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  • *Russia halted gas flows to Ukraine in June. KIEV, Aug 27- Ukraine warned Europe on Wednesday that Russia could cut off gas to the continent this winter, but Moscow responded that the supply of gas would continue regardless of politics.

  • *Cushing up 508,000 bbls- EIA. LONDON, Aug 27- Brent crude oil rose towards $103 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering from a 14- month low hit last week as traders monitored maintenance work in the North Sea and as U.S. crude oil inventories fell.

  • European shares steady, UK grocery firms slip Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct. *Seadrill falls after below-forecast earnings. Declines in individual shares included UK grocers Sainsbury and Tesco slipping 2.2 percent and 1.3 percent respectively after data from Kantar Worldpanel showed UK grocery market sales rose 0.8 percent in the 12 weeks to Aug. 17, a 10- year low.

  • *Russia halted gas flows to Ukraine in June. *But supplies via Ukraine intended for EU have kept flowing. KIEV, Aug 27- Europe faces the increasing threat of a disruption to gas supplies from its main provider Russia this winter due to the crisis in Ukraine, through which almost half of supplies flow.

  • FOREX-Euro falls widely on ECB easing speculation Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    *Euro hits lowest since January 2013 against Swiss franc. LONDON, Aug 27- The euro fell broadly on Wednesday, hitting a 19- month low against the Swiss franc, as speculation that the European Central Bank will resort to quantitative easing was fuelled by yet more bad news from the euro zone.

  • European shares steady, Seadrill slips after results Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.05 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct. *Seadrill falls after below-forecast earnings. *Marine Harvest results hit by Russian sanctions.

  • LONDON, Aug 27- Brent crude oil rose towards $103 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering from a 14- month low hit last week as traders monitored maintenance work in the North Sea, although healthy global supplies limited gains.

  • *Stocks buoyant, but Europe pauses for breath. LONDON, Aug 27- The euro extended its slide on Wednesday, hitting its lowest level in a year against the dollar as expectation grew that the European Central Bank will act soon to counter low growth and inflation.

  • European shares hold steady after brisk 2-1/2 week rally Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:57 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.02 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Marine Harvest results hit by Russian sanctions. Marine Harvest, the world's largest salmon farmer, said it expected Russian sanctions to pose short-term challenges.

  • The groundbreaking call by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi for more action on both the monetary and fiscal fronts has markets wagering that fresh steps could come as soon as next week when the central bank's governing council meets.

  • Russian soldiers' capture clouds Putin-Poroshenko talks Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 2:08 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Aug. 26, 2014.

    Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 27- Brent crude nudged up towards $103 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering from a 14- month low hit last week although bountiful global supplies are checking gains. Still, both Brent and West Texas Intermediate remain on track to post a second monthly fall against a backdrop of lower U.S. crude imports and slowing demand in China and Europe.

  • Brent nudges up near $103, recovers from 14-month low Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 12:08 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Aug 27- Brent crude nudged up towards $103 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering from a 14- month low hit last week although bountiful global supplies are checking gains. Still, both Brent and West Texas Intermediate remain on track to post a second monthly fall against a backdrop of lower U.S. crude imports and slowing demand in China and Europe.

  • The groundbreaking call by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi for more action on both the monetary and fiscal fronts has markets wagering that fresh steps could come as soon as next week when the central bank's governing council meets.

  • The groundbreaking call by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi for more action on both the monetary and fiscal fronts has markets wagering that fresh steps could come as soon as next week when the central bank's governing council meets.

  • SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug 26- MasterCard Inc, the world's second-largest debit and credit card company, expects net revenue to double in Latin America over the next four to five years on strong consumer spending and a shift to electronic payment from cash, a leading executive told Reuters.

  • Post-S&P milestone, Street looks for next catalyst Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:46 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Wall Street is trading on what it thinks might happen in September. But a key to what's been working on markets in the last several days is Europe.

  • *Ukraine says soldiers on "special mission". MINSK/ KIEV, Aug 26- Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels in the east of the former Soviet republic.

  • Russia and Ukraine leaders hold rare talks     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    Donald Jensen, Johns Hopkins University, says there is slim hope Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will make progress when they meet in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday to talk about the deteriorating situation in Eastern Ukraine.

  • MINSK/ KIEV, Aug 26- Ukraine released video footage on Tuesday of what it said were Russian soldiers captured on its territory, only hours before the presidents of the two countries were due to meet for the first time in months.