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  • *Has said he will fight if Russia resists paying $50 bln claim. MOSCOW/ TEL AVIV, July 29- Former Yukos executive and top shareholder Leonid Nevzlin will face an uphill struggle getting any of the money he lost when the Russian oil giant was seized and nationalized after falling foul of the Kremlin.

  • Obama tells Putin that Russia broke nuclear treaty Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    President Obama wrote to Russian President Putin to inform him the U.S. government had determined Russia violated a nuclear treaty.

  • EU hits Russia with new military, financial sanctions Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:45 PM ET
    The central processing plant for oil and gas in Salym, Russia, Feb. 4, 2014. Salym Petroleum Development is a venture between Shell and Gazprom Neft.

    The White House also said Tuesday that the U.S. could announce new sanctions on Russia "as soon as today."

  • BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, July 29- The knock to confidence from harsher European sanctions on Russia could spoil the euro zone's budding economic recovery even if it shrugs off the fallout on trade.

  • VIENNA, July 29- Austrian businesses would back tougher economic sanctions against Russia should Europe go down that path, even though such measures will likely be counterproductive, the head of the country's Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday.

  • Russia sanctions threaten to blow euro zone off course Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, July 29- The knock to confidence from harsher European sanctions on Russia could spoil the euro zone's budding economic recovery even if it shrugs off the fallout on trade.

  • *Russia accused by West of arming rebels in Ukraine. MOSCOW, July 29- Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, July 29- On the last day of May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years. Reuters was unable to verify its authenticity with the Russian military, and Moscow has consistently denied arming the separatists in eastern Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, July 29- Russian stocks dipped in volatile trade on Tuesday, extending the previous day's huge losses as investors awaited a broad round of economic sanctions the European Union is preparing to impose on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. They will not look cheap at current levels, "said Geldy Soyunov, senior analyst at Alfa Bank in Moscow.

  • *Geopolitical tensions support $1,300- an-ounce level. SINGAPORE, July 29- Gold was little changed just above $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday, supported by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine, with investors also focusing on U.S. jobs data and a Federal Reserve policy meeting this week.

  • SINGAPORE, July 29- Gold was little changed above $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday, supported by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine, with investors waiting for cues from U.S. jobs data and a Federal Reserve policy meeting this week. *Gold, seen as a safe-haven asset, has benefited from tensions between the West and Russia.

  • *Demand weak in Europe and Asia; supplies ample. NEW YORK, July 28- Oil prices dipped on Monday as signs of excess supplies of North Sea and West African crude and weak demand in Europe and Asia offset fears of escalating tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East.

  • BRUSSELS, July 28- EU diplomats reached a preliminary agreement on Monday on a list of associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin and companies that will face sanctions as part of tougher measures over Moscow's actions in Ukraine, EU sources said.

  • *Russia to appeal "politically biased decision". MOSCOW/ LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, July 28- An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the former oil giant whose ex-owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell foul of the Kremlin.

  • *Ruling comes amid turmoil in Ukraine and East-West rift. MOSCOW/ LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, July 28- The Hague's arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group.

  • *Court orders Moscow to pay $51 billion in Yukos case. MOSCOW, July 28- The rouble and Moscow stocks extended their losses on Monday after Russia said it would appeal against an international court ruling to pay $51 billion for expropriating assets of the now-defunct oil producer Yukos.

  • Inside Russia's economic arsenal     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Willis Sparks, Eurasia Group, provides insight on the range of economic tools at Russia's disposal.

  • Fierce fighting continues in Ukraine     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:09 AM ET
    Pro-Russian separatists tighten security measures at checkpoints as cars pass through in Sloviansk, Ukraine.

    It's becoming increasingly more difficult for investigators to reach the crash site of the downed Malaysian airliner, reports NBC's Keir Simmons.

  • AMSTERDAM, July 28- An international arbitration panel in the Netherlands on Monday ordered Moscow to pay $51.57 billion in damages to shareholders in the defunct oil giant Yukos, saying officials under President Vladimir Putin had manipulated the legal system to bankrupt the company.

  • *Ruling comes amid turmoil in Ukraine and East-West rift. MOSCOW, July 28- The Hague's arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos around $50 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession.