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  • 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.

  • Iraqi workers are seen at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, in 2009.

    Global oil prices fell on reports of improving Libyan oil output and are now about 10 percent off the highs reached last month.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, July 11- Commodity prices from cotton to corn to crude tumbled on Friday, driving a key index to its longest-ever losing streak as supply-side fundamentals grew brighter. The rout came a day after news of strain at Portugal's largest listed bank upset other financial markets with fears of financial contagion in Europe.

  • NEW YORK, July 11- Brent oil hit a three-month low on Friday, heading towards a third consecutive week of losses as fears of supply shortages in the Middle East and North Africa receded.

  • NEW YORK, July 11- Crude oil futures hit two-month lows on Friday, heading towards a third consecutive week of losses as fears of supply shortages in the Middle East and North Africa receded.

  • LONDON, July 11- Global oil demand growth will accelerate next year as the world economy expands and will again be met by rising supplies from the United States and Canada, further eroding OPEC's market share, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • LONDON, July 11- Oil headed for its third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply losses in the Middle East and North Africa eased, pushing North Sea Brent crude down towards $108 a barrel.

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Oil prices were heading for their third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa eased, although Brent stayed comfortably above $108 a barrel.

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Oil prices were heading for their third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa eased, although Brent stayed comfortably above $108 a barrel.