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  • *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...

  • UK FINANCIAL REGULATOR SAYS FINES BANK OF BEIRUT UK LTD 2.1 MILLION POUNDS AFTER IT MISLED REGULATOR.

  • BERLIN, March 5- Emirates has had extensive discussions with Airbus about the production of a revamped version of the A380 super jumbo with more efficient engines, the airline's president said on Thursday. Its first 90 A380 aircraft are supplied with engines from Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt& Whitney.

  • 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 the lack of a deal in talks over Iran's nuclear programme. Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday no deal had been reached on the duration of any possible final agreement with...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- Brent crude was flat on Thursday, managing to hold above $60 a barrel as investors brushed aside bearish U.S. inventories data to focus on the lack of a deal in talks over Iran's nuclear program. Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday no deal had been reached on the duration of any possible final...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- Brent crude was flat on Thursday, managing to hold above $60 a barrel as investors brushed aside bearish U.S. inventories data to focus on the lack of a deal in talks over Iran's nuclear program. Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday no deal had been reached on the duration of any possible final...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- U.S. crude was trading comfortably above $51 a barrel on Thursday, after comments by Saudi's oil minister predicting a floor for prices and as Iran nuclear talks hit a bump. President Barack Obama' s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices. But the claim that lower oil prices can sway Iran, a major crude producer, into making greater...

  • *Iran reiterates opposition to nuclear deal with timelines. NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. oil futures rose on Wednesday and benchmark Brent pared losses as OPEC member Iran stressed that it opposed a timeline for a freeze on nuclear activities, news that helped crude rebound from an early slide tied to swelling U.S. stockpiles. U.S. crude settled up $1.01 at $51.53 a barrel,...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. oil futures rebounded on Wednesday and benchmark Brent pared losses as OPEC member Iran reinforced its opposition to a nuclear deal with timelines, helping the market recover from an earlier price slide tied to big U.S. crude supplies. Brent was down 57 cents at $60.45 a barrel at 2:41 p.m. EST, off the day's low of $59.47.

  • *Higher fund flows coming from eastern Europe to Dubai. Swiss-based but Abu Dhabi- owned Falcon would be open to deals covering its core target markets of the Gulf, Eastern Europe, Africa and South East Asia, according to Erich Pfister, who took up the role in January. The last major acquisition by Falcon, which manages around 16 billion francs of assets, was the...

  • 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..

  • LONDON, March 4- Royal Bank of Scotland has yet to decide how many jobs it will cut at its investment bank after announcing a major downsizing of the business last week, its Chief Executive Ross McEwan said on Tuesday. RBS is shrinking its investment banking operations dramatically, pulling out of 25 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East while cutting jobs...

  • LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the oil market to balance itself. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he hoped and expected the oil market to balance and prices, which hit a nearly six-year low around $45 in January, to stabilize, adding to signs OPEC's largest exporter is...

  • *Commercial space economy valued at $250 billion. HAIFA, Israel, March 4- Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. China plans to build its own space station by 2022, and Google co-founder Larry Page is backing an asteroid mining company.

  • *Fighting escalates in Libya, militants seize oilfield. LONDON, March 4- Brent dipped on Wednesday but held above $60 a barrel, supported by a rise in Saudi crude prices and air strikes and militant raids on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as showing Saudi Arabia's confidence in a demand recovery, the OPEC kingpin raised official selling prices for its...

  • Honey, we shrank the SUV _ and Europe loves it Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:18 AM ET

    The key in Europe has turned out to be putting the vehicles on platforms originally built for compact or small mid-sized cars. Compact SUVs have gained in popularity globally, but they're really getting attention now in Europe. The recently lower price of gasoline will not hurt, although gas remains painfully expensive in Europe compared with the United...

  • *Saudi Arabia raises monthly prices for crude sales to U.S., Asia. SINGAPORE, March 4- Brent dipped on Wednesday but held above $60 a barrel, supported by a rise in Saudi crude prices and air strikes on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as showing Saudi Arabia's confidence about a recovery in demand, the OPEC kingpin raised the official selling prices for...

  • Brent holds above $60 after Saudi price hikes Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 10:10 PM ET

    *Fighting escalates in Libya before UN talks. SINGAPORE, March 4- Brent held above $60 a barrel on Wednesday supported by a hike in Saudi crude prices and strikes on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as a vote of confidence by Saudi Arabia in demand recovery, the OPEC kingpin raised the official selling prices for its oil deliveries to Asia and the United...

  • NYMEX-U.S. oil holds above $50 ahead of EIA data Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 7:08 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, March 4- U.S. crude held on to overnight gains to stay above $50 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and a rise in Saudi oil prices. *Saudi Arabia raised the official selling prices for its oil deliveries to Asia and the United States on Tuesday, in the latest signal OPEC's largest exporter is seeing signs of...