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  • ZURICH/ SINGAPORE, Aug 11- Royal Bank of Scotland is selling the international arm of its private bank in a deal that could be valued around $1 billion, sources said on Monday, as the British government leans on it to focus more on domestic lending.

  • LONDON, Aug 11- Gold fell slightly on Monday, retreating from a three-week high as tensions between Ukraine and Russia eased and investors turned to rising European shares and some withdrew from exchange-traded gold funds.

  • *Special forces loyal to Maliki deployed in key areas of Baghdad. BAGHDAD, Aug 11- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was battling to keep his job on Monday, deploying forces across Baghdad as some parliamentary allies sought a replacement and the United States warned him not to obstruct efforts to form a new government.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 11- Slowing economic growth, very low inflation, a shekel that may have over-appreciated and the Gaza conflict led the Bank of Israel to lower short-term interest rates last month, minutes of the discussions showed on Monday.

  • *U.S. is "top destination" for those fleeing China- official. *China, U.S. have no extradition treaty. BEIJING, Aug 11- More than 150 economic fugitives, many of whom are corrupt officials or suspected of graft in China, are at large in the United States, Chinese state media said on Monday, citing a senior official from the public security ministry.

  • LONDON, Aug 11- The Norwegian crown hit a seven-week high against the euro after Norway reported consumer inflation unexpectedly jumped in July, making it less likely the central bank will cut interest rates.

  • *Selling tickets not profitable; airlines need new impetus. BERLIN, Aug 11- Beset by low air fares and relentless competition, airlines around the world are waking up to the value of their frequent flyer programmes and realising they can boost profits as well as brand profile.

  • *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.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.2 pct. PARIS, Aug 11- European shares rose in early trade on Monday, bouncing back from a sharp two-week slide and tracking a rally on Wall Street, after investors deemed Moscow was not about to send troops into Ukraine- a move which would intensify sanctions.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 11- Hong Kong shares posted solid gains on Monday with property leading the advance, helped by stronger Chinese mainland bourses as the Shanghai benchmark index closed at its highest in eight months. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong added 1.9 percent.

  • *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.

  • LONDON, Aug 11- U.S. oil producer Hess Corp has suspended oil-drilling operations in Iraqi Kurdistan and started to evacuate non-essential staff amid spreading violence in the region, its minority partner Petroceltic said.

  • *Sanofi, MannKind aim to launch Afrezza in U.S. in Q1 2015. PARIS/ LONDON, Aug 11- French drugmaker Sanofi is betting on inhaled insulin as an alternative option to daily injections for diabetics by signing a worldwide licensing agreement with MannKind Corp worth up to $925 million.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 11- Foodpanda, an online take-away food delivery company active in dozens of emerging markets, said it had raised $60 million in new financing from a group of investors including existing backer Rocket Internet AG.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 11- The U.S. and global recoveries have been "disappointing" so far and may point to a permanent downshift in economic potential, U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said on Monday.

  • European shares bounce back as Ukraine tensions ease Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 11- European shares rose in early trade on Monday, bouncing back from a sharp two-week slide and tracking a rally on Wall Street as tensions between Ukraine and Russia eased slightly.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 11- Shanghai shares ended at their highest in eight months on Monday, as mild consumer inflation data over the weekend was seen giving the authorities room to further relax monetary policy.

  • *U.S. conducts air strikes on Islamic State targets in north Iraq. SINGAPORE, Aug 11- Brent crude slipped under $105 a barrel on Monday, dropping from a one-week high hit on Friday, as U.S. intervention in Iraq eased concerns over the risk of disruption to supply from OPEC's second-largest producer.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 11- Five fast food chains including McDonald's and Yum Brands Inc have published details of their suppliers on their Chinese websites following a request from Shanghai authorities after a food safety scare.

  • TOKYO, Aug 11- Japanese stocks posted their biggest daily jump in four months on Monday after tensions in Ukraine eased, and as exporters rose as the yen stepped back from last week's sharp gains. The Nikkei share average jumped 2.4 percent to 15,130.52 points, its biggest daily percentage gain since mid April.