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  • *Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks were set to rise slightly at the open on Wednesday, boosted by bullish earnings from companies like Boeing, Pepsi and Microsoft, though conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip weighed on investor confidence.

  • European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    BERLIN— Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. The European Aviation Safety Agency late Tuesday said it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.

  • *Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Wednesday, boosted by bullish earnings from companies like Microsoft and Boeing, though conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip weighed on investor confidence.

  • *Cairo stock market rise reflects optimism, challenges remain. CAIRO, July 23- Egypt's new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a head start on tackling the country's economic problems, managing to introduce long-awaited subsidy reform without stirring popular unrest.

  • The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions on Tuesday after the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, straining the EU's relationship with the world's second-largest oil exporter.

  • BERLIN, July 23- For lawmaker Jan van Aken, little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible about Germany's arms exports than the German and French-made anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria. From its serial number, he believes the 1970 s MILAN rocket was sold legitimately by France to then Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad.

  • *Gold steady after overnight losses but holds above $1,300. *Tensions over Ukraine, Gaza strip give support. LONDON, July 23- Gold steadied on Wednesday after the previous day's drop, supported by simmering conflict in Ukraine and the Middle East, but under pressure from buoyancy in stock markets after positive U.S. data and corporate earnings.

  • LONDON, July 23- Emerging equities hit new 17- month highs on Wednesday, buoyed by strong post-election gains in Indonesia and a rise in Russian stocks after a conciliatory tone from the Kremlin over the downed Malaysian Airlines jet.

  • The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions on Tuesday after the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, straining the EU's relationship with the world's second-largest oil exporter.

  • Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry on diplomatic push Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip, sending thousands of residents fleeing, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists.

  • Oil stays above $102 amid Gaza peace efforts Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:35 AM ET

    The price of oil inched further above $102 a barrel Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit.

  • The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions on Tuesday after the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, straining the EU's relationship with the world's second-largest oil exporter.

  • However, the prospect of more sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis and a downed Malaysian airliner kept risk aversion on the table in the bond market, where German 10- year yields nudged down to 1.16 percent, just shy of record lows.

  • *AkzoNobel, Capita and Telenor all rise after results. EDINBURGH, July 23- European stocks rose on Wednesday on the back of generally strong earnings despite investors' concerns over the possibility of fresh European Union sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

  • European shares steady on mixed earnings, Ukraine caution Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    EDINBURGH, July 23- European stocks held steady on Wednesday, stabilising after a surge in the previous session as traders digested mixed earnings and the possibility of fresh EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine and the downing of a Malaysian airliner.

  • *EU threatens new sanctions on Russia. The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, while Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip with no ceasefire in sight. Brent crude for September delivery fell 27 cents to $107.06 a barrel by 0700 GMT, after slipping 35 cents in the previous session.

  • But a cautious mood was expected to return in early European trade, where spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 8 to 15 points lower, or down as much as 0.2 percent; Germany's DAX to open down 20 to 22 points, or 0.2 percent lower; and France's CAC 40 to open 5 to 6 points lower, or down 0.1 percent.

  • *EU threatens new sanctions on Russia. The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, while Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip with no ceasefire in sight. Brent crude for September delivery fell 11 cents to $107.22 a barrel by 0603 GMT, after slipping 35 cents in the previous session.

  • Nikkei edges down in choppy trade as investors avoid risk Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 23- Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Wednesday as investors sought to avoid geopolitical risk such as the Gaza crisis, dragging down index-heavyweight SoftBank Corp and exporters such as Honda Motor Co. The Nikkei ended 0.1 percent lower to 15,328.56.

  • FOREX-Dollar firms, euro cracks under rates pressure Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 1:53 AM ET

    TOKYO/ SYDNEY, July 23- The dollar held close to a six-week peak against a basket of currencies in Asian trade on Wednesday, as the euro edged down to touch a fresh 2014 low on the diverging interest rate outlook for the U.S. and euro zone.