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  • *Italy calls for emergency EU meeting this week. PALERMO, Italy April 19- As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. If the death toll is confirmed, it will bring to...

  • *Italy calls for emergency EU meeting this week. PALERMO, Italy April 19- As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight in what officials said may be the Mediterranean's worst disaster as thousands flee poverty and war to Europe. Only last week, around 400 migrants were reported to have died...

  • RIYADH, April 19- Saudi Basic Industries Corp faces heavy pressure on its profits due to cheap oil but will keep investing globally to boost capacity in key areas, its acting chief executive said on Sunday after the company reported a 39 plunge in first-quarter profit. SABIC, one of the world's largest petrochemicals groups and Saudi Arabia's biggest listed...

  • Massive bombing in Afghanistan kills 35; ISIS eyed Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 3:24 PM ET
    US military soldier Afghanistan

    Afghan president Ashraf Ghani blamed ISIS for a suicide bombing here on Saturday that killed 35 civilians.

  • BAGHDAD, April 18- Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex in northern Iraq this week. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said troops had recaptured all of Baiji refinery at 11:30 GMT, but...

  • The insurgents attacked Iraq's Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting through the security perimeter around it and taking over several installions, including storage tanks. Thousands of families have fled Anbar in recent days as Islamic State militants gained on Ramadi and local officials warned the city was about to fall. Two members of the Anbar provincial...

  • *Yemen conflict, Middle East turmoil support prices. NEW YORK, April 17- Crude futures fell from 2015 peaks in choppy trading on Friday, but Brent's 9.6 percent weekly gain was its biggest in more than five years as Middle East turmoil and signs of lower U.S. production lifted prices. Brent June crude fell 53 cents to settle at $63.45 a barrel, having swung from $62.95...

  • *Exxon Mobil front-runner for Mozambique LNG stake-sources. MILAN/ LONDON/ SINGAPORE, April 16- Anadarko Petroleum is considering selling its multi-billion dollar stake in Mozambique's giant gas reserves, with Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum both showing interest, banking and industry sources said. The world's largest oil firm has been expected to follow...

  • *Yemen conflict, Middle East turmoil supports prices. NEW YORK, April 17- Brent crude seesawed, while U.S. crude fell on Friday as turmoil in Yemen and the region limited losses ahead of fresh data on rig counts in the United States. Brent and U.S. crude contracts rallied to 2015 peaks on Thursday, lifted by the conflict in Yemen and the prospect that lower prices are...

  • *This could take at least two years- MSCI researcher. *Benchmark inclusion could attract up to $24 billion- HSBC. The move is likely to start the process of incorporating Saudi Arabia into major equity indices by the likes of MSCI, and this could attract as much as $24 billion in foreign capital, according to one estimate.

  • *OPEC, IEA say OPEC output surges, adding to glut. LONDON, April 17- Oil prices eased slightly on Friday as evidence this week of rising crude supplies from OPEC members offset Middle East tensions and signs of a slowdown in U.S. output. A day earlier, the International Energy Agency, which advises industrialized countries, also reported a surge in OPEC production to...

  • PARIS, April 17- Airbus sees continued strength in the aircraft market and may be able to increase production of its most popular jets beyond their planned rates if that trend continues, the head of the European planemaker said on Friday. Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of the plane making unit of Airbus Group, said he believed Airbus would eventually recapture...

  • LONDON, April 17- Rolls-Royce has won a $9.2 billion deal to supply engines for 50 A380 aircraft for Dubai's Emirates airline, the largest order in its history and giving it a boost after a torrid year of profit warnings. It is the first time the Gulf carrier has ordered Rolls-Royce engines for its superjumbo fleet, the rest of which is powered by Engine Alliance, a...

  • LONDON, April 17- Emirates president Tim Clark said on Friday the airline is still waiting for a decision from Airbus over whether the planemaker will proceed with a revamp of the A380 superjumbo. Emirates, which is the leading buyer of the existing A380 jet with 140 orders, has said it would look at placing an order for up to 200 of the so-called A380neo jets should...

  • LONDON, April 17- Rolls-Royce said it had won a $9.2 billion order to supply engines for 50 A380 aircraft for Dubai's Emirates airline, providing a boost for the British company after a torrid year of profit warnings. It is the first time the Gulf carrier has ordered Rolls-Royce engines for its superjumbo fleet, the rest of which is powered by Engine Alliance, a...

  • LONDON— The president of Emirates airline pledged Friday to combat suggestions that the company received subsidies from the United Arab Emirates, even as his ever-expanding airline placed a whopping $9.2 billion order to buy Rolls-Royce engines. Tim Clark told The Associated Press that the allegations leveled by U.S. carriers United, Delta and American...

  • UPDATE 4-Oil slips below $64 as ample supplies weigh Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:14 AM ET

    *OPEC, IEA say OPEC output surges, adding to glut. LONDON, April 17- Oil eased below $64 a barrel on Friday as evidence this week of rising crude supplies from OPEC members outweighed signs of a slowdown in U.S. output and Middle East tensions. A day earlier, the International Energy Agency, which advises industrialized countries, also reported a surge in OPEC...

  • LONDON, April 17- Rolls-Royce said it had won a $9.2 billion order to supply engines for 50 A380 aircraft for Dubai's Emirates airline, providing a boost for the British company after a torrid year of profit warnings. It is the first time the Gulf carrier has ordered Rolls-Royce engines for its superjumbo fleet, the rest of which is powered by Engine Alliance, a...

  • BEIJING, April 17- China does not plan to use either its new Asian Infrastructure Development Bank or Silk Road fund to finance the $46 billion Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, with money to come from both countries instead, a senior diplomat said on Friday. President Xi Jinping's trip to Pakistan next week is expected to focus on the corridor, a planned network...

  • *OPEC says March output up by 810,000 bpd. SINGAPORE, April 17- Brent crude oil prices fell on Friday, ending a run of rallies earlier in the week, after OPEC said that its output surged in March, adding to a global glut. Dipping output from the United States and other rival producers due to oil prices halving since June last year, increased demand for OPEC's supplies, the...