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  • *Russia says McDonald's branches breached sanitary rules. MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

  • BERLIN, Aug 20- German exports to Russia plunged in the first half of 2014, led by a sharp fall in car and machinery shipments, amid an escalating standoff between the West and Moscow over Ukraine. The value of German shipments to Russia fell 15.5 percent to 15.3 billion euros in the first six months of the year, data from the Statistics Office showed.

  • Dutch review energy ties with Russia after MH17 crash Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, Aug 19- The Netherlands is reviewing its extensive energy ties with Russia after the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine a month ago in an attack that killed nearly 200 Dutch nationals, officials and analysts said.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 18- Russian Urals crude weakened for an eight straight trading day on Monday due to weak European refining demand, falling well below $100 a barrel for the first time in a year in a move to increase the pain for Russian state finances amid Western sanctions.

  • *Mercedes-Benz, with no Russia car production, could suffer. MOSCOW, Aug 18- Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against Western nations to include a ban on imports of cars, if the United States and the European Union impose additional sanctions on Moscow, daily newspaper Vedomosti reported on Monday.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Aug 17- People from Britain who go to Cyprus in August are usually after sun, sea and sand but one Lincolnshire man, a trader in fruit and vegetables, is heading there this week for the potatoes. Since Russia barred imports of food from most of the rest of Europe, businesses are jostling for new buyers and sellers.

  • Ukraine hits at Russians: Here's what may be next Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:29 PM ET
    A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk, August 15, 2014.

    After fighting Friday, experts disagree about what investors should expect next between Russia and Ukraine

  • Putin will take over eastern Ukraine: Strategist Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:28 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Russian and local figures of culture at the Chekhov museum in Yalta, Crimea.

    One strategist said the conflict will continue, with Russia taking over eastern Ukraine.

  • Russia media reaction     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 2:21 PM ET
    An armed man in military fatigues stands guard outside a regional administration building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 27, 2014.

    What's the Russian government thinking? CNBC's Dina Gusovsky reports on how the media is interpreting their message.

  • Putin's next move?     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    Peter Brookes, The Brookes, The Heritage Foundation, and Gen. Barry McCaffrey, NBC Military analyst, discuss unrest between Russia and Ukraine and the U.S.'s security interest.

  • Traders move to shore up defenses before weekend Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:06 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Traders jumped into a defensive posture before the weekend, selling stocks and adding to bond positions after Ukrainian artillery destroyed part of a Russian armored column.

  • Putin mercenaries losing in Ukraine: McFaul     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, shares his thoughts on reports that Ukraine forces took out Russian military personnel in Ukraine. McFaul says Putin has not been doing well in terms of strategy in Ukraine.

  • Concerns of re-escalation in Russia     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    Ukraine forces have engaged Russian troops and destroyed part of a military unit entering from Russia. CNBC's reports Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the details.

  • *Concerns over Ukraine, Iraq soften. LONDON, Aug 15- Gold prices dropped 1.4 percent on Friday as European stock markets headed for their biggest weekly gain since mid-February on expectations for more central bank stimulus to lift the euro zone economy. "Gold is really not liking the strong return seen in stocks," Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen said.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday, with major indexes on track for a second week of gains, as traders bet there would be no immediate escalation in the tense situations in Ukraine or Iraq.

  • LONDON, Aug 15- European stocks rose on Friday, on track for the year's biggest weekly gains, while German Bund yields held near record lows as recent weak data increased expectations of further central bank action to revive the economy.

  • *Volumes low due to public holiday in Europe. LONDON, Aug 15- European shares rose on Friday, gaining ground for the fourth time in five sessions, helped by BHP Billiton after the world's biggest miner said it could spin off assets. It is encouraging for the sector overall, " James Butterfill head of equity strategy at Coutts, said.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, with major indexes on track for a second week of gains, as traders bet there would be no immediate escalation in the tense situations in Ukraine or Iraq.

  • But in an ironic twist, the feel-good triumph in Brazil may have come at a time when Germany's new "Wirtschaftswunder", or economic miracle, is coming to an end.