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  • INSIGHT-Purge of minorities re-draws Iraq map Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    *Islamic State militants harry minorities after fall of Mosul. KABERLI, Iraq, July 24- A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of the Islamic State purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years.

  • CALGARY/ VANCOUVER, July 23- Talisman Energy Inc shares rose more than 12 percent on Wednesday as it confirmed it has been approached by Spain's Repsol SA about potential deals, raising the prospect that one of Canada's largest independent oil companies will sell off major assets or be taken over.

  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    And in Iraq, the al-Qaida breakaway group that has taken huge swaths of territory seized weapons depots all along the way.

  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:06 PM ET

    And in Iraq, the al-Qaida breakaway group that has taken huge swaths of territory seized weapons depots all along the way.

  • *U.S. sanctions on Russia include Rosneft, Exxon's partner. OSLO, July 21- An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, attracting international scrutiny and creating a dilemma for Exxon Mobil Corp..

  • *U.S. sanctions on Russia include Rosneft, Exxon's partner. OSLO, July 21- An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, attracting international scrutiny and creating a dilemma for ExxonMobil.

  • PARIS, July 20- The head of one of the world's largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts.

  • BAGHDAD, July 18- The United Nations accused Islamic State fighters in Iraq of executions, rape and forced recruitment of children during a campaign to seize much of northern Iraq, part of a conflict it said has killed almost 5,600 civilians this year.

  • BEIRUT, July 17- Militant group Islamic State seized a Syrian gas field and killed at least 90 people on Thursday in one of the bloodiest clashes between the al Qaeda offshoot and President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a monitoring group said.

  • UPDATE 1-Islamists take gas field from Syrian govt Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    BEIRUT, July 17- Militant group the Islamic state seized a Syrian gas field and killed at least 23 people on Thursday in one of the bloodiest clashes between the al Qaeda offshoot and President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a monitoring group said.

  • Libya's oil output has risen to 588,000 barrels per day, Libya's acting oil minister told Reuters, an increase of around 25 percent since the weekend despite renewed fighting between militias in the country's capital.

  • Libya's oil output has risen to 588,000 barrels per day, Libya's acting oil minister told Reuters, an increase of around 25 percent since the weekend despite renewed fighting between militias in the country's capital.

  • BAGHDAD, July 15- Iraq's army launched an assault Tuesday morning to try to retake the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, an officer and a soldier involved in the attack told Reuters. The attempt to retake Tikrit, which fell on June 12 to Sunni insurgents led by the extremist Islamic State group, began two-and-a-half weeks ago.

  • Iraqi army launches new assault on Tikrit -sources Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    BAGHDAD, July 15- Iraq's army launched an assault Tuesday morning to try to retake the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, an officer and a soldier involved in the attack told Reuters. The attempt to retake Tikrit, which fell on June 12 to Sunni insurgents led by the extremist Islamic State group, began two-and-a-half weeks ago.

  • SEOUL, July 15- U.S. crude futures edged up to over $101 a barrel on Tuesday as intensifying conflicts in Libya and Iraq rekindled concerns of supply disruption from the two OPEC members and projections that last week's U.S. crude inventory fell.

  • LONDON, July 14- Oil prices ended slightly higher on Monday as traders weighed renewed violence in Libya against broader signs of a global market well-supplied with crude. Last week, North Sea benchmark Brent closed at its lowest in three months as easing tensions in Libya and Iraq mitigated fears of supply disruptions.

  • LONDON, July 14- Oil prices were little changed on Monday as traders weighed renewed violence in Libya and uncertainty over nuclear talks with Iran against broader signs of a global market well-supplied with crude.

  • *Violence in Libya, Iraq could boost prices this week. But the market could see a strong rebound this week amid new and continuing violence in Libya and Iraq, and worries that a final deal may not be reached between Tehran and world powers.

  • *Violence in Libya, Iraq could boost prices this week. But the market could see a strong rebound this week amid new and continuing violence in Libya and Iraq, and worries that a final deal may not be reached between Tehran and world powers.

  • SEOUL, July 14- U.S. crude futures edged up towards $101 a barrel on Monday as worries intensified over disruptions to supply in the Middle East and North Africa. *U.S. crude had gained 1 cent to $100.84 a barrel by 0007 GMT, after settling down $2.10 at $100.83- the lowest since May 12.