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  • *Asia's July Iran imports at 7- mth low; China imports firm. TOKYO, Aug 29- Iran's major Asian customers shipped in 29.4 percent more crude in July from a year earlier, with China, Tehran's biggest client, still accounting for most of the increase seen since Western sanctions were eased at the beginning of the year.

  • *Riyadh seeks strong Sunni representation in Iraq government. The Al Saud have long seen the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a pivotal battle for the future of the Middle East, pitting Sunni Muslims against a radical, revolutionary, Shi'ite Iran.

  • Brent hit a 14- month low of $101.07 a barrel on Aug. 19 as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased and Libyan output rose. He also said: "The current prices in the world markets are appropriate," adding that events in neighbouring OPEC member Iraq will not "significantly" affect the oil market. Iraq is fighting an Islamist insurgency.

  • DUBAI/ RIYADH, Aug 25- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian left for Riyadh on Monday, state news agency IRNA reported, in the first visit to Saudi Arabia by a senior government official since Iran's political landscape shifted in 2013..

  • Israel destroys 13-story building in Gaza airstrike Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET
    A Palestinian man inspects the rubble of an 13-storey apartment building that collapsed after it was hit by missiles during an Israeli air strike in the heart of Gaza City.

    Israel launched more airstrikes on Gaza on Sunday after taking its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-story apartment tower following a warning to residents to evacuate.

  • Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 11:03 PM ET
  • Israeli aircraft bomb Gaza, five Palestinians killed Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Saturday and Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Jewish state, the military said, with no end in sight to the deadliest violence between the sides in years.

  • *China Jan-July imports from Iran at 617,670 bpd, up 47 pct. BEIJING, Aug 21- China's crude imports from Iran expanded 40.6 percent in July from a year ago, customs data showed on Thursday, as Tehran's largest oil client stayed with the elevated shipment levels that began late last year.

  • Mission to rescue James Foley failed: Officials Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:43 AM ET
    Freelance journalist James Foley

    The Pentagon attempted to rescue James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria but the mission failed, U.S. officials told NBC News.

  • *Brent could test $100, but should meet strong support. SINGAPORE, Aug 19- Brent crude edged up towards $102 a barrel on Tuesday, but stayed near a 14- month low reached in the previous session on weak demand and easing concerns over risks to supply.

  • *Brent could test $100, but should meet strong support. SINGAPORE, Aug 19- Brent crude edged up towards $102 a barrel on Tuesday, but stayed near a 14- month low reached in the previous session on weak demand and easing concerns over risks to supply.

  • Brent edges up towards $102, but still near 14-mth low Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:58 PM ET

    *Brent could test $100, but should meet strong support. SINGAPORE, Aug 19- Brent crude edged up towards $102 a barrel on Tuesday, but stayed near a 14- month low reached in the previous session on weak demand and easing concerns over risks to supply.

  • TOKYO, Aug 19- U.S. crude oil futures rose on Tuesday to recoup some losses from the previous day when prices dropped as investor concerns over conflict in Iraq and Ukraine eased. *Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed as they fled fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said.

  • They're saving Yazidis yet ignored by the US—why? Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 2:05 PM ET
    A Yazidi fighter who recently joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units gestures while securing a road in Mount Sinjar, August 13, 2014.

    This group is the point of the spear against Islamic extremism. So why is the US ignoring them?, asks David Phillips.

  • Iran says journalists held over 'security issues' Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran— A Washington Post reporter and two other journalists detained last month are being held over "security issues," Iran's judiciary spokesman said Monday, offering the first official indication on why they are being held. Post reporter Jason Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two photojournalists were detained July 22 in Iran's capital, Tehran.

  • NYMEX-Crude prices fall as supply outlook brightens Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 8:22 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 18- U.S. crude oil futures inched down on Monday following gains in the previous session, dragged lower by signs of increased supply from Libya and on easing tensions over Ukraine. *U.S. crude futures for September delivery had fallen 45 cents to $96.90 a barrel by 0007 GMT, after jumping $1.77 on Friday.

  • Mideast bank terrorism trial worries financial world Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    A bank account at an Arab Bank's branch in Beirut, unremarkable except for the name: Osama Hamdan, a spokesman for Hamas, the NYT reports.

  • BAGHDAD, Aug 13- Nuri al-Maliki stuck to his guns and refused to accept his removal as Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday, but his hold on power was tenuous as Iran's supreme leader, a long-time Maliki ally, publicly backed his replacement.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil hit a 13- month low on Tuesday as ample North American production outweighed concern over supply from the Middle East, while stocks and the euro were pressured by plunging investor morale in Germany, Europe's largest economy.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil hit a nine-month low on Tuesday as ample North American production outweighed concern over supply from the Middle East, while stocks and the euro were pressured by plunging investor morale in Germany, Europe's largest economy.