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  • Founded in Gaza in 1987, Hamas now stretches across region. JERUSALEM/ GAZA, Aug 25- Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

  • BENGHAZI, Libya/ CAIRO, Aug 25- The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies each backed by armed factions.

  • CAIRO/ BENGHAZI, Aug 25- Libya wants the international community to help protect its oilfields, airports and other state assets as it is too weak to stop armed groups fighting for control, its ambassador in Cairo said on Monday.

  • LIBYA IS UNABLE TO PROTECT OILFIELDS AND OTHER STATE ASSETS, NEEDS FOREIGN HELP- LIBYAN AMBASSADOR IN CAIRO.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sep 3 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 21- For other related diaries, please. NEW DELHI- Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will attend a banking event in New Delhi. NEW DELHI- RBI Deputy Governor Rama Subramaniam Gandhi will participate in a panel discussion on G20- 0830 GMT.

  • Libya's largest oil depot begins exports Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    CAIRO— Libya's largest export terminal begun loading a tanker Wednesday destined for Italy, its first shipment after a yearlong blockade over disputes between the central government, rebels and protesters, the country's oil corporation said. The National Oil Corp. said on its website the tanker has been loading 600,000 barrels since early Wednesday.

  • Egypt says rolling blackouts to end in 4 months Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    CAIRO— Top officials in Egypt promised Wednesday to end the rolling blackouts hitting the country in four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants. Neighborhoods in Egypt sink into darkness for hours during the day, leaving millions without power.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- Brent crude prices fell to a 14- month low on Tuesday, giving up early gains as recovering Libyan output, sustained Iraqi production and weak demand offset concerns about threats to supply.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 19- Israel launched attacks in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and recalled its negotiators from truce talks in Cairo after saying three Palestinian rockets had hit southern Israel, hours before a ceasefire was due to expire. A Reuters correspondent saw an Israeli plane fire a missile east of Gaza City.

  • CAIRO, Aug 14- Egyptian police arrested 29- year-old Sherif Siam while clearing a Cairo protest camp one year ago. One year since Egyptian security forces stormed two Cairo camps, killing hundreds of protesters demanding the reinstatement of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, Egyptians remain deeply divided over the future of their country.

  • *Iraq faces no immediate food shortages, bread prices stable. BAGHDAD/ ABU DHABI, Aug 13- After seizing five oil fields and Iraq's biggest dam, Sunni militants bent on creating an Islamic empire in the Middle East now control yet another powerful economic weapon- wheat supplies.

  • CAIRO/ ABU DHABI, Aug 13- A top Iraqi government grains official said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants are taking wheat from state silos in northern and western Iraq, in order to mill it there and in neighboring Syria.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 12- Brazilian-Lebanese financier Joseph Safra's push to diversify his $16 billion fortune out of banking and real estate is taking the world's richest banker to the fruit stand.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- Global stocks bounced after recent sell-offs and core government debt prices fell on Monday as markets saw receding risks of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine while Middle East tensions diminished.

  • *Europe, Asia track Ukraine- linked U.S. gains from Friday. LONDON, Aug 11- Global stocks bounced after recent sell-offs and core government debt prices fell on Monday as markets saw a lowered risk of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine while Middle East tensions appeared less acute.

  • LONDON, Aug 11- Copper prices rose slightly on Monday as tensions eased between Russia and Ukraine and on optimism about the outlook for China's economy and metals demand, though expectations of rising copper supplies put a brake on gains.

  • ANKARA, Aug 6- Turkey is seeking Israeli and Egyptian agreement for an air corridor to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza and evacuate possibly thousands of injured Palestinians for treatment, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 4 P.M. EDT Sunday, 3 Aug 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Wall Street firms led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc are close to buying a stake in chat and instant messaging startup Perzo Inc in pursuit of an alternative to a similar application from Bloomberg LP, sources familiar with Goldman's plans say.

  • *Netanyahu presses assault, sends envoys to Cairo. *U.N. outraged at refugee deaths at Gaza shelter.

  • *Hamas vows to fight on until Gaza blockades lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 30- Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting.