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  • TOKYO, July 25- Asian shares pulled away from this week's three-year highs on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.

  • *Index heavy Fanuc contributes 27 points, or more than a quarter of Nikkei gains. TOKYO, July 25- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday after the S&P 500 set another record closing high and as index heavyweight Fanuc Corp jumped after reporting strong profits.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. *One killed in West Bank march is support of Gaza. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares inch down from recent highs Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 25- An index of Asian shares pulled away from a three-year high on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.

  • SINGAPORE, July 25- Gold held near a five-week low on Friday and was headed for a second straight week of losses, as strong global economic data and higher equities offset the metal's appeal as a safe-haven.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Investors in U.S.-based funds withdrew a net $7.6 billion from stock funds in the week ended July 23, marking their biggest outflows since early February, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 24- Gold hit a one-month low on Thursday after robust economic data from the United States, China and the euro zone deterred investors from safe-haven assets, even as tensions simmered in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Less than one in 2 million flights last year ended in an accident in which the plane was damaged beyond repair, according to the International Air Transport Association.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.

  • Delta Air Lines to resume Tel Aviv flights Thursday Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:52 PM ET

    July 24- Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it plans to resume service to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv two days after halting flights amid hostilities in the region. United Airlines earlier said that it was resuming flights to and from Tel Aviv.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. The Israeli military said its troops were fighting gunmen from Hamas, which runs Gaza, in the area and that it was investigating the incident.

  • Air Canada resumes flights to Tel Aviv Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    TORONTO— Air Canada is resuming flights to Tel Aviv after a two-day halt prompted by security concerns over rocket attacks near Israel's main airport. The airline says Flight AC84 is leaving Toronto for Tel Aviv at 6:10 EST p.m.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Israel and Gaza are already facing economic costs from the fighting between them that has raged for the past two weeks, a spokesman from the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Israel and Gaza are already facing economic costs from the fighting between them that has raged for the past two weeks, a spokesman from the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict's death toll to nearly 750..

  • NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. Treasury debt prices fell on Thursday after data showed initial jobless claims in the world's largest economy dropped to their lowest in more than eight years, but losses may be limited by safe-haven buying given ongoing tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • US airlines to resume flights to Israel Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    The FAA's ban, imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, became a hot button topic in both U.S.-Israeli diplomacy and Washington politics. Chicago- based United Airlines is set to resume service to Tel Aviv with a 4:45 p.m. eastern flight from Newark, New Jersey.

  • Britain's easyJet to resume flights to Tel Aviv Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:57 AM ET

    LONDON, July 24- British low cost carrier easyJet said it will resume flights to Tel Aviv as scheduled from Friday 25 July after regulators lifted advice over flying into the Israeli airport.

  • EASYJET SAYS TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO TEL AVIV AS SCHEDULED FROM FRIDAY 25 JULY.

  • *Physical premiums in China increase, but imports down. LONDON, July 24- Gold broke below the psychological level of $1,300 an ounce for the first time in a week on Thursday as robust economic data from China and the euro zone deterred investors from buying into safe haven assets like the metal.