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  • *Iran releases 5 Americans, US to free 7 Iranians. *Iran says it will swiftly boost oil exports. VIENNA/ DUBAI, Jan 16-- Iran freed five Americans including a Washington Post reporter on Saturday as the two countries staged a series of goodwill gestures ahead of the expected announcement of the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran under a nuclear deal.

  • DUBAI, Jan 16- Iran has agreed to buy 114 civil aircraft from European aircraft maker Airbus, the transport minister was quoted as saying on Saturday, ahead of the anticipated lifting of international sanctions on Iran. Airbus said it was not engaging in commercial talks with Iran until sanctions had been lifted. Sanctions were expected to be lifted later on...

  • *Iran says it will swiftly boost oil exports. VIENNA/ DUBAI, Jan 16-- Iran freed four Americans including a Washington Post reporter on Saturday in a prisoner swap, as diplomats gathered to announce the lifting of international sanctions and bring the country of 80 million people back to the global economic stage. It is also a turning point in the hostility between...

  • VIENNA, Jan 16-- International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has complied with an agreement to scale back its nuclear program, Iran's foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Vienna, headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. body expected to issue...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- World oil prices slumped more than 6 percent to below $29 a barrel on Friday, as a further fall in the Chinese stock market and the prospect of an imminent rise in Iran's crude exports deepened fears of a longer supply glut. The International Atomic Energy Agency is expected later on Friday in Vienna to issue its report on Iran's compliance with an...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- Oil prices slumped more than 5 percent to below $30 a barrel on Friday, as a further fall in the Chinese stock market and the prospect of an imminent rise in Iran's crude exports deepened fears of a longer supply glut. The International Atomic Energy Agency is expected later on Friday in Vienna to issue its report on Iran's compliance with an...

  • *Iran sanctions could be lifted within days. *OPEC crude basket drops to $25 per barrel. The International Atomic Energy Agency could issue its report on Iran's compliance with an agreement to curb its nuclear program during a Friday meeting in Vienna, potentially triggering the lifting of Western sanctions.

  • *Iran sanctions could be lifted within days. *Goldman holds H1 2016 forecast for U.S. crude at $40. The International Atomic Energy Agency could issue its report on Iran's compliance with an agreement to curb its nuclear programme during a Friday meeting in Vienna, potentially triggering the lifting of Western sanctions.

  • *Iran sanctions could be lifted within days. *U.S. crude hits fresh 12- year low of $29.61. The International Atomic Energy Agency could issue its report on Iran's compliance with an agreement to curb its nuclear programme during a Friday meeting in Vienna, potentially triggering the lifting of Western sanctions.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil prices steady around multi-year lows Friday, 8 Jan 2016 | 6:45 AM ET

    *Beijing deactivates circuit breaker, China shares rise. Beijing deactivated a circuit breaker mechanism that was blamed for aggravating equity market crashes earlier this week. Oil prices plunged to 12- year lows on Thursday after leading energy consumer China allowed its yuan currency to slip, sending stock markets tumbling globally.

  • LONDON, Jan 5- The collapse in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran after the Saudi execution of a Shi'ite cleric puts an end to speculation that OPEC could somehow agree production curbs to lift the price of oil anytime soon. A Reuters survey of OPEC production showed on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia ended 2015 with its output at full tilt, with no sign of cutting...

  • MUNICH, Jan 1- Germany received a tip hours before midnight that named militants from Iraq and Syria were planning attacks in Munich but police have been unable to find the suspects and are not even sure if they exist or are in the country, the Munich police chief said on Friday. We can't say if they are in Munich or in fact in Germany, "Andrae said. We have no information...

  • BERLIN, Jan 1- Germany shut down two train stations in Munich about an hour before midnight on Thursday following a tip from the intelligence service of a friendly country that the Islamic State militant group was planning a suicide bomb attack. But a Munich police spokesman said on Friday: "The situation has not eased and the terror alert remains."

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 31- Oil prices rose on Thursday but fell as much as 35 percent for the year after a race to pump by Middle East crude producers and U.S. shale oil drillers created an unprecedented global glut that may take through 2016 to clear. But for 2015, both benchmarks fell double-digits for a second straight year as Saudi Arabia and other members of the...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 31- Oil prices steadied on Thursday but were still headed for a second year of steep declines after a race to pump by Middle East crude producers and U.S. shale oil drillers created an unprecedented global glut that may take through 2016 to clear. Global oil benchmark Brent and U.S. crude's West Texas Intermediate futures were on track finish...

  • *Demand for OPEC crude to fall by 2020- OPEC. *OPEC revises up 2020 tight oil output forecast. LONDON, Dec 23- Oil prices rose on Wednesday, underpinned by an unexpected fall in U.S. crude inventories but were still close to multi-year lows as supplies remained abundant and as OPEC lowered the demand outlook for its exports.

  • Russia says no OPEC meeting in mid-December Monday, 14 Dec 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 14- Russia on Monday poured cold water on prospects for a meeting with the OPEC oil cartel this month, despite oil prices plunging below $40 per barrel. Russia, which had initially signaled its willingness to closely cooperate with OPEC, did not send a senior delegation to Vienna prior to the Dec. 4 OPEC meeting, as it did last year. Only Deputy Energy...

  • VIENNA, Dec 11- Austria has repatriated 15 tonnes of its gold reserves as part of a plan to hold half its stock of the precious metal within the country's borders, the Austrian National Bank said on Friday. The OeNB, which administers Austria's 280 tonnes of gold reserves, said in May that by 2020 50 percent of the reserves would be kept in Austria, 30 percent in London...

  • More than 100 members of Syria's opposition parties and rebel fighting groups agreed at the end of two days of talks in Riyadh to work together to prepare for peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's government. But the final hours of the meeting, which excluded Islamic State and Nusra Front fighters as well as the main Kurdish force controlling large...

  • *Kerry in Paris says talks "constructive," "tough issues" remain. RIYADH, Dec 10- A powerful Islamist insurgent group said it pulled out of a Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on Thursday because rebel proposals had been ignored, in a move which highlighted the enduring divisions among President Bashar al-Assad's enemies. The talks in Saudi Arabia were intended...