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  • SEOUL, Aug 14- U.S. crude oil futures declined to below $97.50 a barrel on Thursday in early Asian trade, pressured by an unexpected rise in U.S. crude inventory and high oil output in the United States and OPEC member countries.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13- The U.N. Security Council said on Wednesday it was encouraged by the nomination of Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi as it was an important step toward creating an inclusive government representing all parts of the country's society.

  • *Senior bondholders in Banco Espirito Santo spared pain. FRANKFURT, Aug 13- Portugal is making the same costly mistake as Ireland by rescuing a troubled bank and largely sparing its bondholders losses, one of the architects of Ireland's bailout has warned.

  • *OPEC output rose to five-month high in July- IEA. LONDON, Aug 13- Brent crude oil fell for a fourth straight day on Wednesday to its lowest in more than a year, dipping towards $102 a barrel as strong supplies overshadowed fears of disruptions from violence in OPEC members Iraq and Libya.

  • *OPEC output hits five-month high in July- IEA. *No supply disruption yet from Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil fell to a 13- month low on Tuesday as increased OPEC production helped dampen concerns over potential supply disruptions in Iraq and Libya.

  • *OPEC output hits five-month high in July- IEA. NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil fell to a 13- month low on Tuesday as increased OPEC production helped dampen concerns over potential supply disruptions in Iraq and Libya. OPEC output hit a five-month high of 30.44 million barrels per day in July with a 300,000- bpd rise led by Saudi Arabia and Libya, the IEA said.

  • *OPEC output hits five-month high in July- IEA. *No supply disruption yet from Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil fell to a nine-month low on Tuesday as increased OPEC production helps dampen concerns over potential supply disruptions in 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.

  • BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Aug 11- European Union regulators on Monday began analysing product-by-product the impact of a Russian ban on EU food imports and agreed emergency measures to support peach and nectarine growers in what they described as a "signal of intent".

  • Ukraine, Moscow says sending aid convoy@. BRUSSELS/ DONETSK, Aug 11- NATO said on Monday there was a "high probability" that Russia could launch an invasion of eastern Ukraine under the guise of a humanitarian operation, but a defiant President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was sending an aid convoy into the country.

  • *NATO chief sees Russia developing pretext for intervention. BRUSSELS/ DONETSK, Aug 11- NATO said on Monday there was a "high probability" that Russia could launch an invasion of eastern Ukraine under the guise of a humanitarian operation, but a defiant President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was sending an aid convoy into the country.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 11- European Union regulators on Monday began analysing product-by-product the impact of a Russian ban on EU food imports announced in retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Aug 23 Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, Bank for International Settlements Chief Economist Claudio Borio, Sveriges Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves and Deputy Governor Karolina Ekholm will attend.

  • SOFIA, Aug 8- Bulgaria's central bank has asked the International Monetary Fund to carry out an in-depth review of the Balkan country's financial sector following its worst banking crisis since the 1990 s, it said on Friday.

  • HELSINKI, Aug 8- The European Union could gradually ease its sanctions on Russia if Moscow works to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis, Finland's foreign minister said in an interview on Friday. He added that he saw little risk of Russia occupying more Ukrainian territory, pointing out that it could have already done so had it wanted to.

  • *Russia eyes meat, milk imports from Latin America. MOSCOW/ ISTANBUL, Aug 8- Turkey and Latin American countries such as Brazil look likely to emerge as key winners from Russia's decision to ban most European Union and U.S. food imports in retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow's role in Ukraine.

  • LONDON, Aug 8- OPEC trimmed its 2014 global oil demand growth forecast for a second consecutive month and said the group managed to increase output in July despite violence in Iraq and Libya, pointing to more comfortable global supplies.

  • Poland to complain to WTO over Russian embargo Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    WARSAW, Aug 8- Poland will file a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over the Russian ban on Polish exports of fruit and vegetables, Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki said.

  • KIEV, Aug 8- Ukraine expects that a decision on disbursement of a second $1.4 billion tranche of aid by the International Monetary Fund under a $17 billion loan programme will be adopted on Aug. 29, Central Bank chief Valeria Hontareva said on Friday.

  • *Rare earth firms down after China loses appeal at WTO. HONG KONG, Aug 8- China shares eked out slim gains in choppy trade on Friday, buoyed by better-than-expected Chinese export growth that helped offset concern about the cooling housing market, while Hong Kong pared its early morning losses.