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  • MOSCOW, Aug 4- Russia's consumer protection watchdog is preparing to suspend imports of "Kentucky Gentleman" bourbon, adding to a growing list of products Russia has banned since the West imposed new sanctions over Moscow's support of rebels in Ukraine.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 4- China is poised to allow more private companies to directly import oil, a move that will have only a marginal impact on crude markets but may have a disproportionate impact on fuel oil prices.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 4- China shares closed at their highest in 7-1/ 2 months on Monday, boosted by positive comments about the market from the country's top securities regulator, with financial and coal firms leading gains.

  • BEIJING, Aug 4- Microsoft Corp should not obstruct an anti-trust investigation by Chinese regulators, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce said on Monday. The SAIC has questioned Microsoft's lawyer, Deputy General Counsel Mary Snapp, who was at the regulator's offices Monday morning, an SAIC spokesman said.

  • TOKYO, Aug 4- Japanese stocks edged down to a more than one-week low on Monday, with financials and sea transporters leading the losses, as a sell-off in U.S. stocks and concerns over Argentina's default and Portuguese banking problems dampened risk appetite.

  • *Concerns on sanctions on Russia, Argentine default trigger selling. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan managed to gain 0.4 percent, largely as Chinese shares continued to rally on signs that economy was regaining momentum after a spate of stimulus measures.

  • *Supply glut outweighs conflict in Libya, Iraq and Ukraine. SINGAPORE Aug 4- Brent crude rose to just over $105 a barrel on Monday as it came off a four-month low hit in the previous session, although worries about global oversupply still outweigh concerns about violence in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Aug 4- Russia's threatened ban on U.S. poultry imports, the latest move in a sanctions skirmish over Moscow's support of rebels in Ukraine, has agriculture companies alert to the risks of a conflict that's already roiled trading of crops ranging from soy, beef and fruit to California pistachios.

  • Erdogan dominates Turkey's uneven presidential race Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 12:59 AM ET

    ISTANBUL, Aug 4- Cheers erupted from the packed stands when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan scored his third goal in a celebrity soccer match to mark the opening of an Istanbul stadium. His orange jersey bore the number 12, a reminder of Erdogan's ambition to become the nation's 12th president in Turkey's first popular vote for its head of state, on Aug. 10.

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Aug 4- China shares regained momentum on Monday on positive market comments from the country's top securities regulator, while gains in Hong Kong were restrained by weak property developers.

  • *Supply glut outweighs conflict in Libya, Iraq and Ukraine. SINGAPORE Aug 4- Brent crude rose to $105 a barrel on Monday to come off of a four-month low hit in the previous session, with worries about global oversupply still outweighing concerns about violence in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • The poll offers a snapshot of priorities for Africans and their attitudes towards the United States from nine countries as small as Benin and Rwanda to larger and more populous nations including Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, and Tunisia.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 4- China's yuan weakened slightly against the dollar on Monday even after the central bank set the official guidance rate slightly stronger against the greenback.

  • *Crown's growing empire to include Macau, Sydney, Manila and Sri Lanka.

  • *Gold rose almost 1 percent on Friday. SINGAPORE, Aug 4- Gold found good support above $1,290 an ounce on Monday as surprisingly weak U.S. jobs data diminished fears that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates soon, and as weaker stocks prompted some safe-haven bids. U.S. gold had slipped about $1 to $1,293.70.

  • ISM- New York index July at 1345 GMT. SYDNEY, Aug 4- London copper was a tad firmer on Monday after weak U.S. employment data soothed concerns that the Federal Reserve would soon begin to draw back liquidity that has cushioned demand for metals.

  • *Argentine's default, Portugal bank woe hit financials despite limited exposure. TOKYO, Aug 4- Japanese stocks were flat on Monday after slipping to a one-week low in choppy early trade, as more losses on Wall Street and the conflict in Gaza and Ukraine sapped risk appetite.

  • JGBs steady after Treasuries gain on U.S. jobs data Sunday, 3 Aug 2014 | 10:54 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 4- Japanese government bond prices were mostly steady on Monday, underpinned after U.S. Treasuries gained on weaker-than-expected non-farm payrolls data. Market wariness over further gains in JGBs, with prices already at high levels, in addition to caution towards a 10- year debt auction on Tuesday, hemmed bonds in a narrow range.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 4- Australian gaming mogul Kerry Packer is taking another crack at the lucrative U.S. casino market, with his Crown Resorts Ltd buying a vacant site on the famous Las Vegas Strip. "As we have built Crown Resorts into a thriving international company with successful casino ventures in Australia, Macau, and London, we've always kept our eye on Las Vegas."

  • SYDNEY, Aug 4- London copper was a tad firmer on Monday after a weak jobs report on Friday soothed concerns that the United States would soon begin to draw back liquidity that has cushioned metals demand. *The most-traded October copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was down 0.2 percent at 50,310 yuan a tonne.