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  • In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 1:51 AM ET

    HONG KONG— As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28- story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.

  • BRUSSELS— EU extends Ukraine sanctions to hit Russian intelligence officials, rebel leaders: documents.

  • FACTBOX-EU targets Russian officials in sanctions list Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 10:15 PM ET

    Mikhail Fradkov: Permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation; director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation. Nikolai Patrushev: Permanent member and secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- The United States on Friday set new import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan after the Commerce Department found that the solar panels and cells are being sold too cheaply on the U.S. market.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. That helped the market overcome its latest dip, on July 17th, when a passenger jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine and Israel invaded the Gaza Strip, raising investor worries that conflicts around the world could escalate and destabilize financial markets.

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- Evidence that Russia is moving more weapons into Ukraine to arm rebels is likely to trigger more U.S. sanctions against Moscow once the European Union likely agrees its own sanctions next week, senior U.S. officials said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- The United States on Friday set new import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan after the Commerce Department found that the solar panels and cells are being sold too cheaply on the U.S. market.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Silver- bullion banks Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC have been accused of manipulating prices in a lawsuit filed in a New York district court on Friday. The lawsuit was filed by J. Scott Nicholson, a resident of Washington DC. The daily silver fix in London is set once a day by the banks in a conference call.

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- The International Monetary Fund urged Ukraine's leaders on Friday to press forward with "steady implementation" of economic reforms agreed with the fund, a day after the prime minister tendered his resignation.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Brent oil prices reversed early losses to climb more than $1 a barrel on Friday, as fighting in Ukraine and deteriorating relations between Russia and the United States ignited new fears of supply disruptions in the market.

  • *Visa, Amazon decline as earnings disappoint. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday in a broad consumer discretionary-led selloff after Visa and Amazon, a pair of closely watched bellwether names, reported disappointing results.

  • "We continue to get strong economic releases out of the United States," said Richard Scalone, co-head of foreign exchange at TJM Brokerage in Chicago. Analysts said the weak German business sentiment underscored the impact of tensions surrounding Russia and Ukraine on Germany, Europe's biggest economy.

  • July 25- Goldman Sachs downgraded its global equities allocation to neutral on a short-term basis on Friday, even though the brokerage remains overweight stocks for the longer term. Dividing the world up by regions, Goldman is overweight in Europe and Japan and underweight in the United States.

  • *Amazon.com, Visa down after disappointing results. NEW YORK, July 25- Some disappointing U.S. earnings, including those of Amazon.com, and weak German economic data pressured world stock markets on Friday, while the euro clung to an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar.

  • Russia: McDonald's food has 'too many calories' Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    The suit comes amid especially high tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine crisis; the United States has slapped an array of sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine for allegedly supporting separatist rebels who are fighting in eastern Ukraine.

  • *Warns risks of China partner, future of all-inclusive model. PARIS, July 25- Club Mediterranee's board of directors on Friday advised that a 790 million euro takeover offer for the holiday group from Italian financier and top shareholder Andrea Bonomi was in shareholders' interest.

  • HOUSTON, July 25- Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country's largest, the first major refining investment of the U.S. shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases employment data for July, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for June, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m..

  • *Russia says Washington is disseminating "unfounded" accusations over Ukraine. *Russia says Ukraine shelled across the border to kill law enforcement officers.

  • BRUSSELS, July 25- The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.