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  • *Iraq sends tanks, armoured vehicles to fight insurgents. LONDON, June 30- Brent crude oil dropped below $113 a barrel on Monday as fears of a disruption to oil output from Iraq receded after government forces launched a pushback against a Sunni militant insurgency.

  • China, Tehran's largest oil client, has since late 2013 been stepping up purchases after a landmark November nuclear deal eased some sanctions on Iran and has been making up the main portion of stronger Asian imports since then.

  • *Iraq sends tanks, armored vehicles to fight insurgents. LONDON, June 30- Brent crude oil dropped below $113 a barrel on Monday as fears of a disruption to oil output from Iraq receded after government forces launched a pushback against a Sunni militant insurgency.

  • *Iraq sends tanks, armoured vehicles to dislodge insurgents from Tikrit. SINGAPORE, June 30- Brent futures dipped towards $113 a barrel on Monday, adding to last week's fall as fears of a disruption to supplies from Iraq eased after government forces launched a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large areas of the country.

  • ISIL renames itself as the 'Islamic State'     Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | 11:35 PM ET

    Ahmed Salah Hashim, Associate Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, says the renaming of ISIL signals the insurgents' intention to challenge Al-Qaeda.

  • *Iraq sends tanks, armoured vehicles to dislodge insurgents from Tikrit. SINGAPORE, June 30- Brent futures dipped towards $113 a barrel on Monday, adding to last week's fall as supply disruption fears from Iraq eased as government forces launched a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large areas of the country.

  • SINGAPORE, June 30- Gold was holding steady near a two-month high on Monday and looked set to post its second straight quarterly gain as geopolitical tensions boosted the metal's safe-have appeal.

  • U.S. crude dropped 26 cents to $105.48 a barrel by 0014 GMT, after ending 10 cents lower on Friday and finishing the week 1.4 percent down. Iraq's army sent tanks and armoured vehicles to try to dislodge insurgents from the northern city of Tikrit on Sunday, the second day of a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large stretches of Iraq.

  • Brent to fall to $100-$105 this week: UBS     Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    Tom Price, Global Commodities Analyst at UBS, says Brent could trade between $100 to $105 per barrel this week as concerns over supply disruptions in Iraq wane.

  • *Worries over risks to Iraq supply ease, traders say. *Libya loads 600,000- bbl tanker for Italy. NEW YORK, June 27- Brent crude oil was little changed in choppy trading on Friday as investors moved to square positions following one of the international benchmark's biggest weekly falls this year due to reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.

  • Analysts doubt ISIS' finances     Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 3:23 PM ET

    U.S. intelligence officials doubt ISIS is as well financed as originally thought. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera looks at the money and resources needed to maintain control of the region.

  • Food prices + gas prices = Stressed consumers Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    Both food and gas prices are on the rise, and the link between them could cause more consumer headaches this summer.

  • ISIS' economic challenges     Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Experts highly doubt ISIS could be worth $1.5 billion, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • ISIS isn't rich—it doesn't even have what it needs Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014.

    The militant group's raids have not provided the group with hundreds of millions of dollars, as has been reported.

  • *Worries over risks to Iraq supply ease, traders say. *Libya loads 600,000- bbl tanker for Italy. NEW YORK, June 27- Brent crude oil was little changed in choppy trading on Friday as investors moved to square positions after Brent posted one of its biggest weekly falls this year due to reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.

  • FireChat takes Iraq by storm     Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    The anonymous messaging system has been downloaded in Iraq more than 40,000 times since June 14th. Micha Benoliel, Open Garden co-founder & CEO, discusses how the system works and its growing popularity.

  • Kerry arrives in Saudi for Iraq and Syria talks Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jeddah on Friday to discuss the crises in Iraq and Syria with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and meet Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba, who has close ties to the kingdom.

  • LONDON, June 27- Brent crude oil steadied around $113 a barrel on Friday, consolidating after one of its biggest weekly falls this year as investors unwound positions on reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.

  • *Receding worries about supply from Iraq drag on prices. SINGAPORE, June 27- Brent crude fell below $113 a barrel on Friday, on track for its biggest weekly loss since January as investors unwound positions on reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.

  • *Receding worries about supply from Iraq drag on prices. SINGAPORE, June 27- Brent crude steadied above $113 a barrel on Friday, holding on to most of previous session's losses and heading for the biggest weekly loss since March as investors unwound positions on reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.