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  • LONDON, Aug 8- Oil companies in Iraqi Kurdistan began to withdraw more staff on Friday as Islamic State militants closed in on the regional capital, with Afren becoming the first to announce it was cutting production.

  • LONDON, Aug 8- Oil company Afren has suspended output at its Barda Rash oilfield in Iraqi Kurdistan, the first field to shut in the region as Islamist militants advance closer, weighing on shares of London-listed oil producers active there.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Crude oil prices rebounded on Thursday after reports the United States was considering airstrikes on advancing Islamic militants in Iraq revived concerns about supply disruptions from OPEC's No. 2 oil producer. Brent crude gained 85 cents to settle at $105.44 a barrel, and rose more than $1 in post-settlement trading.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Crude oil climbed on Thursday, rebounding from the lowest prices in months as the security situation in northern Iraq deteriorated, reviving concerns about supply disruptions. White House spokesman Josh Earnest would not confirm that airstrikes were being considered, saying: "There are no American military solutions to the problems in Iraq."

  • *Markets jittery about possible U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. NEW YORK, Aug 7- Crude oil climbed on Thursday, rebounding from the lowest prices in months as the security situation in northern Iraq deteriorated, raising concerns of supply disruptions. He said ample global supplies were still pressuring oil prices, and noted there were no disruptions in Iraq yet.

  • Oil producers, including Oslo- listed DNO Petroleum and London- listed Gulf Keystone Petroleum saw double-digit declines in their share prices as the radical Sunni militants seized at least three more towns near Kurdish-controlled territory.

  • *Islamic State strengthens foothold in northern Iraq. LONDON, Aug 7- Brent crude oil held near $105 a barrel on Thursday as the security situation deteriorated in northern Iraq and Islamist militants made gains against Kurdish forces, advancing closer to the autonomous region's oilfields.

  • *Islamic State strengthens foothold in northern Iraq. LONDON, Aug 7- Brent crude oil rose above $105 a barrel on Thursday as the security situation deteriorated in northern Iraq and Islamist militants made gains against Kurdish forces, advancing closer to the autonomous region's oilfields.

  • New sanctions for Russia—here's where they'll hurt Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:36 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 28, 2014 in Moscow.

    Sanctions are intended to tighten the screws on Russia by targeting broad sections of its economy and financial markets.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Aug 1 Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    OSLO- EU Commission Vice President Michel Barnier meets Norway Finance Minister Siv Jensen. SYDNEY- 2nd Latin America Australia Investors Forum. SYDNEY- RBA Governor Glenn Stevens speaks to the Anika Foundation Luncheon in Sydney- 0300 GMT.

  • WELLINGTON/ LONDON, July 17- The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2 trillion by 2020, received a major setback when Australia on Thursday scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme, which would have been the world's third biggest.

  • WELLINGTON/ LONDON, July 17- The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2 trillion by 2020, received a major setback when Australia on Thursday scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme, which would have been the world's third biggest.

  • WELLINGTON/ LONDON, July 17- The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2 trillion by 2020, received a major setback when Australia on Thursday scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme, which would have been the world's third biggest.

  • LONDON, June 26- Norway's $890 billion oil fund, the biggest of its kind, needs an overhaul to boost its long-term performance and preserve wealth for future generations long after North Sea energy income has dried up, its chief told Reuters.

  • Norway needs structural reform: Fin Min     Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    Norway's finance minister Siv Jensen, says the country has built up a "massive bureacracy" and needs structural reform to grow faster.

  • Frozen boosts Norway's tourism sector     Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 5:10 AM ET

    Per-Arne Tuftin, executive vice-president at Innovation Norway, explains that since the release of the movie Frozen, Norway has seen an influx of tourists, especially from the U.S.

  • Jon Fredrik Baksaas, CEO of Telenor Group, says the Norwegian government¿s decision to cut its stake in Telenor gives the group some opportunities and discusses the European telecom regulatory framework.

  • Is Norway heading for a soft-landing?     Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    Oystein Olsen, governor at the Central Bank of Norway, says Norway faces the prospect of a soft landing and that the main risk for the economy is its reliance on the oil industry and high oil price.

  • Norway's robust economy is at risk from declining energy investment, Norway's central bank governor told CNBC this week.

  • Jorgen Ole Haslestad, president and CEO of Yara International, says that the group shouldn't be hit that much by a slowdown in Brazil and comments on the sector¿s consolidation.