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  • *Washington has concerns about Kurdish sales, Iraq split. A sale of Kurdish crude oil to a U.S. refinery would infuriate Baghdad, which sees such deals as smuggling, and raises questions about Washington's commitment to preventing oil sales from the autonomous region.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Oil futures prices fell on Thursday, as unseasonably weak demand and plentiful supplies of crude and refined products offset strong Chinese factory data that could boost energy demand in the world's No. 2 oil consumer.

  • EXCLUSIVE-Allegations of GSK corruption spread to Syria Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    LONDON, July 24- GlaxoSmithKline faces new allegations of corruption, this time in Syria, where the drugmaker and its distributor have been accused of paying bribes to secure business, according to a whistleblower's email reviewed by Reuters.

  • *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.

  • Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year. Lieberman represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate between 1989 and 2013.. He was Democrat Al Gore's running mate during the 2000 presidential campaign but was re-elected to the Senate as an independent in 2006..

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Major global stock markets edged higher while the euro rose from an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday following upbeat euro zone data and stronger-than-expected U.S. earnings.

  • LONDON, July 24- Gold dropped to its lowest level in a month on Thursday, extending an earlier fall to below $1,300 an ounce as robust economic data from the United States, China and the euro zone deterred investors from buying into safe-haven assets.

  • 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.

  • Duerheimer, who took charge of the Volkswagen- owned luxury marque on June 1, told reporters in London that previous sales estimates had proved too optimistic. Bentley had said that 2014 was on course to be the brand's best year after first-half sales rose by almost a quarter to 5,254 saloons, coupes and convertibles, thanks to demand from China and the Middle East.

  • *Bourse opening follows labour, mortgage, other reforms. DUBAI, July 24- Saudi Arabia's decision to open its stock market to foreign investors is part of an accelerating series of economic reforms that may culminate in the most far-reaching change yet: higher domestic energy prices.

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

    NEW YORK— All three U.S. airlines serving Israel will resume flights there Thursday, following a two-day hiatus caused by combat in the Gaza Strip. The decision came hours after the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

  • 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.

  • July 24- U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co reported a 13 percent rise in second-quarter profit, helped by cost cutting and favorable pension adjustments, and maintained its full-year forecast. Raytheon has been expanding its presence in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and beefing up its global supply chain in the face of tightening U.S. defense budget.

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

  • Caterpillar 2Q profit rises, revenue declines Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    PEORIA, Ill.— Caterpillar's second-quarter net income rose 4.1 percent even as revenue slipped. Caterpillar— which also makes power systems that include large electrical generators and locomotive engines— earned $999 million, or $1.57 per share, in the quarter.