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  • Founded in Gaza in 1987, Hamas now stretches across region. JERUSALEM/ GAZA, Aug 25- Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

  • Bank of Israel cuts rates to record low on Gaza Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 1:36 PM ET
    Karnit Flug, governor of the Bank of Israel

    Fears that weeks of fighting will further hurt the Israeli economy led the Bank of Israel to reduce interest rates for a second month in a row.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 25- Fears that weeks of fighting with Hamas will harm an Israeli economy already hurt by a global slowdown led the Bank of Israel to reduce interest rates for a second month in a row on Monday.

  • ISTANBUL, Aug 24- Tayyip Erdogan's caustic rhetoric has won him the devotion of Turkey's conservative Islamic heartlands, from his dismissal of political enemies as "worse than leeches" to his comparisons of Israel's actions in Gaza to those of Hitler.

  • ROME, Aug 24- The euro zone's growing fears of deflation will be stirred again on Friday when preliminary consumer price data for August is issued, with signs the European Central Bank could be looking at bolder steps to help the region's stagnant economy.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sep 3 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 21- For other related diaries, please. NEW DELHI- Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will attend a banking event in New Delhi. NEW DELHI- RBI Deputy Governor Rama Subramaniam Gandhi will participate in a panel discussion on G20- 0830 GMT.

  • Hamas military warns int'l airlines of more strikes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:28 PM ET
    Passengers at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel.

    The Hamas military warned of further Hamas rocket attacks on Israel's strategic interests, including Ben Gurion airport east of Tel Aviv.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- China's economy is slowing. Japan's sank in the second quarter. In a world preoccupied by geopolitical crises- from Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa- the global economy has taken something of a back seat.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Gold was stuck firmly below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday and looked likely to extend losses to a fourth session as strong U.S. economic data bolstered stock markets, dimming bullion's appeal as a safe haven. *Spot gold had slipped about 70 cents to $1,294.60 an ounce by 0026 GMT, after dropping 1.3 percent in the last three sessions.

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- U.S. crude oil futures rose closer to $95 in early Wednesday trade, after tumbling close to $2 in the previous session, on a deeper than expected petroleum stock fall and increased tensions in the Middle East.

  • *Wall St boosted by Home Depot results, housing data. NEW YORK, Aug 19- Wall Street got a lift from the U.S. housing sector and extended a global stock markets rally on Tuesday as investors shifted focus from political crises to expectations monetary policy will remain accommodative.

  • Israel attacks Gaza targets, recalls negotiators Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    Israel launched attacks in the Gaza Strip and recalled its negotiators from truce talks in Cairo after saying three Palestinian rockets hit Israel.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 19- Israel launched attacks in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and recalled its negotiators from truce talks in Cairo after saying three Palestinian rockets had hit southern Israel, hours before a ceasefire was due to expire. A Reuters correspondent saw an Israeli plane fire a missile east of Gaza City.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 19- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ordered the military to attack in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired from the enclave into Israel, a government source said, hours before a truce between the sides was set to expire.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sept 2 Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 19- For other related diaries, please. WARSAW- National Bank of Poland holds Monetary Policy Council meeting. BANGKOK- Bank of Thailand will release the minutes of its August interest rate meeting.

  • *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.

  • *Losses in UK gilt market also a factor in U.S. bond market. 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, two global sore spots.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Arab Bank Plc served as "paymaster" of funds supporting Hamas, lawyers for a group of Americans suing the bank for compensation stemming from attacks by the Palestinian militant group told a jury on Thursday as a long-anticipated civil trial got under way.

  • *Eyes on Russia convoy to Ukraine, talks to end war in Gaza. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. government debt yields fell on Thursday before a $16 billion auction of 30- year bonds as disappointing euro zone economic data sent 10- year German yields to record lows and raised the appeal of Treasuries.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Gold steadied on Thursday as a weak dollar extended losses following weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data, but a rebound in European shares after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine conflict limited gains.