*WTI-Brent spread narrows as TransCanada fills pipeline. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. crude rose on Tuesday as market participants digested news of progress toward the opening of a major pipeline that will transport oil from the U.S.» Read More
MOSCOW, Dec 10- President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's military to increase its focus on the Arctic and finish plans by the end of the year to upgrade military bases in the resource-rich region where world powers jostle for control.
TRIPOLI, Dec 10- Leaders of a movement seeking autonomy for Libya's eastern Cyrenaica region said on Tuesday they could allow oil exports to resume on Sunday from several ports if Tripoli meets their demands and allows the region to take its share of crude.
*WTI-Brent spread narrows as TransCanada fills pipeline. NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters)- Brent crude oil slid on Tuesday, extending losses for a second session on reports of a possible end to the months-long blockade of east Libyan oil terminals.
BISMARCK, N.D.-- A tax agreement that standardized the rules and spurred oil drilling on an American Indian reservation in North Dakota is bringing in more than $40 million monthly for the state and tribal members, up from zero five years ago, state Tax Department records show.
*Protest group in Libya signals possible end to oil blockade. *WTI-Brent spread narrows as TransCanada fills pipeline. Brent for January was down 26 cents at $109.13 a barrel by 1429 GMT, having risen briefly by more than $1 to a high of $110.45.
JUNEAU, Alaska-- ConocoPhillips is budgeting $1.7 billion for 2014 capital costs in Alaska, twice what it says it spent in 2012 and $600 million more than was budgeted for 2013..
DUBAI, Dec 10- The world's largest gas reserves may tempt some energy companies back to Iran if sanctions are lifted, but Tehran is unlikely to become a significant gas supplier to Europe or Asia for at least a decade.
Dec 10- Oil and gas producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co and its unit Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners said their fourth-quarter results could fall short of their expectations after a severe winter in Texas hurt production.
Oil companies are securing licences to export U.S. crude at the fastest rate since records began, the FT reports.
NEW DELHI, Dec 10- Indian and Iranian officials are meeting this week to discuss how to unlock the first oil payments to Iran since the United States and other world powers eased sanctions last month in exchange for curbs to Tehran's nuclear programme.
Last month six world powers and Tehran reached an interim deal that provided limited relief to Iran from economic sanctions, opening the way for some oil payments to resume.
*WTI-Brent spread narrows as TransCanada fills pipeline. LONDON, Dec 10- Brent crude oil rose above $110 a barrel on Tuesday, recouping some of the previous session's losses- the sharpest in over five weeks. Brent for January was up 80 cents at $110.19 a barrel by 0952 GMT, having risen briefly by more than $1 to $110.45.
MEXICO CITY, Dec 10- Mexico's Senate on Tuesday moved a step closer to passing reforms to open up the country's oil industry to private investment, sending a draft bill to the floor of the upper chamber to speed up the approval process.
LONDON, Dec 10- Oil and gas remains male dominated even though gender diversity and womens' career prospects have improved, according to a survey in which almost a quarter of respondents said the industry was doing a poor job achieving a diverse workforce.
SINGAPORE, Dec 10- Brent crude rose toward $110 a barrel on Tuesday, recouping some of the previous session's sharp losses, as data from China reaffirmed signs of stabilising growth and fuel demand in the world's second-largest oil consumer.
*China data may reinforce signs of stabilising growth. SINGAPORE, Dec 10- Brent crude hovered above $109 a barrel on Tuesday ahead of data from China that may reaffirm signs of stabilising growth and fuel demand in the world's second largest oil consumer. Brent crude for January edged up 14 cents to $109.53 a barrel by 0315 GMT.
SINGAPORE, Dec 10- U.S. crude futures edged up on Tuesday, holding above $97 a barrel, on expectations of a second weekly drop in crude inventories in the United States. *Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the Iranian nuclear deal would be dead if the U.S. Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they do not take effect for six months, Time Magazine said.
TOKYO, Dec 10- Stocks edged up in early Asian trade on Tuesday, while tighter money market conditions in the euro zone drove the euro close to a five-year peak against the yen and a six-week high against the dollar. The euro bought 141.90 yen, approaching its October 2008 high of 142.00 yen.
MEXICO CITY, Dec 9- Mexican Senate committees on Monday gave general approval to a draft energy bill allowing private investment in the world's No. 10 oil producer in what would be the biggest opening of the state-controlled sector in its 75- year history.
Robusta coffee prices firmed in London on concern about tighter immediate supplies from Vietnam, the top grower of the crop. "We're now looking at an additional arctic outbreak in the week leading up to Christmas," said Matt Rogers, a meteorologist at Commodity Weather Group.