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*NATO sees "high probability" of Russia invasion of Ukraine. LONDON, Aug 11- Brent crude oil strengthened above $105 a barrel on Monday as a political showdown in Iraq and a warning from NATO of a probable Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine underscored political risks.
NEW YORK, Aug 11- Global stocks bounced after recent sell-offs and core government debt prices fell on Monday as markets saw receding risks of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine while Middle East tensions diminished.
LONDON, Aug 11- European shares rebounded on Monday from a two-week drop after investors concluded Russia would not send troops into Ukraine any time soon. Late on Friday, Russia's Defense Ministry said it had ended military exercises in southern Russia that the United States had called "provocative." The Ukraine situation appears to be stabilizing.
NEW YORK, Aug 11- The euro slid against the dollar on Monday, giving up Friday's gains, hampered by looming monetary easing from the European Central Bank and worries about the impact of the Russia- Ukraine conflict on Germany, the euro zone's largest economy.
up 30 pct at $13.10 in morning trading; top percentage gainer on the exchange. **Juice maker Cutrale Group and Brazilian investment firm Safra Group offer to buy company for $610.5 million, excluding debt. **Cutrale and Safra offer $13 per share in cash, a 29 pct premium to Chiquita's closing price on Aug. 8.
*MannKind signs agreement with Sanofi, shares jump. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, extending Friday's sharp rally as concerns eased over both Federal Reserve monetary policy and the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 11- Protesters chanting "Blood on his hands" briefly halted South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's evidence on Monday at an inquiry into the police shooting of 34 striking mine workers two years ago.
Aug 11- Juice maker Cutrale Group and Brazilian investment firm Safra Group said on Monday they have offered to acquire Chiquita Brands International Inc in a cash deal that valued the banana distributor's equity at $610.5 million.
HOUSTON, Aug 11- Kinder Morgan Inc as a combined company will have the opportunity to make sizable acquisitions in the natural gas and crude oil pipeline and processing sector, the company's chief executive officer told investors on a conference call on Monday.
NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday, with major indexes extending Friday's sharp rally as it appeared less likely that the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine would escalate. Equities were also given a boost by Stanley Fischer, the vice chairman of the U.S.
Aug 11- Juice maker Cutrale Group and Brazilian investment firm Safra Group said on Monday they had offered to acquire Chiquita Brands International Inc in a cash offer that valued the banana distributor's equity at $610.5 million.
Aug 11- Dean Foods Co, the largest U.S. milk processor, withdrew its full-year profit forecast, saying raw milk prices remained "unpredictable and volatile."
Aug 11- Packaged foods maker ConAgra Foods Inc said long-time Chief Executive Gary Rodkin would retire in May 2015 at the end of the company's fiscal year.
*MannKind signs agreement with Sanofi, shares jump. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, suggesting that Friday's sharp rally could continue as it appeared less likely that the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine would escalate.
*U.S. air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. LONDON, Aug 11- Brent crude oil slipped below $105 a barrel on Monday as U.S. intervention in Iraq eased concerns over the risk of disruption to supply from OPEC's second-largest producer.
*RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.
KIEV, Aug 11- Ukraine said on Monday European companies would have to agree major contract revisions when purchasing Russian gas if the country's parliament imposed sanctions on Russian gas export giant Gazprom.
BAGHDAD, Aug 11- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was battling to keep his job on Monday, deploying forces across Baghdad as erstwhile allies nominated a replacement and the United States warned him not to block popular demands for change.
MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Aug 11- Strong sales of luxury Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles helped India's Tata Motors triple its first-quarter net profit, more than making up for a drop in domestic sales.
Aug 11- Dean Foods Co said it was withdrawing its full-year forecast, citing record high milk costs. Dean Foods' shares fell as much as 8.3 percent in premarket trading on Monday. The company's net loss narrowed to $1 million, or 1 cent per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $57 million, or 61 cents per share, a year ago.