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*European shares wobble as Russia convey goes into Ukraine. LONDON, Aug 22- The high-flying dollar steadied on Friday as markets waited for steers on U.S. monetary policy, while escalating tensions over Ukraine halted a strong run-up by European stocks.
*Safe-haven currencies gain as Russia- Ukraine tension flares. LONDON, Aug 22- The yen and the Swiss francs rose against the euro on Friday, helped by safe-haven inflows after a Russian aid convoy crossed into Ukraine without permission from Kiev, rattling investors.
MANILA, Philippines— Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.
*Aims to challenge dominance of New York and London. The strong response from foreign players will boost efforts by China- also the world's biggest producer of gold- to gain pricing power over the metal and to challenge the dominance of London and New York in trading.
*Libya loads second cargo at largest port Es Sider. LONDON, Aug 22- Brent crude oil futures drifted lower on Friday, further below $103 a barrel, as a strong dollar and plentiful supplies continued to pressure prices. "We've reached a stage where the market is looking to stabilise a bit," said Ole Hansen, senior commodity strategist at Saxo Bank.
NEW YORK— What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded? "This is a technology that has a very real potential to serve as a check and balance on police power," says Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union.
HONG KONG— Most Asian stock markets pushed higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that added to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was little changed at 9,401.76 while Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 6,777.53. France's CAC 40 dropped 0.2 percent to 4,282.48.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 21- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association has set an action date of September 3 to settle Argentina's credit default swaps after including two controversial yen-denominated bonds in the list of deliverable securities.
Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few. WASHINGTON— Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds— $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief— offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners. NEW YORK— To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 21- Gold slid 1.4 percent to its lowest in two months on Thursday, extending losses to a fifth session, as fears about an early interest rate hike by the U.S.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 21- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association will include two yen- denominated bonds in the list of securities used to settle Argentina's credit default swaps, a move that will likely reduce the payout for protection holders.
LONDON, Aug 21- Copper steadied on Thursday after U.S. data signaled a strengthening economy, but sluggish growth elsewhere in the world kept the metal under pressure.
Aug 21- When is the best time to book a trip to Walt Disney World? During a Twitter discussion on Aug. 19 hosted by Reuters, a panel of experts fielded questions about travel. The panel comprised Brian Kelly, who runs ThePointsGuy.com; Tim Winship, editor and publisher of FrequentFlier.com, and Jason Cochran, editor of Frommers.com.
NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. crude rose and Brent futures pared losses on Thursday, lifted by supportive economic data from the United States after a plentiful supply picture and Chinese economic data had earlier pressured prices.
NEW YORK, Aug 21- Global equity markets edged higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting an all-time high, as U.S. and German data drove confidence on economic growth and helped extend a stock rally.
French exports exceed those of Britain and Lithuania on the world market, but a wet summer has meant France is set to produce more wheat for animal feed and less higher grade bread-making grain this year.
*Platinum falls to 3- month lows. LONDON, Aug 21- Gold slid around 1 percent to its lowest in two months on Thursday, extending losses to a fifth session on a firm dollar and after slightly better than expected U.S. jobless claims fed expectations for an early interest rate hike.
*Libya restarts crude oil exports from biggest port. Libya has resumed exports from its largest port, helping push its oil output to the highest level for months, while top exporter Saudi Arabia raised its output in July to 10 million barrels per day.
*Raiffeisen Bank jumps on reassuring comments on Russia. PARIS, Aug 21- European stocks rose on Thursday, extending their sharp two-week rebound, boosted by better-than-expected German private sector growth figures which reassured investors about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy following a soft patch.
LONDON, Aug 21- Copper, aluminum and other base metals fell on Thursday after downbeat data on business activity in China and Europe, but investors were cautious about selling just a day after some were forced to bail out of short positions.