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  • HOUSTON, Aug 26- A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 26- A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

  • The court did not settle the broader dispute over who owns the crude, but would-be buyers of the cargo would face lawsuits from Iraq, which says it has the sole right to export the oil, not the Kurdistan Regional Government. Baghdad and the KRG have been locked in litigation, both in the United States and Iraq, over who can sell the crude.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. U.S. crude jumped $1 after an industry group reported that U.S. consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level since October 2007 on improved feelings about the current state of the economy, but later trimmed gains after failing to push through a resistance point at $94.35, analysts said.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. The benchmark is headed for a second straight monthly decline in August as slow growth in China and Europe has curbed oil demand and led to a supply glut in the Atlantic Basin, offsetting the impact on prices from world political tensions.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. Brent crude rose 18 cents to $102.83 a barrel by 1235 GMT, after closing up 36 cents. Investors have unwound a global political risk premium in Brent, discounting the possibility of supply disruption despite conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Ukraine.

  • STAVANGER, Norway, Aug 26- The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said on Tuesday.

  • Defense rests in Blackwater trial Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Four Blackwater security guards on Monday rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded more than 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad. Three others are charged with voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and gun charges— Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty.

  • ISTANBUL/ BEIRUT, Aug 26- As Islamic State insurgents threaten the Turkish border from Syria, Turkey is struggling to staunch the flow of foreign jihadists to the militant group, having not so long ago allowed free access to those who would join its neighbour's civil war.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. Investors have unwound a global political risk premium in Brent, discounting the possibility of supply disruption despite conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Ukraine.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. *Russia, Ukraine presidents to meet over crisis. The benchmark is set for a second monthly decline in August as slow growth in China and Europe has curbed oil demand and led to a supply glut in the Atlantic Basin, offsetting the impact on prices from geopolitical tensions.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. *Russia, Ukraine presidents to meet over crisis. The global oil benchmark is set for a second monthly decline in August as slow growth in China and Europe has curbed oil demand and led to a supply glut in the Atlantic Basin.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 25- A U.S. court on Monday threw out an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil from a tanker near Texas, a move that could allow the cargo to be delivered and end a nearly month-long impasse.

  • The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored near Texas for weeks, as the Iraqi region of Kurdistan wages a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- A tanker carrying 300,000 barrels of Kurdish crude oil has changed its destination to Limassol, Cyprus, as it returned from the United States without delivering its disputed cargo to a New Jersey refiner.

  • *Compares U.S. handling of IS with rise of al Qaeda. In comments likely to irritate Washington, Lavrov said the United States had made the same mistake with Islamic State as it had with al Qaeda, which emerged in the 1980 s when U.S.-backed Islamist insurgents were fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

  • GENEVA, Aug 25- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned "appalling, widespread" crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners and "ethnic and religious cleansing".

  • GENEVA, Aug 25- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned "appalling, widespread" crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including killings, slavery, sexual crimes and targeting people on ethnic or religious grounds.

  • GENEVA, Aug 25- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned "appalling, widespread" crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including killings, slavery, sexual crimes and targeting people on ethnic or religious grounds.

  • Western fighters in Iraq heighten concerns     Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports on the response from Western governments after hundreds of British and American citizens have traveled to Iraq to fight on the side of Islamic State.