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  • *U.S. rig count data at lowest since April 2011. NEW YORK, March 6- Crude oil prices closed down on Friday, with benchmark Brent losing its most in a week since January, as a resurgent dollar and fear of a U.S. rate hike diverted attention from the shrinking number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States. Benchmark Brent oil settled down 75 cents, or 1.2 percent, at...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Crude prices fell on Friday as a rallying dollar and fears of a rate hike due to strong U.S. jobs growth suppressed the market, diverting attention from a near four-year low in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States. Worries about the security of Libyan and Iraq crude supplies, which had put a floor beneath the market in the earlier...

  • *Fighting in Iraq, oil wells closure in Libya support prices. *Coming Up: Baker Hughes oil rig data at 1:00 p.m EST. NEW YORK, March 6- Oil fell on Friday as the dollar surged on bets of a near-term rate hike from strong U.S. jobs growth, offsetting an early run up in crude prices on worries about Libyan and Iraq supplies.

  • LONDON, March 6- Brent crude oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Friday as a stronger dollar balanced worries over the impact of fighting in Libya and Iraq on Middle East and North African oil production. Brent was down 5 cents a barrel at $60.43 by 1450 GMT. "The economy, with respect to jobs, is doing a pretty good job of growing," said Bruce Mccain, Chief Investment...

  • LONDON, March 6- Brent crude oil rose towards $61 a barrel on Friday as fighting in Libya and Iraq stoked output worries, while traders kept a close eye on Iran nuclear talks that could eventually bring more supply to world markets. Fighting has escalated in northeast Iraq, where Islamic State militants have set fire to oilfields to deter Shi'ite militiamen and...

  • BP signs $12B deal to develop Egypt gas field Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    CAIRO— The U.K.- based energy company BP on Friday announced agreements worth $12 billion to develop a major gas field in Egypt, which has been trying to attract foreign investment after four years of unrest. BP said in a statement that the investment is "a vote of confidence in Egypt's investment climate." On Thursday, Egypt's Investment Minister Ashraf Salman said...

  • *Nuclear talks between Iran and big powers continuing. SINGAPORE, March 6- Brent crude oil rose to around $61 a barrel on Friday as fighting in Libya and Iraq stoked output worries, while traders kept a close eye on Iran nuclear talks that could eventually bring more supply to world markets. Worries about oil supplies from the Middle East helped widen the premium...

  • SINGAPORE, March 6- Brent crude rose to trade near $61 a barrel on Friday as geopolitical tensions in Libya and Iraq stoked supply worries, while traders eyed U.S. rig counts and the outcome of Iran nuclear talks for further trading cues. Fighting has escalated in northeast Iraq where the Islamic State militants have lit up oil wells to deter Shi'ite militiamen...

  • The United Arab Emirates has pumped billions of dollars into Egypt and is lining up investors to try to stabilize its damaged economy, while building military cooperation. In their deepening relationship, an economically exhausted Egypt benefits from the UAE's finances, and the U.S.-allied Emirates gets a heavyweight with extensive manpower on its side in...

  • SINGAPORE, March 6- Brent crude rose above $61 a barrel on Friday amid geopolitical tensions in Libya and Iraq, while traders eyed U.S. rig counts and the outcome of Iran nuclear talks for further trading cues. Fighting has escalated in northeast Iraq where the Islamic State militants have lit up oil wells to deter Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers from...

  • The commission will review the 150- page platform for action to achieve equality that was adopted at the groundbreaking U.N. women's conference in Beijing in 1995. Then-U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton inspired delegates and women worldwide when she declared in a keynote speech: "Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights."

  • Brent climbs above $61 on Mideast supply concerns Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 10:37 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, March 6- Brent crude rose above $61 a barrel on Friday, supported by geopolitical tensions in Libya and Iraq, while traders eyed the outcome of Iran nuclear talks for further trading cues. Fighting has escalated in northeast Iraq where the Islamic State militants have lit up oil wells to deter Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers from advancing.

  • SINGAPORE, March 6- U.S. crude nudged up to hover around $51 a barrel on Friday, set to post the first weekly gain in three, as geopolitical tensions in the Middle East supported oil. *U.S. crude rose 26 cents to $51.02 a barrel by 0006 GMT, on track for a more than 2 percent gain this week. *Libya's warring factions held United Nations- backed talks on Thursday after...

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 5- Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10- year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear...

  • *Supply concerns in Libya, Iraq initially boost prices. NEW YORK, March 5- Oil closed lower on Thursday in volatile trade, as a soaring dollar and the U.S. pursuit of an Iranian nuclear deal offset earlier gains from supply concerns in Libya and Iraq. Washington's pursuit of a nuclear agreement with Tehran, which could end sanctions against Iran and bring more oil...

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 5- Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10- year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear...

  • CAIRO— Egypt plans to offer some 50 projects valued at up to $35 billion at an international investment conference later this month, officials said Thursday, as the country looks to revive an economy battered by four years of unrest. His government has been propped up by Gulf allies, who have given Egypt over $20 billion in aid since 2013, when the military removed...

  • *Bottom pickers support prices up already on Libya, Iraq worries. *Washington presses ahead with nuclear deal for Iran. Concerns about deteriorating oil supplies from Libya and Iraq boosted crude prices even before the New York session.

  • *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.

  • LONDON, March 5- Fraudsters are slick and smooth when they request new bank accounts or credit cards-- a characteristic an Israeli company wants to use against them. Banks and other financial firms are coming under sustained attacks from increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals, forcing them to spend more money and resources trying to fight hackers.