan has plunged into political chaos in recent months over a disputed presidential election that has stirred ethnic tensions in the fragile country.

  • Israel threatens ground invasion of Gaza     Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 AM ET

    Tensions are escalating in the Middle East, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher with the latest details on the continuing crisis.

  • JAKARTA, July 10- The man most likely elected Indonesia's new president warned on Thursday against tampering with ballots ahead of a final count of votes later this month.