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  • *Stocks inch ahead in Asia as EU banking worries fade. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent, with Seoul putting on 0.4 percent.

  • 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.

  • Israel steps up offensive  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    NBC's Martin Fletcher reports on Israel's moves in Gaza as retaliation for Hamas rocket strikes.

  • *Gaza in focus, less worry over Portugal's Banco Espirito. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 11- Gold prices were flat on Friday as investors grew less worried about Portugal's top listed bank, but the precious metal notched its sixth straight weekly gain as many remained concerned about violence in the Middle East.

  • Treasury prices rally on Fed hopes, Portugal woes Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 1:10 PM ET
    Traders work in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange

    U.S. Treasury prices continued to rally on future Fed action and safe-haven demand stemming from worries about Portugal's biggest listed bank.

  • Insight to Israel & Hamas battle  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    Israel is continuing its assault in Gaza overnight, targeting hundreds of Hamas rocket launching sites and underground tunnels. Daniel Kurtzer, Princeton University professor, provides insight to Israel's operation in Gaza.

  • *Yellen's testimony before Congress next week seen key. Treasuries prices rose on Friday, with benchmark yields hovering at their lowest in five weeks, on safe-haven demand stemming from intensified fighting in the Middle East and worries about problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank.

  • Hamas issues warning to foreign airlines  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    NBC's Martin Fletcher has the latest details on the crisis between Israel and Gaza as the conflict intensifies.

  • 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.

  • Ending Hamas rocket fire key: Israel PM advisor  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    Jonathan Schachter, senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says that ending the rocket fire from Hamas is the way to return to ceasefire, while boots on the ground remains a "possibility".

  • 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.

  • *Asia share index dips, regional markets mixed. Moves in Asia had been generally modest with markets mixed across the region. Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines lost ground but China, Singapore and Australia eked out gains.

  • 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.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan recovered to be a fraction firmer. Indices in Australia, Singapore and China were all higher, while Japan's Nikkei pared its losses to be off just 0.26 percent. It was notable that MSCI's index of emerging market stocks actually rose on Thursday having hit a 17- month peak earlier in the week.

  • Tensions in the Middle East also continued to simmer with Israeli officials seeming to hint at a possible assault on Gaza by ground forces. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.7 percent, while Australia eased 0.4 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.3 percent.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- Stocks slumped worldwide on Thursday and investors flocked to safe-haven government bonds and gold on fears problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank could herald a wider slump for riskier assets. European stock markets were hit hardest as trading in Banco Espirito Santo was halted after a 19 percent drop.

  • *Relatively weak auction of $13 billion of 30- year bonds. Treasuries prices rose on Thursday, with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in five weeks as investors scrambled for low-risk bonds on worries that problems involving Portugal's biggest listed bank may rekindle the region's financial woes.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- Stocks slumped worldwide on Thursday as investors flocked to safe-haven government bonds on fears problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank could herald wider problems for riskier assets. European stock markets were hit hardest as trading in Banco Espirito Santo was halted after a 19 percent drop.

  • GAZA, July 10- The latest mini-war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas began with the Gaza- based militants eager to strike a blow, but the escalation that followed has left them physically and diplomatically exposed, with no ready way out.