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  • BRASILIA, April 24- Brazil's Supreme Court upheld late on Wednesday an opposition request for a congressional inquiry into alleged corruption at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a ruling that could upset President Dilma Rousseff's re-election plans.

  • Brent climbs, stays above $109 on Ukraine tensions Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:48 PM ET

    *Russia says it will respond if its Ukraine interests attacked. SINGAPORE, April 24- Brent futures rose on Thursday as Russia vowed to respond if its interests in Ukraine came under attack, stoking fears of an escalation in tensions that have pushed the oil benchmark up 5 percent this month to hover above $109 a barrel.

  • SINGAPORE, April 24- The next hacker playground: the open seas- and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet.

  • U.S. crude gained 14 cents to $101.58 a barrel by 0028 GMT, after settling 31 cents lower in the previous session. Oil exports from Iraq's southern terminals are heading for a record high in April, according to loading data and industry sources, reflecting Iraq's efforts to expand capacity and deliver supply growth in 2014..

  • SINGAPORE, April 24- The next hacker playground: the open seas- and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet.

  • OTTAWA, April 23- Canada will require that older rail cars used for carrying crude oil be phased out by May 2017, the government said on Wednesday, moving ahead of the United States to ban the controversial cars in light of burgeoning oil-by-rail traffic and a deadly accident last year.

  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    MOSCOW— The founder of Russia's leading social media network— a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg— has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Downward pressure on stocks drove down oil prices today. Nat gas was up slightly on the day, albeit in a tight range. And gold was up slightly on the day, closing at $1,284.60.

  • UPDATE 8-Oil futures slip on record U.S. oil inventories Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 3:26 PM ET

    *U.S. oil stocks hit record high, Cushing draw supports. *Ukraine says truce is over, Russia says will respond. NEW YORK, April 23- Crude oil futures slipped on Wednesday after weekly data showed U.S. crude inventories hit a record high, though Brent managed to settle above $109 on support from the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    The Transportation Department, worried about the potential for catastrophic accidents involving oil and ethanol trains that are sometimes as many as 100 cars long, is drafting new tank-car regulations aimed at making the cars less likely to spill their contents in the event of a crash.

  • *Russia proposes April 28 for Moscow meeting. BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, April 23- European and Russian officials will meet this week and next for emergency talks to try to prevent Moscow cutting off gas supply to Ukraine, as Europe explores how to pump more gas to the struggling country.

  • PARIS, April 23- France's Total expects the biggest share of its oil and gas output to come from Russia by 2020 and plans to stay there for the long haul despite recent tensions with the West over Ukraine, a top executive said.

  • India, Iran in deal to ease sting of sanctions Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:34 AM ET
    This handout image supplied by the IIPA (Iran International Photo Agency) shows a view of the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant.

    India is set to pay Iran $1.65 billion under an interim nuclear deal that eases sanctions and gives Tehran access to $4.2 billion in blocked funds.

  • India to make May-July oil payments to Iran - sources Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, April 23- India is set to pay Iran $1.65 billion over the next three months under an interim nuclear deal that eases sanctions on Tehran and gives it access to $4.2 billion in blocked funds, four sources with knowledge of the matter said.

  • Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    TORONTO— Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer's massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.

  • *Ukraine says' Easter truce' is over. *Survey shows China manufacturing decline slows. LONDON, April 23- Brent oil fell below $109 on Wednesday after weekly data showed U.S. crude inventories hit a record high, though prices found some support from the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.

  • Crude inventories build 3.5 million barrels     Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports crude oil inventories increased 3.5 million barrels, in line with expectations.

  • Ukraine crisis seen speeding Gazprom deal with China Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    *Gazprom has agreed to lower gas price- sources. MOSCOW/ BEIJING, April 23- Europe's plans to reduce its dependence on Russian energy as the Ukraine crisis threatens supplies are spurring efforts by Russia's top producer, Gazprom, to sign a deal next month to pump gas to China, industry sources say.

  • Cramer's Stop Trading: Playing the Permian     Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer explains why he is watching shares of Concho Resource, Pioneer Natural, and Barrick Gold.

  • BANGKOK, April 23- PTT Exploration and Production Pcl, Thailand's top oil and gas explorer, has bought Hess Corp's assets in Thailand in a $1 billion deal as part of its attempt to boost its gas business, the company's CEO said on Wednesday.

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