MOSCOW, Oct 21- The driver of a snow plough involved in the plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total denies he is guilty and relatives say he never drinks, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Russia's Investigative Committee said Vladimir Martynenko was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication when the snow plough he was driving was in a...» Read More
"Results were better than expected, with solid operating results in coal and copper," RBC Capital Markets analyst Fraser Phillips said in a note to clients. Teck cut its 2014 copper cost forecast to between $1.95 and $2.05 per pound from $2.00 to $2.20 a pound.
BRUSSELS, July 24- U.S. cable group Liberty Global has offered to sell its pay TV channel Film1 in an attempt to win EU antitrust approval for its proposed acquisition of Dutch rival Ziggo, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, July 24- The Obama administration on Thursday launched a $10 billion rural infrastructure fund that it hopes will jump-start investments in a wide range of projects in farm states.
LONDON/ BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union's proposed sanctions against Russia, targeting sensitive technology, take aim at Gazprom's huge South Stream gas pipeline project to Europe and Novatek's Arctic Yamal liquefied natural gas facility.
July 24- A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil derailed as it departed a railyard in north Seattle on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of a spill or injury, BNSF said in a statement.
WASHINGTON, July 24- Bank of America Corp's banking unit agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve allegations that it processed several hundred transactions for drug traffickers who are subject to U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday.
NEW YORK, July 24- The S&P 500 hit a record high for a third straight session on Thursday, lifted by jobs data and earnings, but a weak reading in new home sales kept other key stock indexes little changed.
BRUSSELS, July 24- European Union countries are considering tougher sanctions against Russia over its role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the downing of the Malaysian airliner that killed 298 people last week.
LONDON, July 24- Gold dropped to its lowest level in a month on Thursday, extending an earlier fall to below $1,300 an ounce as robust economic data from the United States, China and the euro zone deterred investors from buying into safe-haven assets.
*Weekly jobless claims fall 19,000. WASHINGTON, July 24- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/ 2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction.
GENEVA, July 24- The latest U.S. sanctions against Russia are a violation of World Trade Organization rules that may force Moscow into a destabilising trade dispute, Russia's ambassador told the Geneva- based trade body on Thursday.
July 24- Boston Scientific Corp, which makes medical equipment, on Thursday reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit as improvements in its heart device business helped drive revenue up 4 percent.
WASHINGTON, July 24- Israel and Gaza are already facing economic costs from the fighting between them that has raged for the past two weeks, a spokesman from the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.
BANGALORE, July 24- Wipro Ltd, India's third-biggest software services exporter, forecast strong revenue growth on the back of higher outsourcing spending by overseas clients and said it was focussing on winning more deals in Europe.
BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday.
LIBERIAN MAN IN NIGERIA'S MEGACITY OF LAGOS BEING TESTED FOR DEADLY EBOLA VIRUS, NO RESULTS YET- LAGOS STATE HEALTH MINISTRY.
SANCTIONS ANNOUNCED ON JULY 16 ARE VIOLATION OF WTO RULES.
RUSSIAN WTO ENVOY SAYS U.S.
RUSSIAN WTO ENVOY SAYS IT LOOKS LIKE SANCTIONS ARE FORCING RUSSIA TO LAUNCH TRADE DISPUTE.
NEW YORK, July 24- The euro rose on Thursday from an eight-month low versus the U.S. dollar on better-than-expected German and French business data, while the New Zealand dollar sank after that nation's central bank hinted it may pause in raising rates further.