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  • BOSTON, Aug 28- An influential U.S. financial services industry group that shares information about cyber threats has said it is unaware of any "significant" cyber attacks, downplaying concerns about possible breaches at JPMorgan Chase& Co and other banks.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 29- U.S. crude futures stayed above $94 a barrel on Friday, holding overnight gains as positive economic data boosted the outlook for demand in the world's largest oil consumer. *U.S. crude had edged down 2 cents to $94.53 a barrel by 0024 GMT, after settling up 67 cents on Thursday.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 28- A tanker near Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds.

  • Labour shortage dents Thai plans to boost rice exports Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    *Thailand may miss 10 million T export target for this year. SAMUT PRAKAN, Thailand, Aug 29- Thailand is facing delays in plans to export millions of tonnes of rice from state stockpiles because of a labour shortage at ports after hundreds of thousands of foreign workers fled amid fears of a military crackdown on illegal migrants.

  • *Fire hits BP's largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana. *Hope fades for Ukraine- Russia ceasefire deal. "There's better demand here in the U.S. than versus Europe," said Phil Flynn, an analyst with the Price Futures Group in Chicago, Illinois.

  • *Riyadh seeks strong Sunni representation in Iraq government. The Al Saud have long seen the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a pivotal battle for the future of the Middle East, pitting Sunni Muslims against a radical, revolutionary, Shi'ite Iran.

  • ANKARA, Aug 28- Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil steadies around $103 on ample supply Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    *Fire hits BP's largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana. LONDON, Aug 28- Brent crude oil steadied around $103 a barrel on Thursday, not far above 14- month lows on ample supply and lacklustre demand as global economic growth remained tepid.

  • Iraq to appeal U.S court decision on Kurdish oil Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    However, the court gave Baghdad 10 days to resubmit its case. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, with the Iraqi region of Kurdistan locked in a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq.

  • *Supply rises by 90,000 bpd, led by Libya, Angola. LONDON, Aug 28- OPEC's oil production has risen in August from July, a Reuters survey found on Thursday, as a recovery in Libyan supply held up and Angola and Iran boosted supplies, outweighing a further decline in Iraq.

  • ANKARA, Aug 28- Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's 12th president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in what his opponents fear heralds an increasingly authoritarian rule.

  • EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:41 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. "If you look at the family picture of these European summits for the past few years, there always is this blot of grey men in lookalike suits and the color of only a few women," said European political science Professor Hendrik Vos of Ghent University.

  • ANKARA, Aug 28- Tayyip Erdogan will cement his position as modern Turkey's most powerful leader when he is sworn in as president on Thursday, advancing his drive to reshape the country but heralding what critics fear will be an increasingly authoritarian rule.

  • Dubai port operator H1 profits up 26 percent Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai- based port operator DP World said Thursday its profit rose 26 percent in the first half of the year as it was able to process more cargo thanks to new capacity and a pick-up in global trade. DP World ranks among the largest port operators, with a heavy emphasis on fast-growing markets in the developing world.

  • UPDATE 1-Brent hovers below $103 as ample supply weighs Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    *Fire hits BP's largest U.S. refinery. *Hope fades for Ukraine- Russia ceasefire deal. SINGAPORE, Aug 28- Brent futures dipped on Thursday, but still held between $102 and $103 a barrel, as ample supply and a refinery fire in the United States that could reduce crude demand weighed on prices.

  • Brent hovers below $103 as ample supply weighs Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:49 PM ET

    *Hopes of Ukraine- Russia ceasefire deal dim. SINGAPORE, Aug 28- Brent crude dipped on Thursday, but still held between $102 and $103 a barrel, as expectations of ample supply weighed on prices. October Brent crude has been unable to break through the $102- $103 range this week, just off a 14- month low hit last week.

  • CORRECTED-Berlin bans car service Uber Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    BERLIN, Aug 14- Berlin has banned car service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride on their smartphone, for not offering drivers and vehicles licensed to carry passengers, or full insurance cover, the German capital said.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 27- The Bank of Israel warned the government on Wednesday that the budget deficit would reach at least 3.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2015 if taxes aren't raised and state spending is not reduced.

  • Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    MADRID— Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.

  • Regulators decided on Aug. 3 to put its healthy assets into a new entity, Novo Banco, and leave family borrowings, shareholders and junior creditors behind in BES.