• *Outlook for Q3 bleak due to Russia- Ukraine tensions. BERLIN, Aug 14- Europe's largest economy Germany suffered a surprise contraction in the second quarter, raising doubts about whether it can prop up growth across a continent where tougher sanctions against Russia are already fueling business anxiety.

  • BEIJING, Aug 14- China's surprisingly sharp and sudden drop in credit has strengthened the case for the central bank to cut interest rates, but policy insiders believe it will be reluctant to take more aggressive steps and for now will stick to more targeted measures.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 14- Why does the Chinese economy remind me of Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau?

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- A global gauge of stock markets rose on Wednesday as investors were cautiously optimistic about de-escalation of conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq, but copper, a barometer for global economic growth, fell more than 1 percent to a seven-week low.

  • BEIJING, Aug 13- China's economy showed further signs of softening in July despite a burst of government stimulus measures, suggesting more policy support may be needed to keep growth on track. Data earlier on Wednesday showed the amount of money flowing into China's economy slowed to the lowest level in nearly six year, adding to worries about the outlook.

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  • BRASILIA, Aug 11- Brazil's government is considering raising gasoline prices by up to 6 percent after elections in October, a long-awaited move that would help struggling oil giant Petrobras but would also stoke inflation in an already sluggish economy.

  • *Current forecast of 3.8 pct out of reach given Ukraine. WARSAW, Aug 12- Poland should downgrade its economic growth outlook for 2015 to take account of fallout from the Ukraine crisis and tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the West, Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said.

  • Russian growth data masks likely recession to come Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Aug 12- Russia appears for now to have escaped an economic contraction, but recession is still likely in the second half of the year as western sanctions over Ukraine bite, analysts warn.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 12- China shares edged lower on Tuesday, as cautious investors awaited more July data for fresh clues on how well the world's second largest economy is faring. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings eased 0.4 percent.

  • *Tencent, Sinopec up after executives meet. HONG KONG, Aug 12- China shares weakened on Tuesday after the previous day's strong gains, as cautious investors awaited more July data for fresh clues on how well the world's second largest ecoomy is recovering. At midday, the Hang Seng Index had inched 0.1 percent lower to 24,615.06 points.

  • Asian stocks up on China inflation, Japan rebound Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 11:24 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asia stocks rose Monday as subdued Chinese inflation, a rebound by Japanese markets and the latest easing of tensions over Ukraine helped offset unease about Iraq. China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 1 percent to 2,215.35 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.1 percent to 24,599.51.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 10- Investors will gauge the strength of the euro zone's fragile economy this week as escalating conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq darken the mood globally. The growing sanctions fight between Russia and the West over Moscow's backing of rebels in Ukraine and U.S. air strikes to block Islamist militants in Iraq are also upsetting the markets.

  • *Afren suspends output from Kurdistan, shares weaken. *Nokian Renkaat hit by plummeting sales in Russia. Tensions between the West and Russia and the advance of Sunni militants in Iraq have alarmed investors already weighing the implications of weak European economic data and the prospect of U.S. monetary tightening.

  • LONDON, Aug 8- A year after the Bank of England launched forward guidance on monetary policy, Governor Mark Carney faces the opposite challenge next week- to say as little as possible about exactly when interest rates will start rising. Carney is due to present the British central bank's updated economic forecasts at 0930 GMT on Wednesday.

  • *Russian crisis not hitting Germany too hard yet. BERLIN, Aug 8- German exports and imports rebounded in June, suggesting the West's standoff with Russia over Ukraine is not seriously hurting Europe's largest economy but failing to dispel concerns of a contraction in the second quarter.

  • *Trade surplus $47.3 bln vs $27 bln forecast. By Kevin Yao and Xiaoyi Shao. BEIJING, Aug 8- China's buoyant exports pushed its trade surplus to a record in July, fuelling optimism global demand will help counter pressure on the domestic economy from a weakening property sector.

  • NEW DELHI, Aug 8- It's been more than a month since Nirmala bought fresh tomatoes. "Buying tomatoes feels like buying jewellery," says the 29- year-old maid, who is struggling to make ends meet on her monthly pay of$ l65 as prices for fresh staples such as onions and potatoes also soar in New Delhi.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 7- If Aecio Neves wins the presidency this October, he would allow Brazil's currency to float freely, leaving the market to set the exchange rate in a move that would likely help local industries struggling with a strong real.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to adopt the measures in response to Western economic sanctions on Russia's defense, oil and financial sectors over Moscow's support for rebels waging an insurrection in east Ukraine.