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  • DONETSK/ KIEV, July 28- After pro-Russian rebels took 720 kg of explosives, 360 detonators and almost 1 km of wiring, the Skochinskiy coal mine, an ageing stalwart of the economy in Ukraine's Donbass region, was put out of action.

  • SHANGHAI, July 28- The head of U.S. meat supplier OSI Group, the parent company of a Chinese firm at the center of a food safety scandal, will hold a news conference in Shanghai later on Monday, as McDonald's Corp struck more meat dishes off its menus in China.

  • FOREX-Dollar index holds near six-month peak Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:37 AM ET

    TOKYO/ SYDNEY, July 28- The U.S. dollar hovered near six-month highs against a basket of major currencies on Monday, holding onto solid gains made last week as investors turned bearish on the euro.

  • HONG KONG, July 28- China shares jumped to their highest since December on Monday, as banks surged after a Reuters report said the country's fifth-biggest bank by assets planned to seek more private investors, while Hong Kong markets were also pushed higher.

  • *Gaza fighting subsides with Hamas backing 24- hour truce. *U.S., EU prepare more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine conflict. SINGAPORE, July 28- Brent crude slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday as fighting between Israel and Hamas Islamist militants subsided in Gaza, but some analysts said falls may be limited.

  • *Russia has to start paying by Jan. 15 2015- paper. MOSCOW, July 28- Shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos won a court battle against Russia in one of the largest-ever commercial legal cases, in which Moscow must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets, Kommersant daily said, citing unnamed sources.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Pfizer Inc's vulnerability to cheaper generics and its weak roster of experimental medicines will be on display Tuesday when the company reports quarterly earnings, reviving interest in its pursuit of AstraZeneca Plc or other deals to fortify its pipeline.

  • WASHINGTON, July 28- The U.S. federal agency regulating derivatives has fought just three trials since 2011, all against small-time fraudsters in Florida.

  • SHANGHAI, July 28- China's yuan strengthened against the dollar on Monday, as better-than-expected economic data offset a weaker central bank midpoint fixing, traders said, as the spot market continued to push the traded rate closer to the midpoint.

  • MOSCOW, July 28- The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague will announce on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion to former shareholders of the defunct oil company Yukos, Russian business daily Kommersant reported on its website, citing unnamed sources. The newspaper said Russia was expected to appeal against the ruling.

  • WASHINGTON, July 28- President Barack Obama could act without congressional approval to limit a key incentive for U.S. corporations to move their tax domiciles abroad in so-called "inversion" deals, a former senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Monday.

  • *Gaza fighting subsides with Hamas backing 24- hour truce. *U.S., EU prepare more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine conflict. SINGAPORE, July 28- Brent crude slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday as fighting between Israel and Hamas Islamist militants subsided in Gaza, but some analysts said falls may be limited.

  • TOKYO, July 28- Japan's Nikkei average rose to six-month highs on Monday, and looked poised to test key resistance levels around 15,500 points, on hopes of continued improvement in corporate earnings. 0.5 percent at 15,530.29, its highest level since Jan. 23, reversing early losses that followed Friday's weakness on Wall Street.

  • HONG KONG, July 28- China shares jumped in mid-morning trade on Monday, with bank shares surging after Reuters reported the country's fifth-biggest bank by assets plans to seek more private investors. At 0255 GMT, the Shanghai Composite Index was up 2.3 percent, while The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings rose 2.7 percent.

  • TOKYO, July 28- Japanese government bond prices ticked up on Monday, supported by rise in U.S. bond prices and buying in the long end from investors who gave up waiting for dips. The 10- year cash bond yield dipped 0.5 basis point to 0.520 percent while the 10- year futures price rose 0.09 point to 146.00.

  • *China stocks gain after jump in industrial firm profits. TOKYO, July 28- Asian stocks shrugged off a drop in Wall Street and hovered near three-year highs on Monday, with China taking the lead after data showed a robust jump in profits earned by industrial firms in the world's second-largest economy.

  • SAN DIEGO, July 27- Every year, around 130,000 comic book fans and entertainment enthusiasts trek to San Diego's Comic-Con International, where thousands of booths and hundreds of panels are set up by industry outlets to cater to attendees.

  • METALS-London copper pauses as Freeport eyes exports Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 9:14 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 28- London copper opened steady on Monday after a two percent run up last week, stalling on news that major miner Freeport was set to resume concentrate exports from Indonesia after a six-month halt, unlocking a kink in supply.

  • That offset continuing violence in Gaza, Libya and Ukraine. *U.S. crude futures for September delivery fell 39 cents to $101.70 a barrel by 0009 GMT, after finishing 2 cents higher on Friday.

  • TOKYO, July 28- Asian stocks dipped in early trade on Monday after disappointing earnings hit Wall Street, while the dollar hovered near six-months peaks against a basket of major currencies.