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LONDON, Aug 14- Gold edged lower on Thursday, reacting to a tentative rebound in European shares after Russian President Vladimir Putin's comment on the Ukraine conflict, but a weaker dollar and sluggish U.S. and European economic data limited losses.
Activists hacked the Twitter account of the Russian Prime Minister on Thursday to announce he was resigning from government.
LONDON, Aug 14- Bond yields dropped to record lows across the euro zone on Thursday and the euro hovered near its weakest in nine months after Germany reported its economy shrank in the second quarter, fuelling expectations of more central bank stimulus. Germany said its gross domestic product shrank by 0.2 percent during the April-May period.
Nina Khrushcheva, The New School associate professor, discusses Russia's offer of humanitarian aid for Ukraine and whether it's an incursion plan by President Putin. I don't think Putin wants to invade, says Khrushcheva.
LONDON, Aug 14- Russian stocks rose on Thursday as investors hoped for an improvement in relations between Russia and Ukraine, while central European currencies were steady after mixed growth data.
Ukraine has called Russia's dispatch of an aid convoy a "cynical act designed to fan a pro-Russian rebellion. David Adesnik, American Enterprise Institute, talks about Putin's likely next move.
LONDON, Aug 14- The Kremlin's worst clash with the West since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has accelerated the outflow of two of Russia's most prized assets: money and brains.
WASHINGTON, Aug 13- Companies even partly owned by individuals sanctioned by the U.S. government could find themselves blacklisted as the result of a rule change announced on Wednesday by the Treasury Department.
*Nagging worries over Ukraine crisis limit gains. LONDON, Aug 13- European stock markets were steady on Wednesday, supported by gains in the shares of utility E.ON and reinsurer Swiss Life after forecast-beating results.
MOSCOW, Aug 13- Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov cut his stake in his business empire to below 50 percent in a planned move to reward management with shares, not in response to any threat of Western sanctions, his company said.
SOCHI, Russia, Aug 12- Russia will increase exports of wheat to Egypt and imports of other agriculture products from it, Russian officials said on Tuesday as the two countries discussed the potential for free trade.
Russia media is reporting that a massive aid convoy consisting of 280 trucks carrying food and power generators is heading to Russian backed rebels in Ukraine. CNBC's Simon Hobbs has the details of Putin's latest move.
SOCHI, Russia, Aug 12- Russia will supply at least 5-5.5 million tonnes of wheat to Egypt this year and will increase agricultural goods imports from the North African country, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters after meeting with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Russia's President Putin will address members of the Crimean government and parliament while in the breakaway region on Thursday.
MOSCOW, Aug 12- The rouble weakened and dollar-denominated Russian shares fell on Tuesday, dragged lower by tensions over a Russian aid convoy heading to east Ukraine.
*No supply disruption from Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters)- Brent crude oil fell to around $104 a barrel on Tuesday, touching its lowest level in nine months as steady supplies dispelled concerns over potential disruptions in producers including Iraq and Libya.
*No threat to supply seen in Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. SINGAPORE, Aug 12- Brent crude extended losses for a third straight session, dropping towards $104 a barrel on Tuesday as new political tension on the streets of Baghdad were seen as holding little threat to the OPEC producer's oil output.
*No threat to supply seen in Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. Iraq on Monday named Haidar al-Abadi as the new prime minister to end the eight-year rule of Nuri al-Maliki, but Maliki has refused to go and deployed special forces to force a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad.
SINGAPORE, Aug 12- Gold was stuck in a narrow range above $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday after falling a day earlier as equities gained ground, with investors appearing to set aside for now geopolitical worries concerning Ukraine. *Gold has gained about 9 percent this year, largely on tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine, and violence in the Middle East.
SEOUL, Aug 12- U.S. crude oil slipped below $98 a barrel on Tuesday in early Asian trade but the fall was capped by expectations of further draws in U.S. crude inventory. *Brent fell 10 cents at $104.58 a barrel after settling 34 cents lower at $104.68 a barrel.