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  • Amid talks, Israel weighs action vs. Iran: Report Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    The nuclear pact being negotiated with Iran is unpalatable to Israel, and may hasten a confrontation with Tehran, according to a report.

  • *Market beginning to expect OPEC cut, analysts say. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose above $80 a barrel on Friday after China cut interest rates and on speculation that OPEC could agree next week to reduce oil production. The rate cut added to a positive mood among oil traders, many of whom expected an agreement by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting...

  • *Market beginning to expect OPEC cut, analysts say. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose more than $2 to above $81 a barrel on Friday after China cut interest rates and on speculation that OPEC could agree next week to reduce oil production. The rate cut added to a positive mood among oil traders, many of whom expected an agreement by the Organization of the Petroleum...

  • *Libya and Ecuador also call for lower OPEC output. *Market beginning to expect OPEC cut, analysts say. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose to near $81 a barrel on Friday after China cut interest rates and on speculation that OPEC could agree next week to reduce oil production.

  • *Libya and Ecuador also call for lower OPEC output. *Market beginning to expect OPEC cut, analysts say. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose above $80 a barrel on Friday after China cut interest rates and on speculation OPEC could agree next week to reduce oil production.

  • *Libya and Ecuador also call for lower OPEC output. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose towards $80 a barrel on Friday on speculation OPEC could agree output cuts at a meeting next week, with strong U.S. economic data also bolstering prices. Libya and Ecuador have also called for OPEC to cut output.

  • *Washington conciliatory after secret talks angered Paris. *France risks losing out commercially if Iran deal struck. France, a U.N. Security Council veto-holder, has long held out for strict terms trading a loosening of international sanctions on Iran's oil-based economy in return for commitments by Tehran to show its nuclear work is as peaceful as it insists.

  • Iran nuclear talks to hit hurdles?     Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:25 AM ET

    NBC's Ali Arouzi reports on the frantic effort by Iran and the so-called P5+1 group to reach an agreement over Tehran's nuclear program.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 21- Brent briefly rose to $80 a barrel on Friday on speculation OPEC could agree to output cuts at its meeting next week, with strong U.S. economic data also bolstering oil prices. Libya, Ecuador and Venezuela earlier called for OPEC to cut production. Iran urged fellow OPEC members to shore up oil prices while saying a reduction in output was unlikely.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 21- Brent briefly touched $80 a barrel on Friday on speculation OPEC could agree to output cuts at its meeting next week, with strong U.S. economic data also bolstering oil prices. Libya, Ecuador and Venezuela earlier called for OPEC to cut production. Iran urged fellow OPEC members to shore up oil prices while saying a reduction in output was...

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude climbs towards $77 on strong U.S. data Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:31 PM ET

    SINGAPORE Nov 21- U.S. crude climbed towards $77 a barrel in Asian trade on Friday following strong U.S. economic data overnight and mounting speculation oil ministers could agree production cuts at next week's OPEC meeting. *Venezuela would be willing to cut oil output if OPEC agrees to production cuts at the oil cartel's meeting on Nov. 27, its Foreign Minister...

  • VIENNA, Nov 20- Tehran has yet to explain away allegations it conducted atomic bomb research, the head of the U.N. nuclear agency said on Thursday, four days before a deadline for Iran and six world powers to reach a deal on the Iranian nuclear programme. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Vienna for what are meant to be final talks to clinch a deal with Iran,...

  • Iran's top leader pardons controversial blogger Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran— Iran's top leader has pardoned a controversial Iranian-Canadian blogger more than 11 years before the end of his prison term, the semi-official ISNA news reported on Thursday. Writing from Canada, Derakhshan was initially a critic of Iran's clerical leadership. He visited Isrnkael, Iran's archenemy, in 2006 saying he wanted to act as a bridge...

  • Iran firm displays US-made helicopters Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:36 AM ET

    Mahmoud Azin, the head of Iran's Helicopters Company, told the Tasnim news website that the helicopters were purchased at a marked-up price through "dealers" and can be used for both training and police air patrols. Azin said the purchase showed that Iran could bypass U.S. and international sanctions. U.S. firms are largely forbidden from doing business with Iran...

  • *Says will raise matter with Saudi Arabia at OPEC. *OPEC meets Nov. 27 in Vienna. Zanganeh said he will talk with top oil exporter Saudi Arabia about market share when OPEC meets next week, IRNA said on Thursday.

  • VIENNA, Nov 20- The U.N. nuclear agency chief said on Thursday that Iran had failed to provide explanations in response to allegations of possible atomic bomb research, and he called on Tehran to step up cooperation with a long-running investigation. "I call upon Iran to increase its cooperation with the agency and to provide timely access to all relevant...

  • *Oil minister says Iran will not reduce its market share. *OPEC meets Nov. 27 in Vienna. DUBAI, Nov 20- Iran's oil minister said he will talk with top oil exporter Saudi Arabia about market share when OPEC meets next week in Vienna, as Tehran plans for the possible end of sanctions and unfettered crude exports.

  • SINGAPORE Nov 20- U.S. crude dropped towards $74 a barrel on Thursday, falling for a fourth straight day on a buildup in U.S. crude inventories and a U.S. *U.S. crude for December delivery fell 8 cents to $74.50 a barrel as of 0106 GMT, down 23 cents on the previous session, not far off last Friday's four-year low. *With oil prices at a four-year low, OPEC will cut oil...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 19- It now appears difficult to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran by a Nov. 24 deadline but it is not impossible, U.S. Six major powers are in negotiations with Iran in an effort to reach an agreement under which Iran would agree to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions ahead of a self-imposed Nov. 24...

  • Iran: A promising market?     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Matthew Spivack, Middle East and North Africa analyst at Frontier Strategy Group, explains why Iran is a promising market to enter.