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The most senior U.S. military officer has raised the possibility that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants.
*Paris conference supports military action in Iraq, no mention of Syria. PARIS/ DUBAI, Sept 15- Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria.
PARIS, Sept 15- World powers backed military measures on Monday to help defeat Islamic State fighters in Iraq, boosting Washington's efforts to set up a coalition, but made no mention of the tougher diplomatic challenge next door in Syria.
*France sends fighter jets for reconnaissance mission over Iraq. PARIS, Sept 15- French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition.
Ukraine's central bank governor has dismissed fears of a default, even as the country is said to be facing a Greek-style debt controversy.
Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat.
*Russia and Iran heavily exposed to falling prices. LONDON/ KUWAIT, Sept 12- The drop in oil prices to their lowest in two years has caught many observers off guard, coming against a backdrop of the worst violence in Iraq this decade, heightened tensions between the West and Russia, and sanctions against Iran.
Ukraine's President has vowed the region of Crimea, which was taken over by Russia earlier this year, will be reunited with Ukraine.
*China, Europe oil demand growth slows at remarkable- IEA. SINGAPORE, Sept 12- Brent crude held above $98 a barrel on Friday, heading for its worst week in six as concerns over weak demand outweighed geopolitical worries in the Middle East and Ukraine.
*China, Europe oil demand growth slows at remarkable- IEA. SINGAPORE, Sept 12- Brent crude dropped below $98 a barrel on Friday, heading for its worst week in six as concerns over weak demand outweighed geopolitical worries in the Middle East and Ukraine.
SINGAPORE, Sept 12- Brent crude fell below $98 a barrel on Friday, heading for its worst week in six, as concerns over weak demand outweighed geopolitical worries in the Middle East and Ukraine.
SINGAPORE Sept 12- U.S. crude futures climbed higher on Friday, rising on concerns that Western air strikes in Syria could lead to further confrontation with Russia, although prices were still close to 16- month lows.
He did not say whether they would touch on an "oil-for-goods deal" which Tehran and Moscow have been discussing as a way to get round Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and on Tehran over its nuclear programme.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday as he began a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial support.
MOSCOW, Sept 9- Russia is looking to supply grain worth up to $500 million per year to Iran in exchange for oil, Russia's state grain trader said, in a further reduction to the value of a long-negotiated barter deal between the two countries.
Turkey is in a tough position with ISIS but it is essential to any multilateral coalition against the Islamic State, says David Phillips.
MOSCOW, Sept 9- Moscow and Tehran are in talks on supplying Russian grains to Iran in exchange for oil, Andrey Gormakh, first deputy chief executive of Russia's state grain trader, United Grain Company, was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
MOSCOW, Sept 9- Moscow and Tehran are in talks on supplying Russian grains to Iran in exchange for oil, Andrey Gormakh, first deputy chief executive of Russian state grain trader, United Grain Company, was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
Iraq's parliament approved a new government headed by Haider al-Abadi as prime minister on Monday night, in a bid to rescue Iraq.
*U.S. crude for October delivery climbed a cent higher to $93.30 a barrel by 0053 GMT after initially rising to $93.62 in early morning trade.