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  • *PM vows Ukraine will never default on its debts. KIEV, July 31- Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion raging in the east and avert a national default on its debts.

  • *Almost quarter of a million refugees in UN's Gaza shelters. *Gaza fighting in its fourth week. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 31- The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire.

  • Heavy shelling, clashes resume in Libya's Tripoli Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:50 AM ET

    TRIPOLI, July 31- Heavy shelling resumed on Thursday in southern Tripoli where rival militia brigades were battling for control of the capital's main airport in some of the worst clashes since the 2011 revolt which ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

  • *Hamas vows to fight on until Gaza blockades lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 30- Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting.

  • G-7 leaders warns Russia of more sanctions Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:31 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a government meeting on the Russian economy, in Moscow.

    The US and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

  • Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    BAGHDAD— European airlines and a Dubai- based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, July 30- Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow- backed rebels and government troops has intensified since a Malaysian airliner was shot down.

  • KIEV, July 30- Ukraine's economic decline has accelerated as fighting between the army and pro-Russian separatists in the east took a heavy toll on industry and other economic activity in the last three months.

  • Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    MOSCOW— U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.

  • Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:40 AM ET

    The yearlong investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a portrait of inspection delays, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006..

  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.

  • Time to take money off the table in Thailand? Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 7:13 PM ET

    Thailand stocks have rallied sharply, but despite high hopes for the new administration's policies, analysts don't expect shares to rise much further.

  • Will stocks continue to ignore geopolitics? Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 7:12 PM ET

    Geopolitical tensions are heating up globally, but it isn't clear investors should react, with markets not paying the conflicts much attention.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

  • New sanctions for Russia—here's where they'll hurt Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:36 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 28, 2014 in Moscow.

    Sanctions are intended to tighten the screws on Russia by targeting broad sections of its economy and financial markets.

  • GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 29- Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave.

  • Israelis find 32 tunnels     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    NBC News' Martin Fletcher reports Israelis say they have found about 32 tunnels, some of them digging right into Israeli territory.

  • 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."

  • Gaza conflict to dent, not break Israel economy Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    Analysts and officials compare the current operation to a one-month war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, as well as to conflicts in Gaza in 2009 and 2012, when the economy took a hit but bounced back quickly, except for tourism.

  • US accuses Russia of violating nuclear treaty Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    In another sign of deteriorating relations, the U.S. government said Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty.