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  • *Geopolitical tensions support $1,300- an-ounce level. SINGAPORE, July 29- Gold was little changed just above $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday, supported by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine, with investors also focusing on U.S. jobs data and a Federal Reserve policy meeting this week.

  • SINGAPORE, July 29- Gold was little changed above $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday, supported by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine, with investors waiting for cues from U.S. jobs data and a Federal Reserve policy meeting this week. *Gold, seen as a safe-haven asset, has benefited from tensions between the West and Russia.

  • TOKYO, July 29- U.S. crude oil futures eased closer to $101 on Tuesday as projections of higher stockpiles of refined product offset concerns about escalating geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Gaza. *U.S. crude futures for September delivery fell 21 cents to $101.46 a barrel by 0002 GMT, after finishing 42 cents lower on Monday.

  • Cruz ends hold on nominees over FAA flight ban Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 4:55 PM ET

    Ted Cruz is no longer blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees over the Federal Aviation Administration's 36- hour ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The FAA banned flights after a rocket landed about a mile from the Tel Aviv airport.

  • *Demand weak in Europe and Asia; supplies ample. NEW YORK, July 28- Oil prices dipped on Monday as signs of excess supplies of North Sea and West African crude and weak demand in Europe and Asia offset fears of escalating tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East.

  • *Russia to appeal "politically biased decision". MOSCOW/ LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, July 28- An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the former oil giant whose ex-owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell foul of the Kremlin.

  • European shares tip lower on U.S. data, Russia risk Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Ryanair, Reckitt outperform on earnings, dealmaking. LONDON/ PARIS, July 28- European stocks edged lower on Monday, with unspectacular U.S. data and new European sanctions against Moscow offsetting strong earnings updates from firms like Ryanair and spin-off talk from Reckitt Benckiser.

  • *Ruling comes amid turmoil in Ukraine and East-West rift. MOSCOW/ LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, July 28- The Hague's arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group.

  • LONDON, July 28- Gold edged down on Monday while the dollar was near multi-month highs, but prices held above $1,300 an ounce on heightened tensions between the West and Russia after talks of new sanctions.

  • *Demand weak in Europe and Asia but supplies ample. *U.S., EU prepare more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. LONDON, July 28- Brent crude oil slipped towards $107 a barrel on Monday as ample supply in the Atlantic basin and weak demand in Europe and Asia outweighed worries over political tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East.

  • War and peace, and Israel's stock market Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 9:07 AM ET
    An Iron Dome short-range missile defense system, positioned near the northern city of Haifa in Israel

    The Israeli stock market is a good test for the old saying that war is good for the economy. Is it investing maxim or enduring myth?

  • US, UN call for durable cease-fire in Gaza     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    An Israeli soldier gestures from his Merkava tank as it rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014.

    Israel says it will only fire if attacked, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher, with the latest details on the fighting in Gaza as diplomatic tension flares.

  • *Russia stocks tumble anew after new sanctions, on legal issues. Russia warned the moves would hamper cooperation between the two and undermine the fight against terrorism, although Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow would not impose tit-for-tat measures.

  • Gaza rocket, Israeli strikes break lull in fighting Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 7:43 AM ET
    An Israeli soldier gestures from his Merkava tank as it rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014.

    Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory.

  • European shares subdued as investors weigh earnings Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 7:20 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.1 pct. *Ryanair, Reckitt outperform on earnings, dealmaking. LONDON/ PARIS, July 28- European stocks traded flat on Monday, with strong earnings updates from firms like Ryanair and spin-off talk from Reckitt Benckiser balancing concerns over the implications of new international sanctions on Russia.

  • LONDON, July 28- Gold fell on Monday, as the dollar approached multi-month highs ahead of a series of economic data and policy releases, but prices held above $1,300 an ounce on heightened tensions between the West and Russia, and violence in the Middle East.

  • Geopolitical risk priced in market: Expert     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    Kathy Lien, BK Asset Management, shares her thoughts on market risks and Fed policy.

  • UN calls for durable ceasefire in Gaza     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    Israel says it will only fire in response to Gaza attacks, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher, with the latest update on the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

  • *Demand weak in Europe, Asia but supplies ample. *US, EU prepare more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. LONDON, July 28- Brent crude oil slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday as weak demand in Europe and Asia and ample supply in the Atlantic basin outweighed political tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East.

  • *Ruling comes amid turmoil in Ukraine and East-West rift. MOSCOW, July 28- The Hague's arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos around $50 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession.