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LONDON, Sept 5- Brent crude oil steadied near $102 a barrel on Friday, heading for a third weekly drop in four as a strong dollar depressed demand, though data showing lower crude stocks in the United States kept a floor under prices. Brent was 15 cents higher at $101.98 a barrel by 0730 GMT, after settling down 94 cents.
SINGAPORE, Sept 5- Brent crude retained most of its overnight losses and steadied near $102 a barrel on Friday, heading for a third weekly drop in four as a firmer dollar weighed, although data showing lower crude stocks in the United States kept a floor under prices.
Oil futures on both sides of the Atlantic rose by more than $2 a barrel on Wednesday, moving away from multi-month lows as the prospect of peace talks over Ukraine and strong U.S. economic data raised demand expectations. *U.S. crude for October delivery was down 32 cents at $95.22 a barrel by 0055 GMT.
To the Islamic State, Obama's indecision reads as weakness, says ex-State Dept adviser David Phillips. The US needs to decide on its goal in Iraq.
*Took place in Eastern Province where minority Shi'ite live. DUBAI/ RIYADH, Sept 2- A small fire erupted on a gas pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after assailants shot at a security patrol, security and oil industry sources said, in an incident that may heighten concern about the vulnerability of Saudi energy infrastructure.
WASHINGTON/ SEOUL, Sept 1- Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.
*Russia- Ukraine tensions rise, EU prepares new sanctions. SINGAPORE, Sept 1- Brent crude dropped below $103 a barrel on Monday, as a recent rebound in oil prices was checked by fresh data suggesting a slower growth in China's factory activity.
*Russia- Ukraine tensions rise, EU prepares new sanctions. SINGAPORE, Sept 1- Brent crude held steady above $103 a barrel on Monday, as a recent rebound in oil prices was checked by fresh data suggesting a slowdown in China's factory activity.
*China factory activity falls to 3- month low in August. SINGAPORE, Sept 1- Brent crude held steady above $103 a barrel on Monday, as a recent rebound in oil prices was checked by fresh data suggesting a slowdown in China's factory activity.
SINGAPORE, Sept 1- U.S. crude futures edged lower on Monday, following gains in the previous four sessions on strong economic data in the United States and worries that the intensifying crisis in Ukraine may trigger more sanctions.
WASHINGTON, Aug 29- The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on more than 25 people and companies it accused of violating sanctions against Iran, including shipping firms, airlines, and six Iranian banks.
*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 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.
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.
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.