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  • *Libya has declared force majeure on 11 oilfields. LONDON, March 5- Brent crude futures pared early gains on Thursday to hover just under $61 as the euro slipped to an 11- year low against the dollar, offsetting concerns about tensions in Iraq and Libya. Brent and WTI rose earlier on Thursday due to concerns about oil supplies from Libya and Iraq.

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar and European stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to lay out the details of its impending 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell as low as $1.1026, its lowest since September 2003, and the region's...

  • *Libya has declared force majeure on 11 oilfields. LONDON, March 5- Brent crude future prices rose above $61 a barrel on Thursday, as investors brushed aside bearish U.S. inventories data to focus on tensions in Iraq and Libya. It seems to be that the market does seem to be paying a little bit of attention to geopolitical factors, namely Iraq and Libya, "said Virendra...

  • Vienna again tops survey of world's nicest cities Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    VIENNA, March 4- Vienna, Austria's elegant capital on the Danube river, has again been commended as offering the best quality of life of any city in the world; Baghdad, once more, was deemed the worst to live in. Zurich, Munich, Duesseldorf and Frankfurt remained in the top 10.. New Zealand, Australia and Canada each have a city in the top 10..

  • *Iraq faces $21 billion budget deficit in 2015. BAGHDAD, March 3- Iraq is discussing a possible bond issue worth nearly $6 billion with Deutsche Bank and Citibank as part of its efforts to cover a huge projected budget deficit this year, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said. State revenues have tumbled along with falling oil prices just as Iraq faces a costly...

  • Iraq battles to rebuild despite war and oil slump Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    *New city aims to house half a million people near Baghdad. *Challenges face mega projects planned for Basra, Baghdad. BAGHDAD, March 3- On a main highway south of Baghdad, dozens of buildings rise up from the Iraqi plains, the first blocks of a multi-billion-dollar city emerging from a landscape more accustomed to conflict and crisis than glitzy new development.

  • *No March bookings of Iran oil shipments by India so far- trade. *MRPL buys from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia to replace Iran oil- source. India, Iran's top client after China, shipped in about 102,200 barrels per day of crude and condensate from Tehran in February, the lowest since July 2013, and down 63 percent from January and 62 percent from a year ago, according to tanker...

  • SINGAPORE, March 2- Oil fell about 1 percent on Tuesday after posting its first monthly rise since June, pressured by continued weakness in China's vast manufacturing sector and higher Libyan crude output. The bank expects Beijing to lower the country's growth target to 7 percent this year in the upcoming National People's Congress, down from 7.5 percent last...

  • Call them Islamic extremists Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants attack ancient artifacts with sledgehammers in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

    The US needs to stop tiptoeing around religious sensitivity when it comes to terrorist acts in the name of Islam, says David Phillips.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— The Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, said on Tuesday that it plans to resume flights to Baghdad after halting them last month when an incoming passenger plane came under fire. FlyDubai said it resumed Baghdad flights on Sunday, following a Feb. 12 decision by Emirati aviation authorities to lift a ban on Baghdad flights.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 17- Crude oil futures fell on Tuesday as concerns about weak demand as a result of uncertainty in Europe outweighed worries about threats to Middle East production and the effect of U.S. output cuts. "Growing concerns about whether a cease-fire will hold and Greece's problems have got people worried about demand for oil in a shaky European economy,"...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Oil slipped below $61 a barrel on Tuesday, dragged lower by weakness in some other commodity markets, although threats to Middle East crude supplies and expectations lower prices may prompt a slowdown in U.S. output limited the fall. "I think it all started in silver with squeezing out of long positions, then spilled over to gold and then to oil," said...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Oil rose to $62 a barrel on Tuesday, close to its 2015 high, supported by threats to Middle East supplies and expectations lower prices may prompt a slowdown in U.S. output. Egypt on Monday bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, where violence has reined in most oil output, and Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government threatened to...

  • UPDATE 3-Oil rises to $62, close to 2015 high Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 5:07 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 17- Oil rose to $62 a barrel on Tuesday, close to its 2015 high, supported by threats to Middle East supplies and expectations lower prices may prompt a slowdown in U.S. output. Egypt on Monday bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, where violence has reined in most oil output, and Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government threatened to...

  • *Oil prices firm on supply concern in Libya, Kurdistan. TOKYO, Feb 17- U.S. stock futures and many share markets in Asia retreated on Tuesday after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers broke down in acrimony, stoking fresh uncertainty over a bailout programme that Athens has rejected as "absurd". Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who...

  • TOKYO, Feb 17- U.S. crude futures were steady on Tuesday as gains in the dollar following the collapse of Greek debt talks offset supply concerns stoked by growing violence in Libya and uncertainty over exports from Kurdistan. *NYMEX crude for March delivery was down 1 cent at $52.77 a barrel by 0015 GMT, off a one-week high of $53.69 hit on Monday.

  • *Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya. LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 16- Oil prices were little changed on Monday after touching their highest nearly two months, as gains in the dollar following the collapse of Greek debt talks offset growing violence in Libya and concerns over exports from Kurdistan. Egypt bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday and...

  • *Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya. LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 16- Oil prices rose to their highest in nearly two months on Monday, supported by concerns over escalating conflict with Islamic State militants in Libya and a threat to withhold exports from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region. Egypt bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday and...

  • Iraqis must be patient on economy, prime minister says Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    BAGHDAD, Feb 12- Iraq's prime minister called on Thursday for "patience" while the government implements economic reforms that include restructuring of many state-owned companies, saying the plan would deliver growth and development. Haider al-Abadi, who took office in September after Islamic State militants seized control of large parts of north and west...

  • Obama: 'Only one option' against ISIS militants Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    While seeking authorization for the use of force against ISIS, Obama stressed he was not asking for another ground war in the region.