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  • *U.S. 30- year bond yield falls to lowest since June 2013. Treasury debt prices rose on Monday on safe haven demand heightened by investor caution over turmoil in the Middle East and growing geopolitical tension following the downing of a Malaysian Airlines aircraft.

  • FOREX-Dollar holds steady as world stock markets fall Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    *Euro rebounds from five-month low vs dollar, above $1.35. NEW YORK, July 21- The U.S. dollar held steady against major currencies on Monday as investors reduced holdings of stocks and other risky assets on anxiety about escalating violence in Gaza and Ukraine.

  • Gaza ceasefire gains momentum: Report     Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    NBC's Martin Fletcher reports the latest detail on the conflict between Hamas and Israel as Secretary Kerry travels to the Middle East to seek resolution to the crisis.

  • LONDON, July 21- European shares fell on Monday as fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine, while sales data from French carmaker Peugeot raised concern about demand from emerging markets. Peugeot's shares fell 3.8 percent after it said deliveries fell 25.8 percent in Russia, 26.8 percent in Latin America and 37.2 percent in Africa and the Middle East.

  • *EMC jumps on report of activist investor stake. NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. stocks fell on Monday, following the sharpest moves in indexes in the past three months during the two previous sessions, as developments in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip continue to garner investor focus.

  • GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 21- The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip rose above 500 on Monday as the army said it had killed 10 militants who tunnelled into Israel, while Gazan officials said an Israeli tank shelled a hospital, killing civilians.

  • *Economists say Germany's fundamentals still solid. BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, July 21- The German economy probably stagnated in the second quarter in the face of political tensions abroad, the Bundesbank said on Monday, but chances are its recovery will not be held up for long by conflicts on the rim of Europe.

  • Talks of Gaza ceasefire: Report     Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NBC's Martin Fletcher reports there appears to be a movement for arranging a ceasefire as Secretary Kerry readies to visit the Gaza region and the death toll inside Gaza has climbed over 500.

  • The Gaza war, in which Israel is now waging a ground offensive to try to destroy Palestinian tunnels and missile stocks, is set to wipe at least half a billion dollars off the Jewish state's economy this year, industry bodies estimate. More than 3.5 million visitors came to Israel in 2013, pumping some 40 billion shekels into the economy.

  • BERLIN, July 21- Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline by revenue, joined rival Emirates in calling for an airline summit to discuss the industry's response to the downing of an airliner over Ukraine, saying international security protocols should be reviewed.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. stocks dipped at the open on Monday as developments in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip look to dominate trading amid a thin economic calendar.

  • July 21- Halliburton Co, the world's No.2 oilfield services provider, said it expect higher margins in North America in the current quarter due to strong drilling activity, signaling an industry-wide recovery in the region after a two-year slump.

  • Hamas kidnaps Israeli soldier: Report     Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    NBC's Martin Fletcher reports Israeli airstrikes are pounding Gaza again today and more than 500 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the offensive, and Hamas announced they have kidnapped an Israeli soldier.

  • *Gulf banks reducing loan fees, easing terms. *Eager to deploy cash supplies amid high oil prices. DUBAI, July 21- Cash-rich Gulf banks are grabbing a growing share of the region's loan market as they cut fees and ease terms, elbowing aside some of the foreign banks which used to dominate lending.

  • Heat’s off Qatar World Cup workers after reforms Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    Qatar has introduced reforms aimed at its migrant workforce following criticism of conditions at its sites for the 2022 World Cup.

  • *Economists say Germany's fundamentals still solid. FRANKFURT, July 21- The German economy probably stagnated in the second quarter in the face of political tensions abroad, the Bundesbank said on Monday, but chances are its recovery will not be held up for long by conflicts on the rim of Europe.

  • Putin using energy to blackmail Europe: Sen.     Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:41 AM ET

    Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.), explains why the U.S. needs to get tougher with Russian President Putin.

  • Markets respond to geopolitical tensions     Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Europe is the loser here and China is the big winner, says Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group president, sharing his thoughts on the ripple effects of the crisis in Ukraine and the shooting down of Flight MH17.

  • US STOCKS-Futures slip with Ukraine, Gaza in focus Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    *EMC jumps on report of activist investor stake. NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Monday as developments in Ukraine and Middle East looked to dominate trading amid a thin economic calendar. Fighters from Hamas, which controls Gaza, have repeatedly tried to infiltrate Israel over the past week through a network of hidden tunnels.

  • *U.S. sanctions on Russia include Rosneft, Exxon's partner. OSLO, July 21- An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, attracting international scrutiny and creating a dilemma for ExxonMobil.