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*Copper rallied to $7,533.75 a tonne in the previous session, its highest since April 12, but remains mired in losses of 7 percent for the year. *The most-traded September copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange lost 0.75 percent to 53,080 yuan a tonne.
UNITED NATIONS, May 22- Metals swap deals with Iran by Switzerland- based commodities giants Glencore Xstrata and Trafigura could have been a way of skirting international sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program, according to a confidential U.N. Panel of Experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
May 22- Cybersecurity researcher HD Moore discovered he could use the Internet to access the controls of some 30 pipeline sensors around the country that were not password protected. U.S. national security experts used to take comfort in the belief that "rational" super powers like China or Russia were their main adversaries in cyber space.
*Turkmenistan, EU tout routes to ease dependence on Russia. PARIS/ ASHGABAT, May 22- Turkmenistan plans to begin production at Galkynysh, the world's second-largest gas field, by June 30, which will allow it boost exports to Asia and help Europe lessen its dependence on Russian gas.
*Iran 7th biggest oil supplier to India in Jan-Apr vs 3rd yr ago. NEW DELHI, May 22- India's oil imports from Iran fell 34.2 percent in April from March, data from trade sources showed on Wednesday, bolstering the country's case for the renewal of a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Tehran due to expire next month.
Secretary of State John Kerry hailed on Wednesday what U.S. officials said was an estimated $2.1 billion deal for Oman to buy a ground-based air defence system from U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Co..
*Iran is 4th- largest iron ore supplier to China. SHANGHAI/ LONDON, May 21- Iran's government is negotiating a tax of up to 40 percent on iron ore exports to take advantage of a surge in sales to China, aiming to replace revenue from oil and other sources eroded by sanctions.
NEW DELHI/ SEOUL, May 21- India has slashed Iranian oil imports by almost a fifth since December, the sharpest cut among Asian buyers, in a move that should increase its chances of winning a new U.S. waiver next month on sanctions targeting oil trade with Iran.
WASHINGTON- Two senior White House aides knew weeks ago that a probe of the Internal Revenue Service had found that the U.S. tax agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, but did not tell President Barack Obama, a White House spokesman said on Monday.
"The dollar's move has been pretty strong lately, maybe you're seeing a little more profit taking," said Gene McGillian, an analyst with Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. MSCI's all-country world equity index rose 0.51 percent to its highest since June 2008.
NEW DELHI- India and China will study new ways to ease tensions along their ill-defined border, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday in his first foreign trip since taking office, which comes just weeks after a military stand-off between the Asian giants in the Himalayas.
Hackers working for China's army appear to have resumed their attacks on U.S. companies. The NYT reports.
WASHINGTON, May 18- Cybersecurity professionals know a myriad of ways hackers can try to wreak havoc on critical infrastructure or infiltrate corporations to steal or spy, but it is the fear of the unknown that some say keeps them up at night.
U.S. banks, Internet service providers and security companies "have had trouble keeping up with the recent DDoS attacks that have had the sophistication and the level of resources that a nation-state entity like Iran can devote to them," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told Reuters.
WASHINGTON, May 17- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey had already significantly reduced its oil imports from Iran, which is under the choke of Western sanctions, and further cutbacks would depend on his country's energy needs.
WASHINGTON, May 17- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey had already significantly reduced its oil imports from Iran, which is under the choke of U.S. sanctions, and further cutbacks would depend on his country's energy needs. "On crude oil, there has been a significant decrease in the amount of oil we import from Iran...
LONDON, May 17- Budgets are made to be broken- especially when they are written by politicians. The shares of petroleum and mining companies listed on New York, London and other stock exchanges value them as if all these resources will be extracted and burned.
ISLAMABAD, May 17- Islamabad has authorised the export of 100,000 tonnes of wheat to Iran in trade not jeopardised by Western sanctions, to settle dues for electricity supplied to Pakistan's energy-starved border areas, the Commerce Ministry said on Friday.
LONDON, May 17- Oil slipped on Friday, staying below $104 a barrel on concern about the strength of demand growth and as policymaker talk of the future removal of U.S. monetary stimulus boosted the dollar. Brent crude slipped 5 cents to $103.73 a barrel by 0825 GMT, and was on course to end the week little changed.
*Russia says Iran must take part in proposed Syria talks. SINGAPORE, May 17- Brent futures slipped on Friday, staying below $104 as bleak U.S. economic data revived worries about demand growth in the world's biggest oil consumer, while a stronger dollar also pressured prices. Brent slipped 5 cents to $103.73 a barrel by 0552 GMT.