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  • *Escalation of Ukraine tensions pushes up yen, Swiss franc. LONDON, Aug 28- The yen and Swiss franc gained on Thursday, while the euro fell, as concerns about a serious escalation in tensions between Ukraine and Russia rattled investors and drove them to seek safe-haven currencies.

  • *Report of Russian troop movements into Ukraine brings concerns back to forefront. NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday after Ukraine's president said Russian forces had been brought into his country, bringing concerns over the volatile region back into focus.

  • TOKYO, Aug 28- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a hard choice in coming months: whether to hike Japan's sales tax again, raising the risks of damaging a fragile recovery, or to back off and shake markets' confidence in his commitment to curbing runaway government debt.

  • PetroChina profit up 4 percent as gas sales rise Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    BEIJING— State-owned PetroChina, East Asia's biggest oil producer, says its profit in the first half rose 4 percent as sales of gasoline and natural gas increased. PetroChina Ltd. said Thursday it earned 68.1 billion yuan, or 0.37 yuan per share, in the six months ended June 30.

  • TOKYO, Aug 28- Honda Motor Co is recalling about 63,200 vehicles due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by Takata Corp, the latest in a series of air bag recalls across the industry that have affected nearly 16 million vehicles to date.

  • Coty misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Coty Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $20.1 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per share. Coty shares have climbed 18 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Ukraine president says Russian troops have crossed border. LONDON, Aug 28- German Bund yields hit a record low after Ukraine accused Russia of moving troops across the countries' border, while lower-rated euro zone bond yields rose after above-forecast inflation readings tempered expectations of imminent ECB easing.

  • *PetroChina says aims to make Athabasca payment soon. HONG KONG, Aug 28- PetroChina, the country's top oil and gas producer which also owns refineries, posted a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, partly due to higher upstream earnings and improved refining margins.

  • *Poroshenko says Russian forces brought into Ukraine. PARIS, Aug 28- European stocks fell on Thursday as renewed worries over turmoil in Ukraine prompted investors to cash in some gains following a sharp 2-1/ 2 week rally. The sell-off accelerated around midday after Ukrainian president said Russian forces had been "brought into Ukraine".

  • US fund in deal to build Myanmar solar plants Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:20 AM ET

    YANGON, Myanmar— A U.S investment fund has signed a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants in central Myanmar, one of the largest investments by an American firm since the easing of U.S. sanctions.

  • Malaysia Airlines posts Q2 net loss of $98 mln Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:20 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28- Malaysia Airlines on Thursday reported another financial loss and warned of poor second-half earnings, as passenger bookings tumbled in response to the loss of two aircraft in separate disasters this year.

  • Dollar General says committed to Family Dollar deal Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    Aug 28- Dollar General Corp, the No.1 U.S. deep discount retailer, said it remained committed to acquiring rival Family Dollar Stores Inc and reported a 7.5 percent rise in quarterly sales.

  • Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay— People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program.

  • Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18- year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The Michael Brown Memorial Fund has raised almost $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Aug 28- An experimental Ebola vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline is being fast-tracked into human studies and the company plans to build a stockpile of up to 10,000 doses for emergency deployment, if results are good.

  • More Colorado pot seized in the mail, report says Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    DENVER— The amount of Colorado marijuana being seized en route to other states through the U.S. mail has more than quadrupled since 2010 and was destined for more states than before, according to a new report by a federally funded drug task force.

  • INTERVIEW- MEXICO LIGHT CRUDE IMPORTS WOULD BE GRADUAL, COULD RANGE FROM 35,000 BPD TO 70,000 BPD DEPENDING ON REFINERY NEEDS-PMI.

  • INTERVIEW- MEXICO SEES STEADY NEAR-TERM CRUDE OIL EXPORT VOLUMES TO TOP ASIAN MARKETS CHINA, INDIA AND JAPAN- PEMEX COMMERCIAL ARM.

  • LIGHT CRUDE OIL- PEMEX COMMERCIAL ARM.

  • INTERVIEW- MEXICO EXPECTS TO IMPORT LIGHT CRUDE OIL, NOT CONDENSATES, BEGINNING LATER THIS YEAR- PEMEX COMMERCIAL ARM.