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  • *Western bank still expects robust Russia profits. MOSCOW, Aug 6- Russia will ban all imports of U.S. food products as well as fruit and vegetables from the European Union after President Vladimir Putin ordered retaliation for Western sanctions against Moscow, a state news agency reported on Wednesday.

  • *NATO says Moscow could use "humanitarian" pretext to invade. MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 6- Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western sanctions imposed over its support for rebels in Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 6- Russia has massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbor.

  • BRUSSELS/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 6- Russia has massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbour.

  • OTTAWA, Aug 5- Canada and the European Union have finalized the text of a proposed free trade deal after months of disagreements, but implementation is still about two years away, Canadian officials said on Tuesday. The deal would make Canada the world's only major economy with preferential access to the world's two largest economies, the EU and the United States.

  • OTTAWA, Aug 5- Negotiators for Canada and the European Union have finalized the text of a proposed free trade deal after months of disagreements, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. The source said the draft text of the treaty would now be sent to Canada's 10 provinces and the EU's 28 member states for their comments.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 5- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that Moscow should discuss possible retaliatory measures after the European Union imposed sanctions on a low-cost Russian airline over the Ukraine crisis, RIA news agency said.

  • NEW DELHI, Aug 5- India is confident that it will be able to persuade members of the 160- strong World Trade Organization to understand its concerns over food security which derailed a global trade deal last week, the country's trade minister said.

  • *India blocked WTO treaty on simplifying global customs rules. *India is largely excluded from a rush to negotiate in smaller groups. GENEVA, Aug 4- India has dealt a potentially fatal blow to the World Trade Organization's hopes of modernising the rules of global commerce and remaining the central forum for multilateral trade deals.

  • *Sanctions restrict Sberbank's access to EU capital markets. MOSCOW, Aug 1- Russia's top lender, Sberbank, faces rising borrowing costs and a squeeze on its margins after being included in the latest European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

  • *Comment comes after India derails global trade talks over food security objections. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, Aug 1- India is willing to sign a global trade deal, which it has torpedoed, if other World Trade Organization members can agree to its parallel demand for concessions on stockpiling food, senior officials in New Delhi said on Friday.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 1- Officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will discuss gas supplies on Sept. 12, the Interfax news agency quoted Russia's EU envoy, Vladimir Chizhov, as saying on Friday, but EU authorities said they knew nothing about the meeting.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 1- Ministers from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will meet to discuss gas provision on Sept. 12, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's EU envoy, Vladimir Chizhov, as saying on Friday.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal sent the wrong signal, and he urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. *Bloc of member states could exclude India and forge ahead.

  • SYDNEY/ GENEVA Aug 1- Several member states of the World Trade Organization voiced frustration after India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling led to the collapse of the first major global trade reform pact in two decades.

  • SEOUL, Aug 1- South Korean exports to China fell 7.0 percent in July from a year earlier, a third consecutive monthly drop, while shipments to the European Union rebounded from a fall in June to post a strong 11.5 percent rise, data showed on Friday.

  • *India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • *India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude oil tumbled more than $2 on Thursday, going below $98 a barrel, hitting the lowest level since March on news of a potentially lengthy shutdown at a Kansas oil refinery, while Brent also slipped amid signs of robust OPEC oil production.