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  • HAVANA, July 23- Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on Wednesday with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island's independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro's revolution began.

  • July 23- Tupperware Brands Corp, known for its colorful food containers, cut its full-year sales and profit forecast, citing lower sales in Europe. The company, whose shares fell as much as 11 percent, also reported lower-than-expected sales for the second quarter ended June 28 due to poor demand in Germany.

  • DETROIT, July 23- General Motors Co on Wednesday announced six recalls covering 717,950 vehicles in the United States for varying reasons, although none were related to ignition switch issues. GM has recalled nearly 15 million vehicles worldwide this year for potentially lethal issues with ignition switches.

  • The U.S. appliance maker said its sales in China plummeted 80 percent last quarter as retailers in that country, anticipating its pending merger with Hefei Rongshida Sanyo Electric Co and the new line the merged entity will produce, stopped buying Whirlpool-branded products.

  • *Israel rejects comparisons with Ukrainian disaster. *Israel offers desert airport as alternative. JERUSALEM, July 23- Israel tried on Wednesday to get U.S. and European commercial flights to Tel Aviv restored after some carriers suspended services, insisting its main airport there was safe despite being targeted by Palestinian rockets.

  • *Apple rallies after results, boosting tech names. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks were largely higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 hitting another record high after bullish results from tech giants Apple and Microsoft, though technical resistance and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept gains in check.

  • July 23- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's Zydelig, a drug to treat three types of blood cancer. The FDA approved the use of Zydelig in combination with Roche AG's Rituxan for patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

  • July 23- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new brokerage industry rule to ban dispute settlements between securities firms and investors that require investors to agree to erase complaints from brokers' public records.

  • SHANGHAI/ LANGFANG, China, July 23- Yum Brands Inc's China division severed ties to OSI China after Shanghai police detained five people from that supplier's meat processing factory at the center of a food safety scare that has ensnared several major Western brands.

  • Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives.

  • *General Dynamics, Northrop beat profit estimates. *General Dynamics reports higher aerospace orders. July 23- U.S. weapons makers General Dynamics Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp raised their 2014 profit forecasts as cost cutting allowed them to improve profitability even as defense spending by the U.S. government remained low.

  • US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 1:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the five years since the recession officially ended, Americans' pay has basically stagnated.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ FRANKFURT, July 22- European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up investigations of Google Inc's practices on several fronts and are likely to revise certain terms of a settlement involving its search engine that was proposed earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

  • GM issues 6 more safety recalls Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    DETROIT— General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.

  • MOSCOW, July 23- Russian officials on Wednesday lined up to dismiss the economic impact of Western sanctions imposed for Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they were "peanuts" compared to what their country had to face during Soviet times.

  • DETROIT, July 23- General Motors Co on Wednesday announced six recalls covering 717,950 vehicles in the United States for varying reasons. None of the recalls were related to the ignition switch issues that have caused nearly 15 million recalls of GM vehicles worldwide this year.

  • "EPA goes beyond the plain reading of Clean Air Act Section 111 directing states to achieve questionable emission reduction targets from a limited menu of economically damaging and legally questionable' options'," said Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, the committee's top Republican.

  • *U.S. crude stocks down 4 mln barrels, Cushing down 1.4- EIA. NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters)- Oil futures rose on Wednesday, with U.S. crude outpacing Brent, after oil stockpiles in the United States fell more than expected. Brent crude for September delivery was up 9 cents at $107.42 a barrel at 12:59 p.m. EDT ( 1659 GMT), after slipping 35 cents in the previous session.

  • FRANKFURT, July 23- When Bill Gross eventually retires as chief investment officer of California- based asset manager Pimco, his "Bond King" crown will go with him. Allianz, the German insurer which owns Pimco, wants to ensure that in a post-Gross era the asset manager he co-founded will not be so reliant on the investment decisions of one person.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said it expects the U.S. economy to grow 1.7 percent in 2014, even more slowly than it predicted a month ago, as weakness in the first quarter offsets an expected pick-up in the second half of the year.